I have a wife who loves me and doesn't seem to mind the fact that there is still a kid running around the house - even though our kid's left home years ago. I have great mom; my enabler. I have a wonderful sister who I am immensely proud of. And with her come's a brother-in-law and great little nephew who can wear out a Star Wars Legos set.
Then comes the children. Mrs. Doc has Jeff, my step-son, and his wife Camille. They are an amazing couple balancing careers and raising two beautiful children; Luke (who is also good with Legos) and Emmery. Then there is my son, Gregory and his wife Jennifer. Wow! It isn't easy raising a family with one parent traveling so often, but they are writing the book on how to do it - and do it right. They have blessed me with Devon, Shelby and Jackson (Jack-Jack). We have all just recently returned from Walt Disney World. Devon and I will be back in four days. But these guys are something else. They live just across the street from Mrs. Doc and I. I have to tell you; there is no greater feeling in the world than to come home from work and have your grandchildren rush out their front door hollowing, "Hi Papa!" and run over to give me a hug and tell me about their day. I highly recommend this type of living arrangement for anyone who plans on becoming a grandparent sometime during the course of their life.
I could go on and on about my grandkids. What grandparent can’t?
I could go on and on about both of my kids. We three grew up together; well, they grew up. I am still trying not too. But that is another story for another day.
Back to today.
Today, in fact, at this exact moment, I am especially blessed to be the Father of the Bride! At this moment I am walking my daughter down the aisle and will present her to her love, to be joined in marriage. Ali, an incredible young lady!
I know that every parent is so very proud of their children. Parents should be proud. I am proud of my children and it is a privilege to be their father. But today, in this moment, there is not another father walking the face of this earth who is anymore proud of their daughter than I am of mine right now! She is my little girl - she is my princess.
Ali, me and my lovely bride at the "Couples" Wedding Party.
...on the road (actually in the air) with one of my favorite traveling companions.
...at Cirque du Soleil "Love" (we saw Paul McCartney in concert the night before)
...and presenting my son-in-law, Ryan.
P.s. He doesn't mind taking my calls whenever I call him from Walt Disney World and need a quick wine pairing. He is quite good. He and I have become good friends and challenge each other to take better photographs. Ryan, welcome to the family!
I am proud you two! You, along with all the family, keep the blessing flowing.