Today is a big day! It’s my Dad’s 70th birthday, which in my book is a big deal, but his response is always the same – “It’s just a number.” :)

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No one would probably believe my Dad is 70. He’s active, works hard, jokes around and definitely doesn’t look 70 – he’s really more like 50 I’d say. Today is also Thanksgiving, and often throughout his life, he’s shared his birthday with Thanksgiving. For some reason when I think about that, it just seems to fit. So in honour of this wonderful man in my life, I thought I’d write a few things about him.

I have so many fun memories with my Dad growing up. I know a love for Target is a “thing” now, but he instilled this love for Target in me long, long ago. When I was little, he would be pick me up from my babysitter’s house after work, and often, we’d stop right across the street at Target. Sometimes we would go just to look around, and other times we would have something specific to pick up. I’ve loved Target since I was a wee little babe – thanks, Dad!

I also have many memories of baking with my Dad, and anything I make decently well is probably to his credit! He would always let me help in the kitchen when I was little, and I cannot wait to do that with Eleanor when she’s a bit bigger.

My Dad is one of the most hard working people I know. He doesn’t like to sit still for too long, and he’s a very measured and disciplined person. I wish I got more of that discipline! He’s also extremely organised and tidy, and I always appreciated that he knew just where things were. He’s always willing to help people, and he often goes out of his way to make people comfortable or happy. He’s always thinking of others and gives generously – it’s tough to get him to buy something for himself or to get him a gift. He often says he doesn’t need anything, which just shows he’s a very content person, rich in relationship!

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As I got older and started to know God, one thing that I had a revelation of one day was that my Dad very much showed me the father heart of God – before I even knew what that was and probably without him trying…it’s just who he is. We all are made in the image of God, and depending on the choices we make, we will reflect that image. My Dad did a great job with this, and I am so grateful that even though I sometimes can forget or think wrongly, if I go back to how my Dad treated me as his daughter, I can get on a better track of thinking about how my heavenly Dad thinks of me as his daughter.

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One very obvious thing about my Dad is that he is an EXCELLENT Grandpa. I’ve gotten to watch him be a grandparent for 2/3 of my life so far, and I was looking forward to the day that I got to see him be “Papaw” to my kids. It was so fun seeing him with Eleanor back in August, and I cannot wait for them to be together again in a little over a week.

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I love you, Dad! I hope you feel blessed and celebrated as you enter into a new decade of life! I am sure it’ll just keep getting better!!!

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