Webster’s defines adoration as: “strong feelings of love or admiration.” As a father of four daughters and one son, I’m always finding ways to give my kids more daddy time and love. I wanted to share one those stories today about my thirteen year old, Daisy.

For my daughter’s Daisy thirteenth birthday, I wanted to do something special for her that she would remember for her whole life. After a little bit of praying and a lot head scratching I decided to propose to my daughter. Now I know a lot of you out there might be saying or thinking different things about me but hang in there, it isn’t that weird at all. If you’ve ever raised a daughter, than you’ve probably heard someone say the teenage years will be Hell. Well, I choose to look at the start of my daughters teens as a blessing and decided to do all I could to celebrate the fact that she was entering womanhood. So in secret I started shopping for a diamond ring, (Diamond is her birthstone) and tasking friends of mine to aid in the search. I finally found the perfect ring, so then came the planning.

2014-04-07 20.03.45We live near Savannah, GA so I planned a day trip for Daisy, my wife and me. I took time off work and made all the arrangements so that all we had to worry about was the weather. We left the house at 8:30 am, drove to Savannah and went to a large park downtown. There was a large fountain in the center of the park and in front all the tourists, workers, and other bystanders, I got down on one knee and made a promise to my daughter.

I know you don’t know me, but my heart was beating out of my chest the entire time, just like the day I asked my wife to marry me. What did I promise? I’m glad you asked! I said “Daisy, I promise to be the best Dad a girl like you needs, I promise to always love you, I’m so proud of the girl you were, and the young woman your are today. I bless you with more of God’s love and wisdom, as you continue the pursuit of Him. I also bless you with the patience to be an overcomer of the things of this world, and I bless you to become the women that God always intended you to be.” There was a lot of tears, (many by me) and hugs, but when I put that ring on her finger something amazing happened. My daughter fell in love with me all over again. My daughter adored me and still does today 3 months after that day.

Dads do you want to feel adored by your children? Its simple, make them the center of your universe. Show them that you would stop the rotation of the earth if they needed you to. They no longer have to hope for the knight in shinning armor to come sweep our daughters off their feet. Be the king that your daughters can adore. I’m not worried about my daughter’s teen years because I know that she will always come to me for advice or help.

That’s my story and in case your wondering my next oldest daughter turns 13 next year and she is already expecting her ring. Dads, we are the key to raising young women!!!