My husband is the best father in the history of fathers ever.
Also, my daddy is the best father in the history of fathers ever.
Ummm….and my Papa is the best father in the history of fathers ever.
Oh, and my father-in-law is the best father in the history…you get the idea.
But seriously, I have some really great men in my life who have raised some pretty amazing families. I didn’t have the honor of knowing my grandfather on my mom’s side of the family but his legacy is one of love and music and gentleness. My grandfather on my dad’s side, Papa, I have had the joy of growing up with. His legacy is one of love, faithfulness, and an infectious sense of humor.
Michael’s grandfathers have left similar heritages of love, strength and humor. His grandfather on the Adamson side was a farmer for his whole life and led his family with weathered hands and strong values. The grandfather on the Herchenroder side was a preacher and had a biting sense of humor and a tough exterior but had a soft spot in his heart for each of his four kids.
Mine and Michael’s dads are very similar in that they are smart, faithful to the Lord, firm in their beliefs, and gentle in spirit. Bruce taught Michael through his example how a father should lead his family without being overbearing or abrasive. I am forever grateful for Bruce for being the kind of father that my husband has now been able to pattern himself after.
My daddy, of course, had a profound impact on my life, as all dads do on their daughters. He was the first significant male influence in my life and I learned, through how he treated me, how I should be treated by other males. My dad set a high standard for any other guys to attempt because he was a master at balancing being my authority while never making me feel inferior. He was faithful to encourage me, he knew how to push me, he taught me that I was worthy of love and that I was capable and smart enough to meet any challenge. I think that his influence in my life is a lot of the reason why I didn’t feel the need to date around or be flirtatious with boys. Aside from being introverted enough to not lean that way anyways, I had the attention I wanted and the love and security I needed. Boys were fun to be friends with and I certainly had my share of crushes, but I didn’t need a boy to make me happy.
When the right boy came along though, I knew that he was worth keeping when I saw traits in him that I had witnessed in my daddy. Now that I am married to him and he is the father of my kids, I am even more certain that he is still worth keeping.
Michael is a new dad, he has only been on the job for a little over six years, but he is doing an awesome job. We are still figuring this whole parenting thing out and sometimes we make really bad decisions but sometimes we get it right. I’m so looking forward to watching him raise Jonah to be a strong and loving man who knows the value of working hard and being a leader. Haven and Laelynn also have a wonderful example of how they should be treated, loved and treasured.
For Father’s Day this year we drove over to Port Saint Lucie to spend some time with Michael’s mom and dad. We so enjoyed surprising Bruce, a.k.a. Papa Bear, on Friday night! He had no idea that we had been scheming with Kim, a.k.a. Bemaw, to come over for the weekend.
Saturday morning after breakfast, we went to the Sailfish water park where we enjoyed a huge splash-pad, a lazy river, and some awesome water slides.
Then, when the rain and lightening chased us out of there, we had lunch at Chick-fil-a and visited a local running store called Fleet Feet. Back at the house, we played in the backyard for a while before baths and dinner.
Sunday morning was church with Papa and Bemaw and Uncle Donnie and of course there were pictures…
then back home for a fantastic lunch and a little more time together over an ice-cream cake before hitting the road back home.
I hope you all had a great time celebrating the fathers and father figures in your lives.
Happy Father’s Day!