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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

Today is a special day. Father's Day. This day we recognize our husbands and father's for what wonderful men they are. We take a few moments to reflect on everything they have poured into our lives and to thank them for the sacrifices they have made over the years for us. I have three special men in my life to which I dedicate this post.

You are such a wonderful father. You stepped into this role naturally. I still remember the nervousness we had when Elyssa first arrived. It seems just like yesterday. Well, I guess it almost was! She is only going to be three next month! You have had a lot of experiences as a dad since three years ago. You went through three pregnancies with me hardly to ever miss one of my OBGYN appointments. You went through three labor and birth experiences with me, being such a great coach while I was in so much pain. Even then you were showing what love you had for me and for your children to come. We've also gone through so many doctor visits, tubes in ears, specialist visits, heart surgery ... you name it! You've been there through it all with crazy o'l me! Thank you for just "being there" and not making me face any of what has come our way alone. You always made yourself just as vulnerable as I did. You were "open" and that means a lot.

To see you hold and love on your three girls is always such a thrill for me. You have always tried your best to provide for them and protect them. They know you love them. You make that evident. In everything you do, you are always thinking of your family. You try to think ahead of how things will affect us and our future.

You are a godly man with such a tender heart for people. Your girls could not ask for a better dad and role model. You are a gift to them.

You are a gift to me. I know we are not without disagreements at times, but to know that you will always be there for me is a great comfort. Your commitment to me and your children is such a blessing. A lot of men these days walk out on that kind of commitment because it is sometimes hard. You have stepped up to the plate and given our marriage and your children your all. We thank you for sharing your life with us.

We love you!

Thank you for being such a wonderful father to me. You taught me that character is much more important than anything else. You have always been a man of character and people see someone they want to be in you.

You were always a godly leader and made sure we were in church and were learning about the Lord. Because of you, I'm now married to a pastor and love working in the church. What a legacy to leave behind! My children will know the Lord because of you and even their children's children.

I want you to know how proud I am of you in everything you have accomplished in your life. Sometimes you may think you wish you would've done more, but in my eyes you've done everything. You have been a wonderful husband and father. What more do you need to do? Things of this world will pass away, but what you have invested into your family will continue to live on as we pour into our families what we have learned from you. You are the best and I could not be more thankful to have you as a father.

Thank you for loving my three girls. They always have so much fun with you. It means a great deal to us that you stayed with Elyssa and Natalie when we were at UAB for those weeks. It was a huge comfort to know that our girls were being cared for by such wonderful grandparents. I know they enjoyed that time with you even though they missed us, too.

Thank you for everything you do and for just being "you." I love you, Daddy. Happy Father's Day!

DAD: (my second dad!)
Thank you so much for accepting me into your family. You have been so wonderful to me. It means so much to me that you have always shown so much love to me.

I will never forget all three of my girl's births. You have always given me such a big hug after everything is over. We always seem to cry then. That has been a special time for me and a great memory. I especially will never forget the birth of Victoria when we brought all of our family in the room to see her for the first time. You all were surrounding my bed and I told everyone that she did have Down Syndrome and heart defects. We all cried together, but you said that we would love her no matter what. There was never a question that her Granddaddy would love her! For that matter, we knew we would all love and accept her.

Thank you for all of the ways you have shown love to us. You and mom bless us in so many ways and we could not be more thankful. You are so giving and loving. You never have to doubt that we feel your love. We pray that you feel as much love from us.

Thanks for being a great Granddaddy to my three girls. They love you and think you are great!

We love you so much and hope you feel so very special this Father's Day!

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