Below is a blog hop for you to link up and share your tribute to a special dad in your life. There are a few dads behind this blog that I want to tribute today. Of course, my husband, Nathan, is the amazing father to our children.
Alongside Nathan every day in our family business and living just down the road and around the corner is my father-in-law, Eldon, commonly known as Grandpa Eldon at our house. Nathan and Eldon have the closest father-son relationship I have ever seen or known. They have mutual respect, a deep friendship and bond.
Our teenager, Hunter, noticed in his small Christian school as a kindergartener that other classmates had dads that lived with them. At the time, Hunter did not. Hunter prayed nightly for a “dad to live with us”. It made me silently cry in my bed several times. But God had a big plan.
Nathan came into our lives and became the most tremendous role model and father to Hunter. They are father and son and share a bond that I never dreamed of during my years as a single mom.
My dad, Fred, commonly known as Grandpa Fred, taught me what a father is. He was such a strong example of what a husband and father should be when I was a child. As a young adult I was convinced I would never find someone to be as great as my own dad for Hunter.
Again, God had a bigger plan than I did.
My dad and I are eerily similar in personality, strong will, tenacious wit and zest for life. It caused me to fight and butt heads with my dad from age 9 to 19. My dad loved me through it all. I am forever grateful.
The oldest father in our family and the example that we all strive to live up to stems from my Grandpa Sonny. He is a 3rd generation farmer, World War II veteran, North Dakota State University College of Agriculture graduate, father of five children, including my mom, Jane, and husband to my Grandma Nola for the past 60 years. He lives in the house his dad built in 1919 and it is where he was born. Grandpa Sonny is a kind, gentle soul that loves us immensely. He loves all Western movies, is our most loyal fan at all music and sporting events and has kept me in line through the years. I am forever grateful.
My dad’s father, Howard, passed away when my dad was 27 years old and I am the only one of my siblings that has memories of him. I know there isn’t a day that my dad wouldn’t love to have one day with him back to show him how his life all turned out, all the he accomplished and have Grandpa Howard meet the rest of his family. Life isn’t always fair. Sometimes we don’t get the time with our fathers like we wanted or expected.
Life’s trials and tribulations have taught me to love and appreciate my dad in a deeper manner than I ever knew I would. He is a consultant to the company I work for and a few times a year, we are in the same meetings together. I know it won’t be forever that Nathan and I get to work with our dads. We appreciate the time and moments we have.
Daily, I am forever grateful
for a daddy who teaches our girls about worms,
takes our son fishing,
and tells me “don’t write anything mushy” on this blog.
Happy Father’s Day to my husband, dad, grandpa and father-in-law. Thank you for setting the bar high and for your endless love to us.
Do you have a tribute to your husband, dad or grandpa to share?
Link up below and share your blog post anytime over the next few days. This is a blog hop and you can add the code to your blog to share in the Father’s Day tribute. Please link back to Pinke Post in your blog post, stop by to visit other blogs belong and enjoy connecting with new blogs to you and their stories. I absolutely love reading each and every one of your stories. Thank you so much for sharing.
Love it! And I’ve linked it! And I’m glad you avoided the “mushy” post…although, for some reason, my eyes seem to be a bit drippy. 😉 Take care my Prairie Mama friend, and enjoy your Father’s Day weekend!
that’s so sweet. good strong family you have.
Awesome – don’t tell your hubs but I cried so this entry might be considered a little mushy but oh so great!
Linking up later when I finish mine- thanks!
Prairie Mother says
Wonderful post! LOL..don’t write anything mushy..I can relate to that. But I can definitely relate to how God has much bigger and better plans for us than we do!
Wow, I teared up when I read this. I know what you mean about your dad being a strong example. I feel the same way about both my parents. You sometimes feel like no one else, including any guy, can measure up – which may be why I’m still single!
The Wife of a Dairyman says
Such strong father figures in yours and your family’s lives….a beautiful post, Katie!
Lisa @ Two Bears Farm says
A wonderful tribute!
Colleen Cecil says
Wonderful post Katie. But now I am sobbing at work! Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful men in your family’s life.
What a wonderful tribute to all the “dads” in your life. So glad that your hubby is a wonderful father and friend to your son.
Michelle Waters says
Hi there, I have commented in awhile. This is a very sweet piece. What a perfect way God has of taking care of his children.
(By the way, I just noticed in my stats that most of my blog traffic comes from you so thank you!)
The Woven Moments says
Added my blog to the hop! Thanks for the open invite!
Roxane B. Salonen says
Katie, what a great idea. I haven’t written my daddy post yet, but I’ll try to remember to come back after it’s finished. 🙂 Peace!
Nancy @ A Rural Journal says
You and your children are really fortunate to have so many great men in your lives. What a nice tribute post to them! 🙂
Well, I cut off my husband’s head in my first attempt at a Linky. (Purely unintentional!!) But thanks for hosting. I’m enjoying the great reads this morning. Now I’m off to the kitchen to get the harvest meal prepared. Thanks for hosting the blog hop! I’ll be back to check out more great blogs.
Well Kathryn, this was one of the most wonderful and mushiest blog posts I have ever read and I am sobbing right now. Thanks for saying it so articulately. Proud of you Katie!!
R and boys…