Hi everyone!

Okay, let me just say, this is a post just for me. I don’t share a lot of  “just me” things but, this is one of those times that I am taking advantage of having a blog and a place to voice a small personal thought. It may be one you  just want to pass on.

I have been blessed many times over in my life. One of my most amazing blessing is my dad. I am the first child and the only daughter.

I thought I would write some of my favorite memories of my dad. Once I started typing I realized that the internet does not have that kind of space!

I am so lucky that both of my parents are still part of my life. They only live 5 minutes away and are my best friends and most favorite people.

They are still in love with each other and are as silly as when they were high school sweethearts.

As with most daughters, every man that has ever come into my life has been judged by me with the standards my dad set as a man. Trust me, those are some serious high standards.

My dad raised me to be a smart independent woman. When I was born, it was the height of the women’s liberation movement. He knew that life for women were going to be very different than what he was used to. He wanted me prepared. I think the thing that shocked him the most was the fact that I listened to him and learned. To this day we joke about the fact that he didn’t think I took to heart what he taught me. Not until much later in life did I find out he really had assumed I would get married in my 20’s, settle down and raise a family. Did that happen? Oh no.

He raised me to believe in myself. To always try. To not give up. He taught me honor and self respect.

He always believes in me. He always gives me confidence in whatever I choose to do. He taught me the skills I needed to get through many of life’s curve balls. He taught me honesty and to respect others. He taught me the importance of a good work ethic.

The most important thing about all that he taught (and continues to do so) me was that he taught it by example. He is one of the few people I have ever met that truly practices what he preaches. It is common knowledge to anyone who knows my dad, when he says something, you can take it to the bank.

I know that he often would have chose different paths in life for me than I chose. But, regardless, he was always there for me. He was and still is my place to recharge my confidence and strength when I need it. When I get scared, I can still go to him and know everything will be okay. He still is able to give me a sense of safety and security. He still can make the big, bad world go away when I need it to for a small time.

At age 47 I am still his little girl. He is the only person on this planet that can give me the sense of being someone’s little girl. And I think that is important for me. It gives me balance.

You all remember the recent black tie affair Troy and I attended? And I got my hair done? Well, that was because of my dad. When he found out we were attending this event, he called me and said to make an appointment to get my hair done special. I hadn’t even thought about doing that. I told him I didn’t need it. He said he knew I didn’t need it but, he wanted to do this for me. He then said it was an early 81 birthday gift to me. I said what? And he said that he might not be around for my 81 birthday so, he was giving me my present early.

That’s my dad. I pray on a daily basis that God allows me to have him until my 81 birthday so I can remind him he only needs to get me a card because he already gave me my gift.

Dad, I love you with everything I have and I thank you for everything I am!

Happy Father’s Day!!


  1. Diann I have tears in my eyes. You are so lucky to still have your Dad here with you. He sounds like such a special man! I miss my Dad every day. He was an amazing man and taught me so much. I am so happy for you and that you appreciate your Dad so much. Love you!

  2. What a wonderful Dad you have! I am so happy for you and glad you did a post for you!

  3. What a special Daddy. Such a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  4. It is a blessing to have both of your parents and that they live close by. They are a big part of your little girl's life. It is wonderful that yours are loved so much, and that you consider them your favorite people. xo,

  5. You are so lucky to have such a terrific Dad. And what a great tribute this is to him. YOu are truly blessed.

  6. A sweet tribute to your sweet dad.
    Wonderfully blessed you are and rich with memories.
    xoxo~Kathy @
    sweet Up-North Mornings...

  7. YOU made me cry! You know why? Cause my daddy is the same way! That was SO sweet of your dad to pay to get your hair all fixed up...such a sweet gesture. I bet God lets him stick around for you 81st bday too! :)
    Oh, I came over to say we did have a blast at the bloggers jaunt, but oh how I wish you could have been there, I would love to hug your neck! :) Maybe one day we'll get to meet in real life, but until then, I'm so glad we're bloggy buddies in cyberworld! :0)

  8. What a great Father's Day post Diann! You and your father appear to have both been blessed to have each other.

    ~ Tracy

  9. Well no doubt...He's a keeper! Oh you are sooo lucky! I was daddy's little girl too, I miss him! Your right it is your blog and we love to hear about you and your wondeful family.


  10. Diann,
    What a wonderful post about your Dad.
    How lucky you are to still have him with you.
    My Dad passed away when I was only 29 y/o and I have missed him everyday for the past 24 years. He is with me always in my heart.
    I did mention him in my Father's Day post so if you have time, please stop by...



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