To My Daughter Looking for Love: Don’t Settle for Anything Less Than This

Mamas, you’ll want to share this “future husband” checklist with your dating daughters.

I came downstairs, tired and grumpy as I always am in the morning. I approached my kitchen counter for my first stop. As I began the routine of making the kids breakfast, packing lunches and making my coffee, I glanced down at his note.

I blushed. I smiled. I sighed.

Cassidy came beside me and saw the note as I held it to my heart.

“He never forgets, does he mom?”

“No. Never. And I pray that one day, you will find the man who loves you like your father loves me.”

A man who takes time to feed your heart and honor your dreams. A man who nurtures your weaknesses and carries your burdens. A man who tells you over and over again that you’re beautiful. A man that sees beyond your flaws and embraces your quirks. A man who puts your needs first and his second. A man who praises your efforts and accepts your failings. A man who holds you when you crumble and raises you when you desperately need the lift. A man who forgives your mistakes and remembers your gifts. A man who listens to your thoughts and cherishes your perspective. A man who realizes your potential and admires your purpose. A man who trusts you with his vulnerabilities and realizes his insecurities. A man of honesty and strength and integrity who can lead his family with faith and perseverance. A man of deep abiding passion for all he holds dear. A man that never gives up or lets go, because sometimes life gets hard. A man who realizes his worth and values yours. A man who sacrifices much so that you can have plenty. A man who loves you as you are and celebrates as you grow. A man who is committed and dedicated to loving you.

Oh, precious daughter. Don’t settle for anything less.

Christine Carter
Christine Carter is a SAHM of two pretty amazing kids. She has been writing at TheMomCafe.com for six years, where she hopes to encourage mothers everywhere through her humor, inspiration and faith. You can also find her work on For Every Mom, Blunt Moms, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Mamapedia, Her View From Home, Huffington Post, MomBabble, and Scary Mommy. She is the author of "Help and Hope While You're Healing: A woman's guide toward wellness while recovering from injury, surgery, or illness." You can follow Christine on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, and Pinterest.

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