Sunday, June 17, 2007

Happy Father's Day!

To all the fathers in my life, I hope you have had a wonderful day.

Dad, I hope you know how much I love you. There have been times that have been hard, times where I thought we would never get through. But we did. And I am so thankful. While we don't agree on a lot of things, I know that you are always there for me. You have always supported me in whatever I was doing. You are the best granddaddy in the world. You have the relationship with my kids that I always knew you would. I wouldn't take anything for that. And even if I don't always agree with you, I will always love and appreciate you and the father that you have always been. I love you.

Papa, growing up next door to you and Grandma was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I always thought it was so special that I got to run down to your house everyday. I had two homes in a way. You always were there to play with us. I remember when we would spend the night, you would give us vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup; everytime I have that I think of you. Since I have grown up, you have been there to support me in so many ways. I don't know what I would do without you.

Stephen, where do I start? When I was younger, I always knew that I wanted to grow up, get married, have kids, and stay home with them and just be a mom. You have made that dream come true for me. You are the best dad to Jordan, Claire, Luke and Campbell. I had no idea how blessed our family would be. It is truly beyond my wildest dreams. I couldn't have been more blessed with the family that you have given me. Watching you with our kids is a blessing that I cherish everyday. Thank you for everything you do for the kids and everything you mean to them. While I am not always encouraging to you, I appreciate you more than you could possibly ever know. I am so thankful that my kids have you as a father. And I am thankful to our Father that He chose you for me. I love you.

To Stephen's dad and PaPa, you have been amazing influences on Stephen. Dad, Stephen always talks about how, eventhough you didn't live with them, they could always count on you to be there. They knew that every other Friday, you would be there to pick them up for the weekend. Stephen's favorite memories mostly come from trips with you. They knew that you loved them and that they could always count on you. PaPa, you have always been so important to Stephen. You have no idea the influence you have had on him. Your support throughout his life has made him the man he is today and I don't think I have ever thanked you for that. I love you.

I could never express the thanks deserved to the fathers in my life, but I hope you know how much I love you.


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry I didn't see this yesterday. However, it's a nice follow-up to the Father's Day events. I relived every moment of the day as I went to sleep. I always cherish any day that I can spend with you, Stephen and my babies. They're all growing so fast ... especially Luke and Campbell. I'm overwhelmed when I watch them play. So sweet. And when I watched how the kids reacted when Stephen had to leave for his work trip, it broke my heart. It was plainly obvious how much they adore him. I'll send you pictures :) Thanks for your patience and trying to understand. You are the best mother and daughter in the world. I am so blessed.

Much love,

Anonymous said...

I left Murfreesboro thinking to myself that as long as there are people like you and Stephen, there is hope for this old world. I thank you for the kind remarks. The best father's day gift I could have was getting to hold Campbell and listen to Jordan and Claire read from their books.
I got another lesson in mis-communication. Tristan kept talking about his "bat". I assumed he meant baseball bat while all the time he was talking about his plastic image of a real, live bat.