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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad

Today is my Dad's Birthday, yup, April Fools Day. Kind of funny huh, but if you knew my dad, it is perfect. The Lord has a great sense of humor. I was excited that my throat was well enough to call him this morning. If anyone can relate to strep throat, he sure can. My dad and I have had this little thing where he calls me or I call him every Monday morning. I love it, it really means a lot to me. I really miss my dad today and I wish so badly that I could be there to celebrate this weekend with the my dad and the fam. I have been sooooooooo homesick lately, mainly because of me and Ben being so stinkin' sick and because I was just there, so the memories of home are still fresh. Isn't it funny, how the older you get, and the more kids you have, the more you look back at your own life and TOTALLY respect your parents even more for all they did. That is the case for me. My dad is one of those fix-anything, hard working, long-suffering, honest, kind-hearted types of dads. The kind that we all love to have growing up. He, along with my brothers, is the one that instilled my love for fire...big fire and fireworks. He is also the one that made me feel cool for driving around the junkiest truck in High School. He gave me a HUGE love of waterskiing and camping. He made my 9th grade Halloween party the talk of the school when he came running out of the garden with a chainsaw and a mask. I think one of my friends may have peed her pants. He taught me how to catch a pop fly baseball, and as a result helped me become the hero of my softball team one day. He taught me how to gas up a lawnmower and drive stick shift. He also taught me to ride a bike. He is really smart when it comes to the Gospel and his lessons always seem to stump me and make me think forever. He was a big influence in my graduating from college when I was on the verge of quitting. He can fix ANYTHING, and I call him all the time for help. He is always willing to help with whatever it may be, even if I can tell he is trying his hardest not to laugh his head off. My kids adore "Bop" and Ben loves to joke around with him and talk with him. He is just a great all-around dad ya know. Dang, I miss him. Anyway, Happy Birthday Dad. I sure do love you.

This video is for Bop and Grandma. They both have Birthday's this month.


Kristen said...

As soon as you mentioned your dad I remembered the chain saw incident! Who would have thought we would be so scared! Dads are great for that though!

Colleen said...

Dads are the best! You made me start missing my own even more than usual!

Julz said...

You got me thinking about my dad now, always a good thing. Him eaching me how to speed through the mountains, drag racing, speeding...^_^

kendra said...

There's just something special about Dads!

I hope you are feeling better. antibiotics usually work pretty quick. I'm so sorry about all this bad luck. Yuck. Hopefully you will all be back to normal soon. You'll have to drive out to see Ben's family to make up for their lack of visit. That is seriously too bad.

Darci and Ryan said...

Ha ha, I remember the chainsaw. I also remember going water skiing with you and your Dad trying his hardest to throw us off--I was holding on for dear life. Good times!

lori parkhurst said...

Happy birthday Stan. That was such a sweet tribute to your dad.