Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day Dads

From a father's perspective, I have been so very blessed. I was blessed with two beautiful, healthy girls, whom I have loved and adored from their first days with Tammy and I. Like a lot of people, I have regrets, many of which stem from my fathering, or lack thereof, during the early years of my daughters' lives as I was an immature, selfish, young father, too wrapped up in my own activities, pleasure-pursuits, and just continuing to be a child myself, all while saddling Tammy with the majority of the burdens of raising and caring for two baby girls. While they may not even have any recollection of the man I used to be, I know their mother does and... I do. I can't get back any of that time, but I can apologize for how I was and, more importantly, I can continue to allow the Lord to change my heart to the loving and compassionate father that He has been to me. I am so thankful for the blessing of my daughters, even in the not-so-great times, and look forward to our days ahead as they continue to grow and mature into beautiful young women. Thank you Lord for entrusting them to me. May I be as loving with them as you are with me. "The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love." Psalm 103, verse 8.Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there that frequent my blog like Alan, Jeremy, Jim, Mike, and Tim, and all you others. May we never take the blessing of fatherhood for granted.

8 comments:

Kirsten said...

Happy Dad's Day, Rick! You're a good guy and a great dad. I hope you have a thoroughly awesome day of being honored by your beautiful girls.

Rick said...

Thanks, k! *sniff, sniff*

Please pass along my Dad's Day well-wishes to did as well.

Alan said...

Man.... the sermon at church got me yesterady and then your post go tme today.
Glad you had a great Father's Day Rick!!!

Sherry said...

Aw, Rick! Look at those photos! Scott & I don't have any children, but everytime I read one your posts about your love for your girls I seriously feel my biological clock ticking!!!

I hope that you had a TERRIFIC Father's Day! My dad passed away when I was 7 and Scott's father lives up in NJ... so needless to say, we spoiled the pants off of my 84-year-old Grandfather on Sunday! He was in heaven!!! :o)

Rick said...

I had a great day, Alan. I hope you did as well.

Sherry, that is so awesome that spent the day with your grandfather! I really did have a wonderful day, thanks. We all went to church together, then went to a grad party for a bit, then Tammy and I had our parents over for dinner - grilled beer can chickens, grilled marinated asparagus, German potato salad (my mom's contribution), strawberry spinach salad, and bakery-fresh rolls (my mil's contribution) - followed up with banana cream pie and fresh strawberry pie. Yum! It was a wonderful day.

Jennifer said...

happy belated fathers Day! Those girls are surely blessed to call you Dad.

The pictures are fabulous!

Rick said...

Thank you, Jennifer and, I can't think of anyone better to be broken buddies with. I just wish I was as fast as you my broken buddie friend! ;-)

Madalyn said...

Cute pics. Linds has gotten tall