on September 20, 2010 in Ze Bloggy Goodness with 8 comments by

Yesterday was my Dad’s 60th birthday.

And listen. You don’t even want to get me started on my Dad. He’s just the greatest. Dad has done an amazing job of loving our family. I’m going to do the best I can to tell you about him, but the truth is that there are a few topics that leave me speechless and my awesome parents are one of those topics.

I tried to tell you about him at Father’s Day, but that was a weak showing as well.

So here are few pictures from the spring. I think it’s pretty obvious what’s happening in this first one. Daddy said something funny, Tatum (on the right) doesn’t know what to do with us, Mom is laughing, Sally is out of control, and I’m looking right at Dad.

Or how about this one. Yep, looking at my Dad again.

I mean, seriously. Is this funny to anyone else? Talk about a child who wants some attention and approval. Sheesh. 🙂

It just happens. He’s the greatest.

Our family has had some times. And by “times,” I mean “hard times” and “heartbreak” and “lack of sleep.” And somehow, because Dad has led us well, trusted God, and prayed for us, we’ve made it through. And I think we will continue to make it through.

Here’s a fun fact- my grandmother was born in 1920, my dad in 1950, and myself in 1980. So it has always been easy for me to keep up with their ages. And as of yesterday, I’ve been my Dad’s daughter for half of his life.

That’s the best half, if you ask me. Mom is his better half, I am the better half of his life. Tatum is the better almost half and Sally is the better half minus 8 years.

I get to head to Marietta Saturday for Dad’s birthday party, gather with our family and his friends, and I’m sure Dad will make lots of jokes [cause he’s REALLY funny] and have tons of food and do his best to make sure everyone in the room has a good time. I. Can’t. Wait.

Happy birthday, Daddy. Thanks so so much for everything- for how you love and how you lead and how you teach and how you make it easy to be me. Thanks for being the most upstanding man I have ever known. Thanks for being a leader for our immediate and extended families. I pray that God continues to be your strength, your wisdom, and your hope.

Here’s to another 60 years. Please?


PS- My Dad really loves my sisters as well. But, since this is my blog, I get to put pics of me and Daddy. Sorry seesters.

PPS- Another favorite dad of mine turned 60 last week, too! Happy birthday, Mr. Bill [better known around these parts as Shelby’s grandpa]. I guess if I’m an honorary aunt, that makes me Bill Boatman’s honorary daughter. And if you ask me, that is a WIN. Much love to you, Bill and Kacky!


  1. Linda LeCroy
    posted on Sep 20, 2010 at 5:38 AM  |  reply

    Happy Birthday, Tom. Can’t get any better than spending it with your family and friends. BTW – you have wonderful daughters!

  2. posted on Sep 20, 2010 at 6:25 AM  |  reply

    Happy Birthday to your dad! I love your words about him. And the pictures, well, they make me laugh!

  3. posted on Sep 20, 2010 at 8:15 AM  |  reply

    Happy birthday to your dad! Mine turned 70 on Friday – I did a post (actually a poem) for him too.

  4. posted on Sep 20, 2010 at 9:33 AM  |  reply

    Happy birthday to Annie’s Daddy! He was so gracious and kind when we met him last week, and I’m happy you get to go home for his birthday after all!

  5. Mr Bill
    posted on Sep 20, 2010 at 4:21 PM  |  reply

    What an honor and a thrill it is to be your honorary dad(also a huge responsibility). It was great to see you in Nashville this weekend. Thank you for being such a great friend to all my fam there. I know that your dad is your biggest fan…but always remember that your Honorary dad is running a close second.


  6. posted on Sep 20, 2010 at 5:01 PM  |  reply

    What a sweet post. Having a Daddy like that is a true blessing. Your Dad sounds a lot like mine. I miss him soooo much. He passed away just over 3 years ago but I know that he is with the Lord and I will see him again some day. Tell your Dad “Happy Birthday.”

  7. posted on Sep 20, 2010 at 8:58 PM  |  reply

    What a sweet post. I am such a daddy’s girl! And because you have nothing better to do, stop by my blog to “claim” your blogging award. Lana 🙂

  8. Beth Current
    posted on Sep 21, 2010 at 4:27 PM  |  reply

    I totally agree, Annie. Your parents are BOTH awesome! Can’t wait to see you at your dad’s birthday party on Sat!!

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