Happy Father’s Day 2013

by Ann Marie Michaels on June 16, 2013

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Almost eight years ago, I met Seth. It took us a long time to find each other. He was 41 and I was 37.

I was starting to think I’d be alone forever, and never get to have kids. And then in walked Seth.

He was definitely worth the wait.


We were blessed with our beautiful baby girl, Kate, in 2007.


Seth was in the delivery room and was the first one to hold her. A breech baby, she was born via unplanned C-section. As my brother said later, “Kate didn’t want to mess with a birth canal and labor. She wanted valet parking.”

We all slept together in the hospital room that afternoon.


Since that day, Seth has been the best daddy to this little girl.


Although he has a busy work schedule and has to travel quite a bit, he can’t bear to be away from us for very long.

I remember when Kate was just a few months old, she and I went away for a few weeks to visit family. He couldn’t stand it, so he booked a flight last minute to be with us for just a couple nights.


And yes, he did baby-wearing.


He always keeps Kate entertained and laughing.


Here they are at a French restaurant. We ate pâté and mussels with French fries.


Here they are eating oysters at the farmer’s market.


And at Sea World in San Diego, waiting for Shamu to come out.


Kate riding a pony for the first time on Long Island at a Halloween pumpkin patch.


Joking around at a fancy restaurant in Las Vegas. (See what I mean? We travel a lot.)


And there they are on Kate’s first day of kindergarten at her Montessori school. Kate was so excited and Seth was so proud.

I’m so grateful to have found Seth. I couldn’t ask for a better father for our child.

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How about you? Do you have a husband or father you are grateful for?

How are you celebrating Father’s Day with the dads in your life? I’m taking Seth to an afternoon movie and then dinner. Share what you’re up to in the comments!

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Soli June 16, 2013 at 3:16 PM

This almost 39 year old lady thanks you for the reminder and hope. :)

My own father passed away when I was young but I still think about him a lot.


Ann Marie Michaels June 17, 2013 at 7:22 PM

@Soli There’s still time but you don’t have long. If I were you, I’d freeze your eggs NOW. Your egg quality dramatically declines after 40. Google it.


Ann Marie Michaels June 17, 2013 at 7:23 PM

If you want to have kids, that is.


SarahB June 16, 2013 at 3:43 PM

What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man.Congratuations on your beautiful family!


CynthiaHill June 16, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Glad you found happiness & a great guy Ann Marie & thank you for all you do to support real food & healthy lifestyles!


Lynette Stein June 16, 2013 at 3:51 PM

I love following your posts. We seem to have a lot in common. Even like the same TV program – call the midwives – I only watch limited TV down here in Australia. I found my beautiful life partner 17 years ago and we have our very precious 9 year old boy – Thierry, My only child at 47 years young. Thanks for the great post and enjoy!


judy June 16, 2013 at 3:52 PM

This grandmother’s heart is touched by the love I see in these pictures of your family. Thank you for sharing them with me.


Susan June 16, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Soooo cute! What a neat peak into your family life! Thanks for sharing it with us!


susan June 16, 2013 at 4:54 PM

I met my husband when I was 38 and he was 44. We had trouble staying pregnant (wish I knew about WAPF before I tried to get pregnant). We adopted instead and my hubby is a great daddy to his little girl!


Cindy June 16, 2013 at 5:28 PM

So sweet. A blessed little girl to have parents that care so much for her health too! My husband grilled (I’m expecting our 4th and exhausted!) grass fed steaks (from Amos Millers) and asparagus with mashed potatoes. Our oldest son just baked organic brownies made with coconut oil….mmm so good! We went to church this morning and then spent the day playing games with and loving on Daddy. We’ve got a great one too!


Sarah June 16, 2013 at 5:43 PM

I met my hubby at 35. He was 46. We are now 41 and 52, grandparents and unbelievably happily married.
Things happen when they are supossed to (and boy, ws he worth waiting for!)
love the family pictures!!


Katrina June 16, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Loved this post. Such a treat to see your pics and read your commentary. It left me feeling very appreciative of my husband who is right this moment looking after our two little girls (born when I was 42 and 44) while I read in bed. It wasn’t Father’s Day here in Oz yesterday but I’m reminded to do something nice for home today. Maybe I’ll get up now :-)
Love your blog too. Really glad I found it.


Meagan @ Growing Up Herbal June 16, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Loved reading this post, and getting to meet your family AnnMarie! You have such a blessed, sweet story! Thanks for sharing!


Linda June 16, 2013 at 8:19 PM

This is wonderful post…definitely something to share with Kate when she’s older!


Monique B. June 16, 2013 at 8:26 PM

What a precious, beautiful post! Brought tears to my eyes! Love love love the photos, and thank you so much for sharing them with us! :-)


Jeanmarie June 17, 2013 at 12:04 AM

What a wonderful tribute to Seth.


Jennifer June 17, 2013 at 5:04 AM

Lovely post! Our daughter is 8 and the apple of Hubby’s eye. Just found your blog recently and enjoying it very much!


Winnie June 17, 2013 at 5:20 AM

This is a very sweet post, AnnMarie, Thank you so much for sharing this glimpse into your life.


Ann Marie Michaels June 17, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Thanks, Winnie :-) <3


Kelly the Kitchen Kop June 17, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Absolutely beautiful!!! Makes me love you all even more. That picture of them eating oysters is the BEST, you can tell she loves them as much as you two, lol! Does she still?



Ann Marie Michaels June 17, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Sadly, no. She won’t eat oysters now. But it’s temporary. We’ll get her back on track in time!


Natalie J Vandenberghe June 17, 2013 at 9:24 AM

I love your pics–thanks for sharing!
My Father’s Day story is that my wonderful step-Dad, Spike, married my Mom (in 1963) when she was a widow with five kids. He was a great guy who truly loved my Mom and cared for us (for more than 40 years) Talk about a blessing!


Leah June 17, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Beautiful post. I have enjoyed reading some of the posts with a more personal touch lately. My daddy is out of state but I was glad to be able to talk to him several times over the weekend. This year, my husband and I are expecting our first child. We celebrated Father’s Day with a weekend camping at the beach. I had no idea I’d be 16 weeks pregnant when I booked this trip 6 months ago, but it was just perfect. A great way to celebrate Father’s Day and get somewhat of a babymoon in before our baby arrives.


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