12.26.2012

A Post...From My Dad.


So if you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed a recent picture I put up with a caption that read something along the lines of "have I ever told you how my dad reads every comment on my blog?"
Well a few (112) of you thought it was pretty sweet. And then a few of you started to think about things for a minute and were all "Hold up. Did he read every comment on that Secrets post?!" A couple more comments later, some of you thought my dad should do a guest post about HIS response to those secrets. I failed to mention this to my father until yesterday as we were sitting around the table eating lunch. Within 24 hours of me opening my mouth--bam. Guest post in my inbox. Needless to say, the man was born a blogger and was just waiting to pounce at his opportunity to shine.
 
I'm a huge fan of my dad. HUGE. I may be a little biased but I find him to be one of the funniest people I know. Not only that but the man supports/loves his children and family fiercely.
An admirable quality if I don't say so myself.
 
Anyhow, I present to you.....my father.
 
(you all better leave the man some love below...he spent a whole 18 hours brewing this post up).
 

HI Living In Yellow Readers,
At the request and invitation of Living in Yellow I am today, “Erin’s Guest Blogger”.
I am introducing myself to you all as Erin’s Dad (which I really am) as well as a regular post reader of LIY. I don’t think it’s too weird (as a Dad) that I read all my daughters posts, do you? All I am is a proud father and just happen to think that E has done a very fine job with this blogging business. I find it to be very entertaining and also see her kind spirit come through her writings on a pretty consistent basis. Sometimes I wonder if this is all good to expose yourself to the world like this, but so far, so good. I’ve weighed out the pros and the cons and the pros win.  I see many people blogging these days. It is a very creative platform to express one’s thoughts, feelings and interests.
One thing I’ve learned from reading E’s posts and reading just about 100 % of the comments made daily, is that there are a lot of great, wonderful, beautiful people in this world. It makes my heart feel really good to know that there are so many of you out there. This shouldn’t surprise me though as it seems no matter where you travel or where you go, people in general, are very friendly and do really care about one another. If you every get to our part of this world, you are more than welcome.
 
I find it fascinating to know how small our world has become because of all this technology we have available at our fingertips. You might be from LA or New York City or from Scotland or from just a tiny little place out in the middle of nowhere, like me, and can get on the Internet just to say “hi” to someone thousands of miles away. Just think how long that would have taken years ago: months or years just to say hi to someone that lived halfway across the continent. It would be like, “Hey honey I’ll see you in 2 years as I have to go tell Tom and Sandy we can’t come over to play cards at their place five years from tonight.” It would have taken two years just to get the invite!  We have it made, don’t you think? We take so much for granted today that’s for sure. “ It’s a small world after all, it’s a small, small, world!”
I know that Erin has picked up a few “followers” through her blog LIY. Her topics and daily posts are quite entertaining to me. One post, in particular, last fall, she put you guys way out there on a post called,  “Secrets”. I read quite a few of your “secrets”, but not all of them, as there were so many. I will say there are a lot of secrets out there! WOW! My heart goes out to those of you that have had much pain and suffering in your past. My fatherly advice to you is to look to the future. Don’t make the same mistakes twice, don’t repeat the practice, get some professional help in the area of your concern. For some of you others with your wild fantasies, jeepers’ creepers, good luck! It’s good to dream but some of your dreams, well let’s put it this way, you might be better off just dreaming the dream! Some of the other secrets, we might have all been better off if you just kept them a secret! Too much information! You can all blame Erin for letting the cat out of the bag!  Overall it was a fun post and it seemed like you all enjoyed the chance to reveal your secret, anonymously. Thank God not all LIY’s posts are this dicey!
 
