This may sound cliche, but I was initially drawn to my husband because of his obvious "good dad" characteristics....
We were only 18 when we first met, and I had no desire to be a mother. I had created this image of a powerful businesswoman in a suit (who kept tennis shoes in her briefcase). I was going to go straight into graduate school after earning my bachelor's degree... yadda, yadda, yadda. Subconsciously, I must have been looking for a great guy who would eventually be an amazing father because that is exactly what I found. Right away, he told me about his 4 younger brothers and sisters. I could tell how much he cared about them by the way he spoke, but it was solidified when I visited his family for the first time. His youngest sister was only 2 years old. All of the kids are significantly younger than he, and he had clearly learned how to care for little ones. I had never met a guy with such fatherly instincts.
I was hooked. Not having had my own dad around much, I knew having a good father for my children was an area where there would be no compromise.
I am so thankful to have found such an awesome guy. When Emma kicks her feet and that crooked smile spreads across her face each time her dad walks in the door, I get those warm, fuzzy feelings inside. She loves her daddy. They're best buddies. She's a very lucky little girl. :-)