I like opening my blog with a question I've decided, so here is the question for this blog: You know those times you feel really "grown up"? Today was one of those days for me. Krista and I went to the doctor's office to find out what gender our child that is growing belly is and without a doubt it's a girl!
This was the latest time that feeling "grown up" really hit me. For some reason, I didn't feel that way this time around when Krista told me she was pregnant, but now that I know it is a girl I do. The first time, with Kaylee, when Krista told me she was pregnant, that made me feel all grown up though, but now when we found out Kaylee was a girl. Sorta weird I know.
Other times I've felt grown up. When we were looking to purchase our first house. Not so much the actual purchasing of it, but the quest in finding just the right one, in the right price range, in the right part of town, with the right look to it. Then there was that day dad left me at college. We were in the Vennard gym, he shook my hand, and said "I love you son. Don't let anyone borrow your car." Then there was the year, I think I was 15, that I was working 50 hours a week mowing grass for the family business. It was just be and my buddy and we got stuff done. We'd work 10 hours every weekday and sometimes on Saturdays and then golfing or fishing on our day off. I felt grown up then. Perhaps my earliest memory of feeling grown up is when I was in Sparkies in Awana's at church. I was in 2nd grade, had a cool red vest, with a ton of pins on it. Man, was I the man!
So now, my latest experience of being grown up is realizing that I'm the Daddy to not one, but two beautiful little girls who depend on me to show them how a man should be. I'm guessing I'll mess up plenty (already have), but I'm looking forward to life with them. Perhaps they won't be hunters or fishermen (maybe you never know), but I'm sure we'll share a good board game here or there, have a fun time watching The Princess Bride, and spend a few good nights playing in a tent that is their castle while the princesses look out for the big dragon.