Top Ten Father’s Day Gifts for 2013

gift giving angel

gift giving angel

Here are some gift ideas for the dad who still has every mug and tie and book from Father’s Days past…

1. A million dollars – haha, kidding, but some lottery tickets might be nice.

2. A shaving kit. When was the last time he updated his razor technology?

3. Tools, like a dremel saw or high powered flashlight, or a car cleaning kit.

4. Your undivided love and attention. Listen to his old stories and create some new ones.

5. Take him to a movie – Today’s new releases are from his era – Star Trek, or Superman.

6. Do something he hasn’t done in years – go fishing,to a car show, antique shopping – strolling down memory lane together is good for the soul.

7. Let him pick the restaurant – fish and chips, gourmet burgers, or sushi.

8. A t-shirt – either a funny one with “National Bank of Dad” on it, or a cool one for the rock star dad with his favorite band on it– The Beatles, The Stones, or U2.

9. Ease his pain – a new pillow, a foot massager, insoles, or microwavable heating pad for his back.

10. A bathrobe – simple and luxurious.

Father’s Day Tribute

Stargazing with Dad

Stargazing with Dad

I love this story by Lance Dobiesky, and the “Father’s instruction” list that follows it.

Father’s Advice Is One Father’s Instructions For Life, Written Down For The Benefit Of His Son, Passed Down To Me By A Friend, And Now Shared With You To Share With Others

“Father!
To God himself we cannot give a holier name.”
William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

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Happy Father’s Day – Sun June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father’s Day

Here is a poem to honor those good men that work hard for their families:

ONLY A DAD

By:  Edgar Albert Guest
Only a dad, with a tired face,
Coming home from the daily race,
Bringing little of gold or fame,
To show how well he has played the game,
But glad in his heart that his own rejoice
To see him come, and to hear his voice.

Only a dad, with a brood of four,
One of ten million men or more.
Plodding along in the daily strife,
Bearing the whips and the scorns of life,
With never a whimper of pain or hate,
For the sake of those who at home await.

Only a dad, neither rich nor proud,
Merely one of the surging crowd
Toiling, striving from day to day,
Facing whatever may come his way,
Silent, whenever the harsh condemn,
And bearing it all for the love of them.

Only a dad, but he gives his all
To smooth the way for his children small,
Doing, with courage stern and grim,
The deeds that his father did for him.
This is the line that for him I pen,
Only a dad, but the best of men.

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A Mother’s Love is a Blessing

A mother's love

A mother’s love

Here are the lyrics to a wise old Irish song.

A Mother’s Love Is A Blessing
(Thomas P Keenan)

An Irish boy was leaving
Leaving his native home
Crossing the broad Atlantic
Once more he wished to roam
And as he was leaving his mother
Who was standing on the quay
She threw her arms around his waist
And this to him did say

A mother’s love’s a blessing
No matter where you roam
Keep her while she’s living
You’ll miss her when she’s gone
Love her as in childhood
Though feeble, old and grey
For you’ll never miss a mother’s love
Till she’s buried beneath the clay

And as the years go onwards
I’ll settle down in life
And choose a nice young colleen
And take her for my wife
And as the babes grow older
And climb around my knee
I’ll teach them the very same lesson
That my mother taught to me

A mother’s love’s a blessing
No matter where you roam
Keep her while she’s living
You’ll miss her when she’s gone
Love her as in childhood
Though feeble, old and grey
For you’ll never miss a mother’s love
Till she’s buried beneath the clay

What is Easter?

Easter eggs symbolize rebirthEaster Sunday is on March 31, 2013, this year, and Good Friday is on March 29th. Next to Christmas, Easter is the biggest Christian celebration of the year. Easter brings love, hope, and renewal.

Easter is a Christian celebration to honor the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus died on Good Friday, and rose from the dead on Easter Sunday, to give Christians eternal life.

The rebirth of Christ at Easter coincides with the renewal of nature in the season of spring. A sense of renewed hope blooms, along with the purple and yellow flowers.

Easter is a time to reflect on God’s love. God gave his only begotten son so believers could have everlasting life. It is a “count your blessings” season, a time of forgiveness, as Jesus forgave those who crucified him on the cross.

The symbols of Easter are: candles to symbolize that Jesus is the light of the world. Eggs are an endearing Easter symbol, as birds hatch from them like the resurrected Christ, who arose from the tomb. For centuries, eggs have been dyed and decorated to celebrate the occasion. In the west, the mythical Easter Bunny gives chocolate Easter eggs to children in baskets filled with Easter grass, resembling a bird’s nest.

Easter is an uplifting season that is celebrated by going to church, or staying at home for a traditional dinner of ham or turkey. Non Christians enjoy the holiday from school or work as well. In Canada, Good Friday is a statuatory holiday, and Easter Monday is a union holiday.

I hope you have a wonderful Easter holiday filled with faith, hope and love, whatever you decide to do.
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