Happy Birthday! I wish I was there to share it with you, but since I can’t, I’m glad you get to spend it with our Houston family! (Don’t lie, you know you love Karis best now :)) I love you sooo much and I’m so thankful that you’re my Dad. Here are just a few of the things I love about you in no particular order (and keep in mind this list is not exhaustive…):
- I’m thankful for your provision for our family. You always worked hard to make sure we were never in want and now being grown and out on my own, I appreciate it even more than I ever could have back when I was little.
- You always seek to give and make people’s lives just a little bit easier, especially those in the ministry. I’m blessed to have an example of generosity that I’ve observed and been influenced by my whole life.
- You are a constant presence in my life and I’m so grateful to have a Dad that will listen, help, advise and pray for me at the drop of a hat, even when I’ve done something stupid.
- Your heart of service in the church. I grew up in church watching you serve in many areas and it’s not any different today. I love that you bring your wealth of life knowledge to your current church and that people I don’t even know can benefit from the gifts the Lord gave you.
- I love your sense of humor…even the jokes I know by heart because you’ve told them so many times. 🙂 I grew up in a household that laughed often and that’s an invaluable part of me today. I can remember multiple times that I came to the dinner table and ended up laughing so hard that my beverage spewed out of my mouth. Gross? Yes, but the fact that we had that much fun as a family is a testament to the home that you and Mom created for us. It’s the reason why I can laugh at myself instead of cry…most days, at least.
- With marriages crumbling, it’s so amazing to see you and Mom still in love and supporting each other after a million gazillion* years of marriage. I love that you still go out on dates and enjoy each other’s company.
- I love your hugs…they can wipe away a discouraging day and make me feel protected and loved. Thanks for giving them freely and often.
But most of all, Dad, thanks for your friendship. I’m so blessed to have you as my Dad and I’m looking forward to what this next year of your life brings. I love you and miss you!
*Length of Time Approximation