The father that I new first, of course is my dad. He introduced me to so many important things in life. I first saw in him what it meant to love and receive love (daddy style). I cherish most the time that he took me on "dates" and we spent time just the two of us. Being a girl, it was difficult for him to know what to do with me... not hunting or fishing, etc... so we often went shopping or to the movies! I am so thankful that my daddy is the hard working and loving man that he is. He never fails to amaze me with his energy and drive to "get the job done." He loves me for who I am and continues to look out for my well-being even when I am not under his roof anymore. He was my first glimpse into how God loves us and I am so thankful for the roots that he helped our family to grow.
This is my father-in-law, Jimmy Lee. I have never known a man who is not my father or grandfather to love me and try and take care of me the way that he does. Every time we visit at his house, he insists on giving me his bathrobe so that I don't get cold. Though I have known him the shortest amount of time, of all of these men I have mentioned, I don't know that he loves me any less than they do. I am so thankful that I could marry into a family in which the well being of my husband and I are so important. Without Jimmy, I feel sure that James would not be the man that he is (even if we do have to drive out to the worst part of town for Father's Day dinner at the shabby Piccadilly Cafeteria at his request).
Last, but definitely not least, my precious, gracious, loving, holy, faithful, and ever constant Heavenly Father. I surely would not like to imagine where I would be today without the strength and goodness that He is to me each and everyday. I am not always good at remembering Him and I am not always good at being His faithful servant, but it never ceases to amaze me that He is still there every time I look in His direction. He always meets me where I am and never demands that I be something that I can't... He just lovingly waits for me to choose Him over the world.
So there you have it... the best that I can put into words what all the "fathers" in my life mean to me. I dare not say that I did any of them justice, but I am so thankful for each.