Happy Father’s Day

Yesterday we celebrated our fathers, from states apart.  My dad lives in Maryland and my father-in-law lives in New York.  I think celebrating our parents on a specific day is wonderful!  Afterall, it is evident that everyday is “kids” day growing up.  There is so much that my dad has done for me and my brothers:  it is nice to have a day designated just for him to say “I love you” and “thank you”.  I would say I am very much a “Daddy’s Girl”.  We have a wonderful relationship that I value so much.  It seems rare to have a father that is so involved in their children’s lives who is also still deeply in love with his wife.  I have been blessed in many ways to grow up in the home that I did.  My dad is a wonderful man with a gentle spirit.  I have always felt that he has commanded respect and authority in a gentle and quiet way.  I can’t remember my dad raising his voice at us or at my mother.  Astounding right?  It is true, though!  I definitely share in my dad’s humor, we are laughing together a lot!  My dad has been one of my greatest supporters and encourager in my art, athletics, schooling, etc.  I would say that the biggest way my dad has pushed me as a person would be to continually grow in my personal faith.  I would come into the kitchen in the mornings and see my dad’s Bible laid out on the table or breakfast bar and know that he had done his devotions over a hot cup of coffee.  That has always been a quiet, but firm reminder to be in God’s word and to deepen my faith and understanding.  He has and continues to lead our family in a godly way and I am forever grateful to him.  Some of my favorite memories as a little girl are,  waking up very early to hear my dad pour himself a bowl of cereal before heading off to work.  I was probably about 4 or 5, but would slip out of my room in my little silk nightgown and creep into the dining room to find my dad having breakfast.  I would then dip my head under his arm and climb up into his lap to share his cereal, by opening my mouth like a baby bird, to let him know I wanted a bite!  He always shared with a smile and a kiss on my head.  There are hundreds more things that I could write about my dad and how great he is.  If you know him than you can see what I am talking about.  I love you dad!  Thanks for all you have done for me and our family!

Me and my dad

 

My dad and I hugging after my wedding ceremony

 

This year I also have had the privilege of honoring my father-in-law.  It has been a true blessing to become a member of his family.  Andrew’s dad is also a great example of godly leadership.  I am blessed to have a father-in-law who also deeply cares for and loves his family.  I have always felt welcomed by him, even when Andrew and I were first dating.  He is a very generous and giving person, happy to help out, and eager to share laughter, and his yummy coffee, too!  It is wonderful to have in-laws that closely share the same beliefs as my own family.  Happy father’s day!

My father-in-law dancing with his daughter, Emma, at our wedding.

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  • Michele Prince

    Arryn we are the most blessed girls in the world–me for having Brian Prince as my husband for 30 years, and you for having him as your dad. God has been so good to us!ReplyCancel

  • Michele Prince

    Arryn we are the most blessed girls in the world–me for having Brian Prince as my husband for 30 years, and you for having him as your dad. God has been so good to us!ReplyCancel

  • Gramma V

    Arryn, I am typing through misty eyes after reading your wonderful tribute to your dad and father-in-law, my son. We are so blessed to have you in our family!! We love you!!ReplyCancel

  • Gramma V

    Arryn, I am typing through misty eyes after reading your wonderful tribute to your dad and father-in-law, my son. We are so blessed to have you in our family!! We love you!!ReplyCancel

  • What a great tribute to your dad and your father-in-law!ReplyCancel

  • What a great tribute to your dad and your father-in-law!ReplyCancel

  • Brian Prince

    Thanks Sweetie. I couldn’t be more proud and blessed by you, Ian and Austin.ReplyCancel

  • Brian Prince

    Thanks Sweetie. I couldn’t be more proud and blessed by you, Ian and Austin.ReplyCancel

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