Photography: Father and Son

I was so deeply inspired and moved by Jenny’s post on Sunday, Flavors of Fatherhood, that it further inspired me to look at the father closest to me here in Kuwait, yup, the one I chose to be the father of my children, my husband. As young and in love 20 somethings we get married for our own selfish desires, and rightly so, this is the person WE plan to spend the rest of OUR lives with, we better choose carefully right. But more than that, for me, this was the man I was also choosing to be the father of my future babies. And I simply could not have picked a better dad for my children than this one.

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A year ago, he came to me with this idea that he wanted to do a father and son golf themed photo session and I was all over it. What a charming way to capture this season of life. Our son was 2 and at the perfect age for this assignment. Still holding onto his baby cuteness but old enough to follow guided instructions.

Date and Time – April (Warming up here in Kuwait), 8am

Weather – warm and hazy, dust started to creep in by 10am

Location – Golf Course

Top Tip – We had spoken to one of the members of staff about the session and they were able to take us to a part of the course which they new would be empty that time of the morning. And since he then escorted us, we had no problems trying to explain what we were doing to security. Always get approval ahead of time when shooting on location, it will make for a smooth stress free morning.

The morning was a huge success, our little guy was on top form and just loving all the one to one attention without his sisters around. And my husband was more than thrilled with the results. He has his favourite three photos printed and proudly displayed in his office. I know that he will hold that moment in time close to his heart always and it was an honour for me to be able to have gifted him, them, with that.

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Now before anyone accuses us of favouring the boy, we are planning on doing a daddy-daughters session as well we just haven’t quite found the right theme yet. So if anyone has any original ideas, I’d love to read them in the comments below.

To quote Jenny “There are many different kinds of fathers in this world. There is the stoic father who labourers tirelessly for his family, expecting his actions to speak the words he can’t seem to share.” – Thank you my darling husband for everything that you do for us, for your actions in our lives are deafening.

Cheers to the dads

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Flavors of Fatherhood

{Guest post by: Jenny Delaney Frickie}

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Fatherhood is not something you can easily define, for the seasons of fatherhood are as fluid as the cold beer he drinks after a long hard day. There are many different kinds of fathers in this world. There is the stoic father who laborers tirelessly for his family, expecting his actions to speak the words he can’t seem to share. There is the goofy dad who seems to be as young and carefree as his kids, exemplifying the art of playfulness at all stages of life.  There is the adventurous father who is only satisfied exposing his family to the wonders of the world, instilling a life long fascination of exploration. There is the handy daddy who can fix anything he sets his mind to, especially the treasured toys of his children.

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A father can be each of these and more at one point or another. As the seasons of life pass from one to the other, and the challenges of each season wear heavily upon his shoulders, a father never ceases in his labor of love for his family. He will move from the season of “daddy” to the season “dad”, just as spring all to quickly turns into summer. The summer years will fade to the brisk fall evenings, as pre-teens begin to push against authority. Then suddenly a father must weather the blizzards and winter storms of the teenage years with the hope that the spring of adulthood is just around the corner- when once again he will be a wanted voice of wisdom and encouragement.

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Through it all, a father’s heart carries the burdens of his family with pride. He takes great care in providing shelter and food for his little tribe. Yet his provision goes so much deeper. His encouraging words and cheering smiles provide the very confidence that will propel his children into world in search of success and prosperity. A father’s love fills his children’s souls and prepares them for the day they will encounter the enormous love of their Father in Heaven. A love they are able to receive and believe in easily, for they have been loved unconditionally all their lives.

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A father instills within his son what is means to be a good man; devoted and loving. He helps define the man of his daughter’s dreams, as she will seek a man who embodies the positive characteristics of her daddy. 

John Luke

Fathers instruct their children, raising them up with honorable character and setting ever-widening boundaries that prepare for adulthood. Father’s are caretakers, providers and lovers. They are hard workers who make investments not just financially, but emotionally and spiritually. No, fatherhood is not easily defined for it encompasses all aspects of life and is displayed as uniquely as the beers displayed at a store.  Fatherhood is determined by the man’s personality and season in which he resides; his flavor and color is unique- but a refreshing cold beer nonetheless. 

Cheers to you dads!

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IACW - Jen bio picAlong with being Katie’s little sister, Jenny is a Christian author, a home school mama of three, and Marine wife. In between parenting and teaching, she uses her limited free time to write inspirational devotions and children’s literature. Her first published essay was chosen for the I HEART MOM anthology of motherhood.

This is Jenny’s first guest blog post on IACW and we look forward to her sharing her heart and inspiration with us in the future!