Charles? Nope. Dad's in charge.


The clock on Jim's terminal leave is officially ticking these days.

SAHD (Stay-At-Home-Dad) is the title he holds for now.

Today is day five of his full-time dad duties. Last Thursday was day one, and I came home to a house with everything still standing, and no one was crying.

Did this surprise me? Not at all.

Jim is just the type of person that gets it done. He doesn't hesitate or choose what to do or what not to do. He just does. And it's what he does when it comes to being a dad. Diapers? Just ask him, and he'll change 'em (He changed as many as I did on our six pound one ounce firstborn during his eight-day NICU stay.). Bottles? He washes 'em and mixes 'em as well as I can. Swaddling? He should be a personal trainer for new parents on "How to Swaddle Your Baby the Right Way". Burping? If I couldn't get it done, I just handed our oldest babe to him because he had the magic touch. He's capable, and he's natural. He's unshaken, and he's confident.

And some how some way, him being there puts me at ease. I guess it's because he's the father of our sons. They are part of me, and he is part of them. So if I'm required to be somewhere other than where they are, he's the next best person.

Two weeks ago, I still cried when no one was looking. But this week, not so much. Yes I totally still wish it could be me. But when I think about the fact that while Parker naps in his crib, Jim and Jake spend their hours together playing catch and kickball and practicing their golf swings and when Jim tells me Parker's smiles have been countless and exactly how many ounces and what times during the day he drank, I know we're exactly where we're supposed to be.

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under Heaven." (Ecc. 3:1). To be a full-time dad is the season of life Jim is living - it's the purpose he's serving.

I pray he sees every day as a gift, and in this little thing he's writing called his autobiography, I pray this chapter is the most precious and rewarding of all.

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