I really believe if you want respect from someone you have to show them respect too. You can't just expect it. I have so much respect for my dad and he has earned every bit of it. He has always taken care of his family and put them first. I know no matter what, I can count on him.
I am not alone. A lot of people have a lot of respect for him. When it is time to get down to business, he is really smart and he works hard at what he is trying to accomplish. But he is also a jokester and a lot of fun. I don't know how he does it, I guess because he is around a lot, but me and my brother and sister and now our kids see that balance. What I mean is we know he is there for us when we need him to be serious, and then, he can also just play around and have a lot of fun.
He is helpful to me in so many ways. The most important is that he steps in with my kids and plays grandfather some of the time, but then he knows when he needs to step in as a dad figure to them. That is hard to do, and I feel bad that he and my mom have been a little robbed of just being the grandparents with my kids, but it is a responsibility neither of them take lightly and they want to do right by the kids and help me make sure they are raised the way they need to be. I know I couldn't do this without them.
We had my dad's birthday party last night, but his birthday is today. We gave him a collection of snapshots because the picture we gave our mom was part his too. The party was last night because all of the grandchildren are in different directions tonight. And you know where he will be?........................ When he is finished working all day long at his subdivision he will be at the ballpark watching my younger son practice football so I can be home with the older one that just got home from football. And my mom? She is there with him!
I know how blessed I am and I hope I never take it for granted.
Happy Birthday, Dad! I Love You SOOOOOOOO Much!
(That's the way Ella, my brother's daughter, says "I Love You" to him. One of 6 girls he has totally wrapped around his finger!)
The banner the kids made for him.
Bethany made his cake. It was an ice cream cake and it was so good! I told her if my blood sugar comes down by February, I want one for my birthday!
Maybe Bethany got a better picture! It's hard to get that many kids to be still at one time. Especially after ice cream cake!!!!!