Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Salute to Fatherhood

Seeing as today is Father's Day, I think it's a perfect time to acknowledge the wonderful men in my life.

My dad has been gone for many years now. I still think of him, and I still miss him. I wish I'd known him longer, wish I'd known him better. I wish he were here to see the woman I've become. I know that he's aware of me, but I wish I could...I don't know, talk to him. Have a relationship with him. Dad did so much for me. He definitely wasn't perfect. He did a lot of things wrong. But he was working on his problems. He had so much in his life to overcome, and he tried. I think that's one of the things I admire most about him. I wish he could've had more time here. But he was a good man, and despite his many imperfections, I still love  and respect and admire him.

A couple of years after Dad passed away, a new man came into my life. Mom met Paul and they began a friendship that deeply affected me. There are so many things about Paul that I admire so much. He has such a strong faith in and love of Christ and of God. He is a deeply spiritual man, and I love that about him. He has taught me so much in my life, and I'm grateful for his influence, his love, his compassion, and his patience. I wouldn't be the same person without him.

My father-in-law, Barry, is a great man. He has a hilarious sense of humor. It's always clear how much he loves his family. He adores his grandkids. He's always willing to offer help and advice. He honors his priesthood and serves faithfully in the church. I know he's not perfect, but he is a righteous man and a great example for his family. I'm grateful that my kids have him as someone to look up to.

Brett is an amazing man. He is a great husband and a wonderful father.  He makes me laugh. I just love his sense of humor. There is never any doubt in my mind that he loves me and our children. He loves playing with the kids. He helps around the house. He does so much for our family. He has a deep love of the Gospel and a strong testimony. He'll probably kill me for saying this, too, but one of the things I love most about him is his capacity for emotion. A lot of guys seem like they try to hide their emotions. Brett has always been honest about them with me, and doesn't seem to be afraid to show his feelings. I love that tenderness about him. He's a sweet, kind, loving man. I am so blessed to have him, and to be able to be with him and our kids forever.

I'm grateful for the many men who have had such an impact on my life.

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