Monday, November 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad!

Today is my dad's 84th birthday. He was born in Arkansas during the depression in a house that was little more than a tent. He was the 3rd child born to my grandparents, and the first of 3 sons. His oldest sister had died on her 4th birthday, three years before my father was born. It was a different world than the one I was born into.

He served our country in the Navy during WWII, and then went to work in St. Louis where he met and married my mom. They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in July! My father became an engineer and my parents moved to California in the early 50's. They waited 9 years to become parents before adopting my older brother. Three years later, my mom gave birth to me. We have been blessed with wonderful, loving parents. Look at them, they're still in love.
My father is one of those men who can fix just about anything. My son Randy, who looks alot like my dad when he was young, seems to have inherited that talent. My dad is also quite an artist. I did alot of artwork when I was in school and I was always proud of the fact that I'd gotten that ability from him.

I can only remember getting spanked by him once....and it was years before I ever stuck my tongue out at anyone again :) I'm sure this was truly a case of it hurting him more than it hurt me. I have rarely even heard my father raise his voice, let alone lose his temper. He's a quiet, hardworking, funny, and loving man. He lives his faith in God by his example. I grew up thinking that everyone had a father like him. He is truly a wonderful father, and I am blessed to call him Dad.
Happy Birthday Daddy, I love you!
Love,
Your Daughter,
Marcia


15 comments:

LLJ said...

I love these kind of stories! Happy Birthday to your dad.
Leanne

Linda* ~ TheKeepingroom said...

Happy Borthday to your Dad. What a wonderful story, thank you for sharing.
Linda*

Kimberly said...

Happy Birthday - to your Dad! I love a good "love story" too.

heather said...

A big Happy Birthday to your Dad, what a blessing to have a wonderful father, I know I'm blessed in the same way! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful tribute!

Behind My Picket Fence said...

What a wonderful tribute to your dad. Our parents certainly had different lives than we do - and as our children will.

outdoor.mom said...

this is great!! Thanks for sharing your parents story! I loved it :-)

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Marcia, you are so blessed to still have your Dad. Enjoy one another.

To answer your question on my post, first of all thank you so much for your kind words. For your question on sizing photos, I direct you to the master, Mary. :)http://dearlittleredhouse.blogspot.com/2009/04/big-picture.html.

To your second question, I have a Nikon D50 and I love it, but I'm still learning.

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

Your dad sounds like an absolutely wonderful, Godly man!!! I hope he had a fantastic birthday!!! :)

Shirley... said...

(I am visiting from Leanne's blog)

I just wanted to say that I am glad that you have such a special dad! Your post about him is so beautiful, and you have a beautiful family, too!

Shirley... said...

P.S. I have twins, too! :)

Karen said...

Happy belated birthday to your dad!!

Beverly said...

You are so blessed to still have your Dad. He sounds like a great example for you and your kids. Wow, 61 years married. That is an accomplishment these days.
My hubby and I have been married 41years and can only hope to set an example for our kids and grandkids.

So the next time you come through Bakersfield, maybe we can meet for coffee or a coke near the freeway.
It would be fun to meet someone from blogland. This last Sunday I was in Ventura.

Terri said...

Awww! So sweet!!!

~ Judy ~ said...

THIS IS SOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!

Donnie said...

What a lovely tribute to a very special father. So sweet. Happy Birthday to your dad.