20 March 2007
Happy Birthday, Dad! In all the packing and good-byes this morning, I don't think anyone wished you a happy birthday! What a better present than to have your youngest daughter return honorably from serving a mission for the Lord. I feel I can write better than I can speak eloquent words, so, consider this my "nice things around the table" comment.
You are a man of great quantity qualities: artistic, green thumbed, intelligent, wise, altruistic, and the list goes on. But, I admire you most because of your righteousness and desire to put the Lord first, which, in turn, allows everyone else to fall to their natural place. You are a supportive spouse, a doting dad, a great grompa, and a beneficent brother. (And despite what Ben says, you don't have a mean bone in your body--except when it comes to squirrels ;) ) I am grateful for your example of living a life full of integrity. I believe one knows when they are on the straight and narrow when those around them desire to become better individuals. Thank you for instilling that desire in me. I love you!
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