Father's Day

8:14 PM

I had a few thoughts today about Father's Day, and I wanted to share them.

First I wanted to be able to express how sorry I was to a woman who's name I don't know. Her father lived across the hall from me and he passed away early this morning. I've had multiple conversations with her and yet didn't know her name. I did get to tell her how sorry I was when she stopped in to get his things earlier today, but I wanted to tell her how sorry I was that he'd died on this day of all days.

Second...I wanted to wish my youngest son Jon Happy Father's Day today. He and my daughter in law Rachel are expecting their first baby in November. I want to assure him what a great and wonderful father he will make. He's such a strong, kind, loving man and has such a heart for the Lord. Above all he loves his wife and never fails to show it.

I want to recognize all of those single mothers who had to be both father and mother to their children. It's a hard job, many times thankless until much later in life and one where you have no job description. We're all flying by the seat of our pants hoping we can give our kids everything they need. So to all those mothers who had to be fathers...cheers!

I wanted to thank my ex-husband for giving me two unbelievably wonderful sons. I'm unbearably proud of my boys and know that he did have some part in that. I do however feel sad that he hasn't been in their lives like I would have wanted. He just couldn't do it. I feel sorry for him and all that he's missed, and all that he will miss.

Last I want to tell my father that I love him and I miss him. My dad died on August 3, 1997 and it still feels like yesterday. I hate how much he has missed in his 3 grandsons lives. I know he's in a better place, away from all the pain he had the last couple of years, but he's very much missed.

So anyway...those are my Father's Day thoughts.

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