Sunday, June 17, 2012

52 Blessings - A Father

"One father is worth more than a hundred school masters."  
~George Herbert

Calvin is always saying, "I'm going to teach the kids how to . . ."  And those subjects range from how to cure your own ham to better understanding the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

I still remember him teaching Ande how to kill and skin quail because "she might need to know how some day."  That was one traumatic family night.

I remember him teaching Cali and Ray how to build a fire by friction because "they might need to know how some day."

I remember him teaching Ty how to make a bow because "he might want to make more some day."

I remember him teaching Abe how to do service for others because "he's going to have to do it his whole life."

I remember him teaching Trevor how to butcher a deer because "he's going to need to do it on his own from now on."

I remember him teaching Trent how to pray and trust God.

Calvin has been a great teacher in our family.  He teaches through instruction, but he teaches more powerfully through example.  I don't take it for granted that our family is blessed by a great father and influential teacher.

How about you?  What is something your dad taught you (or your husband taught your kids) how to do or be?


Jill said...

Wow, I only know how to pray and trust God and to serve so I will be hosed if I need to start a fire or butcher dad definitely doesn't have any of those skills!

Michelle said...

Here here! I second the fact that Calvin is an incredible father! Happy Father's Day... Love you!

Ande said...

Dad really is the best dad. I feel so blessed to have gotten such a great dad. I'm so glad he's one of my best friends.

And I love that picture.

Grace said...

I conquer! I am so lucky to have such a wonderful father-in-law... AND mother-in-law! I love how Ande's smashed in between everyone! What a good picture.

Grace said...

I mean, concur :).

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Becky said...

Jill's comment is cracking me up although I'm in the same boat she is :)

I'm grateful that despite my dad's many mistakes he taught me to know the scriptures.

And I don't even have enough room to list the many things that Jeff does for me and our kids. The best thing I ever did for my children was to marry him.

Love that picture!

melanie said...

Great post Jane. What a good man Calvin is. I love, love that picture.