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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Father's Day

Growing up I thought everyone had a dad like mine. As I've gotten older, I've realized that many kids aren't as lucky as I was and continue to be.

I have vivid memories of dad laying on the floor coloring with me, helping me onto the chairlift at Whiteface, cheering me on from underneath the basket, and getting me a pretzel at the hockey games. My dad was the perfect example of what my future (present) husband was to be. He continues to be a support system, role model, and friend to me. I didn't realize until now that so many people grow up missing that relationship.

In light of Father's Day I want to highlight some of the characteristics my dad has that I pray my children will get to experience some day. I may not have always appreciated these traits in my father, but they helped to shape me into the woman I am today and as I've grown up I realize that each of them is rooted in his unconditional love for me.

1. His willingness to stick to his guns. Whether it be my phone curfew or a rival school board member, I've never seen my dad back down from his stand point.
2. His broad knowledge of absolutely everything. I can ask my dad about anything and he will know at least something about it. He knows how to change oil, fix a frozen pipe, dry a tear, and the list goes on and on.
3. His immediate insistence on putting himself aside to put his children first. Dad worked hours upon hours of overtime so we could go on vacations and camp in the summer. He traveled hundreds of miles when working in Montreal and never complained about being tired on our weekends together. He would eat where we wanted, walk around the mall, and sit through chick flicks if it meant spending time with us.

Three qualities don't even begin to express the awesomeness my dad exudes. But they are three qualities that I pray I will exhibit with my own children some day. They are three qualities that mean the world to me and I have probably never thanked my dad for them.

Dad, you are so many things to me. On Fathers Day and every day I thank God He gave me you for a father and most importantly to be my daddy.

Happy Fathers Day! I love you.

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