On Monday I shared about how Ben and I keep our love alive.  Today I am giving you a little glimpse of my observations with Ben and his obvious love for our children.  What we have, I truly do not take for granted and feel that it is something special.  I hope my kids realize as they get older what they have  in a father.  He is gold.

a-fathers-love- Ava Ridley

One of my favorite things to do is watch Ben and the kids. I remember being 15 years old and writing in a journal about my future husband. Number 10 down on the list was a good father. I got that and so much more. He is a great father… The kids love him so much. They trust him, they believe him, they run to him for safety and I think that there is so much power in that.

a-fathers-love- Savannah Ridley

a-fathers-love-Judah Ridley

A mothers love is special. There’s nothing like a mothers love. I remember moments with my mom and all I felt was pure love. There’s also nothing like a father’s love. Girls in particular look to their dads for confidence, reassurance, courage, reminders of who they are. Boys look to their dads to mirror their strength, masculinity and poise. I have watched my kids look up to Ben with eyes of adoration and respect. He is the one they run to in an emergency,and for peace in chaotic situations. He is a safe place for all of us.

a-fathers-love-Charlie Ridley
Meet Charlie Ridley! He is our 1 year old black lab! He is giving us a run for our money but we love him so much!!

 

Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs, I believe one could ever have. For a slew of reasons, of course.  As Ben and I raise these kids we are finding that we feel their joys and their pain so deeply. It is amazing how tangible their emotions and experiences have become to us. Every single day all I can think is, this is our future. Things we say today, things we do with them, seeds planted, are for their future, not just for now. I have watched Ben as he has carefully chosen his words and his posture with the children in very fragile situations. He handles them with such care but offers tough love when it is appropriate.  I know these are moments they will remember. Although my kids are ages 5, 6 and 7 these are formative years and they’re being built on love. He will be the first to say that he is not perfect and I agree, but he is doing a pretty darn good job! I asked Ben the other day what his greatest dream in life was and he said “I am living my dream.  I am a husband and a father.  I always wanted to be a father.”   Again, he isn’t perfect but I admire how well he is raising them in the midst of life’s pressures and busyness! Ps.  Look at Charlie!! Isn’t he cute?!!? He is driving us NUTS!! Love him to pieces though!! Thank you as always for stopping by the blog!! Much love,

All images by: Sarah Schweyer

 

  • Comments ( 26 )

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    Belle

    There really is nothing more beautiful than a father’s love. I love to watch my husband spend time with the kids as well, and my heart melts every time.

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

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    Carrie Ford-Coates

    Love the pics! What a beautiful family. A child can never have too much love, and having a loving father is so important! Your children will cherish these moments.

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    Dawn Darnell

    Such a sweet post and fabulous photos. They made me smile. We have a big responsibility as parents and both a mother and father’s love are so important. Thank you for sharing.

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    Nataly

    This is such a sweet post Ruthie! I love this!

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    sarah lindner

    This is absolutely adorable! Your family is precious
    xoxo
    Sarah Lindner
    http://www.thehouseofsequins.com

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    Lee Anne Benjamin (@leeannebenjamin)

    Love this! These photos are just adorable and really show the love 🙂

    XO
    Lee Anne
    http://www.lifebylee.com

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    Kim Myers

    Love this post so much! It totally shows how much your girls adore him and how your son looks up to him.

    xoxo,
    Kim

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    Laina Turner

    Wonderfully touching photos of a father’s love. Beautiful.

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    Jessica Sheppard

    Such a fun post…your fam is precious (including Charlie!) Love how honoring you are of Ben and you sharing a glimpse into the joys and blessings of working hard for your home to be a sweet haven! You guys rock!

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    Daphne Lee

    Adorable. A father’s love is priceless — usually subtle and unspoken but very much felt. I’m so happy for your children and you!

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    Desiree

    This post is amazing and so sweet!! And your little ones are so beautiful!

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    Joy @ Jumbled Up Joy

    Love this post! The words are so true, and the pictures make my heart so happy!

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    Jessica Lefler

    I love the pictures! This post is so sweet and your children are lucky to have such a great father!

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    Dede Raad

    Oh my goodness so precious!

    Dress Up Buttercup // Dede Raad

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    Sarah Tripp

    This is such a tender post! Really loving your wall art, too!

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    Sydney

    I just love these family posts! It is very true, a fathers love is like no other. The relationship I have with my dad is everything to me!

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    Chelsea Padgett

    I never thought I could love my husband more, then we had two baby girls. Every time I see them together my heart just bursts with joy.

    Chelsea || http://www.binkiesandbaubles.com

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    Liz

    This is so cute! What a sweet post. Happy weekend!

    Liz
    http://Www.lizzieinlace.com

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    Sharon Wu

    Awwww this is just so so precious! Loving your family photos. So cute! xo, sharon

    http://www.stylelullaby.com/personal/up-close-personal-qa/

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    Anna English

    Such a sweet post Ruthie! Love that your little pup made a cameo!

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    Morgan

    I don’t think these photos could be any sweeter!! How lucky are they ((and you!)) to have him?!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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    Stephanie // A Sparkle Factor

    What a sweet post! I’m sure it means so much to Ben to read these wonderful things you’ve said about him. You’re so right– a father’s love is really special. When my dad passed away a few years ago, it was so tough, even as an adult. But I really treasure those memories I have from my childhood with him. They’re definitely some of my favorites. Your kiddos sound like they’re lucky to have two wonderful parents.

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    kara

    I absolutely love this post! A Fathers love is so special and unconditional. Thank you for the reminder <3

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    Sarah

    Great post! Father’s are the best!!

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    Blondie

    Intecligenle and simplicity – easy to understand how you think.

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    Nicholle Brainard

    This is SO sweet! These photos are going to be so special to look back on.

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