Sunday, June 20, 2010

My Dad, My Hero

{Proud Papa- father/daughter dance to 'butterfly kisses'.}

Today I'm celebrating Father's Day with my dad in my heart, although many miles apart. Growing up each year, I'd try my best to make him something special and he appreciated everything that I made whether it be a creative card, pottery or a drawing. In fact to this day it warms my heart that he has kept everything that I've made for him. During my last trip to California to visit him last November I saw something I made him when I was 8 years old on his bookcase, I had seen it out before in other homes he had lived in but forgotten about that pale pink pinch pot that sported a big heart on the front. He's such a strong yet sentimental kind of guy.

{Giggling while getting kisses from daddy.}

{On top of the world out on the lake behind our house.}

My dad was the type of dad that stayed up with me until 3a.m. helping me type out my complex science projects that were due the next day along with helping me organize the display board. In grade six it was hydroponics, the next year corrosion. He really helped me challenge myself and stretch my abilities. He taught me how to find creative solutions to complicated dilemmas, introduced me to gardening, composting and cooking too. He's a bit of a neat freak and it is to him that I credit for making me want to be so organized and neat. Not that my mom didn't do any of these things, just that he had a special way and the right amount of passion and patience for each to really allow me to learn.

We would pick cucumbers from our garden to make our own pickles and pulled ripe peaches off of our backyard tree and baked fun desserts together-he is who I get my sweet tooth from! ;) He encouraged me to be the strong, independent woman that I am today by being confident and completely self-reliant, responsible and hard working. He encouraged me to save money at an early age and told me he had wished someone had told him to do the same when he was twenty. He made me the handy woman that I am too. We built a pergola together for the backyard, drywalled the basement and even went shopping at yard sales together on weekends. He has definitely had a large impact and influence upon the person I am today. For these things I will forever be grateful, and above all he's got such a heart of gold and loves God.

I came across this sweet poem and thought I'd include it as it represents the way I feel toward my own dad.


As I ponder the love that I saw in his eyes,

A Godly love, given without compromise....

I recall many times that he stood by my side,

And prodded me on with great vigor and pride.

His voice ever confident, firm and yet fair,

Always speaking with patience, tenderness and care.

The power and might of his hands was so sure,

I knew there was nothing we couldn't endure.

It's true, a few others provided insight,

Yet, he laid the foundation that kept me upright.

He's the grandest of men to have lived on this earth,

Although he's not royal by stature or birth.

He's a man of great dignity, honor and strength.

His merits are noble, and of admirable length.

He's far greater than all other men that I know,

He's my Dad, he's my mentor, my friend and hero.

Happy Father's Day to all the single mothers who do the job of both mom and dad, to all of the daughters who are celebrating their dads, to those celebrating with their hubby who is the father of their children and to those who may be remembering their father or grandfather who is no longer here today.


  1. That is so sweet, I almost cried. I am sure that good parents that look out for you, in the sense of doing their best to bring out the best of you (like your dad did when you did the science papers) without spoiling you, one day they "receive" back what they "invested" in you. It's when children forget about their parents or feel bitter about them, that you need to go back to relationship as a baby, a kid and find a flaw. I believe what you give is what you take. Perhaps not always and not exactly as it should be, but for sure to nurture is to let flourish. The feeling of reward and satisfaction must feel like heaven.

  2. absolutely beautiful post.....
    melissa x

  3. What a sweet post. You Dad sounds wonderful. Every little girl should have a Daddy like that.

  4. Sooo cute post!!Congrats on your wonderfull dad!!!Hugs

  5. oh wow! Karla, your dad seems like such an amazing person!!! That was so much fun to read.
    And I also wanted to thank you for all your awesome comments on my blog, you are so sweet and so sincere. Thank you for those book recommendations. They both sound very interesting.
    So scary whats going on in our world today and the kinds of poisons we've been putting into our kids without real knowledge of what the affects can be.

  6. Such a wonderful post Karla! He sounds like an amazing man and the two of you have many special memories! Love the poem!

  7. Happy to have my west coast dad in my life too now!

    I pray I can be as good a Daddy to our kiddies when the time comes.

    Hubby :o)


    xo xo

  8. Thank you to everyone that left such sweet comments. I am very blessed to have an amazing dad and one that I can talk to about anything. :)



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