My parents came to visit us last week. And when you only see your parents a few times a year, you clear your schedule and then do all you can to make the most of the time that you have together, because you know it will go fast and then it will all be over until the next time you see them again.
We filled out week with catching up and shopping and just spending time together at home. It was low key, but it was good because sometimes the important things of life happen in the little things of life. My Dad took Christian out to eat and gave him his words of wisdom. And my Mom and I and Ellee enjoyed checking out the outlets and finding all sorts of fun things for Grandma to bring home with her.
We convinced my parents that it would be fun to have some friends over on Thursday night. Christian and our friend Steven decided to have a cooking challenge and they both made us all sorts of delicious things to eat. Afterwards, we talked my parents into joining us for a few rounds of Mafia, and they turned out to be quite memorable and fun.
And I suppose this post is a little to remember a fun week with my parents, but it’s also to commemorate my Dad considering today was Father’s Day. In case you didn’t know, I was adopted by my parents from South Korea when I was 6 months old. I have always considered my parents to be my “real” parents and they have always loved my sisters and I as their very own. Growing up and even now, I always prided myself on being like my Dad. He taught me how to mow the lawn (there were only daughters) and he took us on motorcycle rides. My Dad was always a hard working man and this was also instilled in us at a young age. Most importantly though, my Dad loved Jesus and he was the one who taught me how to love and trust Jesus too.
And as much as I loved my Dad growing up, I’ve grown to love seeing him be Grandpa to our kids (and my sister’s kids as well). Both Christian and Ellee have such a special relationship with my Dad and they really loved being able to spend time with him this past week too.
Father’s Day love also goes all the way out to Seattle to Jeremy’s Dad, Kyle. He’s always been a wonderful Papa to our kids and we also treasure the time we have with him as well. I love seeing the ways that he loves his kids and I know that my husband is an incredible father because he also got to have an incredible father.
And speaking of Jeremy, so much love goes to the man our kids get to call Dad. They could not have a bigger cheerleader in life, than this guy. And while our daughter might be at a state where she pretends not to notice, she really can’t help but notice because her father is always there for her, rooting her on in all that she does.
And it has brought me so much joy to watch the relationship deepen between our son and his Dad. The two of them have been bonding lately over their love for basketball, both watching and playing. I tell Christian often that I know he will be a great dad someday, because he has the best dad.
And I am most thankful to know that Jeremy has continued in the tradition of both of our fathers in teaching his kids (and many others) about Jesus. Fathers, there is truly nothing greater that you can teach your kids than to love and be loved by God.
So Happy Father’s Day (a day late) to my amazing husband and to all of the other amazing Dads there are out there.
Great Dads are something to celebrate and I’m so thankful for the great Dads that we have in our lives.