My dad…. Caring, loving, and gives his heart to every person he comes across. He leads with his heart. Over the years, as a family we have endured pain, but something always shines through – the love.
Family is everything… That is what my dad has taught me. My dad grew up with a single mom, he lost his father when he was 5 years old. It is hard to imagine losing a father that young – the same age as my son Marcus. Yet even though he went through this, he has become such an amazing father and granddaddy to his grandkids.
My dad loves with his heart and soul.
Thankful for it too…. He has passed it onto me too. We love people, we love meeting them, learning about them, and helping them. Although there have been times in my life where I have crawled into my shell, the core of me was always there. I am so thankful to see this characteristic in my dad, and thankful he has passed it down to me.
My dad does everything he can for his family/friends and never asks for anything in return. Over these past two years we have had some storms really hit us….
But I am so very thankful for the storms because there is always a rainbow after the rain.
The other day my dad saw this photo at the cabin:
There is no coincidence he witnessed it. First of all, a rainbow signifies God’s promise to us – He will never flood the earth again…. But this picture, it has such significance to me. A picture always has come into my mind over these past two years similar to this – a strong tree with a rainbow in the distance. I have used this picture on the broken neck survivor support page on facebook, and then had a dear friend paint the picture for me in my house.
What it means to me is that although the storms of life come full force, God weathers the storm, He brings strength to the Tree (me and you) and there is always a rainbow after the rain. There is always hope, love, and goodness to follow. Always….
On this day, I truly believe God was saying to my dad “It will be ok son, goodness is going to come”. It is no secret that my dear mother has had her struggle this past year – her large intestine being removed, almost losing her life after surgery, and having a ostomy, and just before the reconnection surgery finding out that she had breast cancer. While it has been very difficult on her, there have been times where my dad has felt so helpless. He internalizes – much like my brother, husband, and father in law…. Maybe it is a dad thing? I don’t know. But in those times, I know God was holding him, and helping me support him too. So when dad saw this tree and rainbow the other day – I truly believe in my heart God was trying to reassure him.
Mom then came outside to see and was completely amazed. I asked her when she posted the photo on facebook – “what did you think of when you saw the rainbow and tree” and she said
“Dad saw it first, it’s beautiful,with promise for the future”.
Yes promise… for the future…. We don’t know exactly what that future holds but one thing is for sure – God is there and carrying us through. He is reassuring us of that.
On fathers day this Sunday, I feel so very blessed. I am so thankful for a dad that has always been there for me, supported me, saved me from myself, and was/is always my number one cheerleader. I am sure that Jared feels exactly the same so I am saying this for both of us!
Here’s to you dad – We love you so much you fly high in the sky 🙂