Happy Father’s Day!


My sweet hubby 

Our son, John. (on the left)

You set an awesome example of what fatherhood is all about. You inspire those around you. You are legacy makers.


~drop everything when a family member needs you
~work together on do-it-yourself projects
~conspire ways to spend time together, like NASCAR trips and vacations
~talk often, even when miles separate
~give advice only when asked. Hmmm, it counts if only one of these dads does that, right? 🙂
~teach and inspire your children to be their best
~love your wife and your family
These men bless my life in so many ways. I’m thankful to walk this journey with them.

Children’s children are a crown to the aged, 
and parents are the pride of their children. (Prov 17:6 NIV)
Did you catch that?
“Parents are the pride of their children.” 
Not children are the pride of their parents. 
I’m extremely proud of my parents. For their accomplishments, and for what they instilled in my life, the values they taught me.

We pass through different stages in our lives regarding our parents. 
As youngsters, we listen to them and obey. 
As teens, even as young adults, we roll our eyes and do our own thing, maybe even rebel.
But as we mature into adulthood, we look to them for advice and listen to their wisdom. 
It’s that life cycle, don’t you think?

What about you? Which stage are you at in life?

Happy Father’s Day 
to all dads and to all those who fill the role of father. 
May your special day be filled with love and laughter.

What legacy will you leave?

William Sheldon Atwater
1915 – 2012

On May 20, 2012, my grandfather slipped into eternity at the age of 96. He left behind 3 daughters (including my mother), 2 sons, 18 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. What a legacy!

In his younger days, people called him “Wild Bill.” My grandma must have tamed him because I never heard him called that. He was a rock for the family, a pillar in the community, and a founding member of his church. He had such an infectious laugh that everybody laughed with him. He loved to play practical jokes, drink diet Mountain Dew, watch game shows, and do word search puzzles. After he retired from Caterpillar, he drove to town every day to meet his friends for coffee.

My grandpa didn’t talk much, and I never heard him talk about his faith. Instead, he lived it. He valued faith, family, friends, and hard work. Without a doubt, he met his beloved bride at heaven’s gate last Sunday.

Life is short. Years flip by with lightning speed. Our years on earth are just a speck of sand in light of eternity. Our days are numbered, with a time to be born and a time to die. (Ecc 3:2 NIV)

I can’t imagine facing death without hope, without God, without the anticipation of spending eternity with God. The good news is we don’t have to face death alone. God offers us a life with Him. He has a giant eraser, bigger than you’ll ever need for anything you’ve ever done. All we have to do is say yes to Him.

What legacy will you leave? 
What choice have you made about eternity?