Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad

57 Reasons Why I Love You
1. I love the way you love Mom
2. I love the way you work hard
3. I love the way you teach
4. I love your testimony
5. I love the way you jump in to help
6. I love the way you problem solve
7. I love the way you taught us to love Mom
8. I love the way you built your business
9. I love the way you are always watching out for someone else
10. I love the way you love the grand kids
11. I love the way you taught us to be independent
12. I love that you always told us to "grit your teeth and bear it"
13. I love that you pushed us
14. I love that you taught us the feeling of service
15. I love you willingness to serve
16. I love you tough guy appearance.....
17. I love that I know you are really a big teddy bear
18. I love the way you share
19. I love that way you want to share
20. I love that you introduced us to the flour game
21. I love that you would play bunk n bronco
22. I love how you serve in your calling
23. I love that you always give 110%
24. I love that you took cookies to your Sunday school class every Sunday so long ago
25. I love that you were glad kids came even if it was just for the cookies
26. I love that you take such good care of Mom
27. I love that you take good care of your parents
28. I love that you "encouraged" us to cliff jump
29. I love that you took us to Lake Powell
30. I love that a day at Utah Lake turned into a weekend in Lake Powell
31. I love that you wanted to build a cabin
32. I love that you wanted to do it all
33. I love that no project is to big
34. I love the way you always watch out for your kids
35. I love that you love an adventure
36. I love that you taught us to love things hot
37. I love that you love your truck
38. I love that you are passionate about Utah football
39. I love that now us kids are passionate about it.
40. I love that you took us to the bowl games Utah played in
41. I love that you taught us that there is no other place to sit in sacrament then the back row.
42. I love that when you were called into the bishopric that you went to sit on the stand in your dockers and shirt (did you even have a tie?)
43. I love the way you care for those around you (Wrights, Cliff)
44. I love the way you love those that have married into the family
45. I love the way you run and jump into the pool
46. I love your willingness to be a temple worker so early in the morning
47. I love the example you set for us by getting up early to read your scriptures
48. I love the way it took you "forever" to get the video camera ready for Christmas morning
49. I love the ability you have to find "project" to be done (I am sure we had one every Saturday growing up)
50. I love that you can fix anything
51. I love the way you protect those you love
52. I love the way you love your calling
53. I love that you had the sacrament passed at the end of your meeting to keep from the mass exit. (makes me smile)
54. I love your self confidence
55. I love that you always have bubble gum for my kids
56. I love that the gospel is so important in your life.
57. I love that you are MY DAD
Happy Birthday!!

7 comments:

Jill said...

I think this is one of the best posts ever! You touched on so many things about Dad that I love too! We are so lucky to have such an amazing Dad and have so many good lessons and memories from him. I love that it brought me to tears at work. Dad is great!

alicia said...

That's very cool. Happy Birthday Brad!

Shannon said...

That was amazing to read Heidi. Much of what you said Jill has mentioned to me before, or I've just observed in him. He's a good man.

Jamie N said...

I'm with Jill, I really think this is one of your best posts. Such a great list. I was laughing, crying, happy, sad (thinking of painting tar on the cabin walls and weeding EVERY Saturday).

Yes, Happy Birthday to Dad indeed. I love him. Thanks for putting this list up. I loved reading it.

Amy said...

Great post Heidi! Loved the list! And I am so glad your dad raised you guys the way he did! It was fun to hang out with you today at his birthday lunch-kidless I might add! That doesn't happen too often for us!

BradJ said...

You are way too nice Heidi - but I do appreciate the kind thoughts. As I read each one of the "57" things it was like a walk down memory lane - it was a long lane - but great memories. You did miss one thing though - you should have said I like the way Dad is so proud of his kids because they all turned out awesome.

BradJ said...

You are way too nice Heidi - but I do appreciate your kind thoughts. As I read each one of the "57" things it was like a walk down memory lane - it was a long lane - but great memories. You did miss one thing though - you should have said I like the way Dad is so proud of his kids because they all turned out awesome.