Saturday, June 15, 2013

Celebrating Dads


I readily admit to anyone who asks, "How do you do it?" that I would not be able to do what I do without such a loving and supportive husband.  Not everyone would be able to put up with the hours of my work or the stress it sometimes causes.  But Thomas is not only a fantastic husband, he is also a great dad and wonderful friend.  That's why it's my pleasure to celebrate Father's Day and spoil him a bit.  He deserves it.

I'm also blessed to have a dad who is incredibly supportive, generous, hard-working, and patient.  It's no wonder that I looked for some of these same qualities when I was searching for my life partner.  Now that I am a parent, my kids are the recipients of these qualities as much as I am.

I'm well aware that not everyone has this kind of husband or dad.  But I also know that there are many other high-quality men out there.  That's why on this Father's Day, I want to give a shout out to all the other awesome dads I know--the ones who are hard-working, committed, involved, and actively engaged in their family life as well as the life of their community.  I want to thank all of you for all you do and for being the wonderful role model you are to "our" kids.

If you are looking for an out-of-the-box way to honor/celebrate your child's dad or grandpa this Father's Day, check out this idea from Vibrant Faith at Home.


Get out a quarter and explain the game:
  • Players will take turns flipping the coin and letting it land on the table or floor.
  • If the coin lands “tails,” the player tells about one activity he or she enjoyed doing with his or her dad in the past. (For example, reading a book, going to a ball game, working in the yard.)
  • If the coin lands “heads,” the player tells about one activity he or she would enjoy doing with his or her dad in the future.
  • Have adults take turns as players, too, talking about their own fathers, whether or not they are still living. Young children may be surprised to learn that their grandpas are their parents’ dads!
  • If children have a hard time naming activities, think together about father-child activities in each season or about outside activities and inside ones.
  • After you finish playing, mark a date on the calendar for an upcoming father-child activity.
  • Variation: As you play the game, include other significant men in your children’s lives, such as grandfathers, uncles, godfathers, or family friends. Consider calling or emailing these individuals on Father’s Day to let them know how much they are appreciated.
Dear God, thank you for being with us as we celebrate Father's Day.  Thank you for everything that dads do to make life better.  Amen.

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