Sunday, February 3, 2013

Seventy-nine

 Today my Dad turned seventy-nine.  He amazes me with all he still does.     Even after open heart surgery six years ago he has kept on farming.
          
He still cuts firewood, builds fence and runs cattle.    Perhaps he moves a bit slower but he still keeps moving.  
 
When I was growing up you knew to listen when he spoke.   Dad was always consistent.   If you did wrong there was a price to pay.   
 
He has taught me so much over the years.    Some of those things I had assumed all children learned and sadly found out they didn't.
 
One was never envy what someone else has or does.  Be generous to others.  Don't judge someone by the clothes they wear.  Always think for yourself.    In fact it is still a joke between us when he says "Think daughter, think."   
 
It is with a heart of gratitude that I write this post as a tribute to a wonderful dad.   He raised me up to walk in faith and to trust the Lord.   He taught me right from wrong.   He has always been there for me through the good times and the bad.  
 
It is wonderful to celebrate seventy-nine years of a man who knows how to live life well.

May God Bless Him with many more!
 
 Thank you for letting me share this special father with you.   
     
 

 

17 comments:

  1. How wonderful to have been able to share so many years with him. My parents are on the other side of the world and I am so often aware of the fact that my time with them is so limited. When I do get to see my family, it's always such special time.

    Happy birthday to your Dad. He sounds like an amazing man.

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  2. To raise a child with faith is the greatest gift of all. I'm so glad you had such a wonderful dad to grow up with, Debbie.

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  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR DAD, DEB! HE SOUNDS LIKE AN AMAZING FELLOW!!! WONDERFUL TRIBUTE TO HIM TOO!!!

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  4. Thank you for sharing! Happy Birthday to your Dad!

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  5. Happy Birthday to your Dad and I wish him many more.
    A loving post today about a wonderful Dad.
    God bless him ... BJ

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  6. A beautiful tribute, Debbie. Happy Birthday to your Dad!
    Love, Debra

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  7. Sounds like a wonderful man, and a joy to have as a father! Thanks for sharing this tribute.

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  8. Lovely tribute. I sure miss my dad.

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  9. I hope he reads this...what a beautiful tribute. All dads should be like your dad. :)

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  10. Happy birthday to your wonderful dad.

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  11. He is a wonderful Dad, so beautiful, You are a wonderful daughter too. love ,Diana

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  12. Wish him many happy returns of the day ! An awesome and very clever dad !

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  13. Many Happy Returns to your dad Debbie. Give him lots of hugs every day whilst you can. Thanks for the walk down memory lane today. :-)

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  14. Debbie, this is a very sweet post for your father. A lovely tribute for a wonderful father. May he has more birthdays to come. May God bless you and your father always.

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  15. Aw, I hope he has a happy birthday. He is very lucky to have a wonderful daughter too! I enjoyed your earlier post, also, with the snow pictures and the bird drawing... Did you post that drawing? It looks beautiful in the sketchbook!

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  16. Your dad sounds like an upright, sensible, strong, loving man. You are lucky to have someone like him to point you on the right road growing up. Hope he has many more happy years with you.

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  17. Debbie, I hope your Dad had a very Happy Birthday! He sounds very much like my own Dad... a farmer with steadfast, down to earth values. The salt of the earth, is what they used to say! Brought a little tear to my eye as I thought about my own Dad, only memories now.. as he has passed over to the other side. I'm sure you cherish every day you have with your Dad. Hugs friend! ~ Diane

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