Our only daughter has found the man of her dreams and will soon be getting married. She is our only child and my wife and I have been a little down these past few days. The happiness she has comes with a few mixed emotions I am sure that every dad feels when his daughter gets married.
On the one hand I am extremely happy for her and I know that she will have a great new life with the man she has chosen to start her new life with. On the other hand, it feels like I am losing her forever. I suppose I should look at it as gaining a son-in law as opposed to losing a daughter. It is just very hard when you are as close as we are.
The last few days random thoughts have popped in my head of her growing up. Thoughts of bringing her home from the hospital on that first day and trying to grasp that I really was a dad and had been blessed with an awesome responsibility of raising a little girl. What would I do? I had never been a dad before. All I knew is that I wanted the very best for her life and that I would do anything for her. I find myself laying in bed in the early hours of the morning and thinking back to all the good times and moments we had together.
Sure there were struggles and difficulties along the way, but every step of the way I would not trade for anything in the world as they say. It was during those struggles that I learned how to be a better dad I think. I admit I did make a few mistakes and I wish I could have a do over on a few things, but I suppose that is just not possible now.
I just hope that in a few weeks when I walk her down the aisle for the last time before she takes her vows that I will be able to keep it all together. I am not sure what I will do when I see her in her wedding dress for the first time. I am so very happy for her and I know GOD has great things in store for her and my new son-in law together. I guess the end will be a new beginning for all of us now.
Isn’t that how life goes though? Our children are born to grow up and one day get married and start their own families in the circle of life. I will always remember the times we had together my sweet daughter and I will be praying for you every single day. I love you with all of my heart my precious daughter!