Brandon and I, as it turns out, are not the best parents.
I'll pause now to let the shock wear off...
Okay, so yeah! We're not the best parents. We lecture too much, we watch too much TV, we give them chocolate and lemonade and let them play in the mud...oh, wait! Those last ones are good...let's see...well, I guess we're not too bad, but the point is that we're not perfect. Who is? However, we learn and grow and get better, right? Brandon, as it turns out, is better at this than me (getting better at the parenting gig), and he did something lately that made me fall in love with him all over again.
He's reading to the kids!
And no, this isn't the daily scripture reading, nor is it an occasional "get a book!" moment. He decided, earlier this week, to start reading novels to the children (well, kid's chapter books/novels). I know you may be thinking, already doin' it, Cheryl! and good for you! But we haven't done this yet, and so it's fabulous and wonderful and new for us. And not my idea. Ha! Anyway, they started reading The Magician's Nephew. #3 and #4 don't really care for it (there aren't pictures and it's long), but the girls are mesmerized! Whenever their dad says "one more chapter?" they get so excited. I know this could be because of the storyline (C.S. Lewis is a genius, people!), but I also know it's because of the way their dad reads to them. He makes it exciting, he cuddles up with them, and his voice is so soothing. In fact, because of his voice, I love story time as much as they do; I often sit near and listen myself.
So, sorry ladies! I know this might depress you, but my husband is the best father out there. He plays with them, teaches them, takes them on outings, gives them piggy-back rides to bed, listens to their prayers, tells them lame jokes, plays "ninja" with them, shows them how things work (especially to inquisitive #3!), let's them help him with projects, shows them cool computer stuff (he recently found Oregon Trail online for #1), makes them pancakes, asks them fun questions about their day, gets them to behave easily in church, and now he reads them chapter books.
Could I love him any more than I do now?
Tell me about your husband as a father --what does he do as a dad that amazes you, helps you, and/or makes you love him more?