Now, how could I let Father’s Day go by without telling my Dad how much I love him? I really feel so grateful to have such an amazing Dad. he was the father of four girls, born in five short years and somehow survived a house full of hormones, emotions, boy-craziness, many tears and everything girly. Not only did he survive, but he passed with flying colors. He has become one of our greatest friends. He has supported all of us girls in everything we have ever done and has been such a great example to all of us.
There are many things I love and appreciate about my Dad. However, today I want to thank him for teaching me the value of hard work. In a society of children feeling entitled, I am thankful he took the harder route and taught us that literally nothing in life is free. In fact, I grew up thinking my family struggled with money. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized my Dad was a very successful business man who didn’t ever hurt for money. I’m glad however, that he made us feel like things were tight. He lived such a frugal and provident life style. He taught us that material things and financial wealth isn’t what brings happiness. Although he could buy pretty much whatever material goods he wanted he chose to live in a humble, simple life. Because of his financial frugality he was able to retire at the age of 45. Now that Todd and I are creeping closer to that age I realize what an amazing feat that was! He taught us from a young age the importance of saving money. When we got our first job when we were 12 years old (we had to buy our own shampoo remember?!), he would help us divide up our earnings into 10% to the Lord, 10% to savings (for retirement–I think I was one of the few teenagers saving for retirement. It drove me crazy then, but now am very grateful). When I went away to college it was so great to have money set aside for all of the big dreams I had.