Sunday, June 21, 2009
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY, AUSTAN!!!
Annalee wrote these words about Autstan when Witt was first born:
AUSTAN-That smile nobody can wipe off your face. The "proud dad" stance that exudes from you. The "proud husband" words that are a constant. Your eyes that are red and puffy from your raw emotions you openly share for your precious son and all of us. The way you can describe in detail each medical aspect of Witt's care and condition.
I wished I was a better writer to put into words the father that Austan is! When Melanie and Austan first got engaged I'll be honest the first thought that came to mind was how great it was going to be to have a "mr. fix it" in the family. I don't believe there is anything around the house that Austan can't fix! Maybe more importantly there is nothing that Austan won't dive in and attempt. He doesn't stop and debate, he just does. It's this same wonderful trait that I have seen since Witt was born. When Witt was born, he was immediately taken to Texas Children's. Austan came back from seeing Witt and was beaming. Austan has never stopped beaming. You see, Austan just jumped right in being a father. God has called Austan to father Witt. God has called Austan to a fatherhood that most men will never experience. Witt responds to Austan in a way he doesn't to anyone else. Sometimes I don't know how Austan does it all. In the midst of going to work are hospital stays, doctor visits and the rebuilding of their house destroyed in the hurricane last fall. But Austan jumps in and keeps going...he just does! Austan has such a strength that is undeniably God. I have seen this incredible strength pour out from Austan in the ER, in the hospital when the doctors said Witt was dying. I also see this strength on a daily basis as Austin is a daddy to Witt. It might be a quieter strength but it is still amazing to watch.
Austan, you are the absolutely perfect father for Witt and husband for Mel. You have jumped in and never looked back. You continue to lead your family clinging to Christ on this journey that must be unbelievably hard at times. I have watched as you have "carried" both Melanie and Witt. I celebrate this Father's Day with you and thank God for blessing not just Melanie and Witt with you but our entire family...Happy Father's Day, Austan...I love you!