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Top Ten Reasons Why My Dad is Better Than the Rest

Meet the Wideman family…

See that big guy in the black up front? His name is Dale and he is my Dad.

Dale is a hardworking carpenter who operates his own business. He loves what he does but also appreciates a good Leaf game, fresh cut grass, and a cold one at the end of the day. He is notorious for frequent naps on the couch and sleeveless t-shirts. He has a ponytail and usually reps some classy cowboy boots. Although I can try, this cool dude can’t be summarized in a small paragraph. He has so many gifts, talents, hilarious quirks, and strange habits that can’t always be put into words. He holds our family together with love and stupid jokes. So on this wonderful Father’s Day I have decided to share with you the greatness that defines Dale–my Dad.

  1. He has a ridiculous sense of humour. From fake kittens on the bed, Mike Holmes’ “hiding” under my pillow, giraffes walking in the back yard, to receiving mysterious presents from strange people on Christmas morning–whatever! You name it, he’s done it. The best part about it all is that he usually breaks out into hysterical laughter before the trick or joke has even been completed.
  2. He loves all of his kids equally. Today at lunch, I asked him what his proudest moment as a father has been. He chuckled and said that he has had lots of proud moments as a dad and couldn’t choose just one. I was kind of surprised…I thought he might say that his proudest moment was when my brother finally graduated high school but, hey, that’s just me. (Haha just kidding…my brother graduated high school on time and with flying colours).
  3. He is incredibly musically gifted. Not only does he play the guitar, banjo, mandolin, stand-up bass, and bass guitar, but he plays them well. He taught himself how to play all of these instruments. He has built up quite the collection of instruments over the years and has always been keen on sharing them with all of us. He always changes my guitar strings, helps me adjust the tuning when I just can’t seem to get it right, and encourages me in my playing and singing. He even helped me pick out a beautiful new guitar this past Christmas.
  4. He invests a lot of time (and energy) into our home. As I mentioned above, he is a carpenter. When we moved into our humble abode sixteen years ago, the place was a dump. Thanks to his keen eyes and incredible skill, he has transformed our home into a place where we all love to be. Sure, it’s still small and cozy, but he has maximized the space to its full potential and made life a little more comfortable for us. He also has a knack for gardening. Every Spring, our home is donned with vibrant pink flowers and unique plants. He even hand picks every dandelion out of the lawn, leaving our yard green and lush. He has made our home very special.
  5. He looks as tough as nails, but has a heart of a grandmother. Many people often mistake him for a biker, but I can assure you that he is the furthest thing from. His ponytail, full beard, and tough-guy body shape may fool you but it is all just a trick. He loves cats, bluegrass music, and cereal, goes to bed at 9:30PM and would be more than willing to do anything for any person in need. He has a soft heart and is not afraid to show it.
  6. He hangs out with me all the time. I genuinely like hanging out with both of my parents. I often say to them “Sorry if you guys get sick of me, but I like hanging out with you”. I talk to them both about a lot of things on my mind and my heart. We like going to movies, on Walmart trips, for walks, and icecream. Sometimes I even get to hit up Home Depot with him, which leads me to my next point…
  7. He is friends with a ridiculous number of people who work at Home Depot. There are three or four Home Depot’s in our area and he frequently visits each and every one. In fact, he goes so often that he knows a lot of the people that work there. Whenever I go with him to grab some things, he is constantly saying “hi” and making small talk with various employees. It always makes me laugh, but it just goes to show you how friendly and loving he truly is.
  8. He teaches me to appreciate the finer things in life. He loves the small things. From a bowl (or two) of icecream to his nightly “duty” of watering the flower beds, he appreciates life’s little moments and the enjoyment buried within them. In my opinion, that is one of the best values you can instil in your children.
  9. He has given me a wonderful example of what constitutes a true man. I may be young and naive, but he has shown me what type of man I need to be looking for as a future partner. He has a pure heart and serves God in some pretty incredible ways. He gives me hope that there are good people out there.
  10. He loves unconditionally. None of us are perfect, but he follows the perfect example of Jesus and loves without fail. He encourages me in my passions and aspirations, and sympathizes with me when I make mistakes. He never stops loving.

Bragging rights goes to whoever can guess what my dad did in this tiny little church that made us all laugh so hard. 

I should put out a little disclaimer that, in reality, the greatness of my Dad can’t be described in ten short points. I am thankful for him everyday. He has brought so much enjoyment, love, life, care, and laughs to our family. So, on this special day devoted completely to father’s, I just want to say thank you, Dad. I love and appreciate you more than words could express.

May you all have an incredibly blessed father’s day. I hope that you can find the things to appreciate about the fathers and father figures in your life. Not just today, but every day!

