To All The Dad's Out there.....Happy Father's Day
This year Chad will once again have a Daddy's girl to spoil. He was an amazing Daddy to Jordyn. She became a BIG Daddy's girl the last couple months of her life, and as hard as it was for me, Chad needed and deserved that time where he had her utmost adirmation and devotion. He loved being a Daddy to a girl and although we're ALWAYS be Jordyn's parents, we don't get to parent her. So it's truly a special year that we once again will welcome a daughter into our family.
This last graphic makes me think of Chad and our boys. Chad LOVES to go fishing and the boys definately have this love as well! I'm blessed to have a good husband and a man who's an amazing Dad. I think it's become common place for people to put men down, we seem to forget that woman are just as bad if not at times worse than men from parenting to being a spouse to just being cruddy people. Men have a lot of pressure on them, just as much pressure as women. Men just have a different sort of pressure. Instead of celebrating these differences we put them down. For this next week I'm setting a goal for myself and challenge each of you reading this to do the same....if you're married or even divorced or have a significant other (if not then do it about your own father)...I'm going to share something good about Chad and my own dad.
I haven't mentioned my own dad. He has always been a hard working man. We grew up comfortable for the most part. We were middle class, they were able to get for the most part what they needed and most the time wanted. We had a nice home, clothes, and opportunities to do things. For the most part I had a fun childhood. My dad grew up as a Farmer's Son, and his father was for the most part a no nonsense kind of man. I didn't ever know my grandfather I have about 2 memories of him, but he wasn't the same man they grew up with. He loved his family, but he expected them to do as they were told and not question him. He had 12 children, a loving wife, and a lot of work to do daily...you didn't have time for your kids to argue with you or be opinionated! Amusingly I think all my dad's siblings (including my dad) are VERY opinionated. They had a good life as well. I grew up for the majority of my childhood out in the country. We ran around during the summers out in the pasture down to the creek, playing in the water. We were "forced" to work in the garden, take care of the animals, mow the yard, help with house hold chores, but still had a pretty carefree childhood. My dad worked at (still does) Goodyear Tire Plant. He worked 2 and 3rd shift most of my childhood, when I was in high school he was finally on Day's. While in Jr High I think he always worked 2nd shift, because I don't have any memories of him being able to go to any school events (sports, etc). We saw him on the weekends. It's the way it was. He had to make a living and he did it. He didn't complain. He just did it. He didn't like missing out on his family, but he had to provide for us. During the summer's we obviously saw him a lot more. He was there in the morning, and then on his way to work he'd drop us off at the pool, we'd get to be there for about 3 hrs a day and then Mom would pick us up when she got off of work. (We lived in a small town so if we ever misbehaved at the pool our butt's were in sooooo much trouble! LOL).
So to all the hard working Dad's, to all the loving Dad's. Happy Father's Day. No one is perfect but there's so many who truly cherish their children. I've been blessed with a wonderful husband who's a wonderful dad. A dad who was a great dad, and a maternal grandpa who absolutely adores us (to this day...my dad's dad died when I was 3), and all the men who were extra "Dad's" and "Grandpa's" in my life....oh how blessed I've been with the men in my life!
Chad and our boys
Our boys and my Dad in May during their visit here to Germany!