I would like to dedicate this post to my dad for his birthday. Happy Birthday, Dad! I love you so much and am so thankful for everything you do for me.
There are so many people out there who do not have good relationships with their fathers for various reasons. I feel so lucky and blessed to have such an incredible father in my life. I truly don't know or understand why some people have great relationships with their fathers and some people don't. I don't know what I did to deserve this, but I know I am grateful. Having a wonderful father is truly a gift in more ways than one.
1. He Truly Wants to Spend Time With Us
My dad will do anything to spend time with each of his four children. He has coached at least one sports team for each of us, is always willing to talk with us about anything, but my favorite thing he does is take us each out on dates. Dad usually takes us to a really fancy restaurant and lets us order whatever we want. We get to sit there and talk one on one with him and it really means so much. He truly values spending time together with his family above all other responsibilities.
2. He Never Stops
My dad has never been, and never will be, one to just sit around and relax. He likes to constantly be active. Even on his day's off, he is working hard to do something around the house for our family, helping out another family member or neighbor, or taking my brother hunting or fishing with him. My dad works incredibly hard for our family and wants us all to have the best lives possible.
3. Sharing Interests
Although my dad and I don't really share the same interests, he always makes an effort to try to learn more about what I'm currently involved in. He is open to learning about whatever I'm interested in and likes to teach my siblings and me about fishing, hunting, and the outdoors (although I don't always share the same open-minded attitude).
4. Perfect Model of What to Expect From a Husband
When Valentine's Day comes around, my dad makes sure to make it special for not only his wife but also his children (especially his three daughters). He does sweet gestures for my mom all the time and writes us heartfelt notes at unexpected times. My dad would do anything for each of us and is constantly reminding us of how much he loves us. He sets the bar high but is the perfect example of a great husband.
5. He Taught Me The Importance of Faith
The biggest thing I will ever take from my father is the importance of faith. My dad takes his faith very seriously and he is a wonderful example of a Christian father. He encourages me to pray and have an intimate relationship with God. This has been such a big influence on my life and I am so grateful that he has taught me about God's plan and sacrifice.