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Dear Dad,

First, allow me to start off by saying thank you. There are no words that can truly express how grateful I am for all that you’ve done for me. You’ve been such a wonderful example of biblical manhood and such a positive male figure in my life.

Dad, although you’re not my biological father, to me you are my dad. You’ve taken me as your own daughter and you’ve never made me feel anything less than that. Every moment of my life, I could always count on you to be there and to support me through it.

You were there when I skinned both of my knees multiple times. Okay, maybe quadruple times, because I’m very clumsy.

You were there when I learned how to ride a bike with training wheels only to never learn how to ride a bike without them.

You’ve been to every choir performance I had in school, every graduation.

You were there to encourage me without judgement when I got my heart broken for the first time.

You were there when I confessed to you that I was struggling with negative thoughts by sharing your own testimony and triumph over something similar that you experienced.

You’ve were there when and helped pay for me to get singing lessons.

You were there to support my decision to originally apply to colleges as singing major – despite the fact that the last time I sang in front of anyone was in my elementary school choir (aside from that one time some friends in middle school and I decided we would make a singing group. That obviously didn’t work out well for us, haha).

A Letter to My Superman-Loving, Night Rider-Watching Dad on Father's Day Click To Tweet

You were there to support me when I switched my major to education after working as an intern for my old high school and discovering that I really enjoyed working with today’s youth.

You were there to help me move into my college dorm during my sophomore year.

You were there when I graduated and got my name called alongside my collegiate peers.

You were there when I had a bunch of wasps coming into my bedroom for some reason. Thank God for handy dads like you that are willing to risk getting stung themselves to quiet their screaming daughter. I don’t know how you fixed it, but like many things that troubled me, you went in with your sleeves up, unafraid to do whatever you could to protect me.

Also, thank you for the 100+ bugs you’ve probably killed for me. You’re the real MVP.

You were there to help me when I moved out on my own for the first time as well as the second and third.

You were there when I saw a live mouse in my old apartment and called almost everyone in my contact list – including my husband.

When I would clumsily break my doll’s necks, he’d fix them with the quickness. I remember the first time he did it being so amazed that he was able to do that. He always says that he thinks I began to break them on purpose just so he’d fix them again.

And on my wedding day, you walked me down the aisle, telling a joke that I wish I could remember, but can’t.

Thank you for supporting me through all of the transitions, dad. #FathersDay Click To Tweet

Through every challenge, every joy, every high and ever low, you have been there.

For that, I say thank you.

Thank you for not giving up on me when I was a moody, angsty, hard-to-love teenager who questioned everything I was asked to do.

Thank you for loving me when I was feeling the most unlovable.

Thank you for being there to remind me that I am fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of Christ, when I felt that I wasn’t beautiful enough for societal standards.

Thank you for encouraging me to seek Christ in all things and to pray without ceasing.

Thank you for supporting me through all of the transitions that have occurred in my twenty-six years of life.

Thank you for telling dad jokes at all the right and wrong times for comedic relief.

Thank you for loving my mom authentically and intentionally.

Thank you for all that you’ve sacrificed for my brother and I.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

You have brought so much joy to our lives!

I am so blessed to have such an amazing dad, one who sacrifices and who loves with all he has. One that models what a healthy marriage looks like to his children.

I am so blessed to have such an amazing dad who would give the clothes off of his back, if he could.

As we celebrate all the amazing dads out there – including my father in law – I am so thankful to celebrate my dad, who’s been such an amazing example of biblical manhood to me. As we are accepted as God’s very own child without earning it, I was and am continually viewed as your own daughter.

Thank you, dad, for showing me unconditional love!

What are some of your favorite memories with your dad, grandfather, or uncle?


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