13 years ago today I had the awesome privilege of becoming a daddy. It was one of the most incredible and terrifying moments of my life. I always wanted to have children, a lot of them, and on that Wednesday night in New Orleans that desire became a reality. The moment I laid eyes on and first held that dark haired, blue eyed little girl I crumbled. In that moment I knew life would never be the same again. As a new parent that might have been the only thing I was right about but I was pretty confident my life was forever changed. Fast forward 13 years and now our quiver is VERY full. We are blessed to have 3 daughters. I've learned so much and while I'm certainly no expert, my knowledge base has grown. In honor of Madison's 13th birthday, here are some things I've learned as a dad.
If you are a parent I'm sure you have your own list. At some point you've probably even thought "now I understand why some animals in the wild eat their young". You aren't alone!! It's an exhausting and rewarding job. I'm entering into a new dimension, parenting a teen. A girl teen. I'm terrified yet hopeful. Wherever you are on your parenting journey, whether you are contemplating starting a family or you are experiencing empty nest, this phrase is probably fitting....may the odds be ever in your favor!
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.