June 17, 2007

Gifts From My Father

On Mother's Day I shared some of the life gifts and lessons my mother has taught me and shared with me. Here on Father's Day I thought I would take a moment to do the same for my dad and the gifts he has given me.

My father has taught me:

Unconditional love and giving others the benefit of the doubt.

That hard work and determination can payoff though the road can seem long, we can overcome our difficult circumstances.

To always see the best in my children no matter what the world sees or says.

How to never be afraid of computers and to use them to my advantage, starting my training when I was about 7.

That the Yankees are the best team in baseball :)

That kids sports and activities matter and dad showing up after work to cheer them on really is important and special.

There is something peaceful and amazing about walking along the ocean shore at sunrise or sunset any time of year.

The importance of family and keeping those bonds strong.

That a man can love a woman forever and together they will always love their children.

That a father's love and protection of his children never ends.

My father has given me:
My life, my education, the skills I needed to become who I am and continues to love me.

Thanks dad. Thank you for all you have given me and taught me over the years. For all you still continue to do for me and teach me as I try to teach my own children. As we pass these lessons on to our children (ok maybe not the Yankees) my appreciation for you and mom only grows stronger. Just as I told mom, though we are apart we are always together for I am made up of you both, not just in DNA but in who I am, who I have been and who I will become. Thank you for being who you are.



  1. Thank you for all of the kind words. I love the picture. If I had a small part in the way you turned out that is very high praise. I love sharing in the adventures of your family life and consider this blog my lifeline.

    Family Forever

    Love Dad

  2. Anonymous9:35 AM

    Though he's my brother, not my dad, he pretty much helped fill that gap for me over the years. He's everything you said he is and more. He is the calming force behind our family, and he is our rock though maybe he doesn't really know that!
    Love you both. Your aunt and his baby sister.