Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

 

In honor of my incredible Father I wanted to do a special post JUST FOR HIM! <3 I'm so grateful for you, Daddy!  Your gentle strength and steadfast trust in Jesus has been such an example to me my whole life.  Watching you I've learned how to love Jesus...which is the greatest gift a Dad could ever give his children. <3

My Daddy LOVES the Michigan State Spartans....so of course I had to get him an MSU shirt for Father's Day.  AND...note...I'm wearing a white dress with a GREEN shirt. ;)  The MSU colors...totally in honor of MSU for my Dad. ;)

 Dad

© Karen K. Boyer
He never looks for praises
He's never one to boast
He just goes on quietly working
For those he loves the most
His dreams are seldom spoken
His wants are very few
And most of the time his worries
Will go unspoken too
He's there.... A firm foundation
Through all our storms of life
A sturdy hand to hold to
In times of stress and strife
A true friend we can turn to
When times are good or bad
One of our greatest blessings,
The man that we call Dad.


I'm pretty sure I can speak for ALL of your kids....that YOU are our hero, Dad! <3
  
My Hero
My hero is the quiet type,
No marching bands, no media hype,
But through my eyes it's plain to see,
A hero, God has sent to me.
With gentle strength and quiet pride,
All self-concern is set aside,
To reach out to his fellow man,
And be there with a helping hand.
Heroes are a rarity,
A blessing to humanity.
With all they give and all they do,
I'll bet the thing you never knew,
My hero has always been you (Dad).
--Anonymous 


The best brother and sister-in-law ever with Dad! <3


 One of the things that stands out to me about you most, Dad...is your Christ-Like Love for literally EVERY SINGLE PERSON God puts into your life.  You would do ANYTHING for ANYONE...and that is such a rare quality these days.  Thank you for always being an example of someone who loves others with Christ's Love flowing thru you. <3  You are always the first to forgive, very quick to hear and slow to speak.  (James 1:19-20)  You never get angry or raise your voice...but raise your kids with the patience and love of Christ. 

You're such a hard worker for your family...and work so many night shifts...and yet, you never complain...even tho I know it's hard sometimes.  But when you are home for family devotions...you ALWAYS include in your prayers...for as long as I can remember...that your kids ***would grow to love Jesus more than anything else in this world***.  That comes to mind ALL the time.  I know that is my desire because it's what you have prayed for me and all your kids every single day of our lives.  Thank you, for your faithfulness, Daddy...in working hard and in praying for us. <3


I wish I could post a different version of the above song ( "She Was Watching" by Mark Schultz).  I'd love to find a more classical version...aka: like with just piano and guitar and without the drums.  But I heard this several years back and INSTANTLY thought of you, Dad.  It's EXACTLY how I feel about you! <3 Even down to the line where it talks about the Dad calling home because he lost his job...and then dancing with Mom in the kitchen. :) I can clearly remember a day when that was *you* calling home....about losing your job. There was so much fear and uncertainty in my young heart when Mom told me.  But as soon as you got home, your strength of character, your trust in the Lord to provide, your faithfulness at finding another job...put my heart to rest.  Even tho it took a long time for things to become "normal" after that...and even tho we ended up losing our house for awhile...through it all YOU were such a steady source of comfort and incredible strength.  Your trust in God thru hard times has deeply impacted my life.  Your joy amidst trials has been so evident...even down to little things like dancing with mom in the kitchen.  ;)  I love you, Daddy! <3  Thanks for being such an example to me growing up in so many ways!

Hope the BEST Father EVER had the BEST Father's Day EVER!! :)

XOXOXOXO,
Your Daughter Forever,
Monica

  Random Father's Day Shots: :)

 

Alivia and I didn't want to get spaghetti on our outfits...so we put "BIBS" (Aprons) on! ;)  Haha...Dad thought it was part of my dress! ;)

 My Little Gideon Buddy and Me. :)

 

 Gideon wanted to help Dad open his presents. ;)

Micah, Angela and Ben!

Timothy, Melanie and Larisa

Stephen and Mom! <3

Me, Alivia and Amy

My mom and her incredible Father...my Grandpa. <3 

Little Gid-Gid ran STRAIGHT for the mud puddle...of course. ;)  LOL. 

"Look at ME, Monica!!" ;) 

Gideon rubbed off on the rest of the girls...they all ran for the BIG mud puddle.  Oh dear...LOL. :) 

Another pic of us with Dad...minus Stephen and Amy. <3

Let's Get some Basketball Going! 

Cutie with a basketball. ;)

Bro B-Ball Matches :)

Even Sam wanted to play! :)

Resting in the sun.  Felt SOOOOOO good!  I've been on medication for a year now that didn't let me be out in the sun...went off of it about a month ago and I can't tell you how INCREDIBLE it feels to be able to be out in the sun again! <3

Riding around in the jeep is a favorite for these two little men. :)


They are so amusing to watch together in the jeep. ;)  A never-ending source of entertainment.

Oh NO!  He's driving right for the mud puddle! Lol....:)  LITTLE BOYS! :)

Gideon is driving head on into the puddle...and Sam is covering his ears. ;)

Thru the puddle!


 And...out of the puddle. :)  They did that over and over and over and over...:)  It was funny!


Stephen and Timmy watching the hilarious jeep-puddle-diving-episodes of the two little men. :)

Gideon also got rides from Sweet Benjamin on his...I don't know what to call this.  Bike-Race-Car thing. :)

 Little Mr. Flexible here. ;)


And that's all folks! :)  Just wanted to include some pictures to capture memories from today's Father's Day. <3 


With Love,
Monica

2 comments:

  1. Your dad is amazing!
    Thank you for sharing these posts! I loved the poems and the song, and your beautiful words of gratefulness.
    You look gorgeous in these photos....but you always do, so...
    I hope you have a wonderful week in His joy and strength. You are continually in my prayers. I love you friend!

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    1. Thanks, Marian! Yes...my Dad is amazing! So is your Dad! :) We are two very blessed girls.

      Thank you, sweet friend! Sending lots of love and hugs to Mexico for you! Miss you and hope to see you again soon! <3

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~Monica