Friday, June 13, 2014

10 Memories: Dad's Day Edition

Since Father's Day is coming up this Sunday, I thought it would be fun to share 10 memories I have about my dad.

FYI: This could also make a great gift for Father's Day! There are tons of ways you could DIY 10 memories with your Dad: make a printable, paint a sign or write them in a book. If you can't think of one, I'm sure you are only one short Pinterest session away from the perfect idea!

Without further adieu...10 Memories: Dad's Day Edition

10 - The time he taught me how to drive a stick shift on Bern's farm. How many times stalling out is too many?

9 - Many nights for a couple of years, he was in his office upstairs working late on papers and studying to get his Master's degree. I choose to share that memory because I am grateful to have the memory of my Dad working hard to provide the best life he could for his family.

8 - I remember my wedding day and having him there to walk me down the aisle. I was a nervous wreck, so having him walk by my side calmed my nerves so much. I also remember our Father/Daughter dance. I am pretty sure that was the only time we have ever danced like that. Our style of dancing is the crazier, jumping around the kitchen kind.

7 - In our small town, Dad was known for being the guy running beside the road. His fitness has always been very important to him and I am so glad that I have gotten into it, especially running, lately. It makes me feel like I'm doing something he has always enjoyed. We have even been able to run together a few times recently.

6 - I've played softball since I can remember, and for a while, I had a basketball goal outside growing up. He always took the time to teach me how to play and never turned down the chance to go outside and throw the ball or play horse. I can't forget the hour drive one way to travel softball practice he would make on Sunday afternoons. We'd stop by the PAN convenience store and I would get an orange Fanta and crispy M&M's. We'd hear Sugarland's "Babygirl" on the radio and talk about how that was going to be me one day.

5 - My dad has always been an awesome cook. Some of my favorite meals he cooks are Honey Ranch Chicken Strips, Ribs and Steak. You know, all of the healthy stuff. ;) He and I both like to have a plan for the next meal. We will think about what we're having for lunch as we eat breakfast and what we're having for dinner as we eat lunch. It's how we roll.

4 - Every time Dad comes to my house he says it looks like Martha Stewart stopped by. He's always commenting on how proud he is of me, even down to the details of how I decorate my home. His approval and knowing that he is proud of me is something I appreciate so much. It means a lot to me.

3 - During my senior year, when I was homecoming queen, Dad was deployed to Afghanistan. When my Grandaddy escorted me across the football field, Dad surprised me by writing a letter and having his friend read it over the intercom. He even called the principal's cell phone even though it was around 3:00am his time to experience that moment with me and talk to me for a minute.

2 - When Jake came over to our house for the first time and my Dad singing "Feed Jake". I can't forget to mention that he also sang a church hymn at the dinner table that night, too.

1 - I couldn't have any post about Dad without mentioning our days singing Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog every day on the way to school.

After two memories about singing, you would think that my Dad was a good singer. Think again.

My dad is a stand up guy and in my eyes, he can do no wrong. I am so thankful to have a Dad that I can speak well of, because I know that isn't the case for everyone. God sure blessed me with a good one.

I hope you all have a great Father's Day weekend! Please share, in the comments, your favorite memory with your dad. I can't wait to hear them all!

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