Hallel had wonderful time with her dad, and some of it special sharing farm time and alone in a tractor and a pickup going to pick up seed in a town an hour away. It seemed that most days she would jump in and join her dad on his trips to town or out to give the cows a bale of hay in the pasture buckled into the seat beside him where the grandkids can now share in a lot of his tractor time. Pat would tell me that they had a wonderful visit... "She likes most of all to talk about things pertaining to her faith and The Church." We always marvel when we learn at the feet of our children!
His hands are huge and calloused and strong and determined to accomplish anything he sets his mind to. I call my married life...Never a dull moment!
Lots of thoughts today about Fatherhood and how important it is, and how looking at this portrait of our special family reflects to the world the kind of Fatherhood they have been given. I am so grateful/eternally so to my own father, who with my mother at his side, brought us into The Church 45 years ago. Each day since has been filled with so much to help me down the narrow path!
My family shortly after we entered The Church - all 13 of us! I am the oldest of 11 and to show a picture of my family now would be next to impossible... we are over 120, and with new ones all the time we should be close to 130 by next Christmas! Life is a gift!
I am thinking a lot about my dad today as his most favorite verse is in the amazing Gospel today... "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6 I love the way that Venerable Thomas A'Kempis explains this...
Simply sublime and so true!
Jesus, thank you for allowing us to have such intensely wonderful family time in the midst of a late spring. More time with our Farmers Pat and Paul! Jesus, we look at you and see A Father, who is LOVE itself! We are so blessed with our fathers and the families which are a witness to the world of how important Fatherhood is! Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah