He really likes Mark! It's the simple things Mark does with him. They play golf on paper (thanks Uncle Chris), the dot game where you draw a line and if you make a box you put your initial in the box, paper airplanes, football with paper, guy stuff! They play and laugh and I...well, read a book or watch them. It's how he looks up at Mark. Mark's a daddy. Andrey has never had one.
I'm so thankful for Mark and the man he's become. The father and husband he is. He's warm and inviting and loves the Lord passionately. He has a commanding presence and people gravitate toward him. I sit back and watch, because for me, he's my sweetheart, best friend and confidant. I think he's like a big bear...warm and mushy! It warms my heart to see Andrey attach himself to Mark and the other boys like him, too!
I watch the boys around here and see how much they all need a daddy. There is something about a dad. He's the one a young boy looks to, to become a man. What does becoming a man look like? How do I do it? Dads teach you good work ethics. How to love and treat your spouse. To give a good strong hand shake. To not be afraid to cry. To worship the Lord with abandon.
I know what a lot of you are thinking...moms are important, too, and they are. But that's another post. :) Right now these young boys are hungry for a male figure to lead and guide them in the right direction. If the body of Christ doesn't, who will?