What Kind?

Well, our weekend went off spectacularly.  John Henry played his first soccer game, and he thought the tumble and roll was the best part of the game.  Here he is before the uniform needed a good washing.


We were pretty certain this girl here was our ringer.

Not so much.

Anyhoo, the start of Takle/Landreth sports has begun.  And, we couldn’t be more excited or proud.

Anna, much like her momma, kicked it back and soaked it all in.

As I gave John Henry one of his birthday gifts, I told him it was from his Dad.

His response and, no doubt, quote of the weekend, “What kind?”

In other words, which dad?

We all laughed at our not so normal life.

People often ask us how we do what we do.  How do Kris and Bryan do dinner together, laugh together, and share the joys of one amazing boy together?  I don’t know that I ever explain it all very well.  This is what I do know:

– After Bryan and I separated (and I was pregnant with John Henry), I prayed several scriptures over Bryan’s life.  (Thank you, Bob and LaRue McDaniel, for your amazing book, “Pray the Word”.)

– I chose forgiveness. 

– I married a man who not only loves me, but loves John Henry so much that he loves Bryan, too.

– I took ownership in “my stuff.”

– I thank God every day that His mercies are new every morning.

Because, I need them.  We all need them.  And, I know that I know that I know, that I am nothing without Him. 

What kind of dad?  The kind that loves.

Aren’t you glad our heavenly Father loves us no matter what?



Filed under divorce, Love, parenting

6 responses to “What Kind?

  1. Ahh….so good. You and JH are blessed! I have to think it’s because you chose to BE a blessing.

  2. I never tire of hearing about that “not so normal life” with the amazing relationship you and Kris have with JH’s dad. I am blessed each time I hear it because (having endured similar “drama”) I’m convinced it is the work of the Master making all that possible!

  3. Judy

    I know of no other child that was prayed for as much as JH, while still in the protection of the womb…and especially by “well know prayer warriors”…I would say it was a great victory and we are all watching to see the journey God has planned for him….HE IS TOO DANG CUTE AND HIS EYES ARE HEAVENLY!!!!!

  4. Oh so good.

    I often get raised eyebrows when I tell people how good of a relationship I have with Jack’s mother. People expect there to always be bitterness involved.

    Someone said to be the other day, “Do you want to be better or bitter?”

    Nuff said.

  5. Dusty, that was really a great blog, I loved the whole thing, the pictures too! What a blessing! Yes, I do thank God for his love, mercies each day! I couldn’ live without them! Love you, love what you have become, that sweet, strong, woman of God! I am blessed to know you!

  6. Brenda

    Tell JH if he gets 3 goals in the same game, it is called a “Hat Trick”, like in Hockey and you throw your hat on the field! I THOUGHT ANNA would play too…I had her pegged as your Ringer! I just wish JH and Anna were here playing so we could come watch…Morgan played in Milledgeville and then Alex had a home game this past Saturday. Both teams lost but everybody survived. JH has got to be one of the most blessed guys that I know. I cannot even begin to tell you how much our family loves Kris for taking JH as his own and accepting Bryan too. Kris has been a God Send for JH and YOU and ALL of our familly. I am soooo glad that you 3 can all be together and celebrate for all of your sakes…JH and Anna’s mostly. You have grown so much and I am in awe of how this has all turned out. Kris, Thank you soooo much for loving JH as your own. Dusty,, thank you for allowing all of us to be a part of your Takle/Landreth Family! JH, we love you and hope we get to see you and Anna play soccer and baseball one day!

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