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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Fathers' Day!!!

As the girls get older and older, Fathers' Day (and Mothers' Day too!), seems to get a lower and lower priority.  Fathers' Day is usually the day of our church's Vacation Bible School program, a class day for our dog training classes, a day of graduation parties, a day of catching up after the whirlwind of activity after school gets out -- not too much time left over for honoring the dads in our lives!  With everything that's been going on these last few weeks, Ken is using today to cut the grass -- while it's hot, humid, and sunny out.

So, in this age of technology, I will use our blog to honor fathers of all shapes and sizes and especially the father of my children.  Thank you for cleaning up dog poop in the backyard -- sometimes on a daily basis.  Thank you for listening to wives and children rant and rave when things aren't going quite right -- even when we all know there is nothing you can or will do about it.  Thank you for working hard all day (or night) at work to bring home a steady paycheck and health insurance and THEN working on the house and in the yard, helping out at the family-owned small business, coaching teams, walking dogs, and chauffeuring children or pets around.  Thank you for eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches several nights in a row when there just isn't enough time to cook!  Thank you for sharing in clean-up duties -- for throw-up, for potty, for poop, for spilled milk, and for the kitchen on the nights when we decide to cook.  Thank you for accepting and embracing our craziness and all of our crazy friends.  Thank you for being a great dad to all of the children, both two- and four-legged who count on you!!!

My husband, Ken, puts up with a lot -- a wife, two daughters (a teenager and almost a teenager!), two dogs, two guinea pigs, and a fish -- in addition to working a full-time job and helping with our small business.  He almost never gets the bathroom when he wants it and he knows more about ballet than almost any man I know!  But deep down, I think he loves it -- I know he loves us!!!  He will be embarking on his annual trek to the Alive Music Festival with our oldest daughter this week.  Primitive tent camping with 16 youth and adult chaperons from our church -- need I say more?  Ken, you know how much Meagan loves this time with you, thank you for being the dad you are -- Happy Fathers' Day!!!!

My dad, Denny, is a great teacher for Ken -- four sisters, five daughters, and three granddaughters -- his sons-in-law and grandson hold a special place in his heart. :) He is always looking out for us and trying to keep track of all of his family's crazy lives.  He is a true bibliophile and has kept us all in books most of our lives.  Thank you Dad for all you do!!!  Happy Fathers' Day!!!

Thank a dad today and give him a hug (after he's done cutting the grass and has had a shower! ) -- you might be the only person all day to do that for him -- dads are pretty under-appreciated for the most part.  Thanks Dads for all you do for us!!!

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