Sunday, June 21, 2009

On This Day...

We honor Daddies.

I am blessed to have a dad who loved my mom, married her, and loved my brother and myself as his own.

They married the year I turned 8, and my little brother turned 6. Our biological father had left when I was 2, and my mom was pregnant with my little brother. After they were married in the Idaho Falls Temple for Time and all Eternity, we were sealed to him as well.

Shortly thereafter, our biological father gave his consent for us to be adopted. Even before this my mom's new husband was "Dad" to us, but we were thrilled to officially have his last name.

Of course things weren't always rosy. The teenage years were filled with stubborness and pride on both sides, which of course led to the inevitable "you're not my real dad".

But he is my "real" dad. As real as any dad could be. Thank you for being a dad to me anyway...even when I didn't think I wanted you to.

Though his blood doesn't run in my veins, or those of my children...he is my dad, and their grandpa. We love him and are so grateful to have him in our lives. I love you Dad.

For My Husband...

23 year old boy, 19 year old girl....who would have guessed we would end up here?



Walking across the street to the temple...doesn't it look like I'm excited, and he's terrified?


We were married 5 short months after we first met.

The day we started Forever.




2 1/2 years later...a daddy for the first time...who could know how exhausting it would be?
(daddy and Bookworm)


A seasoned daddy by the time Cowgirl came along 2 years later.




King of the bumper cars...teachin' Monkey how to drive (actually how to crash into Pixie!)
Thank you honey, for all you do. You take care of us, you tease us, you work so hard to give us a good life. Most of all...you love us. We're so grateful. We love you too.
Happy Father's Day!

19 comments:

Sturgmom said...

I love those pictures!! What a great story about your dad. Thanks for sharing it. Hope your husband has a great day!

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

So beautiful! We're lucky, indeed, to have such wonderful men in our lives.

Jenny said...

Cute pictures! I hope you all have a great Father's Day!

MiMi said...

That could make me cry...that is a beautiful post! I love your wedding pictures, he does look scared in the one picture. But did you notice how he's looking at you when you're playing the piano? Gorgeous, you two are gorgeous. Kinda makes me a teensy bit...barfy. Just kidding! : )
What a great post! :)
Macey

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Oh, you guys are so cute!!!! :) Love the photos. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. :)Losing my dad was hard, but I know without a shadow of a doubt that I'll get to see him again someday. :)

Vivienne said...

Oh! I looooooved this post! My Hubs is a step-dad who loves my two like they're his own. I am forever grateful. How blessed you are to have had such a wonderful Dad!
Your wedding pictures are fabulous! Just gorgeous! (Your hair! Don't even get me started!)
I loved all those pix of your hubs with the kids too.
:) xoxo

Amy said...

Happy Father's day to your husband. Great pictures.

shortmama said...

What a great tribute to your dad and hubs!

Becca @ The Texas Darlings said...

That is such a sweet post- I have a step-dad as my dad too and went through all the turmoil as a teenager as you did. But i love him so much for being the incredible example he is of a Godly Man. NAd he is such an amazing PaPa as well!!

Love your wedding pictures!! We should start a bloggy carnival of every one's wedding pics- I would love to see more!!

~Becca

J.J. said...

sweet post :) I love wedding photos!!!!!

Christie in Dallas, TX said...

What a great, sweet post! Thanks for sharing your story and all those great pictures!

Joy For Your Journey said...

What a great tribute to both your father and your husband. What great men you have in your life!

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

I love wedding pictures and you were so beautiful. I loved the daddy pictures too....what a wonderful tribute to two great dads. You did an awesome job there!

Missy said...

How sweet! I love the pictures. Especially the one of you two in front of the temple. We have a little something in common. My husband and I were married only 4 months after we met. Gotta love those short courtships.

Thanks for sharing.

Grammy Kim said...

Sealing is thicker than blood. What a nice way to honor the fathers in your life. I'm so glad that you have your wonderful family -- extended and your own personal family. Thanks for posting those pictures -- so fun to "see" you. I'm glad that you're happy!

jennykate77 said...

What a sweet tribute to your dad and your hubby! We have similiar stories about our dad's. Mine is not my "real dad" either...which I'm sure I've smarted-off to him more times than I'd like to admit. He's always been there for me and was the best thing that ever happened to me and my mom. I always let him know that as often as I can. God really knew what he was doing when he put our family together. I like to think that my dad was hand-picked just for me.

I LOVE the pics! The ones from your wedding are so cute...you're adorable!

Heather @ Sugar N Spice Mostly Nice said...

I love the look on his face as he's staring at you while at the piano.

Great story about your Dad!

Marrdy said...

I love your pictures...and yes he looks scare and you look happy. Isn't that the marriage face every couple makes?

Sugar Boogers & Tantrums said...

Again! what a wonderful tribute to your dad and hubby! They sound like wonderful people. Your hair and wedding dress are gorgeous in those pictures!