Well to wrap things up here if you ever do get out my way, look me up. You can find me most days at a place called Shipshewana Auction and Flea Market. (www.tradingplaceamerica.com), located in a little horse and buggy town (Amish people all over the place), of Shipshewana Indiana. Many people visit this area because of the Amish and the large flea market on the grounds, plus over 100 little shops to shop in downtown. (www.Shipshewana.com). I manage a huge miscellaneous and antique auction as well as the Trading Place Antique Gallery. I love buying and selling antiques and sure would like to see the younger generations become more excited about antiques. We need younger people collecting, etc. At any rate keep reading Erin’s  blog and tell others if you get enjoyment reading this little yellow gem of a blog. She’s a keeper and I love her (and her sister and my grand kids and my son –in laws and my wife very, very much) and you too, for supporting LIY! Have a great evening, tomorrow, and the rest of your wonderful life.
 
There you have it. My dad's officially a blogger.
Welcome to the club...it's a pretty prestigious group to be a part of ;)
 
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95 comments:

  1. This is the sweetest post EVER. What a wonderful relationship the two of you must have! I love, love, love it!

    xo!

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  2. What a great post! I've always thought that family is the best love and support system, and there is no better example of that than this post! Great job, dad!

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  3. This is so great!! Love that he (you) guest posted. How sweet!

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  4. You have the sweetest dad in the world!!! Seriously, totally wish my dad was that cool :)

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  5. Love what your dad posted.

    My family likes to go to Shipshewana for Splash Universe :) Maybe we will look him up at the flea market next time we go.

    Happy New Year!!

    Mendy
    1crazydaisy3pokeyjoes.blogspot

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  6. THIS is the most precious thing EV---ERRRRRRRRRRR. ever. ever-ever.
    :)

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  7. this is one of the sweetest things i have ever seen! his writing really reminds me of the emails i get from my dad all the time and made me tear up a little bit thinking about what my dad would write if he did this haha. xxx

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  8. seriously so sweet! I'm a true daddy's girl, so this melts my heart!

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  9. That was the cutest thing I have ever read, so heartfelt and his love for you and his family just shines through. I so enjoyed this post and getting a glimpse of what helped make you such a fabulous person:)

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  10. such sweeet dad advice. much needed when i've been stressed out as of recently. blogging talent must run in the family!!
    xoxo, lauren

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  11. That was so sweet :) you've got a great dad!!

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  12. I just love this. What a kind man, and what great fatherly advice! So sweet of him to write this up for you :)

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  13. This is great. My dad reads every one of my posts and the comments too, and it makes me so happy.

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  14. That is the sweetest post ever! I got chills when he (you) said you have learned there are a lot of beautiful people in the world! :)

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  15. That is so wonderful that your dad guest posted for you, and that he reads your blogs and comments!! Such great fatherly advice, too :D

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  16. Wow. He sounds like such a wonderful man. And man oh man Erin, he loves you!!! What an amazing father. Wish I had a dad like that. He seems like a very real, honest and authentic man from his writing. You know what I'd love to see?! A picture of you two when you were younger! :)

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  17. It is great your Dad is so involved with your life. He seems so supportive! I had to laugh at how he talked about the way it used to be before we had all this technology. Especially because he used the names, Tom and Sandy, which is my Uncle and Aunt's names. I used to live in Indiana but never visited Shipshewana. If I get back there, I will have to check it out!

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  18. Erin, so great to "meet" your Dad!

    Dad, thanks for sharing Erin with us--I absolutely love her blog. I agree with all of your opinions on the "secrets" blog. :)

    Have a Happy New Year!

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  19. I just had an afternoon date with my dad today. He drove an hour and half up to see me. And to help me hang up a piece of art him and my mom made me for Christmas. And then took me out to eat some delicious Mexican cuisine. Dads are pretty crazy cool cats. I've definitely got a good one and today made me cherish him even more. I've been a bit weepy today (post-holiday blues perhaps?) and then reading your dad's blog post...well I got a little misty eyed again. No doubt you got a good one too. And there's no doubt you cherish him as much as I cherish mine. Oh and nice to meet you, Erin's Dad. :)

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  20. Well I officially dislike you now. You had your DAD write a SENTIMENTAL post going on about how proud he is of you and im PREGNANT.. Hello?!?! lol So sweet I fought the tears!!!

