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To My Wonderful Father

Daddy, you have taught me so many things in life, but most importantly you have taught me the value of people and selflessness.  You give every ounce of your energy, time, and finances to making me and my siblings and mother life the best we can ask for.  I have never wanted for anything.  You have provided for all of my wants and needs for as long as I can remember.  I would never dream of taking that for granted.

The trip we went on last year to Boston and Maine was the beginning of something wonderful.  I look forward to many more trips in the future, hikes through beautiful places, and laughter and delicious food all over the world.  I dream of so many places I want to see with you, and I pray often God will provide us the opportunity to do those things together.

Thank you for instilling faith in me and for never letting me make excuses for not going to church or working on my relationship with God.  Thank you for always telling me to look for a man who respects me and loves me for who I am (and one who gives me cards for no reason).  Thank you for always smiling at me and loving me without hesitation.  Thank you for working hard every day to provide for the people you love most.  Thank you for giving me an example of a man of God and someone who always puts others before himself.  Thank you for your consistent prayer through the years.  Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to go to Italy, move to California, and see Uganda.  I could not have done those things without you.

I know this is a big year for me as I move into marriage and you hand me over to Bill on our wedding day, but I want you to know that you will always have a special place in my heart.  I will always be your little girl.   I am constantly thinking of you and praying for you and feeling your prayers and thoughts for me.  Our connection crosses the country and I am so proud to be your daughter and friend.

I hope that this fathers day is filled with so much joy and relaxation for you.  I wish I could be there to celebrate with you, but know you will be on my heart and in my mind all day long.  I know it goes without saying, but I love you so much daddy.  You mean everything to me and I pray you feel that everyday.  I can't wait to see you in September as we celebrate Bill and My lives combining into one, and you are a large part of the person I am that allows this wedding to be possible.

Keep living healthy and working hard.  Don't forget to take care of yourself and call as often as you want.  I am just a phone call away, and I love hearing your stories.  Don't forget to let me know what book you pick for us to read!  I'm looking forward to sharing a book with you :)

I love you so much daddy.  Happy Fathers Day!


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