I am the luckiest man in the world. I have a great wife, companion, and friend, and together we have three wonderful children who are now adults and married to great spouses. They have made their own families and given us eight incredibly special grandchildren.
I have found that being a father is many things: listener, helper, companion, talker, fixer, advisor, provider, supporter, and many other roles. Loving my children and them loving me is the best role of all. No matter what differences we might have from time to time, love always keeps us together. My wife and I and our children have built communities of families, neighbors, and church. I believe love extends to all peoples of the world and that includes understanding and respect.
I hold so many special memories, like seeing and holding my children as newborn babies and then watching them grow to adulthood. This is amazing, and the desire is always there to protect them and help them no matter what. Then comes the hardest part, however, which is letting go so they can live their own lives.
I have always said our grandchildren are very much alike, but each one is so different. It is
always wonderful to see them when all of us are together for a family event. Being together with family gives me an immensely proud moment of being the father and grandfather. I am thankful to be part of our grandchildren’s lives and to have seen six of them so far grow into adulthood.
All this has given me a wonderful life. I am blessed and thankful.