Sunday, June 15, 2008

Father's Day!

Since Today is Father's Day I put together a few of my thoughts on the Father's in my life.

Ryan is pretty much a constant wonder to me. I mean, he works 10 hour days most of the time and then he comes home and helps me out and he usually get more done at home then I do all day! He plays with he kids and cleans up dinner and does dishes. Then he is usually the one who wants to do something other than sit and veg in front of the tv. Then on the weekends he does all of the yard work. To do all of that and carry the burden of having to provide and be the steward of all of us is pretty remarkable to me. The kids adore him too. They get so antsy to see him by the end of the day and I love hearing their little feet go running to great him. It is one of my favorite parts of the day. On top of all that he treats me like a queen. I really couldn't ask for a better husband or father for my kids.

Next I want to talk about Ryan's dad, my wonderful Father-in-law. I never thought I could love my in-laws as much as my own parents, but I really do. They are amazingly wonderful people. My father-in-law is so loving and kind and helpful and would do anything for us, and he's funny too! And he loves my kids so dearly. He loves them both so much, but he shares and extra special bond with James. It has been amazing to watch. It has been almost literally since birth. As soon as James could lock gaze with Grandpa he would smile and laugh before he was really old enough. It was so precious. Still James runs to Grandpa the second we arrive at their house and will prefer him whenever he is around. It is a precious bond that seems to have been forged long long ago. I adore sitting back and watching it. I have also enjoyed building a relationship of my own with him. He is great to talk to. We are in a choir together and get to spend time together driving to and from rehearsal every week and I am grateful for that time. I also love the weekly dinners we have at his house, it has given me a great opportunity to learn more about this great man and to see how my husband became as great as he is.

And lastly I want to talk about my own dad. My dad is the best. I am so lucky to have been so close to my dad throughout my life, and especially my childhood. I love being a daddy's girl! I felt so lucky to have a dad who spent so much time with me when I was a kid. I, of course, can't talk about my dad without mentioning all the roadtrips we took. I loved being the navigator and it taught me great skills I still use all the time. I don't really have a great memory in general, but the memories of our trips to fill magazine racks, our trips across Nevada, our visits to Circus Circus, our trip to Yosemite, our trip to Nauvoo and New York, our drive to Philadelphia and so many many others are indelibly written in my mind. We've shared so much and I can never be grateful enough for that and for the love that I know my dad has for me because he showed it in the time he took with me and still takes for me. I know he would sacrifice anything for me and I love him so much!

Happy Father's Day to all of the wonderful dad's in my life. I love you all and hope you have a wonderful day!


Emily said...

so sweet. good dads are the best.

Dan and Donna said...

Diane, thank you for these wonderful thoughts..I can hardly wait to show them to dad when he gets back to San Francisco. Thank you for expressing your love for Ryan and his dad...You are a very blessed woman to have him as your husband and to have a Father-in law who "spoils" you too!