Fathers of the year…
I have been utterly blessed by a wonderful father here on earth. Chatting with him in the car on the way home from sporting events was a favorite of mine growing up. I will also never forget my dad bringing home Christmas tree-shaped mint ice cream when I was a kid, even though I’m sure it was not in the budget. My dad was a teacher up until a couple weeks ago when he retired. I was not a student at the school he taught at, but after getting to know several of his students over the years I know he was a blessing in the lives of his students as well. It’s been fun to watch him evolve into his role as “grandpa” to our kids over the years. I think a life-long dream of his was fulfilled when we had Maguire, which gave my dad his first true hunting and fishing buddy. My dad is great with all our kids and my sister’s son, too.
I have also been blessed to watch Ryan become such a great dad to our kids over the years. You can sure tell a lot about a person by how they parent their kids. He is understanding with them, fun, a great listener, and instills his strong faith in them. That last one is the most amazing thing to watch… to see him pray with them, explain biblical principles to them, and grow himself is one of my life’s highlights. He impacts our kids in the most important ways.
This weekend, our church is highlighting dads in a Courageous Event. On Saturday, the church is showing the movie “Courageous”, and on Sunday it is having a ceremony for dads who wish to make the same commitments as shown in the movie. The resolution reads as follows:
So on Father’s Day Sunday, Ryan will stand on stage at church and commit to this resolution.
But truly, he already lives out this resolution. Every single day.
When I think back over the almost-15 years of our marriage, I could list several examples of each thing on that list that Ryan has done. It makes me cry to think back over some of the struggles he has overcome and some of the major adversity he has faced and made it through. He is a fighter. He fights for us every day.
And when he is “successful”, he gives the glory to God.
I sure love that man.
Have a very Happy Father’s Day this Sunday. I hope you are able to honor your own father, the father of your children, or someone else who has made a profound impact on your life. Good male role models are few and far between… if you have found one, give him thanks this weekend. And whether you have a great father here on earth or not, your Heavenly Father loves you more than you can ever imagine. Give Him some thanks, too.
Have a great weekend!
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