...I pray that my children will consider these awesome words...
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~I'm going to try something new on these 'Photo Album Series' posts.
At least on a few of them....
As you see, I've been 'typing' out my narratives, thoughts and feelings on each page in my photo albums.... which have been posted for my kids... to explain these fun and memorable family photos details.
However, I thought "wouldn't it be nice, if (for a few of these pages) I actually left a selfie video, explaining these in detail, 'in video person'?
It would be so much more personal, informational, and more detailed....and my children would get to see the real me, explaining it the way I remember these fun moments and memories. ☺
(I, actually, finally feel strong enough (not under threat) to be able to do this type of communication for my children, without any backlash towards me or them ...now that they are secure adults in their own lives, and free to think on their own. ... That's why I feel I can do this now. )
So, here goes...
(oh, and don't laugh, if my hair is standing straight up, or something goes wrong or if I pronounce something wrong....some days I just had to tape it whenever I had a spare minute during my painful and exhausting days) ☺
Happy Father's Day to my amazing Father Howard....
and also to Rudy Acosta, who overall is one rare and amazing Father too. (it's not easy to be a parent...trust me)
( p.s. a very Happy Father's Day to my childrens father also, for all the 'good' he may have instilled in them, to help them grow up to be Good, honorable, faithful fathers themselves one day ♥ )
As inevitable aging began to take its toll, one good man questioned whether he had been the kind of father he had hoped to be. Mustering his courage, he called his three children together and, with his wife at his side, made this poignant request: “Tell me how you feel about me as your father. What did I do right, and what did I do wrong?” One by one, the children shared their very personal thoughts and feelings.
The oldest started out by thanking her father for providing for the material needs of the family. “We were never wealthy,” she said, “but you worked hard to see that we always had what we really needed.”
The middle child, a son, expressed appreciation for his father’s efforts to teach him the value of education and hard work. “Dad,” he said, “because of you, I have always tried to do my best and put in an honest day’s work.”
The youngest child then took her turn. With a tear in her eye, she said, “Dear Dad, even when we made mistakes, we always knew you loved us, and that has never changed.”
More thoughts and memories were shared, along with some laughter and a few more tears. It seemed no one could remember much that this father had done wrong, but they had lasting recollections of plenty he had done right.
What makes a father successful? According to these adult children, it wasn’t money or expensive vacations or social prominence. What they appreciated about their father was his hard work to provide for their family. They remembered with gratitude the life lessons he taught and exemplified. Perhaps most of all they were thankful that their father loved them and treated them kindly, even when their behavior wasn’t all it might have been.
This is how success is measured in fathers. The best of fathers don’t do everything right—and neither do their children—but they never quit trying. Even after their children are grown, they continue to provide love, security, a good example, and a little advice when needed.
Every father who does this is a successful father. And the reward for such success comes when his children, both in words and in actions, express a simple “Thanks” and a heartfelt “I love you, Dad.”
A professor of microbiology and molecular biology, Harker was most recently an associate dean in the College of Life Sciences.
“His service as been outstanding in this capacity,” said Samuelson.
“Professor Harker is an outstanding teacher and researcher, having received awards in both areas.”
We are still in Maui with our friends, the Everitts, on this page 13 in our photo album.
Below, is Bernd holding baby Jordan. Then below that is me swimming with my two adorable small children....
Above, you see Bernd and I standing on the outside of our condo balcony. Then you see the day our Manti neighbors, Karen and Glen, are heading back to Utah after staying with us for one week.
Below, on the back side of page 13, you see Bernd and I whale watching off the coast of Maui. One photo is of a humpback whale we saw. The whales were coming so close to the shore that it was easy to spot them off the island road.
Below that, you see us enjoying the Maui beaches for the last few days we are on this fabulous 6 week family vaca. This Hawaii trip was enjoyable, for most part.
On this page 12, you see that we are at the beach having some relax time. We got Austin to hold the camera and take a picture of Bernd and I at the edge of the Ocean.
Jordan was only 2 1/2 years old here. This photo is one of my favorites! He has on his little shark tooth necklace....so cute! I will zoom in on him, below.
Below, on the back side of page 12, is a GREAT picture of the famous crater mountain, Haleakala. It was an unusually clear day that time, and the scenery was superb for a awesome photo. (Top of Maui Island)
Above, you see a picture of my younger sister, Susanne, with her daughter Amber.
Next to that, you see a cute photo of my nephew Tyler. He is my older sister Melissa's second child. He is just a little older than Jacob.
~Mother of 6 Handsome Sons.
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