The Joy of Fatherhood: Watching Miracles

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It’s absolutely amazing to me watching Isa grow and develop. I know that my awe for the way we as humans are programmed to learn, process and mature has multiplied exponentially in the almost two years since she invaded our lives. It’s both awe-inspiring and hilarious to watch her face and eyes as she thinks things through and connects dots in her brain. Since kids wear their thoughts and emotions on their sleeves, you can literally watch the lights go on as a concept suddenly clicks for them. As a parent, we get a front row seat in the true miracle of growth and development.


Recently, we have been able to talk and explain a lot more to Isa. Gretchen and I went on a shopping trip a few weeks ago and left the kids with my parents. We have realized that Isa does much better with new or different situations when she is given a warning of what is going to happen and how it will play out. We explained to her that we were going to leave them with grandma and grandpa, but that we would be right back. She may have already got the whole “right back” concept, but this was the first I observed it really click with her. Upon our return (I have no good things to say about the actual trip – Gretchen and I detest shopping), she repeatedly (everything is said REPEATEDLY these days…like, over and over and over…) said “mama, papa…right back.”


A couple of nights ago, I had a meeting in the evening and was not able to put Isa down to bed like I usually do. I explained to her that I needed to go to work (when I’m away, I’m at work in her mind), but that mama would give her milk, read to her and sing to her, and that I would be right back and see her in the morning. She was in her high chair and it was adorable watching her process this concept. Papa…go work…right back. She kept repeating this. It was a pretty long concept to string together, so she kept stumbling over her words, which even made her laugh. She was so intent as she tried to get the words out over and over.


She ended up going down perfectly and sleeping through the night. The next day, Bennett was crying a lot (not uncommon these days) and Gretchen told me that Isa was trying to comfort him by saying papa…work…right back.


I love that her experience so far has been one such that when we explain that we will be right back, she can count on it and has no doubt that it is true. It’s amazing how little things like that can begin to set a stage for how we view the world and life even as adults. I know that as a human, I cannot truly guarantee that I will be right back. There are variables out of my control. Nevertheless, her experience of dependability, predictability and stability are setting her up to understand that there are principles that we can live by that are predictable and reliable in their results. Hard work, sincerity, genuineness, a pursuit of truth and purity… these things will always produce good fruit in our lives in the long haul.


But I’m getting way ahead of myself here. Right now, I’m loving watching our Isa take comfort in right back.


Kids have so much to teach us about the simplicity of life and the awe of the things that we constantly take for granted. I’m thankful to experience this up close and personally.


Where are you experiencing awe with your kids?


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3 Responses to “The Joy of Fatherhood: Watching Miracles”
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  1. Colleen

    I love the repitition of ‘baby talk’ – it was music to my ears when our girls started talking! (God definitely has a sense of humor, though, because we couldn’t wait for our firstborn to start speaking…now, with three daughters in the house, plus me, my poor husband hears nothing but ‘chatter’! Ha!ha!)
    Our girls amaze us daily – sometimes in frustrating ways (you must have guessed there could be a bit of drama in our house!!), but most of the time, in ways that are more awesome than we could have imagined! Each of our girls, ages 13, 10, and 5, has such a beautifully unique spirit, that it seems impossible to not be amazed at watching them learn, grow, and develop. In a matter of minutes, they can bring me to laughter (there’s always a comedian in every family, right?), yet they tend to keep life so ‘real’, as only children tend to know how to make all the craziness of parenthood worth every second of it! We’re trying to make sure they will grow to become productive members of society, yet not grow up too fast; we don’t want them to be “of this world”, yet they need to be “in this world”; we want them to exude strength and confidence, yet be sensitive and compassionate. So….how are we experiencing awe? In all that they are teaching us!!
    **Thank you and Gretchen for you sweet stories and insight…it’s very refreshing!!**

  2. Cassandra French

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing Chris, what fun! And you’re so right, they’re little miracles unfolding everyday

  3. Cheeky Bums

    Colleen, Thank you for your kind words. You are so right about children making “all the craziness of parenthood worth every second”. ~gretchen