It's FATHERS DAY
Honoring the man that either gave you half your DNA and raised you... or maybe just one of these.
My Father, who did both for me, is Howard F. Hatch.
An Awesome man by any standards! (and I have lived long enough to know what and who to compare him to).
Sure he has his petty faults (who doesn't) but by all standards he is a very kind, Christ-like, giving, compassionate, handsome, healthy, strong, loving man, Step-father and good ole father to me and his many children!
These are my current and past memories of him in my life.
My father was a very righteous man. One who lived by high standards...very high standards! He loved his wive's and children very much and it showed in all he did and said in life! He always had an open door policy. His door and home were always open to all his children in their times of need during life, at all times, as long as we were respectful of his rules of course.
He was a Christ-loving man and it showed in all he did and does today. He has compassion on those who are less fortunate and this showed the most in the many homeless people he befriended throughout his life, and also then when remarried at one time he lovingly help raise his new wife's children by support, example and kindness. (They have said how much they have always loved and appreciated him for that.)
He always tried to have the power of God (a deep sense of peace) or Priesthood and Spirit of the Holy Ghost in his home as best as he could and I honor him for doing that during his long life of many trials and circumstances.
I've always admired him for those great qualities because I always tried to judged him as only "a Father" to me and others, NOT by his personal choices that I may or may not have agreed with, and also NOT by his personal relationships with his wives or others which was NONE of my business, even if (in my opinion) he treated them very well. Sure he had his bad days with others. Who doesn't? But I always judged him on his over-all fatherly qualities and who the real Man IS, inside.
I must say that there are VERY FEW men in this world who could compare to my Father. I don't complain and ask "What MORE should he have done for me", but rather "What DID he do for me and his children as a Father, that he was capable of doing?". That is alot my friend, A LOT.
So on this day and always...I choose to HONOR my father and THANK HIM for all he did and does. I am grateful that he is still alive in this world as of today. He is going to be 79 years old this coming October. I hope he lives many more years since his presence in this world holds a lot of weight and the world could use a lot more men like him.
He not only came from a very honorable, pioneer-stock, righteous family but he lived that standard too...no matter what others may critized him with from their own mis-understandings of the man. I know the TRUTH.
Happy Father's Day Dad! May you live long and prosper....
With Much Love♥,
Your daughter Lisa
**** I will now ask my son Alex if he would like to write a few kind words here to his Step-Father and Dad Rudy Acosta, on this Fathers Day!
(His biological dad, Bernd Holler, had many many chances in the past to be a part of Alex's life for many years and he flat out refused our many, many respectful requests and suggestions, and he (out of his bitterness) has now earned himself a serious Restraining Order, from his illegal and immoral actions, in order to keep him from harming Alex, Alex's growth, and his happiness.
We continually teach Alex to forgive others like his bio dad, but to not be unwise to their dishonesty and selfishness. We all know, including Mr. Holler, that God wanted Alex to be raised by Rudy and his mother, in this life, due to all the circumstances leading up to this day in his life, but that doesn't mean that Alex can not have respect and forgiveness for others.
We encourage Alex to continue to pray for his bio dad's repentance and we remind Alex to not harbor ill feelings towards him. We teach him to respect all. Even if his bio dad has made less than desirable choices regarding Alex and his brothers ~ we still teach Alex (and them) forgiveness and will always give every decent person a chance to change, and do the Godly things a good parent should do, and be, for Alex and his 4 older brothers.
To Rudy, My Step-dad, from Alex Holler;
"You've been a good dad to me. Taking care of me when I've needed your love and happiness. You've filled my life with lots of love and joy when you've taken me to Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm etc. and I am so grateful for you to be in my life. I enjoy the way you make us all laugh and make the hard times become happy. You make every situation when there is bad and stressful into a reliving time. You've been a good Step-dad and even seem more like a real dad to me. You give me everything. I hope you can be that to my brother's soon if Bernd Holler will learn to Forgive and be friends. I will always love you and always be here for you when you are older, and Happy Father's Day hope we have a fun day today. Your loving son, Alexander (Acosta) ......
p.s. If I were to have a bio dad that was 'forgiving' and would let me see my brothers by letting them visit with me and my mom, it would make me have different thoughts of my dad Bernd. Right now I am disappointed in him"
(these above comments came directly from Alexander G. Holler. As he spoke them on this Father's Day, he had his mom type them on this page, for him)