June 19, 2005

Reasons we love Serona

Being father's day I just wanted to share some of the things that the kids and I love and appreciate about Serona and the father he is. He is truly a great man and we are blessed by him.

1. He is a godly man
2. He strives to be better each day
3. He is a man of prayer and faithful service
4. He loves us above all
5. He is dedicated to his family
6. He is a faithful provider
7. He is humble and gives thanks and praise where it belongs
8. He is the smartest man we know
9. He is dedicated to being a life long learner and growing each day
10. He has his priorities in order
11. He rough houses
12. He mows the lawn
13. He changes light bulbs
14. He stayed true to his word that he was responsible for the dogs even when that means scooping poop, giving baths and everything else they need
15. He cleans when he gets frustrated
16. He motivates us all to be better
17. He plays guitar and sings
18. He is a great actor and finds time to be in performances
19. He is the best Aslan we know
20. He does the voices when he reads stories Frances is a favorite
21. He led our family to adopt Star Wars as part of our identity
22. He sews homemade jedi costumes
23. He has lightsaber duels with all of us
24. He always wears Sirah in the backpack
25. He has slept on the very edge of the bed for 6 years of family bedding
26. He has supported me through 6 years of breastfeeding anyone who has done this knows what a big sacrifice and adjustment it is for dad too!
27. He tells jokes
28. He laughs at our jokes when they are not funny
29. He is each and everyone of our biggest fans
30. He forgoes the fast and wealthy lifestyle of so many in his field to make stay at home parenting, homeschooling and our priorities a possibility
31. He does not begrudge us our beach days while he is stuck indoors working to make it possible
32. He goes camping with my friends
33. He makes those people his friends truly
34. He gives the kids tractor rides
35. He plays soccer in the backyard even with his sciatica
36. He always manages to Buck up buckaroo
37. He keeps our computers working
38. He keeps us on the cutting edge and early adopters in technology
39. He made me go wireless
40. He made us put a wall mounted flat screen monitor in our kitchen
41. He does science experiments
42. He demands much of the kids and treats them like the people they are instead of like the little children too many people think they are
43. He laughs
44. He dances
45. He blasts loud music throughout the house
46. He pulls weeds
47. He gets up and goes to work every day
48. He gets up on the weekends to spend time with us
49. He launches rockets
50. He lets the kids watch movies I would never but they really should be able to
51. He gives the kids freedom when I pull the reins too tight
52. He buys them Krispy Kreme
53. He gives horse rides throughout the house
54. He tells the kids he loves them every day
55. He prays for them every day
56. He demonstrates his faith in everyday life and in the little things
57. He is involved in our church
58. He is a good friend
59. He is a writer
60. He is a reader and helps our kids want to be readers too
61. He organized our home library by the Dewey decimal system
62. He got me to start blogging
63. He keeps us up in politics
64. He is involved in our community and our local politics
65. He volunteers
66. He is generous with his time and money
67. He is thankful and teaches the kids how to be
68. He is self-sacrificing but in a genuine and good way
69. He makes us walk the Mall of America
70. He will go outside and hike even when it is not his first choice
71. He loves long drives
72. He is spontaneous
73. He has adopted and embraced and encouraged our Irishness
74. He gets the yard work done even when I dread it and try to ignore it
75. He won’t let things slip in our home even when it means he gets little free time
76. He walks the walk louder than he talks the talk
77. He makes nearly every decision with our entire family in mind
78. He believes in our kids
79. He believes in me
80. He believes in himself
81. He is an optimist
82. He is genuine
83. He wears a kilt
84. He pierced his ears again because our daughter wanted someone to do it with her
85. He does puppet performances at doctors offices
86. He drives an old car with peeling paint and no functioning wipers.
87. He travels the country and world as needed to support our family
88. He is alone on Valentine's Day, our anniversary and Father's Day without complaint
89. He keeps us all young and content
90. He teaches the kids to sing
91. He teaches them to love life
92. He teaches them to love the Lord and have a faith of their own
93. He keeps us at a good church even when it can be hard
94. He models good behavior
95. He loves
96. He forgives and truly forgets and keeps no record of wrongs
97. He is kind and generous
98. He is fun
99. He is the kind of person you want to be with all the time
100. He is a husband, father, friend and man of God all rolled into one.

Thank you Serona for all you do for us. You truly are a great father. We are blessed by you.

Love Tenn, Rhia, Ciaran, and Sirah

1 comment:

  1. Reason #19 made us go, "Wow." in awe. :)