To my husband: You are a great man, husband, and father. I am so excited to be making a new life together and traveling down a new road. I think we picked the right side of the fork in the road this time and things are going to be better than ever. I am so lucky, no, we are so lucky to have you in our lives. There is no better man to be the father of my child. I knew it from when we first started dating, watching you with my step-brother, and then my little sisters... you are gentle and kind and playful. And I couldn't ask for more.
To my dad: I love you more than you know. Ever since Goose was born, I have been able to see you in a new light. I know we haven't always had the easiest relationship, but I can see the love you have for me every time you look into my daughters eyes. I can only imagine how you were with me when I was a child. You are a terrific father and grandfather. I can't wait to go camping. Some of my best memories of my childhood are from camping with you. And now Goose will be able to have those same memories. I treasure those times and its such a gift to be able to give them to Gabby. When I think of my dad, I think of you, camping in Lake Chelan, sleeping under the stars.
To my step-dad: Thank you for loving my daughter so much and thank you for all the support you and mom have given us. I know you work hard to support your own family but I hope you know that I we are so grateful that you are in our lives.
To my father-in-law: You are a bastard and an asshole... and I wouldn't have you any other way. You may have a rough exterior, but when I see you with Gabby, I can see you for the teddy bear you really are. There is so much love in your eyes every time you look at her. I know you give me a hard time, and I give it right back, but I also know that you and Lisa have taken me into your family with open arms. You will never know how much you mean to me, and honestly, you'd probably give me shit if I ever tried to tell you. But I love you anyway.
There are many other fathers and grandfathers in my life. And to each of them I wish a very special day filled with love, family and togetherness. Now more than ever I am so thankful to be surrounded with so much love.