Happy Father’s Day!

On Father’s Day I’d like to say thank you to both my father and the father of my children. I’m lucky to have been raised by a father who put his family first and taught his children that he would always be there for them. The most important lesson learned: what type of man I should marry. Like my dad, John puts his family first and somehow manages to thrive in a house full of girls.IMG_1276

I thought it might be fun to look at their strengths in terms of some of my favorite dads from TV or the movies.

From Eric Camden 7th Heaven (the character, not the actor)

Nobody’s perfect. No family’s perfect. But your imperfect family loves imperfect you.

From Charles “Pa” Ingalls Little House on the Prairie

Hard work is not just for boys. Mary, Laura, and Cary pulled their weight just like Meghan, Emily, and Sarah (and Dee Ann and Carol Jean).

Steven Keaton Family Ties

Your dad will still love you even if your vote cancels his vote or your political views are completely wrong.

Andy Taylor Andy Griffith Show

Going fishing can make everything alright and what better time to get to know you a little better?

Ward Clever Leave it to Beaver

The perfect example of the dad who kicks your butt and saves your butt in the same day. Something good dads do everyday.

I think both my dad and John have a lot of George Banks in them. You remember Mr. Banks from Father of the Bride who hates to see his little girl grow up and get married to some strange guy. I can’t tell you how glad I am that my dad didn’t go all George Banks when he met John’s parents. I’m sure he was checking them out to make sure they were good enough for his daughter, but if he poked through the medicine cabinet or drawers at least he did so stealthily and to this day we’ve never heard about it. As for John, I think we were lucky he wasn’t caught in this situation. I feel certain he could have been cornered by protective dobermans while snooping on future in-laws.

But like George, they just wanted to make sure that their girls are happy. How can that be a bad thing?

Happy Father’s Day to two great dads!

Reposted from Father’s Day, 2013.


Fathers and Fishing: 13 Quotes

The two most important men in my life, my dad and my husband, share a love of fishing. Perhaps fishing is actually the secret to being a good father. Standing on the beach or sitting in a boat with a rod in hand, all is right in the world…regardless if a single fish nibbles on the line. Alone, with each other, or with another angler a day on the water can only be described as a good day.


“Everyone should believe in something. I believe I’ll go fishing.” ~Henry David Thoreau

“The solution to any problem – work, love, money, whatever – is to go fishing; and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should last.” ~John Gierach

“Fishing too much. Can’t be done.” ~Ernest Hemingway

“If all politicians fished instead of spoke publicly, we would be at peace with the world.” ~Will Rogers

“Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” ~Henry David Thoreau

“There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of mind.” ~Washington Irving


“Bragging may not bring happiness, but no man having caught a big fish goes home through the alley.” ~Ann Landers

“I go fishing not to find myself but to lose myself.” ~Joseph Monninger

“The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions of hope.” ~John Buchan

“The two best times to fish is when it’s raining and when it ain’t.” ~Patrick F. McManus

“I love fishing. You put that line in the water and you don’t know what’s on the other end. Your imagination is under there.” ~Robert Altman

“Three-fourths of the Earth is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn.” ~Chuck Clark

Happy Father’s Day to two terrific dads who also happen to be first rate fishermen.

“Fishing is not about the fish. It’s the time spent together catching them.” ~Unknown

Let’s go fishing!