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And the Award for the “Best Mom in the World” Goes to…

May is a great month. The sunshine shines a little brighter, the flowers begin to bloom, and the birds sing a cheerful song. I love all of these things, but what I truly cherish about May is the special moments that it brings. One of those special moments is Mother’s Day. So, on behalf of myself and my genuine appreciation for my mother, I just want to wish a

to all of you beautiful and caring mothers out there.

This weekend, I had four different cookie orders to complete. Some of them were in celebration of Mother’s Day (and some weren’t) so they got me thinking about this special occassion and how it truly is a day to celebrate. I am so incredibly thankful for my mom and all that she has taught me in my 19 years and 11 months of existence. She offers a true example of how to love unconditionally. Although I am writing this post to wish all of you mothers out there a very blessed and enjoyable Mother’s Day, I am dedicating it to the best mother in the world–mine!

Let me (try to) encapsulate what makes my mama so very special…

  1. She is incredibly creative. Whatever the problem, she knows how to craft up a solution. All of those tears and screams of frustration throughout school were quickly calmed by her ability to magically fix a broken diorama or remove paw-prints from a slaved-over art project. 
  2. Not only is she willing to edit any paper or essay that one of my siblings or myself write, but she actually enjoys it. She has pulled many late-nighters with me as I’ve scrambled to pull together a paper. She also somehow makes it sound good with her broad vocabulary and internal thesaurus. I can attribute a lot of my successful essays and papers to her!
  3. She is both gifted and passionate about music. She sings like an angel and can pull a harmony out of nowhere. She is an enthusiastic contributor during our family sing-a-longs (and yes, we do have family sing-a-longs…in the car…with harmonies…).
  4. She has an iPod and she’s not afraid to use it (and yes, that is her “escape” from the rest of us koo-koos).
  5. No matter the day, no matter the hour, she is ALWAYS willing to save me from a ladybug. She has calmed my hyperventilating tears when one flew into my mouth, she has stripped my entire bed to find and kill the one that “I swear flew into my bed and landed on my blankets”, she has pulled herself out of bed late at night and groggily searched for two after I discovered that it was very likely that they were in my room, and she has simply just “taken care of” any single ladybug that I happened to scout out.
  6. She knows how to defend herself when we gang up on her during “Family Road Trips”. Although she does a fantastic job of pre-planning the route, we somehow always get lost at least once and this usually gets blamed on her. However, she always manages to make some ridiculous comment that makes everyone laugh, breaking the tension.
  7. She has always encouraged me to love who I am (crazy cat lady and all). 
  8. She knows how to handle all of my dad’s bizarre jokes and strange antics. 
  9. She is the number one supporter of my dream to open a bake shop. She is extremely encouraging and is always willing to lend a hand when I need it. She is usually the one who bakes the extra batch of cookies when I am four cookies short, fixes the damage caused to the baked goods when I get so frustrated that I spastically throw the spreading knife, and somehow finds a way to bring light to the situation when the cat happens to get one of the cookies. 
  10. And finally, she loves Jesus and is the most amazing example of his love!
Like someone wise once said, “Families are like fudge–mostly sweet with a few nuts!
I can guarentee that my mom’s the sweet–we’re the nuts!
Thanks, Mom, for your continuous support and love. You truly are the best mom out there.
With love,
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The Day of Love

Hello out there to all of you bloggers (and blog readers). As I am sure you already know, today is February the 14th. So I would like to say…

I won’t take much of your time since I really don’t have anything very significant to share, but I just wanted to drop a few lines regarding this “special” (or not-so-special) day. I am sure you have heard the whines and complaints from the majority of your friends about how they are “forever alone” on this day of love. I think complaining about how alone you are has become almost as cliche as the sappy holiday itself.

Although it may seem kind of sad to be “alone” on the holiday revolved around love, there is nothing wrong with it. In fact, I believe that Valentine’s Day should not be solely celebrated as a romantic holiday, but instead should be a reminder to love on everybody who is special in our lives. Romantic love is not the only kind of love or even the most powerful. We have endless opportunities to show love to our friends, our families, and even complete strangers. Love is a very powerful expression, regardless of what form it takes.

Not only that, but we should also remember that Valentine’s Day should not be the only day that we show other people that we love them. Every day can be an opportunity to show some loving.

So here’s a thought: instead of spending what is left of this loving holiday complaining about your lack of a significant other, why not spend it showing those you do have in your life some love. Show your appreciation with some cookies, a nice card, or even some simple kind words. Encourage one another.

And just one last thought, if it so happens that you never find a significant other, just do what any rational woman would do…

Become a crazy cat lady.

(This is MY special Valentine this year!)

Enjoy the moments you have left on this day. And please, please, please remember that every day is a day to love. Valentine’s blessings,

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