This page is dedicated to my dad. He has taught me so much about integrity, God, hard work, and love of reading. You made sure we were in church every Sunday and prayed every day.

He worked hard and many hours to support us but was always available to drive us places, take us on outings to the zoo, museum and forest preserve on the weekends. He took us on vacation every summer to all over the United States. He taught me the relaxation is important just as work is.

He showed my sister and I how much he loved us, unconditionally. He listened without judgement. He taught me the importance of the adage, "Well life's not fair." I never remember one foul word that he spoke.

He also showed me the importance of family. He drove us 5 hours to Detroit about every 6 weeks to visit my grandparents. We went to all the family gatherings. We ate together as a family just about every night.

He taught me about music, taking me to concerts and plays. He is in the church choir and I joined the first year I could. Even though I complained sometimes about going to the classical music concerts, I am happy I went now. I have an enormous appreciation for music, as I am older.

As a computer analyst, he taught me the computer is to be embraced not feared. His thirst for knowledge inspired mine.

I love you, Daddy.

Father's Day was first celebrated on June 19, 1910. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington originated the holiday. Her father, William Smart was a Civil War veteran whose wife died at an early age. He raised her and her five brothers alone. The governor of Washington approved the idea and declared the third Sunday in June as father's day. In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed it a national holiday.

My Hero

As I ponder the love that I saw in his eyes,
A Godly love, given without compromise....
I recall many times that he stood by my side,
And prodded me on with great vigor and pride.

His voice ever confident, firm and yet fair,
Always speaking with patience, tenderness and care.
The power and might of his hands was so sure,
I knew there was nothing we couldn't endure.

It's true, a few others provided insight,
Yet, he laid the foundation that kept me upright.
He's the grandest of men to have lived on this earth,
Although he's not royal by stature or birth.

He's a man of great dignity, honor and strength.
His merits are noble, and of admirable length.
He's far greater than all other men that I know,
He's my Dad, he's my mentor, my friend and hero.

-Debbie Hinton Young

"Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding." Proverbs 4:1

From The Funny Kids Project
Funny Kids

Jonathan, 5, and Jack, 3, were supposed to be getting ready for bed, but they couldn't seem to settle down. Their father sternly sent them to their room. Their weary parents overheard Jonathan say to Jack, "Now, fold your hands this way. We HAVE to pray...Dear Jesus, will you please give Daddy back his sense of humor in the morning!"

Matt, 3, was talking to his father who was at work. While he was talking, Matt dropped the phone on the hard tile floor. Matt picked up the receiver and asked, "Dad, are you all right?"

Scott, 3, knew his father, a registered surveyor, had a job that included drawing pictures to earn his paycheck. When Scott was shopping with his mother, Cindy, he asked for something and Cindy said, "No, we don't have the money today." Scott got a puzzled look on his face. Then he asked, "Well, why doesn't Dad just draw more money?"

Alyssa, 3, was helping her father put in a ditch beside the barn for water lines. The next day her mother mentioned that she had gotten her shoes dirty while helping her father dig the ditch. "Daddy said it was a road," Alyssa corrected. "It was a ditch," her mother said. "No," Alyssa said, "Daddy kept saying, 'Get out of the road!'"

Adam, 5, flipped on the television just as one of the NBA games between the Utah Jazz and the Chicago Bulls was ending. His father called from the other room, asking what the final score was. "Ninety-seven to 85," Adam said. "Who won?" his dad asked. "Ninety-seven," Adam replied.

Here are some links, I thought my Dad would like.
Barbeque Man
The Barnabas Fellowship
Eddie Bauer
Entrepreneur Magazine
Father's Day Heartlight for Men
HouseNet Repairs, redecorating and maintenance projects
Promise Keepers
Random House Publishers
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