A Thank You to My Family on Father's Day

Today is Father's Day! As I get thanks from my family for being a Dad, I wanted to take time to say 'Thank You' back. I am struck today by the fact that if it were not for my wife and children I would not be a father. They make it so worth while. This hub is not given all the neat photos and videos of other hubs, but just a simple, but profound 'Thank You'.

My Wife

I constantly get comments from others on how lucky I am to have Angela as my wife. I must agree with them. She is a gem. Besides being beautiful, she has been by my side for 21 years now. We have been married for 17 years. We have gone through so many good times and bad times. We have been homeless and faced many difficult situations. Through it all she stuck with me and helped keep me going, always believing in me.

She gave birth to two amazing children and has amazed me and other women in her ability to be a mother. She is truly amazing and a true blessing in every sense of the word.

My Children

I get to celebrate Father's Day because of two amazing children that God has given me. Alyssa and Jeremiah are blessings I could have never deserved. Alyssa is growing up to be a young woman who is, even now, doing good things with her life. We have a ministry to the homeless and Alyssa is fully involved. She has such a heart for the less fortunate. She is polite and attentive to other's needs, even when I am not. She is smart and has such a love for life. What a joy she is!

Alyssa was 9 years old when Jeremiah decided to come along. We were not expecting to have any more children, but Jeremiah surprised us with his arrival. Everyone who meets him calls him 'mini me', as he is truly a kid in my own image. At 3 years old he loves to make people laugh with his silliness and he is growing up to be quite a great little guy. He has experienced homelessness, yet adjusted to it. Now he is enjoying his own bed again, but he is stronger and even better through it all. He is such a joy to be around. God has blessed me with these wonderful kids.

An Encouraging Word to Fathers

It is hard to be a father. American society is not in favor of dads. There is so much going against fathers. It is time consuming. It is exhausting and frustrating at times. It is not immediately gratifying many times. But in the long run it is oh so good. In a world where fathers fall by the wayside, commit crimes against their families, and where abuse is rampant, today I want to celebrate the men who are getting it right. Good job! Keep up the good work! Your reward will come.

For you men who have failed, I encourage you to get up and get going again. I have seen men who failed big time, but got up and began the healing process for their families. It is not too late. You can make it happen with the help of others and God.

To all you fathers, may you never lose the appreciation of what you have been given, and may you enjoy the fruit of your labor today with the many 'Thanks' that come your way.

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