Happy Anniversary / Birthday

Patti_Dad_2006 GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHappy Anniversary to my sweet hubby Kirk and Happy Birthday to my wonderful Dad.   It is an honor to celebrate today with these two amazing and important men in my life.

To Dad, I say thank you for teaching me all that you did, for being so attentive and interested in your family and our activities, for showing me the importance of being a good steward with my money, and for spending time with our family.

To Kirk, I want to say thanks so much for loving me as much as you do, for being an amazing father to our son, for being a great friend, partner and so much more, for always making me laugh and for comforting me when I cry, and for sharing in all of the little and important things with me. You are the best!

I remember the day of our wedding so vividly and cherish the memories of both of you that day.  Dad walking me down the aisle to greet my hubby-to-be, having the opportunity to dance with both of you, and being able to share the day is such a gift. You are both such a blessing to me and I thank the Lord for you each day.

A few quotes about marriage:

  • “The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds — they mature slowly.”~ Peter De Vries
  • “To keep the fire burning brightly there’s one easy rule: Keep the two logs together, near enough to keep each other warm and far enough apart — about a finger’s breadth — for breathing room. Good fire, good marriage, same rule.” ~ Marnie Reed Crowell
  • “Newlyweds become oldyweds, and oldyweds are the reasons that families work.” ~ Author Unknown
  • “Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.” ~ Barnett R. Brickner

A few quotes about fathers:

  • “My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.”” ~ Harmon Killebrew
  • “He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” ~ Clarence Budington Kelland
  • “A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” ~ Author Unknown
  • “A father carries pictures where his money used to be.” ~ Author Unknown

I wonder if these two fine men will truly understand how great they are and how dear they are to me?  I will do my best to let them know and look forward to special time with each of them.

Happy Father’s Day!!!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASANYO DIGITAL CAMERATT.DadDay2DSC00038Hi and Happy Sunday.  Today is Father’s Day.  Happy Father’s Day to my husband and to my dad!

Also, I want to wish a Happy Father’s Day to my brother, father-in-law, brothers-in-law, cousins, uncles, grandfathers, and friends.  There are many men in my life who are wonderful fathers and I wish the best for all of them.  However, I don’t have photos included of all them in this blog.

Here are photos of two fathers — my father, and my husband with our son.  The first is of Kirk, Ian, and me while on vacation a few years ago.  We were visiting Balboa Park in San Diego.  The second is of Ian and Dad a few years ago at a zoo.  We had a fun day.  The third is Dad and me at a work picnic. The fourth is of a little Ian with his Daddy at the beach.  It is one of my favorites.

On this Father’ Day, may you know how loved you are and may you have a great day.  Hope you can celebrate!  To Dads, you are an important part of your children’s lives, you are men who can teach and give so much, and you bring something special to your families.

Today, I want to wish all the fathers in my life a special day!

**To my husband, I am so glad you are the father of our child.  You are a kind and loving man and a great daddy to our son.  Our son is blessed to have you as his father and for your influence in his life.  You have enriched my life in many, many ways.  I am honored to be on this parenting journey and life’s journey with you.   Love you!

**To my Dad, thanks so much for all that you have taught me.  You have shown me love, patience, kindness, and so much more.  The importance of your children to you has been awesome as well.   I always liked that you listened to me and made time for the three of your children.  Now, I love that you love Kirk and our son and all of your family just as much.

**”To my brother, I am glad to have known you your entire life and almost all of mine.  I am so thankful we are friends and regularly see each other.  You are an amazing man, father, and husband. I love you and am proud of all that you have become!

**To my father-in-law, we are glad to be with you to celebrate the special day for fathers!  I have learned a lot from you and appreciate all you have done for your children and grandchildren.

**To my six brothers-in-law, you all are important and special to me and are men who I am glad to call friends.  You are great dads as well.  So glad to have all of you in my family!

**To my cousins, I love each and every one of you so very much.  I have been blessed to know you all of my life.  You truly were my first friends.  All of you who are fathers are wonderful!

**To my uncles,  thanks so much for being there for me throughout my life.  I appreciate all you have taught me and shown me.

**To my grandfathers, I love you and miss you very much.  One of you I knew and the other I never had the pleasure of meeting.  You both truly loved and appreciated your families and for that I am forever grateful.

**To my friends who are fathers,  hope you have a fabulous day with your families and can enjoy your time.  I am also glad you are a part of our lives.

To all fathers, may you have a wonderful day!  Thanks so much for all that you do for our children.

I want to close with a few quotes about fathers:

  • “The greatest gift I ever had, came from God; I call him Dad!” ~Author Unknown
  • “I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has family, he’s rich.” ~M*A*S*H, Colonel Potter
  • “Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” ~Elizabeth Stone
  • “A father carries pictures where his money used to be.” ~Author Unknown
  • “Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!” ~Lydia M. Child

Father’s Day Throwback Thursday

TT.DadDay1 TT.DadDay2Hi and Happy Thursday.  In honor of Father’s Day on Sunday, I decided to include pictures with my father for Throwback Thursday.

The first one is at the beach with my mom and dad when I was a baby. I think this was the first time I’d been in the ocean.

I am so thankful that my parents introduced me to the beach at this early age.  I have loved it ever since.  I have a similar picture with Dad and Ian.  I will have to post that again sometime.

The second picture was taken a year and a half before Ian was born.  Dad and I were at a work picnic.  It is one of my favorite pictures of the two of us.  We were having a fun day walking around the park, eating a picnic lunch, and visiting with our co-workers and friends.

Sadly I won’t be able to be with my dad on Father’s Day but will be thinking of him fondly and will give him a call.  We will have time to celebrate later in the month.

I have had many fun times with my dad and for those I am so very thankful.  Times at the beach, Lions Club activities, my wedding on his birthday, and reading and playing with Ian.  He is an amazing father and grandfather.

My dad is awesome and taught me so much and continues to do so.  He is the first man I ever loved.  Thanks Dad for everything!!! You rock!!!

A few quotes about fathers:

  • “He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” ~Clarence Budington Kelland
  • “Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. ~Bill Cosby
  • “A father carries pictures where his money used to be.” ~Author Unknown
  • “Dad, you’re someone to look up to no matter how tall I’ve grown.” ~Author Unknown

I wonder what fun times I will have next with my dad.  I know the times will be something fabulous!