My Grandfather, Posie
My mom had me at a very young age. My grandparents were dating at the time, both recently divorced. My mom and grandma decided to put me up for adoption but regretted the decision immediately. As they laid in bed crying, grieved, my Grandfather Posie encouraged them to go get me and bring me home. He promised to be there to help support our little family unconditionally. It was through his heart and his actions that a teenage girl had the strength to be a mother. It is much easier to follow your dreams, take risks, to try for something when you know there is someone to be there if you fall down. Someone to pick you up and brush you off. My grandpa has been just that for me. My grandpa has served as my role model of what a man should be; loving, kind, hard working, the leader and supporter of his family.
My Father, Brigham
My father was absent most of my life. In fact, we didn’t meet until I was about 6 years old. I was born to parents who were just children. I thank God for helping me to understand from a young age how hard it must have been for my parents, how overwhelming life must have been. I truly never felt bitterness or anger towards my father. But it was not until my wedding day that I gained a glimpse into his life and his heart which was clearly full of regrets and grief that we were so lost from one another. It was my grandfather and brother that walked me down the isle to give me away to my husband, not him. As my father danced with me on my wedding day, his eyes were full of tears as he told me how much he loved me and that he was sorry. Since that day he has tried… Tried to call, tried to talk, and tried to invest in me and for that I am grateful. He has also blessed me with two incredible little brothers! My dad has taught me that is never to late to say, “I am sorry” and that love is not clearly defined, that it runs deep and it is not always easy.
My Father-in-Love, Michael Sr.
I am so thankful to have married into such a loving family. We all know that person who when sees an abandoned kitten or stray pup, takes them in, gives them food, love, nurses them back to health and finds them a loving home. My father in law is this way but with people. When Michael comes across the downcast, the discouraged, the underdog, he immediately becomes their biggest champion. He gives of himself no matter the cost. My father-in-law Michael has taught me; to respect others, to always do the right thing even when it is hard, work hard, take care of others and to be generous.
My Husband, Michael
I never thought I could love Michael more deeply until our son, Jude, was born. I find no greater joy than watching Michael pour out his love on our boy, he just makes life FUN. He grabs Jude and I’s hands and takes us along on oh so many adventures. Michael has taught Jude how to cook, garden, hammer in nails to build bird houses, how to run in the sprinkler, and that it is ok to get dirty. I thought I would ask Jude a few questions about his dad…
ME: What do you love about dad?
JUDE: He is my best bud… to the end!
ME: What is your favorite thing to do with dad?
JUDE: Play Ninja Turtles and Legos
ME: What is your dad’s job?
JUDE: He works at church. He is pastor Mike.
ME: How does dad take care of us?
JUDE: Gives us hugs and cuddles with us.
ME: What does dad teach you about Jesus and the Bible.
JUDE: He reads me stories. He reads me about Joseph with a colorful coat. Jesus lives in our heart.
JUDE: Mom, my dad lets me run in the sprinkler. He makes a fire for s’mores. And will found the caterpillar that ate our tomato.
The thing I treasure most about my husband is that he is a Christ follower. He is working hard to raise our son Biblically, helping to build a strong foundation in Christ. Everyday I hear Michael whisper to Jude, “God has a plan and a purpose for your life” and Jude always says, “what is it?” Michael’s response is what melts my heart, ” I don’t know what it is buddy, but I know it is going to be great!” I love that our house if full of praise, prayer, and bedtime bible stories. I love that Jude loves to be in the church and that at the age of four he tells me he wants to be a pastor like his dad. What I have learned from my husband is how to love with a Christ-like love and that life is an adventure.
My Little Brother, Cameron
When I see Jude playing with his ninja Turtles, It reminds me so much of my baby brother. If you asked Cameron what he wanted to be when he was Jude’s age he would reply, “I want to be a Ninja Turtle when I grow up!” I have had the pleasure watching this scrawny little boy grow into an All-American football player. He has always worked hard to follow his passions. I have watched him grow into a man who is never afraid to tell you he loves you, to grab you in for a warm bear hug, who loves babies. He has taught me that no dream is too big if you have the passion and drive to make it happen. This is Cameron’s first Father’s Day. I am so proud of my brother. I look forward to watching him raise his sweet baby boy, my nephew Noah!