The longer I live away from my family, the more I love and appreciate them each day. I'm so thankful for many things about my dad, but here are a few qualities that stand out in my mind.
Faithfulness-- Through many changes in our church over the years dad has remained faithful to the pastor, the church body and most of all to the Lord.
Discipline-- The most consisitent memories I have of home and early mornings is seeing my dad with his Bible, studying and praying. He's been careful to maintain good health and a STRONG :) body. (Don't EVER try to wrestle dad- he'll always win!)
Hard Work-- I've experienced my dad's hard work and determination first hand every summer since my 7th grade year! We kids were the crew for Brumbaugh Building Co. You sure do learn a lot about each other (a little too much when your brother's hand gets caught in the saw blade!) when you're forced to work together all the hot Tennessee summer days long. (soooo many stories I could tell)
Determination-- I guess I could also call this stubborness, hard headed, a "my way or the highway" mentality, but I choose "determination" because my dad will never give up! When he sees something that needs to be done or fixed or changed he plows right through any circumstance with a passion to accomplish whatever the task or goal may be to see the right outcome acheived. I know that's kind of wordy, but how do you try to summarize a quality in someone that you've watched for 27 years?
Bold "No Fear" to try anything-- I've heard some call this particular quality "foolish", but how many kids have memories of shooting ranges, ziplines, climbing walls, and 3 story tree houses in their back yard (in the middle of the city!). What other city kid had a pet racoon, a squirrl, a crow, and rabbits? Who else was climbing ladders and walking across scaffolding 40 feet in the air at the age of 5 to take lunch to daddy? What other kids had piles of scrap wood and a garage full of power tools at your disposal to "create" whatever you wanted to "as long as you clean up after yourself"?
Thank you dad for the yearly camping trips, fishing, carpentry skills, water skiing, hiking, reading books to the family at night. You created in each of us a love for God's creation, a deep desire to live for Him, and willing hearts to serve Him to the best of our abilities. You are admired today and every day. We love you dad, friend, grandpa!