6.19.2011

A Letter To My Father

Oh daddio, how do I even begin to thank you for the father that you are?
 The list could go on and on..but for all practical blog purposes, I will try to keep it as short as possible {and by that I mean entirely way too long}.
 If only you didn't have so many good qualities....
 
Thank you for your witty, goofy, weird sense of humor. The words or voices that come out of your mouth never cease to amaze me. I am so happy that I have inherited this trait from you...the weirdness lives on father =)
 
Thank you for your positive upbeat spirit. It is contagious and infectious. You have taught me how to look at life through a "glass half full" kind of lens. I pray that I instill this spirit in my children.
 
Thank you for your years and years of hard work and dedication to your job. To see you do something that you truly enjoy is such a blessing and something that I long for in my career. You have met so many people in your line of work and I know without a doubt that you are loved by thousands and thousands of people all over the world.
 
Thank you for your unwavering support in all that I do. You have never questioned my abilities and stand behind me 110% in every decision that I make.
 
Thank you for never being "too manly" to tell your little girl that you love her, hold her hand, and give her hugs whenever she wants. That little girl will always remember these signs of affection and will never be "too old" to show the same affection to her father.

Thank you for teaching me the importance of drinking black coffee at the ripe ole age of 5. Going to the "coffee shop" with you and your buddies before school is a memory I will never forget. Even though I didn't understand a lick of the "coffee shop convo", I loved being there by your side.
 
Even better, thank you for sharing with me your love for wine. I am now a full-fledged "wino" and I blame it all on you. Sitting on your patio with a glass of red wine-music playing and good conversation abounding is now one of my favorite activities to share with you.
 
Thank you for being okay with the fact that you were the only male in the household for 20+ years of your life. I am sure you longed for extra testosterone in the home on many occasions {especially when our womanly hormones kicked into high gear}, but you never made us feel like you would want it any different.
 
Thank you for loving Shawn like a son and taking him under your wing years ago. Even though you initially gave him the "evil stare", your kind loving spirit won out. I know Shawn is so happy to have you as a father-in-law and is so thankful for the bond that you two share.
 
Thank you for your insight and discipline that you have taught me when it comes to finances. I know now that a penny saved is a penny earned, and it is not what you make-it is what you save that matters.

Thank you for loving mom wholeheartedly, and for not being afraid to tell us kids your feelings towards her. To hear you call her beautiful, lovely, fun, etc is so encouraging to us young "newlyweds" that romance can still exist after 30+ years of marriage.
 
Thank you for being a man of God and teaching us girls the importance of having a relationship with Christ. This gift is irreplaceable and I am so {so very} thankful.
Even when I would lay underneath the pews playing with peoples feet, I was still learning something on those Sunday mornings years ago.
 
Thank you most of all for being my father-for loving me, my sister, and mom unconditionally.
 
I am the luckiest girl in the world to call you my dad.
 
Happy Fathers Day
 
I love you Feather Head,
 
Your little Peenser
 

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4 comments:

  1. Such a sweet letter to your dad! I'm sure he loved every bit of it!!! Sounds like a wonderful man!

    have a fabulous Sunday, girl!

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  2. Awww - Erin - that was so sweet! You will always be my peenser, though!

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  3. ADORABLE! I love that you guys still hold hands :)

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