Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day to my daddio!  I think he is the best dad and I feel so blessed to be his daughter.  He truly personifies what Elaine S. Dalton said about father's in her General Conference address in October 2011:

You are your daughter’s guardian in more than the legal sense. Be present in your daughter’s life. Let her know your standards, your expectations, your hopes and dreams for her success and happiness. Interview her, get to know her friends and, when the time comes, her boyfriends. Help her understand the importance of education. Help her understand that the principle of modesty is a protection. Help her choose music and media that invite the Spirit and are consistent with her divine identity. Be an active part of her life. And if in her teenage years she should not come home from a date on time, go get her. She will resist and tell you that you have ruined her social life, but she will inwardly know that you love her and that you care enough to be her guardian.

Fathers, you are your daughter’s hero. My father was my hero. I used to wait on the steps of our home for him to arrive each night. He would pick me up and twirl me around and let me put my feet on top of his big shoes, and then he would dance me into the house. I loved the challenge of trying to follow his every footstep. I still do.
Did you know that your testimony has a powerful influence on your daughters? I knew my father had a testimony. I knew he loved the Lord. And because my father loved the Lord, I did too. I knew he cared about the widows because he took his vacation to paint the home of the widow who lived next door. I thought that was the greatest vacation our family ever had because he taught me how to paint! You will bless the life of your daughter for years to come if you will look for ways to spend time with her and to share your testimony with her.
I know that my dad loved the Lord as well and he always was my hero growing up!  

I know that Eli will be the same to Makenzie.  He is already an incredible father!  Kenz and Tanner adore him and he truly is the best dad for them.  Some of my favorite moments everyday are watching him interact with the kiddos.  He is fun, spontaneous, happy, adventurous, creative, loving, and so good at teaching them new and cool skills.  He is an amazing dad and I'm so grateful to be married to him!!!