Saturday, June 20, 2009

Happy Fathers Day .....

Father's Day is bittersweet when your Dad is longer with you and you only have your memories. My Dad & I were in the same profession, so we had a special bond that only we understood and appreciated. Thinking back to earlier Fathers Day, remembering some of the goofy gifts I gave him, seeing that big smile no matter what it was always brings a smile to my face.

The photo montage below is one I did for a Photoshop class I took this year showing him as a young boy, my parents wedding, Dad with Governor Branstad (a good friend of his), me and my youngest boy who was named after him..Nicholas Wayne, and the center photo is my favorite one I have of him. In the word "Dad" is an old photo of Dad in his early twenties with his car at the time.

If you're lucky enough to still have your Dad with you, remember the absolute best gift you can give him today is to spend the day with him! He and you will remember these special days more by doing something together than any material gift you could ever give him!

What Makes a Dad

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it ... Dad
Author Unknown

I'd also like to give a little tribute to my Godfather, Jim Foley. He died in a car accident shortly after I was born so I never had the chance to get to know him. Even though he never had the opportunity to have kids of his own he is still an "honorary" father in my eyes. This was the last picture taken of him before he died.

Have a Wonderful Fathers Day !!


Kathleen said...

Beautiful, Barb..What a lovely tribute. I was a teen when my dad died, and I was very close with him. Of his 4 girls he used to say I was most like him...But yes, the wonderful memories . And not everyone has good memories of their dads, so I am blessed too!

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

This is beautiful Barb. I lost my dad in 1994 & still talk to him sometimes. I hope he's listening. ♥ diane

Mary said...

What a beautiful tribute to your father. Hugs and blessings...Mary

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Very touching, Barb. Your father would be so happy to know that he is fondly remember.

Suzy said...

What a sweet post Barb. I love the photo montage you did in tribute to your Dad. Great job! I cherish the fact I still have my Dad with me and know I will miss him more than I can even imagine when I no longer do.

Debbie at Mountain Breaths said...

Barb, I know how special dads can be. I'm very thankful for the wonderful times I had with my dad, and miss him very much. What a wonderful tribute to your father and godfather.

Jayne said...

Barb, yes, definitely bittersweet. I can't help but to shed tears. Such a nice honor for your Dad to post this. I miss my Dad today and always.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Your photo montage is beautiful! This tribute to your dad and your godfather is so lovely. laurie

Cynthia said...

Barb, what a lovely, sweet tribute to your father.

The montage is fantastic ...very well done. I hope you got an "A" in your class.

I love your new header with Louis.