Monday, July 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad!!

Dad,

I just wanted to let you know how much I love you. Even though I think Mom and you can be a little wacky sometimes, God knew what He was doing when He placed me with you. I couldn't have asked or prayed for a better Dad.

Thank you for taking all of us to the park. I have childhood memories that still make me laugh. I thought you were so awesome when you showed us that using wax paper makes us go faster going down the slides. You knew the importance of children having fun in the sun and it was probably the only time of my life that I had a healthy tan.

Thank you for reading to me and for being a creative teacher. Dr. Seuss is still one of my favorite authors because of you. I know that I probably wouldn't have won some of my Writing Celebration awards in elementary school if it wasn't for you. I'm very thankful that I would rather pick up a book than anything else.

Thank you for taking me to Grandma's house. I have memories of us playing cards surrounded by meats, Dutch cheeses, and lots of chocolates. I learned how to play cards at an early age and was very blessed to know my Grandma. Her stories were some of the funniest stories I have ever heard and have inspired me to tell my children stories at bedtime.

Thank you for always encouraging me to sing. You would turn on the video camera and ask me to sing a song. Even though I didn't sing very well, you made me feel like a star. You were my number one fan, even when I was off pitch.

Thank you for being a Dad I could respect and admire. I think you are very intelligent, excellent with money, creative, fun and kind. You are always very thoughtful in conversation and I always perk up my ears when you have something to say.

Thank you for being an awesome example of Christianity. You show a sincere love for God and He has changed your life. When I think of God's work here on earth, I think of you and how He made you strong enough to overcome an addiction. In all things, to God be the glory.

Thank you for being my Dad and for all of my memories, love, advice and encouragement. Thank you, Daddy.

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