Happy Father’s Day, Michael. I love you!!! Valerie
I’m so thankful for the heritage of faith! My own father has been an incredible example of godly fatherhood for my entire life. He has found the way to balance faith, fun, and fatherhood…and it’s been passed down to both his sons and his son-in-law, my husband, Michael. What a tremendous legacy…his children rise up and call him blessed!
My husband has experienced Father God as a literal father to himself, someone who grew up basically fatherless. Although his parents were married when he was born, their marriage dissolved during his early elementary years and his mom moved him nearly halfway across the country surrounding that divorce. He only saw his dad a couple more times before he died during my husband’s teen years. He later had a step-father, who being a strong Christian, lead both Michael and his mother to the Lord! This man has been gone now for nearly two decades, and was a thousand miles away during my husband’s own developing into a father years.
Michael is an amazing man of God, who has a near Abrahamic friendship style relationship with his Heavenly Father. He has overcome the odds of familial alcoholism and serial divorce and lives his life as a testament to the power of Christ to break the chains both within and about us. There are not enough words to convey the impact of seeing Michael persevere through the crucible years of Special Needs Parenting, and that is still the gift that still keeps on giving, though thankfully not with the same brutality as the early years! We love our special son, but he has challenged us in many ways–certainly beyond our own abilities to endure apart from God’s grace & strength…
My husband is such a blessing to me and to our four children…and also now to our new daughter-in-law. I really can’t wait to see where the Lord takes us on this wild ride that is marriage and family life in the (hopefully) many years to come.
Happy Father’s Day 2017
25 Years of Marriage
23 Years of Parenting
1 month of In-Lawing
Below is a copy/paste from my niece’s Facebook page. She is quoting a poem my brother Curtis wrote about our dad many years ago. [Correction per my parents, see Comments below, this is actually a poem that Ashley wrote for my brother Curtis on the occasion of his birthday earlier–my mistake…] These sentiments are so applicable to my husband, my father, my brothers, and presumably to my sons when they too are blessed with Fatherhood someday…having all had many examples of men doing Fatherhood God’s Way! Enjoy…
Thank you for the gifts you’ve given me. The gifts of laughter and story-telling and articulation and poetry. Thank you for teaching me math is my friend and for being a rock and a firm foundation to stand on. Thank you for lifting me out of the water when I go under and gasp for air. Thank you for always knowing how to catch me even if I flail in the air and come down the wrong way. Thank you for being a dad who knows how to be right but also knows how to be wrong. Thank you for loving Jesus and bringing generational freedoms to your children and your household. Thank you for all your prayers and healing. Thank you for stepping into soberness so that I could follow. Thank you for speaking life into others and being sometimes the only bright part of someone’s day. I love that your main goal with whoever you come across is to make them see the love of Jesus and also pee their pants. I love how God made you. And I love that He put us together. And since you are not on FB, I will tag your wife because I know you use her phone in equal amounts. And because I can’t help it, I am recycling your birthday poem because it’s all so true. You are one of my favorites. ♡♤▪¤
“What does it mean,”
“What does it mean?” you say
To have a dad who has fun
and knows how to play?
It means there’s games, and smiles,
and laughing galore
And tears rolling down cheeks
and more, more, more, more!
The more games there are,
the more creative our minds.
You see, dads who have fun
know how to seek, hide, and find!
They like to think out-of-the-box
and do the impossible.
Dads who have fun
are down right unstoppable!
What can’t we do
if we can climb the shelves at the store;
And throw cans of spaghetti sauce
at dinosaurs on the floor?
How about walking through forrests
and crossing tree logs,
To find the buried treasure of pirates
filled with chocolate coins and pogs?
When you have a dad who has fun,
nothing is boring!
So there’s no time whatsoever
for sleeps, yawns, or snorings!
Games abound by the dozen
and so does the fun!
Have you ever turned off the radio
and at the top of your voice, sung?
Have you ever crossed your legs
because you’re laughing so hard you might pee?
I don’t want to say it was me that did it,
but okay, it was me, it was me!
Dads are the best!
(But the fun ones are better.)
Your cheeks and your pants
just might get a tad wetter!
the power of fun!
Laughing is therapy,
I asked a doctor once.
When you laugh,
you gain confidence
which is the opposite of fear.
A dad who shows you to laugh,
shows you he cares.
My dad is funny
and boy, he sure is the man!
He’s my number one sitcom
and I’m his number one fan!
and in honor of the familial ADHD tendencies…