Monday, June 16, 2008

Two Special Events in Two Special Days...

I have the most wonderful father in the world. No, he isn't perfect. And no, he hasn't marched into battle like William Wallace. He hasn't won a debate in the House of Commons like William Wilberforce and he’s never run for president. He hasn't even sailed the seven seas like Captain Jack Aubrey. But he has done something far greater. My father has raised a family (and still is!). He's trained his children. He's loved and cared for us. He's raised us in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. And that, in my mind, takes far greater courage than going into battle or braving any ocean.

My father knows that he can change the world, not by doing any of the “great” things that I mentioned, but by raising children for the glory of God. By changing the world, one family at a time.

My father has given up much for us and given much to us. He even has his own "Dad" quote - "Sharp's the word and quick's the action!" Perhaps not highly original, but hey, it works!

He makes us laugh when he sings those old songs he used to listen to. He helps us to love the Lord and instructs us in righteousness. He comforts us when we are sad or afraid.

I thank the Lord for giving me a father that loves and cares for me. I know there are fathers out there who have abandoned their children; and fathers who care nothing about their families. I pray those who have been forsaken remember that God is a father to the fatherless – and He will never leave us nor forsake us. There are also those whose fathers have gone to be with the Lord, and perhaps feel lonely this Fathers Day. I pray these friends have a happy Father's Day too, knowing their father is rejoicing in the presence of our Heavenly Father.

Let us remember to be thankful for our Heavenly Father – the one Who gave us our precious fathers to begin with!

I wish all fathers everywhere a Happy Father's Day today, and especially to my own father. Happy (belated) Father's Day, Dad!

Dad and Mom pose in front of the hot springs at Yellowstone National Park

Dad and I!

Dad and Caleb sporting new glasses!

Melissa and Dad at Mimi and Papa's house for Easter.

Dad and Caleb swimming at Adventure Bay in Houston.

Dad and I with Caleb.


But not only was it Fathers Day yesterday, but today is Abigail's birthday!

I can't believe that my little sister is already 10 years old. It makes me remember back to the days when I was 10, how I thought, and how I behaved...*sigh*
I remember when Abigail entered the world. She was so beautiful with her big eyes and long lashes, but not only that, she seemed to take in everything that went on around her. She would sit quietly and just watch everyone. She’ll always be my baby sister, although she's nearly a young lady.

Happy 10th Birthday, Abigail! I love you more than you'll ever know.

Dad and Abigail!

Abigail at Church on Easter Sunday.

Abigail and Grace running through the Texas Bluebonnets (and a few Indian Paintbrushes, scattered in there...)

Caleb and Abigail.

Abigail sporting her pacifier as we travel to Idaho in 2001.

Abigail and her big brother, James.

Abigail dances at her first ball.

Abigail on Saturday night as we celebrated her birthday with some friends. I think she really liked that new hat she got. :-)

P.S. Pictures from Christa and Joshua's visit are coming soon!


Abigail said...

Thank You, Jessica!

I love you!


Elissa said...
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Elissa said...

Happy Birthday Abigail!!!!!!! And that post about your father was beautiful Jess!!!!

Anna Joy said...


abi said...

oh jessica! thanks for the adorable pictures of your sweet little sister, abigail! she's beautiful!

Linda said...

I absolutely agree with what you say about fathers. Of course, I might be a little bit biased about my father being the most wonderful, but that's the way it's supposed to be, I think. ;)

And your little sister is absolutely beautiful. The picture of her with the pacifier and the static hair is adorable.

God bless,

James McDonald said...

Hi Jess,

Thanks for your note, dear daughter. You are an encouragement to me! Keep growing in the Lord.



Emil Bandy said...

Happy Birthday Abigail!!!!!!

Bailey said...

Jessica, I've never read a more wonderful description of what a father should be. :) That was so precious (though I, too, am a little biased about who's the greatest daddy :P). Happy Birthday, Abigail!

Darby said...

Happy bday Abigail!!