Jun. 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day!

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give to another person,

he believed in me.” Jim Valvano

“A son’s first hero and a daughter’s first love is their Dad.”

Today is Father’s Day! If you haven’t gotten your Dad a card and you’re really speedy, you still have time. Actually, all the guys in your family who are Dads should get a card, whether they’re your husband, son, or son-in-law. To quote Wilhelm Busch,

“Becoming a Father is easy enough...But being one can be rough!”

Wilhelm was saying quotable things from 1832-1908 so it wasn’t any easier then. Happy Father’s Day to all you guys. Hope it’s a good one. 

Thinking about all the fathers in our family, I can start with my Dad, Kim Weed, now in heaven, who was an artist and a first class raconteur with exciting anecdotes about just about every place on the planet and undertook a ‘round the world voyage in his 80’s where he ended up being 3rd mate on a huge container ship.

My father-in-law, Jay Edward Davis, also in heaven, who was an inspirational Christian, lifetime member of the Gideons, and passed out thousands of little New Testaments along the way during his lifetime. He said, and practiced, “Do a good turn daily.” He gave the message of salvation to all who would listen for even a minute and I expect there were hundreds of folks in heaven to greet him when he arrived, there because he told them about Jesus.

My husband, John, best Dad ever, our children are the evidence of that. They are all splendid people and, as I have frequently said, he raised all of us...including me! He was the kind of Dad who never lost his temper, never said horrible things to the children, was able to listen to whatever they were saying and is a wonderful example of God, the Heavenly Father. The kind of Dad who would drive to Buttonwillow on a Sunday afternoon to pick up a stranded child.

Grandsons, Michael with two delightful children, and David, with one precious little girl, Erin, who is 8, in Germany. David has stayed there to be sure he is part of her life.

Son, John, father of six! Ashley, who married her sweetheart last Saturday; Chad, who will be a father himself in August; Amber and Emily who are still doing high school and college. Then there are darling 3 year old Caleb and sweet 1 year old Brady Benjamin with lovely and gracious wife, Michon. Seven, really, Zachary, too, is in heaven.

Son-in-law, Dave, married to our daughter, Patti, wonderful father of Nicole, Blake and Luke and a superb person. Even though it’s going to be well over 100 degrees today and their air conditioning is on the fritz, they are hosting a Father’s Day-pool party-birthday celebration and we admire their courage. Yes, we are going. I’ve got the potato salad and an apple cake.

Son-in-law, Christopher, married to our daughter, Crissy, father of two of the most precious little girls, 8 year old Jessie and almost six year old Emily, who are special adopted gifts from God. We forgave him for moving Crissy to Texas.

Son-in-law, Chuck, married to daughter, Leah, another great Dad, who is now doing the part of life which involves taking care of parents, his 94 year old mom, Elaine.

I hope you are as blessed as we are this Father’s Day, and that you tell the fathers in your life how much you appreciate them.

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, a reward from Him.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children born in one’s youth.

Blessed is the man who has filled his quiver with them.”