Today is my Dad's birthday. He loves and supports me. He cheers for me and encourages me. He believes for the best in me. I don't think this little piece of the blogging world has a bigger fan than him. He loves to laugh, and isn't ashamed to cry. I am so grateful for him.
You likely won't agree with everything on my list. That's okay. Some items are inside jokes that only my family will understand. If you find yourself bothered by something I say, please read #14 over and over until you feel better.
Things I Learned From My Dad (in no particular order):
1. Baboons are cool.
2. Snickerdoodles really are the very best cookie in the whole wide world.
3. GO COWBOYS!!!
4. An organized closet is a happy closet.
5. Bacon is really important.
6. The Mashed Potato, the Jerk, and the Watusi.
7. Tapioca pudding is good for what ails you.
8. No matter where you go, Texas never leaves your heart.
9. Shoe trees extend the life of your shoes.
10. Music is really good for the soul. Paul Simon or Carole King, especially.
11. When you go on an overseas mission trip, don't drink the water.
12. A fair-weathered fan is no fan at all. (See #3 above.)
13. Love people. People are important.
14. Life is too short not to laugh. Don't take yourself too seriously.
15. Cats are stupid.
16. All the cool kids wear Levi's.
17. If while in a Russian public school, a teacher grabs your hand and wants to dance Russian folk dances, just go with it.
18. Red Velvet Cake tastes best iced with this classic frosting.
19. A lot of really corny jokes that I won't ever post on this blog. (Please do NOT ask about the ostrich.)
20. Tom Landry was the best. Roger Staubach was a miracle worker. And Jerry Jones, well...
21. Phil Keaggy, Michael and Stormie Omartian, Terry Clark, Sweet Comfort Band, Daniel Amos.
22. "Remember whose child you are."
23. You can read the Bible your whole life and still discover something new, something real, something just right for that moment.
24. No matter your age, no matter your circumstance, God will never ever forsake you. Your Heavenly Father loves you with an everlasting love.
Dad, your daughter, your son-in-law, and your grands wish you the happiest of birthdays, the best of years, and more beautiful joys than you could ever imagine. You are loved!
"I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom." -Umberto Eco