Monday, October 10, 2011

Dad-io

Yesterday was my dad's birthday....and I suppose I could make a laundry list of the things he's taught me over the years and that I'm grateful for but, despite all the important lessons he did teach me, the thing I'm most thankful for is the man he IS.
I'm thankful for the time he spent with us...sometimes just doing nothing. Going on father daughter dates or watching TV together.

I heard one of my favorite quotes recently:
"There's a big difference between making a point and making a difference." -Andy Stanley
and it makes me think of my dad every time. He is more than just incredibly knowledgeable and smart...he's an example.
the Krieger House....It's a very Serious Place
Throughout our community, people know my dad as someone who's genuine. Someone who actually cares about others
He's the guy that will drive our lady neighbor home when he sees her car is broken down on the side of the road
Feeding the Disney Duck....a $10 Hamburger Bun

He's the one who will pay for another family's dinner....and slip out without them knowing

He's the guy that calls the dealership when I'm buying my car to "surprise" me with a downpayment I wasn't expecting

He's the guy who will always stay late to help someone out

He's the guy who will stand up for what's right when no else has the courage to

He's the guy who gets the most joy out of doing things for others 

He's the guy who many times drove two hours with my mom just to take me out to dinner in college

He's the guy that actually does what he says...or as we say in the south "practices what he preaches"

He's the guy that shows me what a "real man" is - someone with drive, someone who makes sacrifices for his family and others, someone who isn't a yes-man
 

and he's the guy who taught me the importance of having a sense of humor.

....and all he asks for is that Notre Dame has a great season! ;)
Happy Birthday Dad!
I Love you!

23 comments:

Kit said...

Happy Birthday to your dad! Dads are the BEST!

Michelle said...

Such a sweet post!! Made me miss my Dad! :)

Ashley said...

I love this! this was such a nice post! happy birthday to your dad :)

Jess - PrettyPhysicist said...

So sweet! Happy birthday Ashley's Dad!

Julie Fink said...

Our family has such fond memories of your Dad and Sabrina has especially sweet memories of him being her favorite Sunday School teacher. You and Shannon are certainly very blest! Mrs. Fink

Whitney said...

Yay for daddy's girls :-). I am a huge one. What a sweet post. Happy birthday to your pops! Ps- adorable family photos.

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

i have always looked up to your dad - ever since he brought bible jeopardy into my life. ;) (my arms got a lot of workouts then!). happy birthday, mr. jon!!!

Angel Glover said...

BEST post EVER!!!

Maura said...

so sweet and all i want is a good ND season too! guess the win on Saturday probably helped his bday!! happy birthday to him!

Rissy said...

aww what a sweet post.

I know now for sure that you will find a fantastic man to settle down with one day because this is your role model! whoop whoop

megan said...

What a sweet post. Your Dad seems like an awesome guy!

agroeper said...

Such a sweet post!

Katie said...

Your family is beautiful :) Happy birthday to your pops!!

Shalyn said...

Awwwwwwwww Ashley! This is such a sweet post! Your Dad seems wonderful! :) Tell him I said Happy Birthday!!!! :)

Young and Fabulous said...

oh ashley this is SO SWEET! I am loving this so much :-)

what a cute family...i just love yall!!

i hope your daddy-o reads your blog so he can see how awesome his daughter is!

xoxoxo

Jamie said...

Awww such a sweet post! Your daddy sounds like a great man :) Hope he has a great birthday!

Jocelyn said...

Aww! I love this post!! Happy belated birthday to your dad!

natasha {schue love} said...

Awww such a sweet tribute Ashley! Happy Birthday to him! :)

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

i'm totally a hormonal mess today, but this post made me cry!! great dads are a rare treasure. happy day to yours! also, girlfriend, your legs are super toned and tan (creepiness returned :) )

Lacey in the City said...

LOVE this!

Sandy a la Mode said...

what a sweet post girl! happy bday to your dad!!

Married...with a Pup said...

Aww happy birthday to your wonderful dad!

Ashley said...

happy birthday to your daddy! such a lovely family :)