Daddy’s Hands

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Wednesday’s Wise Words to Live By #12

There was always love in daddy's hands by Holly Dunn

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved Holly Dunn’s song, Daddy’s Hands. As I got older, “I have come to understand, there was always love in daddy’s hands.”

I am blessed to have two special people to celebrate this Father’s Day – my husband and my dad.

My Husband

Philip's Boys

Every little boy deserves to have a great dad to look up to and emulate. Luckily, my three boys have an exceptional father.

I truly believe my husband’s greatest motivator in life is providing for and caring for his family. Everything he does, he does for me and his boys.

Lost Creek Falls, MontanaI love my husband for many reasons. He is many things to me. He is my lover. He is sometimes my crutch. He is always my rock. Best of all, he is my best friend.

He is also the father of my children. I have the privilege, everyday, of watching the man I love being a father to our children. I am a lucky woman.

It is amazing to me, how a man, who did not have a father in his home for most of his childhood, can become such a loving role model for his own children. He is certainly not perfect, but there is no denying that he loves his children. They are the center of his life, and they adore him in return.

Our five year old, Nathan, always says, “When I grow up, I want to be a daddy.” I couldn’t think of a better compliment to give to a father.

My Dad

Daddy and Me

 I am my father’s daughter.

Of his three girls, I think I am the one who not only looks the most like him, but also acts the most like him.

Like my husband, he did not have a great father figure role model in his life. In fact, his own father abandoned him when he was little. One day he was there; the next he was gone.

Despite the lack of a father in his life, or perhaps, in spite of it, he has always been there for me and my sisters.

Dad in Coast GuardMy father, being in the Coast Guard, would often be away for several weeks and even a couple months at a time. But, when he was home he would turn all his attention to us girls. I have many fond memories of dying Easter eggs, trick-or-treating, swimming, sledding, playing basketball, and tickle torture sessions, to name a few.

We may not have always had the closest of relationships as I got older, but I never doubted his love for me. He never says much, but his actions speak volumes.

Now Dad is Pop Pop, and my boys couldn’t ask for a better grandpa. He has always been one of the most important people in all five of his grandchildren’s lives.

Last year my parents moved back to Montana after Dad retired so my children are now lucky to have them him close and see him almost daily. But, even when he lived thousands of miles away they still had a great relationship with their Pop Pop, as do my sister’s kiddos who live five hours away.


So, to the two fathers in my life: Thank you & I love you!

Who do you celebrate on Father’s Day & why?




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    Geanine says

    We celebrate my amazing husband! Thanks for sharing your awesome hubby with us! Happy Fathers Day to him ;)

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    Very nice post! I think it is a very special thing to be a dad.. and i wish my kids were near my parents more, but that is not possible right now.

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    Ann Bacciaglia says

    That is a lovely post. Father’s Day is a tough time of the year for my kids as their dad died a couple years ago. It is so important to make memories and enjoy everyday together.

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    Aww such a beautiful post! My husbands father worked on the road a lot and so he didnt see him much… when we first got married his job was the same way. He was never home, but he demanded to work closer to home, even if it meant less pay so he could come home and be with us every night!
    You have a beautiful family.
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    Danette Horsley says

    I think that the two men in your life should be proud to have you in their life. I cried reading this.

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    Honestly, I don’t really celebrate Father’s day much. I celebrate Jesus as my heavenly father and that is about it. My husband and I don’t have children yet and my relationship with my biological father is sketchy. We are trying to repair years of damage but is going slowly. My foster Daddy passed away several years ago.
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    Rebecca Swenor says

    Such a sweet Loving story. You and your children are so luck to have a father and grandfather in your life. Thanks for sharing.

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      15, wow, that must have been difficult! Thank you for reminding me that everyone is not as lucky to have a father in their lives. I’m glad your son has a great father.

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