Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Happy Birthday DAD!

I think they are feeding each other cake! I love this picture of them. . . they look so happy together! I hope after being married that long that Erik and I still feel that way about each other. This picture really makes me miss them.Here is my dad dancing at his birthday bash!
Yesterday was my dads birthday! As most of you know my parents are on a mission in India. So it is time to pay a tribute to my dad. My dad is the most patient guy in the entire world. I can only remember maybe 1 or 2 times where he lost his temper, and that is really good when you have 4 daughters and 3 sons, but especially 4 daughters. He is kind and loving and so fun to be around. He has so much talent too. He can play the piano by ear, he plays the guitar. . .he writes music, and he has even written a book, yet to be published. He has a beautiful voice too. I remember when we were first learning to play basketball he would go to the church or to our front yard and shoot hoops with us. I am sure he used his patience then too. One story I remember is he was saving his money to buy his dream car. . .a 58 Chevy. . . (this is the way I remember it so if I am wrong sorry) Well he also wanted to take us on a nice vacation. So he cashed in his savings for the car and took our family on a nice long road trip. He has always made those kinds of sacrifices for his family. He gave up a dream to have memories for a life time. (mom got him the car a few years ago for Christmas) He never LET any of us win in anything. If we won. . . it was because we won! I think I got my competitive spirit from him. I like to win and I will try my hardest to do so. He taught us to always try and never to give up. I love you dad. . . I can't wait for you to come home! I hope you had an awesome birthday! From the pictures I saw it looks like you did. You are such an influence in so many peoples lives. People love you and love being around you. I know I do!


Kaspermania said...

That was a surprise...I looked on your blog and saw my pictures! He's looking pretty spry huh???
Yah gotta love him because he's so much fun!!!
Everyone here loved his dancing...They gave him a watch for his birthday and he was a lot of fun when he opened his gift!! He's my cute little man!!!
Once again thanks for the sweet daughter you are....

Ted said...

WOW! Thanks for the eulogy! Seriously that was a very nice thing that you wrote. Thank you so much. Yes my birthday was a lot of fun. Good food, good friends, good entertainment. Wish you could have been there. It was riot. They did some karaoke, Indian type and American. It was really funny. Your mom made me sing "The battle of New Orleans" when it played.
Love you and ,miss you so much. Elder Dad

Nikia, May & the family said...

The picture of your daddy dancing is too cute. The Battle of New Orleans??? Every couple serving should have that much fun on their mission!

Bharti Sumarajan said...

Hi I am Bharti from India .I completely agree , you have amazing parents.They are doing a wonderful job.You are right that they are a great example to lots of people here in India but at the same time may be you will never know fully, the number of lives they have touched and the difference they have made in their lives because their righteous influence is going to extend through generations.Thanks for sharing your parents with us.
You have beautiful kids.