To the guy who fills a tiny plastic Daniel Tiger mug with water so you can “have coffee” with your boy in the mornings,
To the one who closes his laptop in the middle of the work day just to fly Beckett around the room like a rocketship and tuck him in for nap time,
To the one who carries ALL the bags, keeps animal crackers in his pocket and somehow manages to hold a toddler (and the weight of our world) on his shoulders, and still makes time to “have a conversation with Elmo,” I am so thankful that our children get to call YOU their daddy.
Whether it’s watching Emily hear her favorite country song start to play and seeing the way her face lights up as she immediately starts reaching for you to dance with her,
Or it’s Becks trotting around the house right behind you with a mop and a plastic screwdriver, learning by example what it means to serve his family, I get a front row seat to the way you love them.
Even when it’s hard. Even when there are tantrums and teething and we’re exhausted and not sure we’ll ever make it to bedtime, you are steady and consistent and disciplined.
You are so aware of how each day is another opportunity to shape their character, that even when the responsibilities of leading our family and our business and our team and our new home seem too much for any one person to bear, you find the self control and strength it takes to love them in their hardest moments. To get down on their level, to look them in the eye, to be firm, to teach, to shape, to mold, to discipline, to hug. It’s one thing to see a cute photo of a dad with his kids on Instagram, and it’s another to see the minute by minute reality and demands of fatherhood. You’ve always been a hard working, focused, intentional guy, but seeing you work on your most important project up close is such a gift. They’re going to be the greatest long term investment you ever make, and the best part of your legacy. I’m so thankful for you, today and every day. I love you, Jordan Demos. I couldn’t imagine being on this adventure called parenting with anyone else. Happy Father’s Day.