Friday, June 17, 2011

Daddy's Girl

My dad tells our birth stories every year on our birthday. To be honest, the three stories blend together, and after all this time, I’m actually not 100% confident on which details are mine and which belong in Brother’s or Janelle’s story. lol. The one thing that I know is distinctly my story, is that I was crying when the doctor handed me to my dad for the first time, and he said, “What’s the matter?” I looked at him intently, batted my eyes a little, and stopped crying. :) 

It’s fair to say that I still look up to my dad with the same admiration as I did on day one. He’s a wonderful father. :) Growing up, he made sure that I did not have reason to seek the attention of boys – he gave me plenty. Never holding back to tell me how pretty I look, calling me his girl, and always ready to give me a hug or put his arm around me. He also set the bar for how I saw men, and taught me to recognize a strong man as one who knows his Biblical role and strives to live it. He challenged me set high standards for myself, and not settle for anything less.

Ryan Miller met those standards. :) Something I will always vividly remember, are the few moments with my dad before I walked down the aisle to meet Ryan on my wedding day. As we stood in the lobby of the church I grew up in on December 26, 2009, he squeezed my hand and said, “Apart from your commitment to Christ, this is the most important moment in your life, Sugar. I am so happy that I get to share it with you.” I felt like we had accomplished something big together that day. We had found the one that would take the role of my loving protector and provider, and my dad was officially handing me over to his care.  I was just as honored to hold my dad's arm, as he was to escort me to the love of my life. :)

Looking at Ryan's family, I know that we're probably going to end up having boys. :) But I hope that the Lord gives us at least one girl, because I can’t wait for a precious little lady to feel about Ryan the way that I feel about my dad. :) My husband is going to be a wonderful father. <3

Love you Daddy, happy Father's Day! : )


  1. What an amazing example of a Godly man!!! You are a lucky lady to get two in your life!

  2. Thank you Sugar! My first thought was WOW! This is a real honor and I'm extremely grateful. What a wonderful father's day gift and one that I won't forget. I'm so proud of you and thank God for his work in your life.
    I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth (3 John 4).

    Just as God was faithful to bring Ryan into our lives I'm confident that He'll bless you with a child. And yes! I also want Ryan to have a little girl. A daughter to capture his heart as you will always have my heart. Love you Daddy.

  3. Wow, what timely words of encouragement! Daddy held himself together very well, but I'm over here sobbing!
    Thank you so much for a wonderful tribute to your dad.
    We love you,

  4. Very touching, Denay. You indeed have been blessed, but they also are blessed by having you as a daughter/wife.

  5. I read this a few times and couldn't post because I was crying and couldn't talk. So sweet Denay...honoring your father like that. I have watched you grow up and you definitely are 'daddy's girl'. Isn't God good to give you such a godly dad? Love you guys....thanks for sharing this. Auntie Kellie