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  21. LOVE that your dad is officially a blogger now!! He's so proud of you.

    My dad reads my blog as well! :-)

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  22. holy moly. your dad is amazing :) what a great treat that he would take the time out to write a post!

    hi Erin's dad!!


    xo, Lauren

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  23. Hi Erin's dad! So nice to meet you!
    Love this post. Sage, fatherly advice. Very special!!

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  24. Umm your dad is SO sweet! What a fun post! :) That's awesome that he reads your blog--I'm not even sure my dad knows what a blog is...haha! :)

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  25. Aww I love that your dad guest posted!! The fatherly advice part was the sweetest :) And so true about how lucky we are to have some incredible communication methods these days.

    Hope you come back soon, E's Dad!

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  26. Oh this is so great! I grew up in southern IN...Go Hoosiers!! I think it's so sweet how much your dad enjoys your blog!!

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  27. So, so sweet!! And you better believe I'll make my way to his flea market. Last I checked Indiana and Ohio aren't too far apart :)

    XOXO,
    Angie (angiepics on Instagram)

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  28. Sometimes, you just need a dad to set you straight. :)

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  29. This is awesome! Your dad seems so sweet and I love that he took the time to write a post! From time to time you may see a comment pop up on my blog from my pops as well. Yay for great Papa's!

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  30. Jeepers creepers is right, Daddio! Love it Erin!

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  31. What a sweet & supportive daddy-o! I grew up in NW IN and remember at a young age my grandma, mother, and aunts taking an annual trip to Shipshewana. They loved their antiques and flea markets and my mom is always in awe of the amish community. What a fun experience for your dad to be a part of!

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  32. what a wonderful guest blogger you had....goodness, Erin, you can tell how much your dad loves and respects you. That is so great!

    To Mr. LIY Dad:
    Great post!
    I was excited when I read about your job...my mom is BIIIG into antiques (she's currently in the works of opening an antique store with her sister). I remember dragging my feet through countless antique stores when I was young, but now it's a hobby my mom and I both share. So thankful that she introduced me to the wonderful world of antiques. :) We will definitely have to stop by if we are ever in the area!

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  33. I want to give your dad a giant hug; he is a wonderful guy and not too shabby of a blogger! Erin, you should invite him to guest post more often :)

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  34. This was such a wonderful post. Your father is such a sweet man and amazing blogger.

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  35. This was so awesome of your dad to post!! How wonderful that reads every post and comment, love that he supports you so much. Only few people think me blogging is great... Most others think its weird, my husband mostly! Until I get something free or make money then he is rooting for me. Haha not that he is all about possessions or money, its just seems like less of a waste of time if I'm getting that out of it. Any who.... Off that topic. Haha just wanted to say that I love antiques and little towns with fun shops and boutiques filled with antiques and handmade goodies. Sounds like a fun place. :-)

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  36. This is so great! My dad and I both love finding antique gems! My father is 80 and took his first computer class last week! Next step, guest blogger? ehhhh probably not, but thank you for sharing!

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  37. This is such a sweet post, and you Dad in awesome! What a lovely man. You are one lucky girl!

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  38. Awwww! This is just awesome. I love your blog and now I love your dad too!

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  39. Gosh - now I have a blogging antique husband! Great blog! This might be the start of something "big." I am lucky to have a husband who supports and loves his family so much. Love you, Your wife.

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  40. So sweet! "keepers creepers", too cute!

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  41. So sweet! You are truly a blessed woman to have such a lovin husband and family! I think we should all get a parent to guest post now!

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  42. absolutely LOVE this! it is so wonderful to have someone so supportive of you! all of his advice was perfect for the "secrets" post!

    ps- i am a young person who is obsessed with antiques. things are so much more meaningful with a story behind them!

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  43. You are so lucky to have such an amazing Dad! I'm actually really jealous. This post was so sweet and well written, you can tell he's very proud of his daughter!
    Also, is that last picture from St.Joseph, MI??

