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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to the Greatest Dad Ever!

My father has had to endure so much. The big things I can remember are him changing jobs and moving from Connecticut to Ohio when I was 8. Mom and my sister and brother and I lived in CT for oh...6 or 9 months while we waited for our house to sell and went to school, while my dad was working at his new job and finding our family a new home in Ohio. After that things seemed pretty quiet and "normal" until I was in 7th grade.

I remember my dad came home from work one night and said he had been laid off and was not going to be going back to work for a while. He looked for a job for a long time and finally found a sales job where he would work out of our home. That was pretty neat I thought. In the midst of this we ended up buying a cheaper house in the country and put our other house for sale. Well....the market was horrible back in 1995-96 I think it was, and we ended up owning 2 houses for 2 years! My dad ended up taking a second job working at Lowe's in the evenings to (help) be able to afford to feed our family and pay 2 mortgages. We finally moved into our farmhouse and then ended up moving again (within the same school district) the following spring to buy an even cheaper house to pay off some debt. Somewhere in there my dad lost his job again and then, praise the Lord, found another one relatively quickly. And during all of this, my mom became sick. My dad had to change jobs I think one more time (maybe 2?) and he is still at that last job today.

My father has had to deal with soo much more than I care to go into detail about, lots of money troubles and medical bills, etc, etc....and then my mom passing away. Not to mention a very defensive and headstrong daughter...ahem....but he has come through it all and is now enjoying being a new husband and grandfather. I really hope he is happy now, because I think he really deserves to finally be. He worked so hard to keep his family taken care of through all the ups and downs. And though I may never fully understand what all happened, I do understand that my dad is an amazing man, husband and father and I am truly blessed to have him in my life. Thank you for teaching me so much, I learned the value of a dollar and how to save up for something so I can buy it with CASH (a theory lost on many Americans these days) and am now very good at living frugally (but am learning to do better everyday). I love you Daddy!

Love, your Little Princess.

Dad & my stepmom Kathy with their 3 grandsons, all born in the same year!

Dad & Kathy & Jimmy on Halloween 2008


Kritter Keeper said...

that is so nice! i am sorry your dad had to go through those struggles...my dad lost his job in 1981 during the steel crunch which is a complete blow to a man's ego not to mention the finances. he was never the same since... thankfully i was entered college that year so i was out of the house and not a financial burden as i had loans for school. i miss my dad so much and i am happy you can share special moments with yours. have a wonderful day!

Dusty Devoe said...

What a great tribute to you Dad. You are blessed to have him in your life. My dad is wonderful too.

jrosey said...

Your dad certainly did teach you some great life lessons. I feel the same way about my own. Sometimes, I think it's important to appreciate the struggles that families do have to endure, as there's usually something positive that comes out of it. I'm sure your dad is very thankful that you have taken his experiences and learned from them.

Anonymous said...

Happy Father's Day!

Anonymous said...

Awesome tribute to your dad. Hope you had a great weekend...stopping in for a late VGNO

Paint Girl said...

What a wonderful tribute to your dad! He sounds like an amazing father! Thanks for letting us all get to know more about him!

Randi Troxell said...

wonderful post for you dad!

JAN'S PLACE said...

Ali, that was wonderful! I love these kind of posts. Your dad sounds wonderful, and I am glad he was able to be happy again.

I love that you honored him.. the older I get the more important I think this is, to honor people who have been part of your life. You are a wise young woman!!!

Also... I would honored for you to make me a button!
I am clueless on what it should look like!

Kritter Keeper said...

hi ali! got something for you on my blog!!! don't forget to help me with my button and teach me how to do it!

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