Father’s Day – A Short Note On How My Dad Has Changed My Life

Today, reading all the Father’s Day messages, I was reminded of a random childhood memory of my dad: him taking me to get McDonald’s breakfast hours before school started when I was in 4th grade.

It was the day of my test on photosynthesis and let’s be honest…I still don’t fully understand photosynthesis 🙃 But he studied with me so much for that test, including that morning when I was in real 4th grade crunch time (#stressful). We sat there in his car in the parking lot and he quizzed me while I ate McDonald’s pancakes (a delicacy, by the way).

To be honest, I forget how I did on the test, but what I’ll never forget is that he took the time to do that. 

My dad has always cheered me on like this and built my confidence through both his words and actions. He’s loved me, my mom and my siblings deeply. 

He never told or incentivized us kids to get all A’s, just to do our best. He told us to be leaders, not followers. He taught us what is important in life, and that’s family, relationships and faith. (I even remember him once pulling the small logo off a shirt of his because brands and material things have never been of even the slightest importance to him, and he never wanted us to observe him living a life that showed otherwise). ⠀

He taught me what to look for in a husband, and for that I will be forever indebted to him.

My dad is also a large part of the reason I assure my single girlfriends that there are, without a shadow of a doubt, some really good guys out there even when that might not seem the case…guys who will be loyal to their spouses unquestionably, loving & hard working for their families, and deeply invested in their children.

May those men be our sons, our friends, our boyfriends, our husbands, and our examples. ⠀

Happy Father’s Day ❤️

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  • Tasha Elkins
    June 19, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    “4th grade crunch time” hahhaa I can’t. Y’all are too cute! Happy Father’s day Jenny’s Daddy!

    • Jenny
      June 22, 2017 at 3:48 am

      Hahah I needed to take life less seriously from a young age 😉 Thanks Tasha!

  • Kelsey | With A Little Grace
    June 19, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    crying. also that last picture… everything!