Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads!  There are three very special dads I want to talk about today—My husband, my dad and my father-in-law.

Tim is such an awesome Daddy!!  Our children are very blessed to call him Dad.  He is a man who is consistent, loyal and dependable.  He’s a provider and a hard worker in the home.  He’s always been a hands-on husband and dad.  He never hesitated to help out around the house or change diapers (even if he had a bandana to cover his nose).  He had the tenderness to dress the girlies as babies in their Sunday dresses complete with tights and tiny shoes.  He showed up to church more than one Sunday with white spit up on his suit and never seemed to mind.  He can paint their fingernails and put their hair up in pony tails!  Yet he also has the strength and energy to handle a boy like he did with our sweet son, Brandon!  He enjoyed throwing a football, kicking the soccer ball, hitting baseballs and turning any space into a wrestling mat!  I must say though, he’s not all fun and play.  He’s a strict Daddy!  He does not put up with attitude, rolling eyes, sassing, laziness, bickering or foolishness.  He has a wonderful balance of fun and play while holding his God-given role as the leader of this home.  His children all adore him because of it!  I love you so much, Tim!

My daddy was also wonderful.  Growing up Dad was strict yet loving.  I had no problem distinguishing absolute right from absolute wrong.  I knew what was expected of me and Dad never compromised and I am so thankful for that security.  We never asked, “Are we going to church today?”  It was a given.  As a young child I recall asking Daddy, “What do you want me to be when I grow up?” He answered, “I want you to be whatever God wants you to be.”  I hope Dad’s proud of me, because I’ve tried to be the mom and wife that God has wanted me to be while balancing my work/ministry in finances and management.  Dad never got annoyed with me as I followed him around building homes, running to the hardware store, washing our family cars, or changing the oil.  He taught me the names of all his tools, what they do and how to use them.   I recall yapping his ear off the whole time.  It was my special time alone with my Daddy and I always enjoyed it.  Dad’s a generous man!  If I have a generous bone in my body it came from my Dad.  He loves giving to missionaries and to others he sees that have needs.  He is perhaps our biggest fan  and supporter when it has come to our 2 adoptions from Ukraine. He has a big heart and loves others deeply.  He raised me to be independent and discern God’s will for my life.  I recall as a teenager when I was involved with the wrong guy Dad saying, “I know you are probably going to hate me for saying this, but for what it’s worth, I think he is all wrong for you.” I never hated Daddy for caring enough to say something to me when I was headed in the wrong direction.  Dad was right.  God had someone FAR BETTER for me.  He’s an awesome Grandpa and “Pops” (as Brandon affectionately called him).  He enjoys spending time with his grandkids and they adore him for it.  I love my Daddy!

I’m also thankful for Tim’s dad.  Tim has all the wonderful qualities he does partly because of his father’s solid leadership.  Dad Kerr is a godly man who has served in missions overseas in Thailand, Jordan, Lebanon and many other countries and is currently serving in the US.  He was involved in all 4 of children’s lives while growing up in sports, in ministry and around the home.  He dedicated a lot of time to teaching them about God’s Word.  He is still involved very much in his adult children’s lives and prays for each one of them daily and their families.  They know they can go to him if they need a wise ear to listen.  He is also a kind-hearted, generous man who freely gives of himself, his talents and his time.  He is a very active “BeBe” to his many grandkids.  They all love their BeBe very much.

 I am so grateful to have THREE great men and fathers in my life.  I also have Tim’s grandfather (aka Fadie), brother, his and my uncles, etc. that are also godly and solid, hardworking men.  I recognize that some reading this blog do not even have one godly father or man in their lives, but my prayers is that most of you do have this blessing.  I do not take for granted this leadership and I pray our children recognize the incredible gift they have as well.  God bless each of you.  Happy Father’s Day!

Tim at the lake with Brandon

Tim on a "Daddy Date" with Katie.  She wanted to go ice skating with Daddy.

Kylie loving on Daddy.

Daddy stealing a kiss for Haley's 7th birthday

My Daddy and I this past Easter

Tim and his Dad on Thanksgiving this past year


  1. Carinda, you are so blessed to have the love and support of your family in what God wants you to do. You know in your heart that adoption, not from here in the US, but from the Ukraine is where God has lead you. You family supports you wholeheartedly and financially when able. I pray that one day I will have a family that is saved and knows that what we do is God's desire for my children. God bless you, TIm, and the Girlies as you continue your journey toward Nestor!

  2. What a blessing to read the tributes you wrote. I too have a wonderful husband,father, and father-in-law. I am so thankful to have been raised in a Christian home and to have a great Christian husband with whom I can raise our boys. May the Lord bless your family as you all continue your adoption journey.