A Father’s Day Tribute to My Husband
To my kids: Today I want to let you know some more of our story. While your dad and I were in college, we were on summer mission teams together for two years. Your dad was so excited to work with the children up in Canada.
He told them God loved them and wanted them to go to His Heaven some day. He was so glad when 6 little boys from camp wanted to accept what Jesus had done for them- dying for their sins and giving them a way to be right with God.
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When I called and said that I wanted him to come visit, your dad talked his dad into letting him borrow the car and drove 4 hours to come over to see me the next day. That was the beginning of our dating.
Father’s Day Tribute: Snail mail
While we were dating, he wrote me almost every day- by snail mail!
When my dad asked us to wait till I graduated from college to get married, he agreed to wait.
Your Dad Eats My Cooking!
One time when I put the chicken in the oven to roast, I put the rack too high in the oven. That poor chicken caught on fire! I went out on the front stoop of the house and cried.
He put the fire out, aired out the house, and then came and sat outside with me, and put his arm around me. He has eaten some pretty weird-looking meals over the years.
When I had a toddler and was very sick one year (I think it was bronchitis, coughing so hard I thought I had broken a rib and I was pregnant), he started washing the dishes for me every night. He kept it up for over a year, and never mentioned it.
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When I over-committed to help at church, he fussed at me, then helped me finish the project. Several times.
One year one of the wise men at church couldn’t make it for the Christmas play, so he wore a towel on his head and a bathrobe and filled in to help me out.
Father’s Day Tribute: For His Children
He paid for piano lessons for you, even when he was going deaf and couldn’t hear you play. Your dad paid for voice lessons even when he couldn’t hear you sing.
He was the shop teacher that helped you take apart an engine, and put it back together. Your dad helped you refinish furniture, made dollhouses and made projects for Christmas craft fair- year after year.
Mr. Adventuresome himself took all of us camping all across the country and into Canada, over and over again.
When there was no one to teach the young children at church, he taught Little Pilgrims Progress. When the teens needed a teacher, he taught them. For 3 1/2 years the church was without a pastor so he spoke at church.
He took down the barn. With the family’s help, he built the garage. Renovating our old farmhouse one room at a time, painting, doing cement work on the outside of the house 2 feet down, cement work in the basement, electrical wiring, painting, planting, mowing, trimming: he did it all. And still does!
He worked, and still works, very hard to keep the property looking not just nice, but stunning. My husband is amazing.
Now in retirement, he likes to go help others with their projects. We have done projects in San Francisco, CA, Denver, CO, Eager, Arizona (Grand View Camp) and Charlotte, NC. I’m excited to see where we are headed next.
Thank you, Edward. I love you, Elizabeth.
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