Happy Father's Day to my wonderful, funny, adventuresome dad!
Some of my best memories with him include fishing trips. He tried to take each one of us at least once a year, but if we out-fished him we got dropped to the bottom of the list. (smile)
He also would take us on buying trips for his and Mom's antique store. These trips included antique auctions, miles of driving and singing to the top of our lungs, games of Beaver Cleaver ,(you may know this game as Punch Bug) and always a little speeding on the way home with him saying, "I'm ready to get home to your momma now!"
I also remember hopping in bed with he and my mom early in the morning and he would tell me stories. They were always better when he told them than when they were read from a book because he always changed them up just a little to keep me in suspense.
He took us as a family on trips to the beach or the bay on Sunday afternoons after church, vacations to visit our grandparents, and trips to look for just the right Christmas tree in the woods
I remember the example he set the times he stopped on the road to help strangers, sometimes giving rides to people hitch-hiking that looked a little scary to me as a child. I remember the times he and my brothers took Sunday dinner to a hermit who lived in a dilapidated house in the woods close to our house.
I know that many people grow up never knowing their dad, that is so hard for me to imagine. There are many dads today who don't have a clue the impact they have on the little ones God strategically placed in their care.
I am truly blessed with the most amazing parents! I am so very thankful to have been honored to grow up with them as my role models and heros. Of course, they sometimes had to make hard decisions that I didn't fully appreciate at the time, but now I understand and am so glad they loved me enough to make those hard decisions no matter how unpopular they were then.
I am also thankful that I had the freedom to really be a kid. I wasn't pushed to grow up too fast, but instead I had a long and very happy childhood.
Thanks Dad for being such a great dad! I love you even if you did say I throw like a girl!
It's too hot to bake, but that doesn't stop the creativity of my family, and the birthday celebrations.
All of us were enamored with this adorable Little Debbie birthday cake whipped up by my South Alabama sister-in-law!
My dear hubby was the chef for the day frying fish, hush puppies, squash, zuchinni, and dill pickles for us all. It was soo good. We all brought sides and celebrated another slew of birthdays.
There was lots of baby love going on. I'm so happy that my grandkids are getting to enjoy their great-grandparents! Not only are they great they are also great, if you know what I mean.
There was also a little water ballet preformed with tutu and all!
A little game of ball started up from the sidelines.
(The ball was already in the water when I took this shot.)
So many cousins to play with,
precious little monkeys hanging around...
siblings to comfort when feelings got hurt,
life jackets to hold up the little ones when all of our larger arms got tired,
and plenty of water to cool everyone down.
Believe it or not at the end of this particular day we all got a little too cool after the sun went down.
Another day filled with things to add to my gratitude list. Every memory being made is another gem to add to the string already so full. What beautiful treasures God has entrusted to me. There are days I feel bad, and times when I get down like every one else, but then there are days like today when I am surrounded by the happy faces of my family and I feel like the richest girl in the world.
I've really enjoyed spending time with my sister-in-law, Luci, and yes, it's the same sister-in-law that I mentioned in the previous post.
We always come up with some type of crazy fun when we get together. This time after a six hour shopping trip, in one store, where we tried on every dress available, we ended up buying the same dress on purpose. We decided to wear them to her church today. We got a few funny looks, and some people laughed outright, knowing from our mischievous grins that we did it for a reaction. Aren't we goofy?
22A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.