Hey!!!  I have some very important news, because today marks an important day in history for a certain man.  He was born on this day (just a few decades years ago…) in Germany on the military base, grew up in Ohio, and went to college for a music performance degree.  There he met and married a country farm girl, and after some traveling, moving, and doubling his family size, settled down in the country.  He and this country girl, though life was not always easy, began working hard and raising a family which eventually grew to include eleven children.  His third child is the one who writes to you today, telling you the important news that this is his BIRTHDAY!

Hopefully by now you realize who this person is…if you haven’t, go read the title of this post!  😉

Maybe not everyone is as excited as children for their birthdays once they reach a certain age, but I wanted to take this opportunity to say a few things and brag a little on my dad.

  • Dad has always been the hero in all of our lives as we’ve been growing up and learning more and more about real life!
  • He’s prayed with each of us every night except when he or we were gone, and has always been available to talk and listen to what we’ve been going through.  This isn’t necessarily easy with his now eleven children – it’s an example of true self-sacrifice and love, as he takes a hour or two each night to put littles to bed and to talk and pray with the rest of us before we hit the hay.
  • Dad is always ready and willing to give us advice when we need it, whether it’s how to respond in a difficult situation, how to stop a bad habit, or how to pull all the hair out of the bathtub drain.  🙂
  • I can count on one hand the times I remember seeing Dad upset.  He’s that steady calming person that everyone wants and needs all at the same time…
  • But he knows his priorities and how to keep them straight.  He puts God first, and then his family, and he refuses to compromise no matter what!
  • He is very patient.  When I was little and he used to tuck me into bed, I always came up with random questions to ask him.  Questions such as “Why do Dalmations have spots?” and “How are cribs made?” would be answered with the best explanation possible for a little girl.  Looking back, I think I just wanted Daddy to stay there longer and talk to me…
  • He has an awesome sense of dry humor!  He often says things that make us all start laughing, and the best part is that Mom usually cannot tell whether he’s joking or not…but we kids can! 🙂
  • Dad is really good at teaching, and doesn’t give up or lash out when his “student” doesn’t “get it” right away.
  • He’s honest.  At work, at church, at home, in stores…wherever he is, he will always tell the truth.
  • Daddy knows how to be grateful for the thought and effort people put in to things, even if the gift or service isn’t exactly what he would have preferred.
  • He’s good at leading his family, and he is sensitive at the same time.  Not one of those people who just orders others around and expects them to do whatever he says – he instead seeks to make a decision for the benefit of everyone involved. 🙂
  • I could go on and on, but I’d have to say that one of the things I most appreciate about you, Dad, is that you are a REALLY good listener.  You can tell when something bothers me, you listen when I explain, and you seem to know just what to say.  🙂  I love you, Daddy, and I’m sooooooo glad that I have the privilege of being your daughter.  <3 🙂

So happy birthday Dad!!!!!  I love you lots!