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!
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!