I always knew this day would come. I began praying for my children’s spouses when they were born. A Dad looks forward to his sons finding a wife. As for his daughters finding husbands…not so much. Every dad knows that one day “that guy” will come visit him and ask for his daughter’s hand in marriage. I just didn’t think it would happen this soon. I know that every girl dreams of getting married. I am not an expert on women but after living with three for many years now, I have learned that little girls grow up waiting on Prince Charming. All girls want to find “Mr. Right” and live “happily ever after.” Every girl longs for the Cinderella story. It is played out over and over in the young woman’s mind and in a hundred chick flicks. Most of the romantic comedies today are top grossing films because women love to see them played out. Cinderella is beautiful, Prince Charming is a handsome gentleman and perfect happiness is just a kiss away.
Well, it has happened. Prince Charming came to see me. He invited me to breakfast. After an hour of small talk, he asked me the question. ( I had already known in my heart why he wanted to have breakfast with me.) I knew what was coming. I quickly tried to imagine how I would feel. Here it goes…He is asking for my first born daughter’s hand in marriage. He is asking for “Daddy’s girl”. He is asking to marry my little girl (who is almost 22).
This was hard. Honestly, it is still hard. I told him yes. I said yes to a guy who has been radically saved, loves Jesus and just recently started pastoring his first church. I said yes to this guy who passionately articulated to me how much he loves my daughter; is promising to take care of her and make her happy. I have tears in my eyes as I am writing this. This is my little girl.
Last night he asked her to marry him and she said “yes.” Kayla, my little girl is now officially engaged and will be married next August.
If you know Kayla, you know that she is a very beautiful young woman. She is actually stunning. Not only is she beautiful on the outside, she is beautiful on the inside.
She is sweet and caring. She has the amazing ability to be gentle and sensitive but she can also be one of the stubborn, toughest people you will ever meet!
She loves Jesus and has always taken a very bold stand for him. She WILL confront and correct when things aren’t “right.”
She loves ministry, especially working with children. She cares about people. She will be an incredible Pastor’s wife.
Kayla has kept herself pure and she is a virgin. I am so proud of her for that commitment. She has turned out to be an incredible young woman who loves the Lord.
I believe most parents all have the same desires. They want their kids to grow up and lead successful lives. Lives with purpose and conviction. They want them to make wise decisions and live Christ centered lives that bring glory to God. My Kayla has done that.
I am proud of her and excited for her. I know that she is happy, so I am happy. Daddy’s girl has grown up. Pray for me! I am going to have to walk my girl down the aisle, give her away and then conduct the marriage ceremony. I am crying again…
Congratulations Kayla and Kenny. I love you both and really am excited about your future. And Kayla…you will ALWAYS BE Daddy’s girl. (Tears again)