Dear Daddy {From Madolyn}

For the past 7 years Kelly and Madolyn have gone to the Castle Rock Daddy Daughter Ball.

I know when Kelly first took her that it wasn’t really his “thing”…but it was definitely her kind of “thing”.

After that first time together and seeing how much she loved getting dressed up, dancing with her dad and just being together….it quickly became his thing too.

Madolyn is now 10 and I know they will have many more special times together because he has invested in her now.

This is Maddy’s letter to her dad….

Dear Daddy,

Thank you for being such a good dad.

Thank you for protecting us and loving us and caring for us.

Thank you for working so hard so that we can have wonderful bedrooms, food on our table and a roof over our heads.

Thank you for always being there for us and being someone that we can turn to.

Thank you for going to the Daddy Daughter Ball me with, the church dance and spending time with me.

I love that you make time for us to go to a dance, play with Ben or see my gymnastic tricks.

I love when you get to work from home so we can see you every day.

I miss you when you go on trips.

I am glad that you are my dad.

Love, Madolyn


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  1. kay

    Kelly is a wise and wonderful man to understand the importance of investing time with his love for his children. And Maddy has a beautiful and tender heart to recognize how special her daddy is!
    Wonderful photos! What special memories they are creating with each other! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Candace Bertalan Horner

    So tender and sweet. Maddy and Kelly’s eyes look so much alike, and she has your smile! I love the part about how she is thankful for the wonderful bedrooms, how honest and innocent. A beautiful story, and I also love seeing a few more details of your lovely home, love that grainsack display on the ladder…stealing! (when I have more than the one I own, lol!)….

  3. Mikal

    Total sweetness! I knew I’d have crocodile tears once I saw letter to daddy, but of course I still read it! New mascara is not waterproof!

  4. kolein

    This is so sweet and lovely and pure and good! *tears in my eyes

    Thank you for sharing with us! You have a beautiful family!

  5. Bess

    How beautiful. Our girls love taking their daddy to the “Cinderella Ball”. The first time our oldest daughter, also named Maddie :), wanted him to look like a real prince and wear a tuxedo. He was so embarrassed! But she was so happy and they ended up having a wonderful time. Now, 6 years later – he looks forward to it just as much as she does.

  6. Jen

    Darling! I hope my own little “Maddy” feels the same way about her Daddy when she gets older. So sweet.

  7. amy

    love the happiness on maddy’s face, and kelly looks so pleased, too. love that she must feel so special getting such a “fancy” night out with her dad. so sweet, jeanne.

  8. Donna

    That is just so sweet and a lovely tradition. I am sure she will grow up with the fondest memories of these times with her dad. Really special.

  9. Donna P

    AWWWWW… I absolutely LOVE this tradition!! You can see how proud he is to be her Dad!! It brought tears to my eyes!
    My husband tries his best to have date nights with our girls and does what ever they want, they just LOVE it!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  10. Jeanne

    Oh Jeanne, I cried (for many reasons) when I read this touching post you wrote. The photos are gorgeous, Madolyn’s dress is exquisite, right down to the silver kitten heel shoes. And Madolyn is a beautiful young lady both inside and out. Both you and Kelly must be so proud! Thanks for sharing this special time with us all.

  11. Lisa W.

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh this is awesome…so special, AND you little lady is quite beautiful, inside AND out!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  12. leslieharrisakagwenmoss

    I don’t know why, but when i read this post i got a lump in my throat. My youngest son is away on his senior retreat. Graduation is in sight and my oldest is away at college. Raising my boys has been my life’s joy…undescribable. I’m so happy for you that you have such gorgeous photos to remember these kind of moments. I got into picture taking recently, and I’m still learning how to use my Nikon. But I guess it’s never too late, right? I’m a new follower, nice to meet you.
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

  13. julie

    Beautiful! My husband used to take our girls to a Daddy-Daughter ball back in our last town. Now that we are in rural IA there is no such event that I know of. I have toyed with the idea of planning one myself…..and this post has definitely provided some extra encouragement. Thanks for sharing! I love your blog:)

  14. Alexis

    tears… I love Madolyn so much… I can’t wait to meet her one day… you are raising such an incredible little girl.

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