But, this post is dedicated to my dad, the man who loved me first. Thanks for teaching me so many things, thanks for being there when I didn't deserve it. Thank you for loving me when it was hard. Thank you for giving beyond measure and for being my dad. You're the greatest one out there and I'm so lucky you're mine.Remember like 4 seconds ago when I told you he was the smartest man? I wish I could write out everything he's taught me over the last 28, but that would take me forever. So, here are the top 12 things my dad has taught me.
- Work harder than everyone else.
- You can sleep when you're dead.
- Get ski lessons when you're not good (really wishing I listened to this one)
- Save your money.
- How you react to the things that happen to you in your life is a great reflection of who you are as a person.
- Pray constantly, go to church, love God and know God.
- Sometimes it's okay to stay up until 4am with your friends, just remember the next day is going to be a long one.
- Some decisions have a bigger effect on your life than you realize. Think things through.
- Everything in moderation.
- Be grateful, say thank you.
- Love what you do, like is too short.
And, I cannot forget the other dads in my life! My brother is currently celebrating his first father's day! Watching my older brother become a dad was such a cool experience. He's 9 years older than me, so I've always looked up to my brother. Now.. he's a dad and will have someone looking up to him for the rest of his life. My brother is such a good dad, my nephew is so lucky to have him.
Also, this year, I gained a father-in-law and a really great father-in-law. I really lucked out when I married Adam. Not only did I gain an amazing husband, but I married into such a wonderful family. Since day one, they took me in as their own daughter. My father-in-law is such a wonderful dad. He raised 5 amazing kids and continues to be such a great blessing in my life.
I'm so lucky to have all these amazing dads in my life that I get to celebrate today and everyday. Make sure you tell your dad you love him today, it's important (another lesson from dad).