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Outnumbered: A Tribute to the Father of My Daughters

“It takes a special man to be a father of all girls.”

In honor of Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, I wanted to share with you a little bit about my amazing husband…. God has blessed us abundantly! We have three daughters that we are thankful for each day. Having two sisters myself, I easily fell into the amount of female members we have in our family currently, and I love it.

Zeb grew up with one sister who was younger than him, so he surrounded himself with his buddies from a young age. The adjustment to an all-female household (four humans and one canine) was a learning curve for him. But I have never met a man more equipped (literally and biologically) to be a daddy of all daughters. There is something about the love of your life holding your baby girls…. I just love it.

I honestly think we were given these girls for a reason, and I KNOW that Zeb is their daddy for many reasons. Here are just a few:

1. He is LAID BACK. We will need that when we are all on the same menstrual cycle 10+ years from now.

2. He is HANDY. We will need him to build us more bathrooms and closets.

3. He is PATIENT. We will need that every. single. day. for the rest of our lives.

4. He is LOVING. Our daughters will need him to continue to tell them, “I love you,” and to show them love so they don’t seek it from other sources.

5. He is REALISTIC. We will need that balance when we are a bit too emotional and needing a dose of reality when facing the impending friend drama and boyfriends. Oh help us.

6. And finally… he LOVES ME. Our girls need to see how a man should treat his wife with love and respect, and they need to feel safe and secure knowing we love each other.



We aren’t sure what’s in store for us in the future…. More kids? More girls? A boy? Whatever comes our way, we are ready and we are thankful.

Thank you, Zeb, for being an amazing husband, provider, friend, and father to our girls!


7 Responses to Outnumbered: A Tribute to the Father of My Daughters

  1. Todd Stiles June 10, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    Hey B and Z – not sure if it’s ‘kosher’ for a guy to read this blog, but saw the heading and wanted to simply say I’m proud of you, Zeb, for being God’s man to the women he has sovereignly placed in your life (that could sound weird, eh?). Seriously, appreciate the way you follow hard after God in an environment where you probably, more often than not, need a soft touch. -TS

    • sarah
      sarah June 10, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      thanks for reading, Todd! we’re honored! and thanks to you – for being a godly example in the lives of the men of FFC. for His glory!

  2. Bekah Riker June 10, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    Thanks Todd for your words! And it is totally kosher for you to read the blog!! Especially this week we want guys to read our posts about the amazing dads in our lives. Thanks for being an amazing example to us of how to raise children and lead a family and a church

  3. sarah
    sarah June 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    so blessed to know your family and see that daddy zeb! we love you guys!

  4. Angela Squires
    Angela Squires June 10, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    I just want to say, “Amen!” to all the previous comments and also add my hearty agreement to your statement, “There is something about the love of your life holding your baby girls.” From the time I knew I would marry Travis, I longed for the day he would hold our baby girl. Seeing him love and care for our daughters makes me love him even more… and the soft side they bring out in him makes him even more manly in my eyes! 🙂 I’m so thankful that my daughters–and yours–have daddies who show them what real men are all about.

    • Ben Robie June 11, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

      @Todd – I’m sure most of this blog’s readers are guys – I wouldn’t worry a bit. 🙂

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