to my Dad and Hubby.
First to my Dad . . .
Thank you for all that you’ve taught me, given me and done for me over the last 39 years. Thank you for being such an example of loyalty and generosity. Thank you for always being there, even when it would have been easier for you to be elsewhere. Thank you for always being so willing to give – anything and everything that might be asked of you. My commitment to community service and giving to others come directly from you and your heartfelt example. I can never thank you enough for modeling and teaching me that value.
Thank you for all the roles that you served for Dylan in his early years. Thank you for continuing to grow that relationship with your first grandchild - 14.5 years later. Thank you for pushing through and forming a relationship with your only granddaughter – stubborn and stinky as she might be at times!
Thank you for accepting, respecting and always honoring John as my husband.
Thank you for believing in me and giving me grace when I needed to find my way.
Most importantly, thank you for showing me how to overcome. Thank you for making the decision to choose life and love and health. Thank you for teaching me that we can do hard things and in doing so; teaching me the value of accomplishing and persevering through those hard things.
It hasn’t always been easy, but thank you for being you. Thanks for being my Dad. Thank you for being Papa to my kids. I love and respect you so much. I hope you never doubt that. I am so very grateful for you and all of the experiences that I’ve enjoyed because you are my Dad.
Lisa got me on a kick of looking at old photos . . . I love these and the love that they represent. Happy Father's Day, Pops.
Hello and Happy Father’s Day, my love.
I wish (like crazy) that you were here and that we could celebrate you and your fatherhood in person. However, regardless of where you are; you remain an amazing example of what it means to be a great Dad.
First and foremost, thank you for loving Dylan like you do. We were a package deal, he and I . . . and you never hesitated. Not for a moment. Thank you for your sense of equality and for your steadfast commitment to loving our boy. That commitment is what truly opened (and sealed) my heart to you, just eight years ago. Thank you, that when you officially adopted him? It was just a piece of paper. It represented what and who you were to him from the moment that you met him.
Thank you delivering our daughter into this world with such care and reverence. Thank you for always finding the time to sit on the floor and play with her. I’ve tried to fill the void since you’ve left and Halle is adamant that I am not nearly as fun or adept as you when it comes to playing “lions and tigers”. Thank you for being willing to dance with our beautiful daughter when she needs to practice her princess dances with a real prince. Thank you for the nights that you stood over her when she was a tiny peanut, making sure that she was indeed breathing.
Thank you for being willing to stretch and grow and adapt, as we became a family. Thank you for stretching yourself to the point of brokenness in your quest to provide for our family. Thank you for your sense of honor, loyalty and patriotism. Thank you for serving our country when it would be much easier (on all of us!!!) to not. Thank you for modeling such an amazing example of commitment, dedication and hard work to our children.
Thank you for being you. Thank you for continuing to try. Thank you for your grace and love and example and commitment. I could not find a better Daddy for our kiddos anywhere in the world. I cannot imagine life without you and I so very grateful to celebrate you as such an amazing Dad on this Father’s Day. I hope that you feel our love and appreciation 1/2 way around the world and I hope and pray that you are safe.
All of my love, A.