When I think about Father’s Day, I think how incredibly blessed I am to have 3 amazing Fathers in my life. My own Dad, My father in law, and my husband. All of these men teach me lessons daily, support me in many different ways as well as give me so much to be thankful for.
When I think about my Dad the thought crosses my mind – Where do I begin? For Dad and I, it hasn’t always been an easy road. My stubborn independence was always a challenge for us. But eventually we found our groove, he understood that I was always going to do things my way, but found a way to teach me the lesson without me knowing. He let me do things the hard way even though he knew it was the hard way, he knew I didn’t want to hear the easy way.
I have 1 distinct memory with my Dad, he had taken me to his soccer game – just me. In a family of four children you rarely went anywhere on your own with your parent, so these times were always a blessing. We had taken my Dad’s pride possession, his second wife, the spitfire, his beautiful convertible that all us kids had helped him restore. In his car there was only a radio, well in this particular memory we had it blasted. On the radio – Reba Mcentire – Why haven’t I heard from you! To this day, I think of this memory fondly, for many reasons, I had Dad to myself, I was in the spit, and we were having fun. At this age a lot of life had gotten stressful and Dad could never hide his stress but in this moment he was completely stress free.
This year my father suffered a heart attack and it was the scariest moment in my life. Thinking the last time I saw him would be my last was heartbreaking. All your memories from childhood to adulthood run through your mind. Someone who spent their life taking care of you now needs your love and support and you to be there for them. The heart attack shook our family hard, it reminded all of us how fragile life is and making an effort to be in each other’s life is so much more important. I love you Dad for all that you taught me, and continue to teach me each day. You’re a great Father and I am blessed to have had you as my Dad.
Craig, thank you for all that you have done for Chris and myself. Your not a man of many words but the few words you give us are always meaningful. You have always had an open heart and open mind. You gave me a home and a family a girl can only dream of. But most of all thank you for raising an incredibly strong, independent loving man. Chris is so much of you, so determined, kind-hearted and a lover of hockey.
I’ve known you now for about 8-9 years, and have shared many good memories with you. From being room mates to your daughter in law it’s been a great ride. We have shared a ton of laughs, sometimes at the expense of Chris falling in the ditch. You put up with me like I was your own and accepted me with open arms. Thank you for being an incredible father to Colette and Chris, great father in law to me and a wonderful Grandpa to Pearce. We are so thankful to have you and look forward to many fun trips to the island to visit.
Chris, 10 years ago I met you, it has been a crazy rollercoaster ride since we met and parenthood has been just another loop on the coaster. You’re the kinda Dad Pearce can be thankful to have. It’s been nearly 2 years with our crazy child and you get him like nobody else. Maybe cause he’s crazy wild like you? Watching you with our son has been the best, I have seen a side of you I never knew existed, and I am incredibly thankful to be able to give Pearce the life we have thanks to your hard work and passion for life.
Each time I see you with our son I fall more and more in love with you. Not only are you a great dad but your also a great husband reminding me to have patience and stay grounded. Helping me cheer on Pearce’s victories and work with him together to parent as a team on the hard stuff. I like to say I could do it without you but I know I could never. You make being a mom all worth it, because your such an awesome Dad. Beyonce said it best when she sang “‘Cause darling I wake up just to sleep with you,I open my eyes so I can see with you, And I live so I can die with you. And I don’t really need these fingers, if I don’t get to touch your spine. No I don’t need these legs, if I ain’t walkin’ by your side. And I don’t really need to be, if I can’t be with you.”
The moment I heard this Beyonce song it spoke volumes to me, it is truly the way I feel about Chris, I love my guys to pieces.. ❤
To all the other Fathers out there I hope you have an amazing Day with your family. One day to appreciate all you do for us moms seems so unfair! We are grateful for you everyday!!