Over the years I have written about many of the wonderful and troubling experiences of our family. Yet, to be completely honest, you are only seeing half of the story. The unspoken truth behind my writings is that I have an incredible partner in life, Chris Boyts.
As today is Father’s Day, I thought that I would share a glimpse into the wonder that he adds to our lives on a daily basis, and acknowledge the difference he’s making in the lives of our children.
Please excuse me while I gush a bit. This is a gift to the man that I love dearly.
Here are just a few things that I am ever-so-grateful for…
He reminds me to slow down, notice the beauty around me, and live every moment to the fullest. He does this by encouraging me to say No and set limits, so I’m not overwhelmed by my responsibilities.
He demonstrates how powerful it is when a husband truly supports his wife. He is my biggest fan. He believes in me (sometimes more than I believe in myself). He knows exactly when to push me to live into my potential, as well as when to encourage me to slow down and nurture myself.
He sits and talks with our children as often as they allow, thoughtfully checks in with them if he feels like something is not right, shares his thoughts and opinions with them, and has earned their utmost respect.
He models to our daughters that romance is an important part of a good marriage. He is the perfect date. He really wants to know about me and my thoughts, processes anything I need to talk about, and asks great questions. And he models to our son the importance of being a caring, supportive husband.
He knows that it is the little things that make lifelong memories (like eating popcorn and cuddling on the couch).
He has the patience of a saint, never criticizes or judges, and takes the time to teach what he knows.
He sets an example of someone who challenges himself, strives towards excellence, and at the same time, always makes everyone around him feel great about who they are and what they have to share.
He takes pride in being a good father, a loving husband, a man of God… and he walks the talk everyday.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to Chris, your gallant deeds will be felt for generations to come. You are a true hero to our family.