David's Reformed Church Congregation

David's Reformed Church Congregation
Congregation of David's Reformed Church, Montgomery Co, Ohio, Circa, 1900

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sentimental Sunday - Tribute to My Daddy

I have heard stories throughout the years about the importance of a father upon a girl's life. Experts will tell you that a woman's self esteem is greatly affected by how she sees herself through her father's eyes. I was so blessed to have a father who loved me unconditionally and who thought I was beautiful all the time. There was never a time when my brothers and I did not feel my parents love and that has guided our paths throughout our lives. 
My father, Estel Shoemaker (known as "J" to family and friends) was the epitomy a Christian man and he practiced what he preached.  When my father wasn't working, he was home with us.  We were lucky enough to live in the days when mom was able to be home with us during the day and dad came home right on time every night. We sat down to family dinners each night together and exchanged all the news of the day.  Times were not always easy, but Dad never liked to accept help from anyone. He had a strong work ethic and he passed that on to his children.
I have now had 17 Father's Days without my dad and it doesn't get any easier.  I joyfully remember all the years when we would take him out to dinner as a family after church and I miss those times dearly.  I am so grateful for memory of my daddy and for all the things that he taught me, but most of all,  I thank God that I was the daughter of such a wonderful man.

5 comments:

  1. Sounds like you were blessed with a wonderful father!

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  2. He sounds like he was wonderful Father. Thanks for sharing some of your memories with us.

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  3. Your post brings a tear to my eyes. You are indeed a very, very blessed woman to have had a father like that, especially in your growing-up years. It sounds like you lost him way too early. Thank you for sharing your memories of him.

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  4. What a beautiful tribute to your Dad Lori. It is such a blessing to have a father and the kind of love you had. It makes all the difference in a girls life.

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful memory.

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