Monday, June 30, 2008

he's a dad

This is a post I started on Father's Day and never finished due to a hospital visit, bed rest, family coming, etc. It is for Jared.

I married a father. A father of three even. I'm wild and crazy like that.
But look how cute he is. How could I resist?
The kids are pretty cute too.

I love them.
Even though they drive me crazy sometimes.

Jared is a really great father.
I knew that before I married him. Not many women can say that.
Because he's been a student (he was a wee undergrad when Olivia and Isaac were born and PhDs take a long time) the entire time he's been a dad, he's always had a flexible schedule. This has allowed him to spend a lot of time with his kids.

He has really special relationships with each of his children.

Olivia and he are probably the most alike. They are both too smart for their own good sometimes but can also be totally clueless in other areas. They both think outside the box. They both know how to get what they want.

Isaac is a little blond version of Jared. He looks so much like his dad. Isaac is Jared's "Buddy". They both love all things super hero. Isaac loves helping his dad do guy things like taking out the trash and hooking up the dryer. And was really excited to pick out these socks for Jared's birthday last year. :-)

And there is Grace. Jared has a special little place in his heart for funny Grace. She is full of spunk and personality. Plus, she's been the baby for nearly 5 years now. The youngest always gets a little spoiled. ;-)

These three kids adore their dad. The past couple years have been hard since they moved to Utah. But Jared has made seeing them as much as he can a priority. At Halloween, he was in Utah and even made their costumes.

Soon, Jared will be a father for the fourth time. (wo!) I can't wait to see him with our son. Jared adores babies, and I know my love for him will grow even more once I see him with the little life we created together. He is already a great dad to our little Asher. He has taken such good care of me during this pregnancy. The past 5 weeks have been hard--I've been in the hospital twice, been on bed rest, we moved, Jared had to finish revisions on his thesis, the kids came, he started teaching, plus his RA work and a hundred other things that are part of life like paying bills and cooking meals, all while dealing with an emotional pregnant invalid for a wife. It's been really stressful for him, but he's done it. I am so very grateful for him. I don't have the words to express my gratitude.

I married a wonderful man and an extraordinary father. I feel so blessed that he is the father of my little baby. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world that I get him as my eternal husband and that my children get him as their dad.

Happy Father's Day, Jared!

Sorry it took so long to get this posted!


  1. This was so sweet and touching to read. What a great guy!

    Glad you are still hanging in there with Asher.

  2. What a sweet post. He sounds like a wonderful father and husband - you are so lucky to have him in your life.

    Take care - Kellan

  3. Aww, this post made me tear up. I'm so glad you got such a great man, being a great father makes life so much easier for the mom!

  4. I so loved those pix of him with his kiddies. How fun. I can't get over your dress. Stunning.

  5. What a great guy you have there. You guys are so lucky to have found each other!

  6. this is so beautiful.

    :) we're pregnant too.

    still praying for your little guy.

  7. it's such a treasure to find such a complete package. You and baby Asher are lucky to have a loving, devoted man taking care of you. Jared's kids are blessed to call such a good man "Dad." And he's lucky to have all of you!

  8. I LOVE that picture of the two of you in front of the temple--so beautiful.

    Glad that your little one is still stayin' put! :)


  9. Well done Katrina, this really a beautiful post. Happy Father's Day, Jared!