Father’s Day was a week ago, and my Dad’s birthday (the 22nd) always falls right around the same time. I think Dad’s are the hardest ones to buy gifts for so it doesn’t really seem fair that I have to figure out 2 different gifts in the same week. So I took the easy road and did the whole combination gift to cover both holidays at once, a gift certificate to amazon. I think it’s the perfect present myself, and he’s such an avid reader that I know he will find something that he will truly enjoy.
Something I try to do for each birthday or holiday for everyone in my family, is to do a blog post about them. I post these on our private family blog and often use the material to later make layouts. I blogged about my Dad on Father’s Day and then I took that entry and turned it into a 2 page layout for his birthday. I thought it would be the perfect thing to share for a Memory Monday post because the whole thing was based on picking out some key moments and memories about my Dad and then writing them down.
I’m very grateful for my Dad! I’ve been lucky enough to spend a lot of time with my Dad over the years. We traveled together, we worked together, we’ve kept in contact through letters (he mailed me quite often when I was in college), emails, and phone calls. He is a friend, a role model, and a great father to me!
He’s still a great Dad who will do anything to help his kids. My Dad always treated me with so much kindness and like I was his equal instead of just a child. He listened to me and valued my thoughts and opinions, even when I was young. I really love and respect him and I’m incredibly grateful that he has done so much for me throughout my entire life. The photos on the other page are important memories of my Dad:
•New Dad in 1969 (He was 22 when I was born)
•Eating birthday cake for breakfast with me in 1973 in California.
•1981 with me and Mike as a brand new baby. He has always been very proud of his kids.
•1988 in Korea. That’s baby Zach and his foster mother who cared for him until he was ready to join us. My Dad wanted more children so much that he flew halfway around the world to pick up Zach. I really appreciate that he shared his journal entry from that experience with me. He loves to say that “Zach is the baby he delivered" – how many Dads can say that?
•1989 - In Italy (overlooking Rome). My Dad met in me in Greece at the end of my study abroad program and we spent 10 days touring around Greece, Italy, and England. It was one of my favorite experiences I’ve ever had with my Dad!
I love my Dad and I’m so grateful for all that he has taught me! journaled June 21, 2011
In just 2 scrapbook pages, I was able to represent some of the most important memories I have of my Dad. Now that we’ve just celebrated Father’s Day, this is a great time to think about the defining memories of your own Dad. If you have a few minutes, pick out some pictures to go along with those thoughts and then you’ll have some wonderful memories documented. It’s a great activity for a Memory Monday!