Saturday, June 16, 2012

on father's day...

This is a post I've been waiting to share...saving for a special occasion like today. It may seem simple - a parade and a carnival, but to me it will be a memory I will treasure forever. When I was growing up, it was a written in stone tradition to attend the Oak Bay Tea Party festivities in our village. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the event, and in my 31 years, I am confident I have been to at least half of them. This one was special though. This was the first time Steve had come, and of course, Anna too. I'm not sure if it's nostalgia or what, but I was SO excited to share this tradition with my whole family. My fabulous sister tagged along for the day, helping with Anna, so Steve and I could do things with the big girls like take them on their first Ferris wheel ride (BEST).

Why is something so simple, so special? Because. This day exemplifies what an amazing dad my husband has become in the last five years. Believe it or not, fairs and rides are not Steve's thing...he didn't even really like Disney world (WHO doesn't like Disney????). But he threw himself into this day with both feet jumping in and hands thrown in the air. He didn't give any inkling that the Tea Party wasn't his cup of tea. In fact, the opposite was true. And I know he did it for me and for our kids. Just like so many other things he does - thrift store shopping, letting me sleep in, walking fussy babies, wiping dirty bums, spending long days shooting weddings with me, dance parties with pre-schoolers, park times so I can run, helping me decorate for birthdays, making breakfasts, doing dishes, fixing my computer fails, praying with our kids each night, living in a house with four girls....and thriving!

I love him. I really, really do. Being married is hard; being a parent is hard. And I can honestly say, my husband gives both his absolute all. He has seen me at my worst and shows me love and grace comparable only to our Creator. I can say with my whole heart that I am head over heels with the love of my life. I know, I know...enough mush...but it's true. And that's just me. Our girls our head over heels to. Each one of them. Steve has had a way with Anna since she was born...I would often pass her off to him in frustration in the evenings when she was younger, and his magic hold would calm her. He makes her smile with her whole body. Maya loves to have fun with her Dad. She squeals and runs to greet him when we've been away. She LOVES it when he hides in her closet and scares her. She is our firecracker, and no-one can quite speak her language like her Dad. And Halle has turned from a Momma's girl into quite the Daddy's girl. Whether it's paper airplanes, connect four or anything iphone related - she seeks his companionship constantly...and he gives it. This guy is a 5 star dad.

After our day at the fair, we came home regaling the magic of our day. Steve rode the Ferris Wheel with Maya, and I rode it with Halle. Em held a sleeping Anna. We were in seats that were side by side, so both of us were able to look over and watch the other pairs reactions. Those are the moments I won't forget. Bringing my child to the top of the world on a colorful spinning wheel, looking down at all the little ant people, the spinning rides, the cotton candy, the ocean. And then, looking over my shoulder and seeing my husband with our three year old...laughing and squealing like the best of them...catching his eye and sharing that. That is better than any photograph.

{To my babe on Father's day...thanks for being you...for being an amazing dad...for making my dreams come true!}


  1. I love this post so much... I definitely got a little misty-eyed. Bryce and I loved spending the weekend with you and watching you both parent your girls. You both do it with such grace... even when it is not easy. Thanks for giving us something to look up to for when it becomes our turn. We love you all (and Happy Father's Day to Steve!).

  2. Have to say - this post also made my eyes water! It's amazing how photos can share so much!! Precious...

  3. ahhh loved this day and this post. i like you guys a whole lot... thanks for letting me hang out with you guys and your precious little fam.
    so much love for you alllllll. don't even have words to write :)
    the auntie em.

  4. My favourite post ever. Love, Estelle

  5. I miss you guys. Great post Anne with an E.

  6. I have to say Megan and Steve, I have spent a lot of time on your website looking and enjoying all your posts. Every single one of them, the way you capture candid moments between loved ones and how you describe the experience from your point of view. I love it all. However other than our wedding post being my all time favourite of course :) this Fathers' Day post made me teary eyed. It was so heart warming and I have to say you and Steve and your beautiful girls are such an inspiration. You really take joy in all the little things in life. I love that. You two are amazing and I am so so Happy I chose you to capture our wedding. Thank you so much.
    Justine and Joshua


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