Monday, June 20, 2011

To the Father's in my life

Though my Dad isn't here with us anymore, I have been blessed to be surrounded by amazing Dad's, and Matt has recently been included in this great group of men.

Brad Entwistle- most known for handing down his "secret" family recipe of "Death by Chocolate", he has been a great role model for Matt and I. Matt always speaks so highly of him, and through Matt's stories I feel like I know him just as well as he does. I love his silly jokes, even if I don't always get them. He treats us with respect and love, and when handing down advice does so softly. He always tells me I am his favorite daughter-in-law, and I follow with, "I'm your only daughter-in-law". Well Dad Entwistle, you are my favorite Father-in-law :) Happy Father's Day, to an amazing and spiritual Priesthood leader and Father. Matt, Emma, and I are so lucky to have you in our lives. 

Matty- My best friend. My confidant. You were with me during the hardest time of my life, and still you stuck by me. You helped me see the light at the end of my dark tunnel. You reminded me of the blessing of the Atonement by your own trials. Even though you could not fully understand my pain, you comforted me and coached me through it. You never judged me for the serious mistakes I had made. You always made me laugh. Emma is more than lucky to have you as her Father. I can't wait to see her grow up, and run to you, and call you "daddy". Thank you for following in your Father's footsteps and being a man of the spirit. I love you more every day, and know it is a blessing to have you in my life. Thank you for also making your own footsteps and changing more diapers than your Dad ever did :) You are a great Father.

Owen aka "O"- Big, big bro. I loved getting into mischief with you as kids (when you would let me come with you). I have always looked up to you, and wanted to follow you everywhere, even if it got me lost in a foreign neighborhood from time to time :) When I was going through my separation, and then divorce, you sent me a text message that was so needed at the time. You told me I was a good person, and even though I didn't believe it at the time, knowing that you still thought that way of me after what I had done meant the world to me. You take care of Jessica and Mitch like you took care of me when we were younger. You are a loving and caring Dad, with so much love to give. You will always drop everything to help those you love, even if it inconveniences you. I still look up to you and would follow you anywhere. 

Aaron- Big Bro. The day you came home from your mission was one of the happiest days of my life! You were my best friend and we talked about everything. You helped me dig deep down to find out the meaning of my problems. I helped you buy clothes that weren't from the D.I. and talked about girls with you. You lovingly took me into your home, fasted for me, and gave me Priesthood blessings that I will never forget. You quietly celebrated with me as I worked through my repentance process. You gave me hugs on my bad days, and good days. You tried to be silly to make me laugh when I never thought I would again. Thank you for taking a chance and letting me change my life in your midst and around your family. Tristan and Olivia are blessed to have you as their Dad.

Happy Father's Day to these amazing men, who have had such a positive impact on my life

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