Monday, June 17, 2013

Father's Day

I have always loved this picture.  I got it for a gift at Carter's baby shower and it has hung on his wall ever since. I have found my two boys in this same pose more than a few times. Love it.

We had a wonderful weekend full of family gatherings.  It started Friday celebrating with my family and my dad.  Then Saturday we celebrated with my in-laws. and Sunday it was just us three and a perfect Sabbath day of rest.  I am so blessed to have such amazing men in my life.  Let's start with my dad...

I have lots of fun memories with my dad.  He was always there for me.  He coached me in softball.  He took us with him on his landscaping jobs, was a good cook... and a strict parent.  He taught me how to work hard, be honest, and have fun. My dad is a wonderful Grandpa.  He currently has 4 grandkids who light up his life.  Their pictures are plastered all over his office and they love to chat with him on the phone at night.  They all enjoy swimming at his house all summer when he sets up his big pool.  Lots of memories made in that backyard!

My Father-in-law... OOOPS!  We must have been having way too much fun because I forgot to take ONE picture!  I am so blessed to call this man DAD.  I never knew I could love my in-laws like my parents, but it is true.  I DO. He may be getting up there in years, but he is a kid at HEART!  He still is playing games with us and is super tough... even more than most of us.  I love his stories about the "Good Old Days".  He is so compassionate and is busy helping others all the time.  When it snows at their house (they get a lot) and he spends ALL day clearing 8 - 10 driveways, most of them widows.  He never once complains about it either. He is a such a good example to us to truly give of ourselves daily.

When they say a way to a mans heart is through is stomach... and we all laugh... I think sometimes it is TRUE!  How did we show Clark that we love him on Sunday?  Well, I put his favorite breakfast casserole in the crock pot the night before so it would be ready before our 9 AM church.  Served breakfast in bed and ALL.  After church he got a little nap... who doesn't love a Sunday nap? Then we made his favorite dinner... CHINESE FOOD!  I am by no means a great cook for that, but I I do have a few recipes I love.  We made sesame chicken and ham fried rice.  Total hit!  His present consisted of new work shoes, orange tic tacs and reeses peanut butter cups.  He was happy!

These father's are real-life super hero's.  They posses every quality that I would want to teach to my children.  I posted this video that summed up my feelings so well, I had to share it here too.