Tuesday, June 10, 2014

3 Things I'm learning from Danny (one of the BEST fathers I know)!

In lieu of a video this week I'm doing a written post.  I hope you enjoy …

Danny is perfecting the art of the carload selfie! This was taken on vacation last week.

3 Things I'm learning from Danny (one of the BEST fathers I know)

1 Nothing says, "I love you" like showing up.  During the course of our marriage there have been many circumstances, situations and people that I wanted to run from. A few years ago a friend of mine died (we went to junior high together and Danny and I had hung out with her and her husband about 15 years ago) and though we were not close at the time of her death we did have a shared history.  I told Danny that I didn't know if I was going to go to the funeral or not.  He told me I needed to go.  I was afraid.  Since my brother's death, funerals are very difficult for me.  It was a mid-morning weekday funeral, I got dressed and went. Alone.  Afterward I was so glad I went.  On the picture board at the funeral was a photo of my friend and me.  I shed many tears that day and expressed my condolences to her family.  It was my privilege to be present.

Time and time again he has demonstrated to me that you don’t have to know what to say or what to do.  You just need to show up!  This is something that I have tried to incorporate in all the areas of my life. 

2 Being tenacious gets results.  If you know Danny very well he loves getting results. If you ask him (or sometimes if you don’t) to hold you accountable on anything he will call, text or email you until you do it.  This has been both beautiful and difficult to watch and hear.  He loves people and wants you to be at your best in every area of life. 

3 Laughter is the glue that keeps us connected.  Danny loves to have fun and laugh.  One of his favorite people to laugh at is himself.  This is one of his most endearing characteristics.  A few years ago I received a text message when I was with Avery.  She said, “Is that Dad?”  I responded that it was and asked how she knew.  She said, “ … you are laughing!” 

Love Always Wins,
Anna Lee

PS – Here is a link to a written post on my dad from a few years ago and here is a link to the Car Line Confession video where I interviewed my dad.