Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Not Alone Series: Masculinity

Linking up with Jen at Jumping in Puddles and Morgan at Follow and Believe.

Who is a great example of masculinity in your life {father, brother, uncle, priest/pastor, etc}? What do you love about them?

I don't know if I've ever said this explicitly on the ol' blog before, but I don't have any brothers. I have an awesome dad, an incredible mom, three amazing sisters, and no hermanos. Sometimes I've felt like I was missing some crucial element of life, but now I recognize that there are definitely huge parts of my growing-up years that I wouldn't change, even though they would be totally different if I had a brother. For example, my sisters and I all shared a room for a couple years. Yes, your math is correct - four girls, two sets of bunk-beds, two dressers, and a huge population of Barbies all occupied one room.

Obviously, my home has always been a female-dominated house {even our dog was female!}; my mom did an excellent job of teaching my sisters and me what femininity looks like, and my dad was pretty much my sole guide for masculinity.

{That was a really long introduction to sharing what I love about my dad. Bear with!}

I love that my dad...

  • loves the Lord
  • is strong
  • holds my hand
  • talks to me about anything
  • takes care of me 
  • loves and dates my mom
  • expects me to succeed
  • plans and dreams with me and encourages me to dream bigger
  • is comfortable working behind the scenes
  • reads a variety of books
  • does his research and then chooses to follow God
  • has a special relationship with each of his daughters
  • is a spiritual father to other girls who have entered our home
  • has never made me feel weak or inferior for being a girl
  • always reminds me that my husband will be God's best, not just someone who "can fog a mirror"
  • is passionate
  • is respected by other men
  • has discernment
  • is a go-getter
...that's a good start. I don't know if this really answered the masculinity question, but it does answer the "what do I love about" question, so there ya go. 

Dad and me on the Christmas merry-go-round 

1 comment:

  1. Aww, I can see the family resemblance too! Cute picture and I love hearing about the awesome role models we have :-)