On Father’s Day

Because you check on Michael every night before you go to bed, even if I was just in there.

Because you talk like Mickey Mouse.

Because you share your pretzels and cucumbers with Michael.

Because you go to church with us even though you’d rather sleep in.

Because you get Michael’s crib ready for bed every night.

Because you go straight to him when you get home from work.

Because you know where the tickle spots are.  For both of us.

Because you watch Sid the Science Kid.

Because you walk around with Michael on your shoulders.

Because you’re teaching Michael what sound a dolphin makes, even though that’s such a strange thing to teach him.

Because you cook dinner for us every night.

Because you switched to whole milk.

Because you keep me from dressing Michael like a nerd.

Because you can sing the entire children’s CD in the car.

Because you show Michael every picture of family in our house every single day.

Because I can’t find a picture of you in the past year without Michael in it.

Because you tell everyone that you have the coolest kid ever.

Because you go to work every day so that you can provide for us.

Because you moved across the country for your family.

Because you miss Michael when he spends one night with my parents.

Because the first thing you took to your new office was a picture of your son.

Because you are so excited about building a tree house that you point them out to me in other people’s yards.

Because you don’t want to miss anything that happens in Michael’s life.

Because you call during the day just because you miss us.

Because you never get frustrated.

Because you don’t even know how good of a Dad you are.

Because you tell us how much you love us every day.

There are so many reasons that you are a good father, Chris.  But I don’t have to list them here.  You can look at Michael and at the person that he is becoming and you know what kind of dad he has.  You make my life better and you make Michael’s life fuller.  Thank you for taking care of us, making us laugh, and being there for us every day.

Happy Father’s Day, Daddy!

We love you,

Mom and Michael

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59 Thoughts to “On Father’s Day”

  1. I’m all tingly inside! Happy Father’s Day, Chris!

  2. Nicole

    so sweet! but you called beanie his real name!!!im kinda shocked!

  3. daddies are the greatest, and chris sounds like a great one!
    I noticed the bean-to-michael change also, is this permanent?

  4. Rachel

    I read this every day…. I don’t think I can get used to Bean being called Michael!! lol x

  5. 🙂
    I, too, wanted to comment on the Michael thing. Are you trying to get used to his actual name? It feels a little weird, but I think I could make the switch…

  6. Dee

    I had to laugh at myself b/c I was like “who is Micheal”.. Wow I am slow on the upkeep 🙂 Awesome post!

  7. kk

    Happy Father’s Day, Chris!
    Does it mean it’s time for cake and ice cream?

  8. Did NOT plan on starting my day with a good cry. So sweet!

  9. Tressa

    Absolutely beautiful Katie!
    Chris is lucky to have such an awesome wife 😉

    Took me a second to focus on who Micheal was!!

    Happy Father’s Day Chris!!!

  10. Kat

    This just made me tear up! Sooooooo sweeeeet! Happy Father’s Day Bean’s dad!

  11. This brought tears to my eyes.

  12. Lisa

    For a minute I was like “Who’s Michael?” Lovely post, I can’t wait to see my hubby in the same role someday. Happy Father’s Day Chris!!

  13. that made me cry. beautiful.

  14. Stephanie Neal

    Great post!! Made me teary. Happy Father’s Day Chris!!

  15. Gina B.

    Sitting at my desk with tears in my eyes. So well written. Happy fathers day to Chris.

  16. Aw, that is so sweet! I had to think twice about who Michael was, because I’m so used to reading Bean. He is an amazing dad, and you both are amazing parents. You give me inspiration for when T and I have kids of our own some day. Happy Father’s Day, Chris!

  17. Katiebrown

    love the name Michael! it’s my brother’s name, I still call him Michael though his friends call him Mike. I’m always like who’s Mike? great post, i definitely teared up!

  18. Very sweet! Happy Father’s Day, Chris!

  19. Melissa

    So glad I wasn’t the only one wondering who the heck Michael is!

  20. Fabulous.

    When Chris carries Michael on his shoulders like that, are you inclined to stay half a step behind and kind of hold your breath and make sure your hands are free?

    Even though you’re smiling and acting like it’s all fun?

    Or am I the only one?

