That look in the picture on the right is one of my favorites!! This is him now. Isn't he handsome?
I cannot begin to describe to you how grateful I am for both of my parents. I know without a doubt that they are one of the most amazing blessings I have been given. As I celebrate my dad, I am grateful for all the ways that he has molded me. He has instilled in me a deep love for the gospel. I have watched him fight for the truth of Scripture since I can remember. He loves the Word of God. What a gift to all of our family! He has given us a heritage that will be seen for generations - witnesses who will testify to the goodness of God long after my dad is gone.
I can remember being little and Dad sitting beside me on my bed as I cried and cried, overcome with worry about who knows what subject - school or snakes or sisters! He patiently answered each of my questions and helped me to learn to trust God's sovereignty. I have so many favorite moments: thinking I was gonna die giving birth to Victoria - and Dad standing at the foot of my bed saying "This too shall pass."; crying together for hours the day before I got married because I would be moving from Kentucky all the way to California; hiking in the Smokey Mountains thinking a bobcat was going to get me; the joy of hearing him explain the gospel to my children, the list goes on!
Dad is one of the hardest workers that I know. He has also given me a love of gardening... not that I will ever be able to keep up with him! But I find pleasure in it. I am thankful for what I have learned from him about it.
How can you describe your dad in one short space? I can't. But I know the I love him so very much, just like I love my mom. I love to watch how both of my parents love each other. It brings me comfort and joy and hope. Thanks be to God for this beautiful gift. Happy birthday, Dad.