Dad Brags

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Throwback to my sister’s high school graduation! We were standing in our living room/embroidery business/home school room.

I’d like to brag on my Daddy for a bit.

My Daddy (and yes, I still call him “Daddy”), is a man of many talents. I grew up with him leading worship in the church (is it any wonder I ended up marrying a worship leader?). I’ve also known him to learn new skills in order to take on various business endeavors.

I’m posting this now, because years ago one of those endeavors got him into a bit of trouble, and he has recently made it all right.

I don’t know all the details. Quite frankly, I don’t believe the details are any of my business, nor are they the important part of the story. I’ll give you a quick summary.

He started a business.
He got a business partner.
The business did well.
The complexities of running a business left a few details undone.
His business partner left in some tough circumstances.
My Daddy was left with a mess.
Debt. Taxes. $$$.

It was rough there for a bit. But you know? I’m proud of my parents. Momma, I love that you stuck by your husband in the midst of the mess and didn’t leave even when I’m sure that could have been a tempting option. Daddy, I love that you were not too proud to make it right.

Both of my parents have worked hard. My Momma is a successful pilates instructor. My Daddy has done a little bit of everything. When the embroidery business faltered, he started working in a Family Dollar warehouse. He was in Toastmasters for a while, hoping to increase income through a bit of public speaking. He worked in a mailroom at Derek Prince Ministries.

A mailroom. This man, a leader in the church and talented salesman, humbled himself to work in a mailroom. I am so proud of him for it.

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Dancing with my Daddy on my wedding day. And yes, that’s a bounce house in the background. 

My Daddy didn’t give up. In time, he worked more hours doing odds and ends for Derek Prince Ministries. He taught himself new skills and took over the social media for the ministry. He learned how to update, manage, and create websites. In fact, in the last year, my Daddy was commissioned to build the websites for Derek Prince Ministries in multiple countries across the globe.

Do you know what that means?

After years of hard work, faith, and more hard work, my Daddy has paid off his debts. He is free. The phrase, “pray as if it all depends on God, and work as if it all depends on you” comes to mind.

I asked his permission to share this story, because don’t we all at some point have a weight on our shoulders we want to shake off? A huge goal we are striving toward that might seem impossible in the moment? My Daddy is an example of making it happen. And I am so proud of him.

He’s mentioned that people have asked whether he is excited to be rid of the financial obligation. His response? “I wish I was more excited! The truth is, I asked God to help me be content through it all, and He did.”

And I love that too. Because yes, we all have goals. We all have stuff. But our goals and the getting rid of the stuff isn’t the point. The point is clinging to Jesus and focusing on Him no matter where we are. Whether on a mountaintop or in a valley, the only way we can be truly content is to find our purpose in Him.

So Daddy, just in case you weren’t sure, I’m proud of you and I’m proud to be your daughter.

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My Daddy carrying my oldest girl.

“‘Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.
For I am the Lord, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.’” (Isaiah 43:1-3)

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30 Days of Thankfulness: Momma & Daddy

I took two days off from the challenge so I could enjoy our time for Thanksgiving. It was such a beautiful day full of fun and food! Everyone came to our house and brought a little something with them. I prepared a few things and we all ate until our tummies were tight. We each took a turn sharing reasons we are thankful, we laughed together, cheered the Panthers together, and just had a good time. I loved making new memories with our family.

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With my parents (and my Grandma) on my wedding day!

In the spirit of family and togetherness, I wanted today’s post to be in honor of my parents. I call them “Momma” and “Daddy”, my girls call them “Nana” and “Pop Pop”, but everyone else knows them as John and Vicki. They are a fabulous pair and I love them both very much.

Daddy

My daddy is a good man. As a little girl, I always looked up to him as my hero. I got into a few arguments with other children about my daddy being the best. He was my daddy, so he had to be the fastest, tallest, strongest, funniest guy out there. I looked up to him in every way. I treasured his advice and valued special time together. There are many who do not get to experience having a good earthly father, so as an adult I am extra grateful for the man who raised me.

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First grand-baby on her first birthday!

One of my daddy’s favorite pastimes is music. I grew up in a home that loved the Lord, and every Sunday I got to see my daddy lead our church in praise and worship. Perhaps that’s why I fell in love with a worship leader? I have always enjoyed hearing my daddy sing. He has a beautiful voice and can often be found playing for special events at various venues. I am blessed to have a godly father who sought after the Lord and led by example.

I admire that my daddy is a hard worker and never gives up. He has been a salesman, a small business owner, and is now working for Derek Prince Ministries. I’m fascinated by all the things he has learned to do through his time working for this ministry. My daddy has taught himself how to design websites, he is in charge of all the social media, and works with people from all over the world to be able to share messages that encourage believers.

Daddy, I love you and I am so thankful that God chose you to be my daddy.

Momma

I wrote a letter for my Momma right around Mother’s Day this year. You can read it here. She was the first person I honored publicly on my blog because she is a special lady who has had great influence in my life.

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Now with two grand-babies!

One of the things I didn’t talk about in that first post, was my momma’s love of health and fitness. Oh, how I wish she had passed this on to me! I have always struggled to enjoy the idea of exercise, and I’ve never been consistent with it. My momma, on the other hand, is a full-time pilates instructor. She teaches in her own studio out of her house and also works for other studios in her city. She has private and group classes. She does matt, reformer, and all kinds of other equipment. I would name them if I knew what they were.

Growing up, I had the opportunity to take dance lessons with my mom and be part of a dance ministry with her. I have so many fond memories of this experience! One year, we traveled to Kansas with our dance team to spread the love of Jesus. There was another year that the team went all the way to Germany! I was so blessed to have the connection of dance with my mom.

Momma, I loved being able to share time with you in the kitchen yesterday. You have been a huge blessing to me and I love you greatly!