  21. Such a sweet tribute to your husband!! Happy father’s day!

  22. Anne

    That is awesome, Katie!

  23. Happy Father’s Day! Very sweet!!

  24. What a perfect whay to celebrate daddy! Happy Father’s Day Chris!

  25. Sniff sniff…tear…you guys are a beautiful family! Happy Father’s Day to Chris!!

  26. Jess M

    Simple and beautiful. A post that doubles as a father’s day girft 🙂 I loved it.

  27. This post is beautiful and sweet, but that’s the not the point of this comment.

    No, after reading your Facebook update I rushed over here to see the new site but it’s the same! You’re just taunting us with future new-ness.

    Not that I was excited. I don’t like change.

    Don’t change.

    Also, I think a vlog of Chris doing the Mickey Mouse voice is obviously needed. The people are crying out.

  28. Great post Katie! Very sweet!

  29. Such a sweet post. And the Bean was adorable in all the pics. I just love shots of a baby and his daddy together!

    Marla @ http://www.asthefarmturns.wordpress.com

  30. Mallory

    Who’s this “Michael”???

  31. Awww. that’s so fabulous. I know that Chris must be beaming when he reads this 🙂

    Cabin Fever in Vermont

  32. Sarah H.

    THIS WAS SOO SWEET! And I love that you called him Michael 🙂 That must be what Chris likes.

  33. Alyssa

    It took me a second with Michael too! LOL! Bean or Michael- you had me in tears yet again! You write such moving posts Katie! 🙂

  34. I read the first line and thought, “Who is Michael?” I had to make sure I made it to the right blog! Such a sweet post!

  35. Keshet

    I was all confused at first, “Who’s Michael?” Love the name!

  36. So very sweet that i cried. It makes me that much more excited to make my husband a daddy! (which will have to wait until i’m done with school) 🙁

  37. courtney

    So sweet. Makes Bean sound all grown up calling him Michael.

  38. Such a sweet post. Bean, I mean Michael, is so lucky.

  39. Who is this Michael kid?? 😉

  40. I had no idea who Michael was. But from reading the comments, I guess I wasn’t the only confused person!

  41. Happy Father’s Day Chris!

    Great…I’m crying now. Wasn’t ready for that. Thanks Katie!




  42. Kelly

    I think its great you used Michael. The only reason I knew his name is because I’ve been reading since before he was born.

    Hope you all have a great Fathers day 🙂

    I love the dolphin noises thing!

  43. Dawn

    Beautifully said! Can hardly read what I am typing b/c of my tear-filled eyes, but wanted to say thanks for sharing your note to Chris.

  44. Very sweet! Happy Father’s Day Chris!

    For a minute I was wondering “who’s Michael?” 😉

  45. Anita

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  46. Nicole Hill

    Took me a minute to figure out who Michael was – so used to hearing him called “The Bean!”
    I’m the girl from San Antonio with a baby boy born the day after yours – we call Jacob “Bean” too 🙂
    Your letter was precious – am kicking myself for not thinking of that for my hubby.
    Happy (Belated) Birthday to your Bean from my Bean!

  47. How lovely! Enjoy your weekend.

  48. Sarah

    Beautiful, as you are obviously so full of pride at the wonderful father Chris is. Thank you for all your wonderful writing!

  49. Meagan S

    What a sweet post! Chris sounds like such a wonderful Dad 🙂 I’m obviously slow since it took me a few lines to figure out who Michael was! Love that you used his real name 🙂

  50. I love that you used his name, and I love this post. 🙂

  51. Angela

    So sweet.
    It was nice reading the Bean’s real name.

    Happy Fathers Day, Chris.

  52. Nikki

    After I got over the initial shock of seeing Michael in text, I actually teared up! My poor boyfriend doesn’t know what my problem is… Happy Father’s Day Chris!

  53. Jessica W

    This made me tear up, so loving. Happy Father’s Day Chris!

  54. pam-tastic

    I’ll bet you wrote that in about 15 minutes or less. It was obviously so true and from the heart that it probably just flowed out…great post!

    twitter: pam_tastic

  55. Jayne

    I just read this today as I stalked your archive. You made me cry. I want baby now. Sniffles. I love my hubby so much.

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