A few of my favorite dads....
Doug ~ My most amazing and awesome husband, who is the best husband to me and father to our six children that I could ever have dreamed of. He's humble and patient and kind and loving and positive and fun and funny and well... you get the picture! There are not enough words to express the goodness in this man, although I blog about him every day! ! I love him BIG!!!
Dad ~ My dad and I have finally connected after all my lifetime of barely knowing him. Even though it's long distance, his voice on the other end of the line is one of the brightest moment of my every day! I'll always be his little girl! I'm so thankful to have him in my life!
Stott ~ Stott is not only the father of our granddaughter, Miki, he's an amazing husband, dad, friend, scoutmaster, and he excels at whatever he does! Most of all, he's become my brother. I cherish our unique and most fun relationship! He makes me laugh! A. Lot! This photo is one of my favorites of him because it is so telling...he's casual, he's fun and he loves his kids! If he's not playing with them, he's teaching them how to do something or working on some awesome project for them! Stott is just A.Maz.Ing!
Dave ~ Amazingly enough, we have only known Dave for a few short years but there was something about him the very first time we met. We felt connected from the start! Dave is father to our grandson, Jason. We love that he loves his family so much! I put Dave at the top of my "Dad's who really love spending time with their kids" list! He's awesome!
Dee ~ Dee is my brother-in-law. I've loved watching Dee be a dad from the day his first child was born. He's positive, he's encouraging and he's wise. He's an awesome husband! He treats his children with respect and love and one of the things I love most about him... he makes life fun! His kids adore him! So do I! Dee, an LDS Seminary/Institute teacher has influenced thousands of young adults over the past 25 years and set an example of what kind of a man all of those young adult females should be looking for in a husband!
Larry ~ Larry is Doug's cousin. As far as the Corbridge name goes, Larry is the patriarch of Doug's extended family, since the last of the Corbridge uncles passed away. He, genuinely, cares about each and every member of our family. He encourages family gatherings and uplifts us all. Time spent with Larry is always worth any effort to be there!
Dale ~ Doug's dad, from every word I've ever heard by every one who ever knew him, was just an amazing man. He was known for his hearty laugh and his big heart! Doug lost his dad in a car accident in 1971, but his memory lives on every single day of our lives! Although I've never even met him, he is a huge part of our family and his example will live forever! I look forward to the day that I do get to meet him "on the other side"!
Bill ~ My step-dad, Bill Moors, was an amazing man. One of my biggest sorrows in life was losing him at such a young age. Our bigs knew their Grandpa Bill. The babes never had the opportunity. He was the definition of a boy's grandpa... camping, buying "man things" for Dale, always ready to play! He spoke with a thick Boston accent, which was a perfect match for my mother and her southern drawl. I miss the days of Dad posing like Superman, barbecuing on the grill and being an armchair quarterback for the Miami Dophins! He was always the fun guy! I loved my Dad Bill!
Doug Bradt ~ (shown here without the Santa Claus beard that he's had most of his adult life) Doug has no clue that he'd ever be on this list. Doug has been a great example and influence, especially for Doug for the past twenty years. Doug has one of the biggest hearts of any I've ever known. He's faithful and good and kind. But, he also has a wild and crazy side that keeps us laughing! He drove in a ragtop jeep across the country in March to be here just long enough to see Liza marry Buddy in the Logan LDS Temple, a promise he had made to her when she was 8 years old. We appreciate his loyalty, example and friendship!
Uncle Eldon ~ No photo of Uncle Eldon, but, I can't not list him in a "Great Father's" list! Uncle Eldon was the uncle that I was closest too, in Doug's family. This good man was a gentle giant. He was humble and kind, gentle and persuasive. I learned many of my life lessons by watching and listening to Uncle Eldon. I see much of Uncle Eldon's gentleness in Doug and am grateful for the example he was to us both. He had a way of making everyone feel as though they mattered to him.
I'm so grateful to have and to have had these good men in my life. Their influence on me, personally, Doug and my children will be eternally appreciated! Life is good... my own life is better because of them! Enough said!
He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.