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  44. Love love love it! So great to have that type of support and love in your life!

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  45. Your Dad is adorable!! I love that he jumped at the chance to do this. What an awesome post!

    Hi Erin's Dad!!

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  46. great to have a dad like that and even more amazing that you have such a close relationship.

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  47. Great post Erin's Dad!!! :)... So cool of you to share here... such a special relationship. Your girl is very dear and made such an impression on me when I started writing my own blog a year ago. What a gem you have in her... I know in both of your girls :). Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!!
    Best, Whitley Adkins Hamlin
    Charlotte, NC
    www.thequeencitystyle.com

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  48. I so would read his blog daily if he chose to do this daily! And I'm not to far from Shipsy....so maybe my next trip down I will say hello....in person! Erin your blog is great.....thanks for sharing your dad with us!

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  49. I am of the younger generation (27 years) and I am an antique junkie! My husband and I are slowly but surely collecting pieces that 'speak' to us. Thanks for your post, your daughter is amazing!

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  50. This is so sweet! There's nothing quite like a father's love and his for you is apparent. :)

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  51. I loved reading this post! You have such a great dad!

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  52. Oh man, he's the cutest! You have such an amazing Dad! Look forward to seeing a few more guest posts from him : )

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  53. What a great post! Your dad sounds awesome!

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  54. Haha....your dad is the awesomesauce!

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  55. That might just be the cutest thing EVER. Great guest post! :)

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  56. Your dad is awesome! He should start a blog :)

    Kerry
    www.ohsoamelia.com

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  57. Oh my gosh, this is so super sweet!! He sounds awesome! I love how near the end he says he loves you and then adds that he loves your sister, grandkids etc etc too....hahah that made me giggle, such a parent to keep things 'even' like that. I do that same with my 3 little girls. AWESOME post!!

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  58. To Erin's Dad: I really enjoyed reading this post! Thanks for sharing! Also, so great that you are involved at Shipshewana! My mom loves that place, and she loves antiques, so I've got some appreciation for them as well :)

    To Erin- It's obvious how much your dad loves you! The part about technology made me think I was reading something you wrote- your writing style/minds work in the same way :)

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  59. Oh goodness, I loved this!! He sounds like the sweetest! You are so lucky to have such a great father figure in your life, Erin!!

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  60. So cute. I have a huge soft spot for dads, and love that you do too. Shipshewana sounds like a place my parents would want to visit one day...I'll have to suggest it;o)

    He is a great writer. Meanwhile, my dad knows how to turn the computer on and click the bank bookmark to check the bank account. The end.

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  61. Aww he is awesome!!! Props to you Erin's dad :)

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  62. Awesome!! It seems like you have been blessed with a GREAT Dad and an amazing family. So sweet!

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  63. Such a sweet post; I love it! And where is that lighthouse?? So pretty.

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  64. Awww! What an awesome dad you have! I love his supportive and positive attitude toward you and the world and how he looks at life with such happiness. I'm glad your dad guest blogged today for you! It made my day! :)

    Hannah
    hannahbunker.com

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  65. I love the Fatherly advice. It's far too easy (for me at least) to keep looking backwards and dwelling on stuff, or looking too far forward that I forget about enjoying today for what it is.

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  66. This is completely precious! I love it. And make sure you tell him I love antiques! I could decorate my house in them :)

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  67. This is too awesome! I lost my father in a motor vehicle accident, this was my 4th Christmas without him... This may sound kind of weird (odd, call it what you please), but I legit found this comforting... Seeing the love your father has for you shine through in this post! :)

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  68. I LOVE THIS! LOVE. And you too of course!

    Hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

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  69. This post made me smile!! It's obvious that you and your dad have a special bond. Adorable that he was willing to do a guest post :)

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  70. Yayyyy for YellowDad! This is so great! I really wish I could go to your town and visit (and buy some antiques!)

