-by Mary May Larmoyeux– How will you honor your dad on Father’s Day, June 18, 2017? I wish my dad was still alive so I could express appreciation for the countless things he did for me and our family! It seems like the older I get, the more I realize how much he taught me through his life. And every year I continue to recognize sacrifices he made for me that I took for granted.
“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there,” said an unknown author, “but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.” Those words certainly describe my dad.
How about you? What thoughts come to your mind when you think of your father or grandfather? Are you looking for a fun project to do with your kids or grandkids to honor Dad or Granddad on Father’s Day? Here are a few ideas.
Ideas for Father’s Day
You might consider making a blessing book. Years ago my friend Suzanne told me about making a blessing book for her husband. In it she jotted down why she was grateful for him, reminded him of some of their special times together, and included some fun pictures.
At that time my kids were growing up, and we made a blessing book for dear ole dad. He loved it! We used a small photo album and wrote messages on note cards and inserted them into the plastic sleeves, along with some pictures and drawings. Of course, in this day of ever-changing technology, you may want to use your computer or iPhone to do this. Or, you could make a digital slide show of your favorite pictures of dad.
Another Father’s Day idea is to surprise Dad with a week of encouraging messages, beginning on Father’s Day. Ask each of the children to send an email, text of appreciation, letter, or drawing to their dad/granddad for seven consecutive days. If some children are too young to write, ask them to tell you their messages and send them on their behalf. If you are married and have children, you could even join the fun by telling you husband what you appreciate about him as a father.
What ideas do you have for honoring Dad on Father’s Day?
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Would you like some creative ideas for grandparents? Then check out The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. Paper and electronic versions are available. (Great for parents, aunts and uncles, too!)