Today is Father’s Day! First off, I would like to wish all the dad’s out there who take such great care of their families, as well as new dads, and those struggling dads who never give up, a happy Father’s Day! Dads are so important, and I am grateful to all those dads who show up every day and try hard. Dads and moms together are so important in the lives of children, and having a dad present in a child’s life makes such a huge difference! There are so many statistics that show the importance of dads, but you can research that on your own. Today I would like to tell you about the dads in my life.

First off, my dad. My dad was such a great example to me. He has worked and supported our family all throughout his life, and when he was done at work making money, he came home and continued to work. He kept our home, and still keeps his home in great shape, fixing whatever needs fixing, painting, changing as he and my mom made their home better, etc. He also fixes the cars and keeps them running well. When my daughter went to college, she stayed with them and bought a used car. My dad took care of her car and made sure she was always good to go wherever she needed to go. I was grateful to know he was there and she didn’t need to worry. My dad taught me to enjoy this life, this world, and the many good things in it. He was always exploring and trying new things. He always made sure we got our work done, but when we were done he made sure we went and did fun stuff as well. He loved to go to car shows, and I have loved old cars ever since. I am grateful for his zest for life, and grateful that some of that has rubbed off on me.

My husband – Les. I guess I should start with his dad. His dad did a great job raising him. He taught him the importance of being a dad and taking good care of his family. He taught him many skills that bless our family every day, recently the skill of fixing our cars. My husband gained that love of fixing and tinkering from his dad, and Les has been passing that love on to our boys. Les is a great father. He enjoys spending time with his boys, he is supportive of all of them in their varied interests, even when he doesn’t know much about those interests. I remember when our boys started rock climbing. He wasn’t sure if that was the best fit, but he supported them. He has been to many competitions, learned about the sport, and gives them ideas as he watches, and cheers them on, just as he has always cheered all our children on in their endeavors. He has taught our kids to work over the years, it didn’t matter if it was daughters or sons, they all learned how to work. When our oldest daughter broke the side mirror off one of our cars, she was out helping repair it, when we haul wood, everyone works. He has even taught our daughters how to run chainsaws, not because they have to do it every time we cut wood, but because it’s a good life skill to have. I am grateful for his desire to be fulfill his responsibility as father, and for the great job that he does.

My Heavenly Father. We knew our Heavenly Father before we came to this earth, but we had to forget to be here. But even though forgetting was part of the deal, at least initially, I know that coming to know Him again while we are here is all part of His plan. I am grateful that He remembers me, that He knows me, and that no matter what, He has my best interest at heart. I am grateful that over the years I have been able to get to know Him again, and that He extends tender mercies to me on a daily basis. And even though I may not be able to see Him, I can feel His love for me in so many different ways. I know that He loves me and that He is interested and a part of the details of my life. I will end with this quote. This quote is in my bathroom for my kids to read every day, because I want them to know who they are, where they came from, and where they should be striving to go. I am grateful for Father’s, and especially the ones who have influenced my life. Happy Father’s Day!