a tribute to dad

Sunday was a beautiful Father's Day at our house. Jeremiah arose early to attend an early morning church meeting, so the boys and I used that bonus time to get cards ready for him when he returned home. They giggled with delight as they put their best artistic skills to work to show their dad just how very much they love and appreciate him. (sidenote: I've got to go snap a photo of said cards!) 

Dad pulled up aside the house, the boys stood up the moment they heard the car, and ran to the back door where they knew he would enter. 

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And they greeted him much like this photo. Oh, how they love and adore him! And I know they will continue to appreciate him more as they grow and someday become fathers themselves. 

Truly: "Noble fatherhood gives us a glimpse of the divine."  -James E. Faust.

God sure knew what He was doing when He designed the family. And while not every family looks the same, each family does have a Father in Heaven to look towards and to call upon for help--how grateful I am for that! 

And to my Jeremiah with his heart of gold and loving concern to provide and protect and watch over, I am so grateful for him. I loved looking through a few photos from the last couple of years that brought back so many memories: working through law school, exploring and dreaming, teaching and learning, laughing. And while not every moment has been easy--it has all been good, and I have a heart full of gratitude for all of it. 

 

 Putting on church shoes...a scene that plays out weekly at our house! The boys line up, and Dad helps them put them on and tie them...Church shoes are tough! 

Putting on church shoes...a scene that plays out weekly at our house! The boys line up, and Dad helps them put them on and tie them...Church shoes are tough! 

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 Right before surgery. 

Right before surgery. 

 Working with Dad. 

Working with Dad. 

 Touching the ocean for the first time. 

Touching the ocean for the first time. 

 Kissing those hurts. Makes it all better.

Kissing those hurts. Makes it all better.

 Once again, taking the time to teach. He took Matthew to work with him. 

Once again, taking the time to teach. He took Matthew to work with him. 

 An oldie...leading by example. Returning to school with a family while I stayed home with babies was not easy! But Jeremiah worked hard and graduated with high honors. So proud of him.

An oldie...leading by example. Returning to school with a family while I stayed home with babies was not easy! But Jeremiah worked hard and graduated with high honors. So proud of him.

 Taking joy in the little big things--like those first steps. 

Taking joy in the little big things--like those first steps. 

 Just having fun together. 

Just having fun together. 

 Dads know all the cool tricks.  

Dads know all the cool tricks.  

 And how about those first days when sleep is hard to come by, but snuggles (and spit ups) are abundant. 

And how about those first days when sleep is hard to come by, but snuggles (and spit ups) are abundant. 

 And if Dad doesn't teach you to spit off the edge, who will?

And if Dad doesn't teach you to spit off the edge, who will?

Jeremiah, oh how we love and appreciate you! And how I admire all of the dads out there working and leading with love--what a blessing they are to our world! xo