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  71. Hi Erin's Dad, Love your post, and love to see a father so involved in his daughter's activities. I'm a daddy's girl myself!
    Teresa from Oklahoma

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  72. I literally can't put into words how much I enjoyed reading this post! What an amazing father you have, Erin! I'd say he is most definitely a keeper! :) What a blessing it must have been to grow up with such an awesome person to look up to! ...and since I haven't a clue what your dad's name is I shall refer to him as "Pops". Welcome to the blogging community, Pops! I hope to see you back around these parts soon! Blog on, Pops! Blog on!

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  73. this is such a cute blog post. your dad should blog more often! Maybe try and see if he will start his own blog?

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  74. This is totally cute, I think that your dad should guest post more often! :)

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  75. Hi Erin's Dad!

    Great post. You're a great writer. Wish I was heading that way soon. I love flea markets. And I'm pretty sure I'd love the Amish too.

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  76. Where can I sign the adoption paperwork? Your dads the Bomb.Com Erin.

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  77. What a sweet post! The love that your dad has for you conveys in his words. There is something so special to me about a father daughter relationship, I always cry during the daddy-daughter dance at weddings! Your dad is definitely someone who would gain an "awwwwww!!!!!" in my book!

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  78. Your dad!!! OMG!!! How precious is he?!?! This is SO SO SO sweet!!!! He's so proud of you and you can just tell in the way he writes. You're a lucky girl to have him around.

    And for Mr. Erin's Dad:
    I can only assume you're referring to "fantasies" girl in the "Secrets" post as the one who fantasizes about licking my husband's teeth. Well put, sir. Glad I wasn't the only one that found that comment to be creepy! ;)

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  79. Great job blogging! The gift of writing/blogging must run in the family??? Hey what a small world. My sister lives in Shipshewana IN and my husband is from Middlebury. We live in Phoenix AZ. (I am a native.)My sister and her husband started a candy making business called Schrock Specialties. I wonder if you know each other. Anyways, I REALLY enjoy your daughters blog...it is enjoyable to read at night before bed and yes, very entertaining. Thanks for sharing yourselves with us!

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  80. sooooooooooo......... does you dad read the comments when I comment on how amazing your boobs are?

    awkward?

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  81. This is so cute! It's awesome that you have such a loving and supportive dad! And next time I visit my boyfriend's family, I'll have to make him take me to Shipshewana. It's a drive, but antique shops are awesome!

    Alli
    Allena Mistral

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  82. LOVE this! What a fabulous dad!

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  83. What a sweet post!! Thanks for writing Erin's dad!!

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  84. how awesome he posted! :) I live about 45 min from shipshewana- I was there today with my in laws!

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  85. Hello Erin's dad!

    I may be a bit late commenting here for you to see, I left my laptop charger at my sister in law's house over Christmas and kept leaving this post on 'mark unread' so I could come back and comment. I blinked and it's already almost the end of the year!

    I'm from Wales, one of the constituent countries in the UK. Definitely not local, but I love to read Erin's blog all the same. I just wish someone had invented a teleporter by now, I have some cool scenery here you'd all love to see.

    Thank you so much for guest posting, I hope you do again....maybe once a month? :) xx

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  86. This is just plain awesome! I love how much he supports you and how candid he is! I can see where you get it from ;) I'm sure you are reading this, so hi dad!!

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  87. Pretty sure this is the sweetest post ever! :) Your dad is a blogger now! haha. So sweet!

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  88. How great was that?! your dad sounds awesome. And how sweet of him to write a guest post. It's pretty awesome that he reads your blog daily- and is so excited for you about it. Also, I would like your dad to know that i am a young (25) antique collector. furniture, cameras, glass pieces. I have the itch and i gave it my husband and now we spend our free saturday's at antique malls. If we're ever in Indiana, we'll say hi :)

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  89. That is awesome that your dad guest posted!! I don't even think my dad can turn a computer on! :)

    Sweetest post ever, he seems like an awesome Dad!!

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)