All fathers play a crucial role on this planet. Some are not allowed anywhere near their children, some rear their children alone, and many are blessed to raise their little ones with their wives. Whatever the case may be, fathers are key members of a family. After opening this letter yesterday I had a strong, undeniable impression to share this father’s love with you. I wonder why, nonetheless I hope it does what it is meant to. Enjoy this letter from Wesley to Coraleen:
I think about you so much! So, so much! I often wonder who you will become, what kind of woman you will grow into. The more I think about this, the more I begin to imagine the strong daughter of God you [are], and the strong example to the world you will be.
Coraleen, my sweet little one, I imagine that you will grow to be like your amazing mommy, and just the thought of that makes me so proud. I want to take a moment to tell you the person I see in you, the strong spirit I know you have, the amazing daughter you are. I want to tell you this by comparing it to a bird 🙂 I think it’s cool. 🙂
Your spirit is like an eagle. The eagle does not fear how high it can fly, and yet it flies higher than most other birds in the sky. You are born to fly my little angel. Higher than any other. Be not afraid of the unknown, be not afraid of your potential. Learn from you mommy Cocobird, for she will love you and guide you. You are so strong and so brave.
Next: The eagle stands on the highest perch, overlooking the land with sharp, precise and understanding eyes. You may not know this yet but you share a very special gift with your Mommy. You have the eyes of understanding, love and focus. Coraleen, you have been blessed with eyes to see, really truly see. There will be many in the world who will try to break you down or devalue your spiritual gifts. Stand strong my daughter and remember always who you are.
The eagle is a symbol of freedom, valor, and courage. Oh sweet one, these things are the very foundation of your soul. You are a warrior of God. You are the daughter of your mommy, and the daughter of your daddy. You are valiant, courageous and above all you are a free spirit. Coraleen, you are free! Free to follow your heart, free to love life, free to be who you are! Love who you are the way that I love you and always try to see your true beauty.
Ok, no more bird talk 🙂 Coraleen, my dear sweet daughter I love you! It is important for you to know that. Even though I may not live with you and mommy physically, my spirit is with you both always and I do live for you. Your beautiful mommy and you are the most important things in my life.
I remember when, early in mommy’s pregnancy, that you were the size of a lentil. I had no idea how big that was so I dug through mommy’s container of “Dried Mixed Beans” because the label said there were lentils in it. To be honest, I had no clue which bean was the lentil, but they were all pretty much the same size. So I took one and put it in my pocket. I kept that bean with me for two weeks. It was so important for me to be near you, if only in thought and spirit. That little bean helped me keep my thoughts focused on little, unborn you. Today I still keep my thoughts on you and your lovely, beautiful mommy.
I love you so much Coraleen! I am so blessed to be your daddy and to know your spirit. I am so thankful that I was allowed to see you born, and to hold you in my arms. You are my little angel, my princess, the little light of my life next to your mommy who is the big light of my life. You are my daughter my sweet one, and I am your loving daddy. I will always, Always love you. Smile, sweetheart, you truly are an angel.
with all my love my sweet child,
your loving daddy, your mommy’s husband
– your daddy.
Though Father’s Day is passed, I believe this must have been written whenever he found out that it was Father’s Day. Upon thrusting myself into an interesting world, I found myself amidst many fathers and mothers who fight hard daily to keep their family together. Some succeed, and some don’t. There are many circumstances and vices in our modern world that personally attack the foundation of a pure home life. Some have found a way to combat that. Others have not. No matter what, I have learned that the Lord never leads us astray and as we trust in His abilities to soften our hearts and move us forward, He trusts us to make proper decisions.
My Wesley, my husband, my daughter’s father does the best he can now where he is at now. And it is my loyal and devoted honor to appreciate all that is. I love him dearly, and he has helped me grow more than I ever thought he could.
This was really not the first post I was expecting to write upon my return (that’s right, blog family, I’m back), but when you know you need to do something, you follow. I understand there are still many gaps that ought to be bridged from where I am at in my marriage and family now, versus the past, and I will do so in upcoming posts, so stay tuned.
Always remember to love and rear your family in righteousness, no matter how far they’ve gone. They are under your stewardship, so don’t leave them, don’t stop loving them, and never cease praying for them – all of them. They are yours, and you better fight the fight to keep it that way.
From Which We Grow‘s new mission? To spread the word of growth in family, trials, and Jesus Christ!
~ Wesley and Tiana Swank ~