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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father's Day! "The Heart of a FATHER is the masterpiece of nature." Abby Prevost #quote

Last week at church I was approached by some of the media team members. One gentleman had a video camera and the other had a microphone.

They asked me if I could answer a question on camera. I was flustered but said yes.

“What is your fondest memory of your dad?”

I stood there, stunned. This wasn’t a question I expected them to ask. I didn’t know how to answer. He prompted me, and asked if we ever did something special or fun?

Of course! My dad is all about the special and fun. I told him it was hard to think of just one fond memory. All of a sudden it came to me… a memory from my distant past, when my dad would plan family outings and/or picnics. This one time he scouted out an abandoned baseball diamond. He fondly nicknamed it, “The Field of Dreams”. We had an epic family baseball game. It was so special.

However, reflecting on that question I wish I had been asked what I love about my dad because this is how I would have responded….

There are so many words I could use to describe my Dad. He is one of the smartest men I know. He looks at a problem in a variety of ways and can come up with multiple creative solutions. He is also full of wisdom. To me, intelligence and wisdom are two different things. Intelligence is book and brain smarts but wisdom is deep, soulful intelligence that only God and years of experience can give you. My dad is blessed with both.

If I have a spiritual question, I don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call my dad. He is always open to offering spiritual counsel and will willingly pray with me. I will never forget when I was grappling with the idea of God less than 3 years ago, how he gently counselled me to push into God, to continue to call God into my life. For this wonderful advice, I am eternally grateful.

I also love my dad’s playfulness. I especially appreciate this when I see him interact with my girls. He makes up games for them, will “construct” a pretend adventure for them, and never shies away from getting involved with them. I remember him being this way when I was a little girl. The Field of Dreams is obviously a prime example of  his playful spirit.

My dad is loving and deeply compassionate. I have been told by people that I am sensitive. It’s not meant in a critical way but in a positive light. I feel for others and I hurt when they hurt. I know I get this characteristic from my dad and he got it from his mom. I feel blessed that I learned how to love others by seeing that example in my own dad.

It’s hard to describe someone you love so much without sounding cliche. I love my dad with all of my heart. My life is rich because of him. I am so blessed to have him in my life and I think the world of him.

Happy Father’s Day Dad! I love you more than words can express. Thank you for being my wonderful, amazing Dad.


Jennifer Bly
Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, Deliberate Homeschooling and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.

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14 thoughts on “Happy Father’s Day

  • Tamara

    Oh, that quote! I just tweeted it, thanks to the handy dandy “click to tweet” button.
    I’d be stunned by this question. I have the father who is mine by blood, but we lost him too soon when I was nearly four. And then I have my dad, who has raised me for decades now.
    They’re both worthy of their own book!

  • Jen@JENerallyInformed

    Definitely sounds like the kind of Dad that coming up with just one memory would be hard. Your Field Of Dreams memory sounds like something my Dad would have done. He died 3 years ago and I still miss him so much! Love your quote, so lovely.

    • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

      I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s death Jen. Father’s Day must be a somewhat bittersweet time for you.

      I am so blessed to have such an amazing dad and I took delight in writing about him.

      Thank you for stopping by. Wishing you many blessings this week.

  • Topaz

    Jennifer, this was beautiful. Your dad sounds absolutely magical. Even though we are new friends, it is easy to see how special you are. Now I see where you get it. What a beautiful heritage of awesomesauce. I am so glad to know you. Shine on, my beautiful, friend. Shine on. xo

  • Robin Kramer

    Anytime a microphone is placed in front of me, unannounced, it prompts near-instant silence. Your dad sounds remarkably special…. but I would have guessed that being that he raised you, and you’re not half bad yourself. :)

  • Rebecca

    As I was reading the question you were prompted with I immediately began to wonder what my fondest memory of my dad is and I was also stumped. There are too many that one doesn’t immediately stand out. I love the field of dreams response! I share that same empathetic nature though I credit mine to my mom. Your relationship with your dad is beautiful, I love that you can pick up the phone and ask him anything, knowing you’ll receive wisdom. My dad’s wisdom is something I fear of not finding anywhere but from my dad….he likes to remind me that him and I are the same and I already know what he’d say but really, there’s no one like dad and the gift that is their life in ours. Waah now I’m all emotional!