When Josh and I found out we were having a little girl, we both cried tears of joy. Josh won't admit that, but I'm telling his secret. I cook his meals and am the mother of his children. He can't get too mad right? Besides the "She's never dating," "She's never leaving the house" spiel, he said three things to me that day that melted my heart. Through the tears he told me "I really want her to be proud to have me as her father." "I'm going to work really hard to be the husband to you that she needs me to be. I want to show her how a man is supposed to treat her," and "I'm taking her hunting and fishing with me as soon as she's old enough." After all, he's raising a young lady that will one day become a wife and a mother if she so chooses. It's a huge responsibility!

Josh has more than lived up to every single promise he made that day; Emma Jo is an epic daddy's girl. She is fiercely protective and proud of her daddy. She is his right hand (wo) man, literally, and she is his best fly fishing buddy.

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Photo by Lisa Williams

Fly fishing is one of those sports that teaches us lessons which can be carried over into everyday life, especially when learned early. And, especially when taught by your father. Josh takes Emma Jo fishing as often as possible and she absolutely loves it! Nine times out of ten when Josh asks Emma Jo what she would like to do that day, no matter ho cold or hot it is outside, she says "Take me fishing, Daddy."

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Photo by Lisa Williams