stripped of everything

One Reason…

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…(out of many)I look forward to being a father.

Allison and I made a trip to Georgia just over a month ago.
While we were there we were blessed to have the Nahrstadt family open up their home to us.
We could have politely said no, with my aunt living so close.
However, we looked at the opportunity to meet new people and to sleep on beds that we were not kicking anyone out of, and took them up on it.
Jenn was an incredible host who fed us homemade brownies.(for that reason alone i’d go back)
Jenn’s husband Bob shared many of the same nerd qualities that I do, which was refreshing.
Then there was this boy, Jenn’s son Michael, who was hilarious.
At first he was quiet and shy.
I’m sure he was wondering who we were and why the heck we were stayig at his house…I know I would have been.
However, him and I ended playing some Guitar Hero(see the results HERE), and sort of bonded a little bit.
Before we left, I wanted to get a picture of Michael and I together, and so did Jenn.
Well…this is what happened:
It ended up turning into a wrestling brawl…in which he was pretty confident that I could not take him down or make him take this picture.
While Michael put up a good fight…it just wasn’t enough to back up his certainty

Anyhow, during that moment I had flashforward of being a father.
I’m scared to death of being a father to be honest.
I see the things kids are doing, how they’re acting, and just the danger in the world, and it scares the heck out of me.
Honestly though, there is absolutely nothing more that I look forward to in my life, then being able to hold my son/daughter and call them mine.

What do you look forward to the most?

Written by vagabondrunn

December 12, 2008 at 1:59 pm

Posted in About Me, Community, Humor, Life

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  1. awwww…this made me smile and get a lump in my throat all at the same time! being a parent is a sobering challenge, but the “hold them in your arms moments” are what make the job a privelege.


    December 12, 2008 at 5:42 pm

  2. I like this post. :]


    December 12, 2008 at 5:49 pm

  3. Kyle,

    You’re right to be scared – it’s an awesome responsibility, but with awesome rewards. My daughter (13) just wrote a paper for her english class in school, why I should be the “Hero of the Year.” The things she mentioned just made my heart melt. The impact I’ve made thus far, as I read that report – it’s all been worthwhile.

    I can tell you, though, better than holding and calling them yours, is when they’re grown and you can stand there with your arm around your wife, saying “Look what a great, God-fearing child we raised.” 😀


    December 12, 2008 at 7:11 pm

  4. Kyle,

    Nothing is a greater blessing than a gift from God.

    I love being a parent. Although my child is 5 years old and if you remember from speech class the difficulties that I went through after his birth I can say that I cherish his milestones and just him more and more every day. I am not going to lie, some days it is very hard but it is very much worth it. Knowing that God has entrusted me and Kevin in raising his son to know and love Him is a huge responsibility but I would not trade anything for him. He is truely the biggest blessing of our lives.

    I am confident that when the day comes that you become a father you will be in as much awe as we are and embrace it whole heartedly. You will be great!


    December 19, 2008 at 1:48 am

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