Sunday, June 17, 2012

Dads Are Rad (Especially Ours)

Isn't he a handsome devil? 

If I could pick any dad in the world to parent my children, this would be the guy (a happy situation, because he already has the job). What's more, he exceeds all expectations!

 

What makes him such a good father, you may ask? Well, he grew up with an outstanding role model, one whom he resembles more every day. Still, I don't think nurture alone can be credited with the full extent of his excellence. Nature has to be a big factor too, because this man's nature is a custom fit for fatherhood. Yep, our Big Daddy Dave not only has what it takes but passes every bit of that along to his kids. (They hit the dad jackpot, and boy, do they know it!)


I know it, too. And while I have no clue how my hubby/parenting partner manages to be both an anchor and an adventurer, a counselor and a comrade-in-arms, he somehow gets the job done. And where did he ever come up with the right blend of stern and silly to lead our sons and daughter, providing both fun and a firm foundation for living? From what source has he learned the intricate rhythm of stepping forward and standing back that encourages self-confidence in a child? And where did he ever find the balance of respecting and protecting that sets up solid boundaries without building too many walls?


One thing is certain. Whatever it is that makes a good parent, Dave has it in spades, and our children (and grandchildren) are the beneficiaries. I wish that every young person could feel as safe in the world as they do, knowing that he will always have their backs, in this life and the next. A father's love has the power to nourish the roots of a family tree for eternity.

Happy Father's Day, Dave.
We love you!

=)

PS. 12 little days till the BIG day.
(aka retirement)
woo-hoo

16 comments:

Tima said...

Awwww....so sweet. Hope he's having a wonderful Father's Day.

Leovi said...

Excellent portraits. very good.

Dixie Mom said...

I wish the same for everyone else too. Hope he has a Happy Father's Day!

Eva Gallant said...

A nice tribute!

LeAnn said...

I am smiling on this sweet one. It is so wonderful to have good solid husbands as the father of our children. You are deeply blessed. Loved the pictures and all of the thoughts.
Hugs!

Karen Mortensen said...

What a wonderful man. Hope I get to meet him sometime. Remember that I live on the golf course you guys came to once. hint hint

yaya said...

Great tribute to a wonderful Father. Your family is truly blessed! Happy Father's Day to him!

June said...

It sounds like your children are as lucky as mine Sue. Isn't it wonderful to be so blessed?
hugs from here...

Annmarie Pipa said...

what a beautiful tribute!!

Dina Lettre said...

Such a beautiful tribute, Sue. Hope he enjoyed his special day!

Wendy said...

He lucks like a happy guy! Best of luck in your transition with retirement!

Grandma Honey said...

Don't you just love it when you have all of our children in one picture? The best huh!

Caroline said...

What a great tribute Sue!!

Happy Father's Day (AND) Happy Retirement! Yayyyyy!

karen said...

Kudos to a great dad, a wonderful husband (or so I'm told...) and an all around nice guy! Sorry I'm a day late with this, but the sentiments are heartfelt all the same.

Darlene said...

So well said......I love that guy with all my heart. He is just A#1 in my book. His kids are so lucky to have had such a dad.

I'm a little late to wish him a Happy Fathers Day, but I know he did have one. At least he had 50% of them in his company. That's lots better than Dick had. At least he had five wonderful telephone calls and I'll be Dave had two really good ones too!

I also loved the pictures of him and yes, he is VERY handsome. I'm wondering if he read this glowing tribute to him, I can only hope so.

Joy For Your Journey said...

That is such a sweet post!! I am sure he felt very honored when he read it. And he sounds like such a wonderful man. You (and your kids and grandkids) have truly been blessed!

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