On my second date with Mark, I went to visit his church with him and saw the youth hanging all over him, giving him a hard time, and laughing with him about everything. And I thought to myself that Mark DeLong would make a fine Daddy someday. And he had just found out that he was going to be an uncle for the first time and was absolutely giddy about it. It was so cute. Even though we had just "met" the day before, I was already daydreaming about our future children together...When our first little bundle of joy finally arrived, he was so excited and had an opinion about everything concerning her. He gave Karis her first bath and he even picked out her first outfit and pink headband for her "hospital photos."
And that baby grew up and her heart undoubtedly belongs to Daddy. All day long she talks about what she is going to do with him when he gets off of work. Almost every morning she asks if he is off work and can stay home to play. When she is uncertain about trying something new, Daddy is the only one who can calm her fears and help her to try it.
His hands got a little more full when Karlie came along, because she quickly grew to adore Daddy as well. But somehow he managed to keep them both happy :)
Karlie's favorite thing to do in the evenings when Mark is home is to run full-steam ahead and just leap on top of Daddy. He catches her in mid-air and throws her over his head and onto the couch behind him. Over and over and over and over again. She would do it all night if we let her stay up. Mark is also quite the tickle monster and both girls enjoy it tremendously. They squeal and scream, all the while begging for more.
Now that we have yet another sweet baby, Mark's arms are never empty. He is such a help to me at home, mopping my kitchen floor and washing dishes and even fixing breakfast often! He takes care of the bedtime routine and nightly wearing out of the girls :) When we go out and about, he is the one who carries everything/everyone, changes Karlie's diaper, and settles disputes while I am taking care of Abbi. Oh, I am so thankful for him! He truly knows how to lead by serving.
And we love him so much!!! Thanks for being such great Daddy!