Friday, June 13, 2008

A Father's Day Salute to Our Dads

Hello Everyone!

A very special day is coming this Sunday - Father's Day. God has blessed both me and my husband with godly dads. Both have set great examples before their children, on the way that God expects a family to function. They both love God, their wife and their children and it was evident in the way in which they interacted with the family. We have such a great debt of gratitude to them for being faithful to the Master's Plan.

When Mr. Plant Lady and I were married, we were going through some old photographs that each of us had brought into the marriage. As we were looking at the photos, I noticed one of a man standing next to a car with a small child standing on the car. It was a photo of my husband and his dad. Attached to the photo was a photocopy of an old newspaper clipping from the Washington Post on June 18, 1990 that was written by nationally syndicated columnist, Cal Thomas, entitled "Returns on father's investment." I immediately thought of a similar photo and clipping I had in my collection of photos that my husband had never seen.

After searching through the box of photos, I finally found mine. It was a photo of my daddy sitting next to a sleeping, little Plant Lady. I have always loved this photo of me and Daddy because it reminds me of how loved and safe I felt, sheltered in my daddy's watchful care, not unlike the way I feel under my Heavenly Father's watchful care. I also had saved a newspaper clipping from our local newspaper, but do not remember the date. It is entitled "First Love." I could not believe that both my husband and I had a "special" picture of our dads and had also attached such clippings with essentially like messages. But then I realized that this was a piece of the puzzle that God had crafted long before we were formed in our mothers' womb.

I have included the photos and the clippings with this post. Mr. Plant Lady's dad has gone on to be with the Lord, and my dad is 82 years old and still doing well. I thank God for allowing him to have his health and get around as well as he does. We both are truly blessed!

We are glad our dads "lived" the example of Christ before us and gave us a pattern with which to build our lives as a family. A Godly heritage is one of the most important things that can be passed on from generation to generation. Both Mr. Plant Lady and I hope you have a Happy Father's Day!

(click to enlarge the images)
Be Encouraged!
Plant Lady


JnL4God said...

Plant Lady
What a great post. I wanted to do something for Fathers Day also and thought I could e-mail it to my Dad. You inspired my to use pictures, if you don't mind me copying you just a little. Anyway I enjoyed it have a great weekend.

JnL4God said...

Plant Lady,
Thanks for your comments on my post. That's was great hearing about the feed mill, we would get molasses for the ewes for extra nutrition before they had their babies. Forgot all about it. I also would follow my Dad everywhere, His friends would say Got your little helper today huh? I would just beam. You are right I think we do have a lot in common. I'm sure we will have fun finding all our similarities out, and pretty neat to know I'm so much like someone 1/2 across the usa. :)
I didn't see my Dad yesterday, He lives about 5-5 1/2 hrs from here. His Birthday is 7/3 so we are going to see him and my step Mom for the 4th of July weekend. I sent him a card and called him. Told him he gets his presents together when we come down. How was your family renunion? Did you get to see alot of people? And by the way about the caseroles... I guess I need to step up the diet even more, I am working out but my weight so far isn't moving so I guess I need to cut a couple more calories out. :)
Have a great day.


Susan said...

Plant Lady--I guess we're all just a bunch of Carolina girls at Rachel's blog--

I am definitely going to bookmark your blog. I'm a little envious of all your work w/ nature. Since we moved to the country after living in town the past several years, I have longed for some chickens, a huge garden, or do something to make a living from the land. I'm just praying for God to allow whatever is his will for me in that aspect.

I want to get some blueberries growing from some of the bushes my dad started at his home. The blueberries there don't get ripe until July (central NC). I love to go home, though, even though my Dad is w/ the Lord now, but my brother lives at the house, and me and the kids pick blueberries until we can't pick anymore.

Many blessings to you--

Sharon said...

I Loved your message that was so cool.
also I loved what you wrote in lynn's blog, I was laughing out loud.
I am sure u had a blessed weekend!
Take care

Mary said...

Well, now that I completed my post for the week, I can read, read, read! I like that! :) This is definitely working out better.

A number of blogs honored their Father and it was truly uplifting to read. And I sure enjoyed yours!
That is so neat that you and your husband have a picture with your dad and a clipping with it.

Oh, yes, I went to Lynn's blog to see what you said about the feed mill. Interesting and funny, too

And where do you go to get information on how to post a picture and then click and enlarge it!


christi28 said...

i just love old pictures!! i spent the fathers day weekend at a family reunion adn we spents hours looking at all of our old pictures. it really touched my heart to see my dad as a child and to see his with his parents.

blessings ~