I think about the fathers in my life on this weekend we celebrate them.  Last night I enjoyed eating Ethiopian food with my own father, my children, and my husband.  I thought of how both of these men have showed me what it truly means to be a father and a man.  I also thought about other fathers who were not with us.  Brian’s dad who adds so much humor to our lives.  Our brother-in law a newish dad, but whose energy with his two young boys amazes Brian and I.  I also thought about my kids first father who is always in our thoughts and prayers.

My dad otherwise known as Papa is my best buddy.    When I was little I would wake up at 5 a.m. with my dad , do exercises, read about President Jimmy Carter in the paper, and shave with him.  I had my own shaving kit.  He has and always will be my pal.  He and my Mom have been married 46 years, and has taught me so much about married life and family life.  He was a Vietnam vet who always reminds me of what real sacrifice and hardships is.    He worked two jobs when I was growing up, but still found time to coach all our sports teams, be everywhere, and showed and continues to show my sister and I unconditional love.  He is one of those people that all our friends and everyone who knows him says, “Wow your dad is great.”  People who know him when they first meet my sister and I say, “”You guys are his world.”  He really is amazing.  I watch him and my son, and it amazes me.  My five year old son from Ethiopia is my dad’s little buddy just as I was a child.  They play soccer, baseball, do yard work, and talk about life.  Estifanos is so proud of his Papajust as my daughters are.

My husband is the other father in my life.  What do I say about Brian.  Just today he went out after being busy all day, and sent our registartion paperwork  to Wide Horizon for our adoption.  He amazes me.  His love for our kids is awesome.  My friends always say Brian is everywhere whether it is on the baseball field, soccer field, braiding my girls’ hair,  planning birthday parties, helping with homework, or helping around the house.    He also is smart, funny, and works so hard to provide a great life for us all.  He devotes his whole life to our three soon to be four kids, and is their hero.  I watch him with them, and he amazes me.  I am so grateful for the 8 years we have been married, and on his third father’s day I just want to say.  Wow I couldn’t do this without you my best fiend.

So here’s to the men in my life, and hopefully by next year Brian and I will have one more kiddo to enjoy this blessed day with.