Happy Father’s Day 2008

Josiah has a great daddy, and I have an amazing husband. Divorce rates in families where kids have autism is 9 out of 10 because of the stresses involved. We’re thankful for such a courageous man that we can depend on through thick and thin. It’s his first Father’s Day since we found out our little guy’s diagnosis, which can’t be easy. We’re praying for next Father’s Day to mark incredible gains in Josiah’s development. Here’s my little tribute to my partner on this journey…

Our little man arrived on life’s scene

Ten tiny fingers and his daddy’s toes

Nerves and giddy delight flooded your face

When they gave him to you to have and to hold


A father so careful and yet so strong

Committed to both duty and to love

That precious boy, sleepy and perfect

Our “Fire of the Lord”—Josiah—sent from above


Being a dad can be a scary proposition

Rhyme and reason both quickly split

Selfishness can’t live here anymore

There’s another person to care for. Holy…crap!


Ever ready to grab a bottle, find “blinkie,” locate “Duck”

Shows that you care in ways big and small

For a curly-haired “Moop” and his mommy

Who cherish our ritual family walks at the mall


Extra challenges came along unexpectedly

Our boy wasn’t the type of perfect we thought

Dark moments would cause a lesser man to run, to quit

But with love, you said, “This battle will be fought.”


Who could imagine JoJo running one day

To any arms but yours, so proud

When he does hit that ball, ride that bike

Do the things you’re still dreaming about


So keep believing, Daddy, for a future bright

Little joys, small victories, steady gains pile high

The legacy you pass on because of your courage

Will cause your son to run, to soar, to fly


Don’t second guess how far love can go

Keep your chin up—you have our deep respect

Sweet in spirit, full of integrity, you’re a dad

Who will show us a new way to perfect



3 Responses

  1. That is so beautiful. Thanks for being the best wife a guy could ask for!

  2. That is really beautiful. Very sweet 🙂

  3. What nobody realizes is that many abusive or “in-denial” spouses will not allow a child to be diagnosed in the first place. Therefore we need to study custody battles in family courts and link it to Autism, rather than study Autism and un-link it to divorce.

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