Monday, May 12, 2008

Princess Diaries - Class of 2020

I just finished scanning in a bunch of senior pictures as we get ready to honor the graduating seniors at NMC and it got me thinking about how quickly time passes. I'm sure the parents of those kids cannot believe their children are graduating from high school. They're probably wondering where the time has gone.

I wrote in a previous post how big Hanah is getting. Some of you probably thought, "Isn't she 5? How big can she be?" Good point. But, for me, she's bigger than I ever imagined. I still think of her as this little bundle of cuddles and giggles like when she was 2. Now, she's almost 6 and the cuddles are much more rare than they used to be.

Seeing those graduates also made me think about how Hanah is about to start school this fall. My wife is going to homeschool her, at least for her first year and we'll see how that goes. Hopefully it is a great success for mother and daughter.

Thinking of Hanah in elementary school, middle school or senior high is beyond me. I know she's old enough to be completing her first year of school right now, but I just can't picture her that way. I want her to always stay my little princess.

More than that, though, I want to make sure she and I are both ready for what's going to come her way as she gets older. I want her to know without a doubt that her daddy adores her and will always love her. I want her to come to me when she needs a hug, a kiss or a hand to hold. I want her to talk to me about boys and the silly things they do. I want her to come to me with the tough situations she'll be facing. I just want to be a great friend for her.

More than that, though, I want to be a great father for her. I want to always make decisions and put rules in place that will benefit her in the long run, even if she doesn't like it right away. I want to show her how a man is supposed to treat a woman. I want to show her how people are supposed to follow Jesus. I want to be filled with joy if she chooses a man like me to marry.

Hopefully I can get all that done before she graduates from high school, in 2020. It'll be here before I know it!


Kalyn Lantz said...

That was awesome! Hanah is so very fortunate to have a father like you. Keep pumping that confidence into her because it will change her life!

Shelley said...

Not to be a pain, but Hanah will actually graduate in 2021 if she is a kindergartener this coming fall. My youngest is going to kindergarten this fall, and his graduation year is 2021. My current kindergartener will be part of the class of 2020.

And Hanah is very blessed to have a dad like you!

Anonymous said...

You are off to a fabulous start of fulfilling those desires. Wow. Praise God for parents like you guys. See you soon, neighbor!! Leslie

Dan Weiss said...

So, hopefully Katie will do the math teaching! Or maybe Hanah could skip a grade and graduate in 2020!

Rachel said...

so ur heart really melts when you hear stephen curtis chapman's "cinderella," doesn't it? ;-)