FATHERHOOD

Recognizing unique contributions of fathers in the family and community.

The theme for the month of June is Fatherhood, “Recognizing the unique contributions of fathers in the family and community.”

For fathers, their greatest purpose in life is what is most precious to them – their family. The best qualities of men are seen when they have something to protect and feel responsible for. Fatherhood offers men an opportunity to exemplify the values of character, courage, dignity, honor, authority, loyalty, security, and strength. When men become fathers, they not only recognize their role in guiding their children to live a virtuous life, but the importance of becoming an effective role model.

Love expressed by fathers may look different from that of mothers. A father can be a tough coach that inspires his children to reach a potential they may not see within themselves or a reliable protector of his family’s values, dreams, and aspirations. Simultaneously, he can crack a dad joke to lighten the load of a difficult challenge. We thank our fathers for those most significant life lessons that have helped frame our lives and how we view the world around us.

Enjoy these stories of and by everyday fathers who found joy in their fatherhood journey.

Learning through the Eyes of a Child

Learning through the Eyes of a Child

By Kimihira Miyake Recently, I was reminded as a father just how much our children help us grow. Our two-year-old has recently been more adventurous: climbing on the dining table, toppling and standing on our full laundry basket to play with the light switches, and...

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800 Yards in a Cedar Swamp

800 Yards in a Cedar Swamp

Recently I was trying to explore a piece of land and reached out to my son for his help. The goal was to reach the Northeast corner of the property, which holds about 300 large trees. This corner pitches up and away from a Beaver Pond and contains potential camping...

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Life Lessons from Our Dad

Life Lessons from Our Dad

by Dewey, Kenn and Michael Mowris   It’s Father’s Day and it's time to be grateful for the father figures we look up to in our lives. As his 3 sons, we love our father a lot. He is a kind, wise, and supportive person. We continue to learn from him and wish to...

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Healing Fractures: A lesson in parenting

Healing Fractures: A lesson in parenting

By K.M. When you have a boy, there are certain things that you know will probably be inevitable: knee scrapes, fights, mud, and broken bones. Even if you expect it - each one weighs heavy on your heart. So when our extremely active three-year-old boy fractured his...

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Tales about Grandpa and the Gifts He Gave to Mom

Tales about Grandpa and the Gifts He Gave to Mom

Originally published: Jun 19, 2020  This is a shortened version of a biographical essay I wrote when I was in elementary school. We were asked to interview our parents and I had interviewed my mother. This became, in a way, more of an ode to my mother’s father (my...

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Our 2-Year-Old Thanksgiving Gift that Keeps on Giving

Our 2-Year-Old Thanksgiving Gift that Keeps on Giving

By Nathan Breland  Who knew how this little curly-haired bundle of joy could have had such an impact on me and my wife? He surely has. And it was even more fitting that he made his appearance on Thanksgiving Eve, right in time for Thanksgiving, because he has truly...

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Twelve Kids?

Twelve Kids?

By T. Jeon Today, it’s become extremely unusual to have four kids. One or two is the norm, three raises eyebrows but four is just a bombshell. I’ve commiserated with other “four plus” parents who have faced the same. The looks that are cast our way as our blob of...

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My Letter to Dad

My Letter to Dad

Some notes for dad:  Thank you for your love. I am especially lucky to have a father like you who makes sure I am healthy and strong. You push me to be better, try my hardest even when I fail. Make sure I am prepared and have eaten my meals. I love it when you...

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Fatherhood…Is Simple yet Profound

Fatherhood…Is Simple yet Profound

By Nathan Breland Being a father has taught me and instructed me much, even at only a year and a half of experience. Although I may not have the wisdom of a father with grown children, I probably have a more vivid memory of the beginning of our son Daniel's 1.5 years...

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Lessons from My Father

Lessons from My Father

By R. Jeon My father carried with him just two memories of his father. These were given to him by his mother, who told him these two things throughout his boyhood.  One was that his father loved his mother as if she were the only woman in the world. It was such that...

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Grace: Being a Father and Grandfather

Grace: Being a Father and Grandfather

By Mike Yakawich As Father’s Day is right around the corner, I was thinking about fatherhood. I heard an ad once on TV that stated, “You do not have to be perfect to be a parent.” This makes so much sense to me. I loved my pops. He was not perfect. He taught me a lot....

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Being Involved as a Father

Being Involved as a Father

By Kenshu Aoki As parents, I think it's important to have a special relationship with each of our children because no two children are exactly alike. I am a dad of five children and each child has a unique place in my heart. In this video below, I share about my...

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