As we sat across from each other in the restaurant this afternoon Dave jokingly said to me, "I thought we were going to lunch with the kids today?"
"We did." I replied. "We just brought all their friends too. Their growing up, and lunch with their friends is a lot more fun than just having lunch with their mom and dad."
And then he spoke some of the most beautiful words I have ever heard him say.
"Growing up is allowed as long as they don't grow apart."
Beautiful. Simply the most beautiful words I have ever heard coming from his father's heart. This is why I love him so much. Being a father to Blake, Allie and Ashley is the most important thing he has to do on his list, and knowing that he knows that touches me deeply. He is a dad first and everything else has to fall in behind that. Truly this man is the most amazing father I have ever seen.
Ashley Kate is lucky girl to have the daddy she has, and by the sparkle that appears in her eyes each time he comes into the room I think she's already figured this out.