Nothing could have stopped me from experiencing this moment…

Tonight I had an experience with my 11 year old daughter that I will remember, relive, & cherish for the rest of my life.  Fathers that don’t find times like this are so missing out.  I recall thinking at one moment that what would my friends or aquaintences say if they knew I paid $15 to sit in a 3D concert movie of a TV tini boper….?  Would they laugh?  Would they scoff?  Would I be embarassed?  Heck No!  I’d watch them die a slow painful death before letting them take the moment I had with Brooke tonight away.  Nothing could have stopped me from experiencing this moment…

It all started with our “spring break” family trip to Disneyland.  We flew down this morning on a very early flight and met Brenda’s folks at the Orange County airport.  Went to lunch, hung out at the mall for a while, enjoyed the beautiful southern Cal sun, sat by the pool, and got some rest.  Then after dinner tonight, Dave & Drew headed off to LAX to pick up BR & J3 (more family).  So I got a great idea….since we’re only a 10 minute walk from Downtown Disney…why don’t we walk down there and see a movie.  So, Brooke & I walked through all the love of Disney and grabbed tickets/3D glasses/Popcorn & soda for the 9:40 showing of the Hannah Montana/Jonas Brothers 3D movie spectacular.  Here is the really cool thing…we were the only ones in the theater.  AND…we’re at Disneyland!  The love that I felt while watching my daughter stand up and dance through the entire movie as she was singing every note at the top of her lungs was unexplainable.  Truly a moment that only a father & daughter can appreciate.

I found myself experiencing a new emotion.  When the Jonas Brothers took the stage…I heard my 11 year old daughter have her breath taken away by the mere sight if a boy….(side note…I’m sure it won’t be the last).  Yet, at this moment when she was having so much fun…I almost cried as I thought that there are many people in this world that she could have given that moment to….and it was me!  We hold hands as we walk through a crowd.  When she is scared…she simply stands closer to me.  When we find a moment that will never happen again….we stop and hug real hard so we’ll never forget it.  I would die for her!

My relationship with my daughter must be the most intentional thing I do in my life.  God has gifted me with this precious life and I get one chance.  I’d better not screw it up!  Tonight I started a journey of walking my daughter through many “firsts” in her life.  I know that I won’t be there for all of them….but I want to set the standard so high that whatever little scum bag thinks he can impress my girl will quickly realize that he doesn’t hold a candle to her dad.

So…

Rock on Hannah Montana!

4 responses to “Nothing could have stopped me from experiencing this moment…

  1. The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace..
    – Psalms 29:11

  2. ….but I want to set the standard so high that whatever little scum bag thinks he can impress my girl will quickly realize that he doesn’t hold a candle to her dad.

    Thank you Loran, this line almost brought a tear to my eye…

  3. Loran, you’re awesome.

  4. Set the standard high! I have two girls. Before they went on any dates…I took them out. Best moments of my life

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