While Father’s Day is a special time to show how much we all appreciate our fathers, we thought it would be a great opportunity to share why we are “œglad to be dads”. Hear from Jim Storbeck, Founder, and RJ McBride, National Director of Sales.
I became an adoptive father two and a half years ago. Here’s how it all happened. Having volunteered our time working with impoverished kids in Central America, Alicia and I came face to face with the hard lives many of these children lead. One day, as I was searching the internet for our next project, I came across a picture of a little 9 year old girl who had just been brought to an orphanage in Honduras. No matter how hard I tried I could not exit out of that screen. She was the cutest thing. I asked Alicia if we could sponsor her and correspond by writing letters and she agreed. Well, we ended up going to see her and she easily captured our heart. We discovered she had a brother, and while it took 3 years of paperwork, repeat visits, and staying in touch via Skype, we finally adopted them and brought them home. Being a dad to orphaned children is wonderful and challenging at the same time. There is a lot of hurt to heal in their young lives and their acceptance of us as their parents has been a slow progression. We’ve had to learn to be patient and accept that our kids have their own timetable for taking in all of the new people and experiences that are here for them now. One of my greatest achievements was when Josh and Paola finally started calling me “œPa” and “œDad”. Now it’s just who I am to them. Each day I have the privilege to make breakfast, shoot baskets, get my fingernails painted, drive them to soccer practice, listen, love them, pray for them, and take comfort knowing that fatherhood is a gift that will keep getting better.
After our first daughter was born, I didn’t think I had any more love in my heart to give until God showed me that I did when he blessed my wife and I with our 2nd daughter. While they rob us of sleep, turn our house upside down, and never seem to eat the meals we prepare, it is a small price to pay for a hug, to hear the words, “œI love you daddy”, or when one of their tiny hands reaches up to grab mine for security. I do my very best to be a good listener, a role model, and a good dad. I have found it is much like borrowing a little from each of the 3 stooges ““ equals parts confusion, and strong will from Moe, added with the curious and gullible nature of Curly, and the off-center logic and humility of Larry.