Sunday, June 17, 2012
Happy Father's Day
This card was made with scraps from the stash. The scraps come from an old Basic Grey collection, Wisteria. The card idea was scrap lifted from a Webster's Pages post with Father's Day card ideas. I really like how the colors play together to create a different, but satisfying look.
As my children are growing and becoming more and more independent, I find myself considering Father's Day in a new way. I am so glad for the fathers in my life. It is my great joy that my paternal grandfather is still with us. He is a source of conditional love in the best way. He expects from me. His expectations, though not short or small, are so good! I love my grandfather and, at least on Father's Day, I'm his baby (an old family joke!).
Then, there is my own father. He is a constant, even keel in my life. This lends itself to taking him for granted. However, his constancy evened out my inconstancy in the years before he handed off to Dan, my husband. I love my father and I am grateful for the time he has spent with me and the kids teaching them that same evenness.
I could go on and on, talking about my father-in-law (a real leader of the family), Dale (a good friend who we've watched give away his daughters to their husbands in love and confidence), and those gentlemen who help to guide my daughter though softball, band and more. But, I will stop with a short tribute to Dan, my husband. We've spent 19 married years together, fifteen of which he has spent being the best dad I know (and I have high standards). Dan stayed home and spent the most time raising the kids. This didn't result in a weak or submissive man. Nor did he shrink into passivity which can often happen. Dan has grown to be a strong leader who guides and teaches my kids in ways I couldn't imagine doing. He is able to joyfully tease and cajole both kids making them humble without breaking their spirits. I am so grateful to God for the gift of Dan as a dad.
Happy Father's Day!