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Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Men in My Life.....

This Father's Day is a wonderful chance for me to recall the amazing men in my own family, and thank them for being a part of my life.

My father was a career middle school teacher, and we all know what a tough job that can be. He spent many years coping with a highly stressful environment, but all the while, held on to the hope that he was making a difference in the lives of these young people. Middle school can be one of the toughest ages to teach, and he did it with grace and patience. We spent our summers together every year of my childhood, and I have memories of pools and beaches, smoothies for breakfast, and quiet reading time together. He taught me the importance of self awareness, analyzing my own thoughts and feelings, and journaling. He supported me in everything I chose to pursue, and these memories will last in my mind forever.

Thank you, Dad. 

My grandfathers, Stan and Jack, were also incredible examples of what fathers should be. They raised large families, supported many children, and stood by their families no matter how hard life became. My grandfather Stan cared for my grandmother (who had MS,) for decades, along with his children. Grandpa Jack is still alive today, aged 97. He now lives with my father, who is caring for him daily. The examples of love and caring that were set so many years ago continue to this day.

Grandpa Stan and Grandma Bette,
Grandpa Jack and Grandma Mary Jane,

Thank you, Grandpa Jack and Grandpa Stan.

Lastly, I have to thank my absolutely superhuman husband, Wayne. My husband is a man that amazes me on a daily basis. This man has put the needs of just about everyone he meets above his own, and continues to do so on a daily basis. He is my partner in raising our huge family of six children, and our children are very lucky to have him. He works in an extremely stressful career, full time as an Emergency physician, in addition to the large workload here at home. He never fails me, he never wavers in his strength. It is awe inspiring to watch. I always tell him, I have no idea how I got so lucky, and I will spend every day of my life being thankful that I have this man in my life. He is my partner, my rock, my love.

Thank you, honey! I love you....

Thank you to all of the fathers out there....you are truly shaping the lives of your children each day. 

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