Mike Donehey of Tenth Avenue North has a pretty exciting announcement! He and his wife Kelly are not only pregnant with their fourth child, but with their fourth DAUGHTER!
Mike recently shared his news with social media about being a father of all girls and despite the usual response of, ‘oh you are in trouble!’ Mike says he usually replies with, “I actually love it. They snuggle me, dance with me, constantly tell me they love me… what is not to love?”
Mike is currently working on his book debut along with Tenth Avenue North, Brandon Heath and Jon McLaughlin getting ready for their fall tour “I Have This Hope”.
Even with all this going on, Mike is still engaged with his family and the exiting new addition they have coming soon. Mike said that even through the rough times of having daughters, “This is all a gift. Let’s breathe deep, see and give thanks for each other as best we can. God will keep giving me what I need to love them, one moment at a time. After all, it’s just a phase, don’t miss it.”
When I tell people I have 3 daughters, their first response is usually, "oh are you in trouble!" To which I usually reply, "I actually love it. They snuggle me, dance with me, constantly tell me they love me...what's not to love?" That's when faces darken and ominous tones come through, "just wait til they're teenagers, you'll see." But you know what, I have friends with teenage daughters who love it. They seem to enjoy each other's presence and respect is evident on both sides. Those are the friends I like to seek wisdom from. I ask, "how do you do it?" To which they always respond, "Well Mike, I don't think it's all too complicated. Just be interested." Interested. Available. Care. The best wisdom is almost always the simplest. Seems like God loves to do that. Wisdom isn't for sale. It's right here waiting for anyone humble enough to ask for it. I think as parents we feel like we have to constantly brace ourselves for the worst possible future, and in doing so, we miss what's right in front of us. My friend Daniel reminded me the other day, "most of us say, "It's just a phase, you'll get through it." But I like to say, "it's just a phase, don't miss it." As Elizabeth Elliot quipped, "wherever you are, be all there." I look at this picture I snapped at a creek last week, and I'm tempted to believe the warnings, that things will deteriorate and they'll end up hating me, and I'm in for horrible things. But not today. Today, Im staring at these treasures and I'm saying to myself, "This is all a gift. Let's breathe deep, see and give thanks for each other as best we can. God will keep giving me what I need to love them, one moment at a time. After all, it's just a phase, don't miss it."