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Father's Day is a special occasion to honor and celebrate the incredible men who have shaped our lives.

At Hearst Castle
Jeremy, Matthew, and Jeff

For many, it's a day filled with joy and gratitude, but for those of us who have lost our fathers, it can be a bittersweet reminder of their absence.

Today, I want to share a heartfelt tribute to my Dad, who continues to inspire and motivate me every day, even though he is no longer physically with me.

My Dad was a man of many talents, and his skills were a testament to his dedication, hard work, and ingenuity. He had a unique ability to turn challenges into opportunities and always approached life with a sense of curiosity and determination.

It is where I got it from.

One of the most memorable experiences I had with him was the day he taught me how to start a fire using nothing but a bamboo stick. We were out on the farm, far from the conveniences of modern life. There were no matches, no lighter fluid, and no easy way to ignite a flame. It was just us, the bamboo, and my Dad's incredible skills and strategy.

If I remember it correctly, we gathered a few dry bamboo sticks and some tinder. He showed me how to split the bamboo and create thin shavings to use as kindling. Then, he demonstrated the technique of using friction to generate heat. He placed one bamboo stick horizontally on the ground and another vertically, rubbing them together with steady, rhythmic motion. It was a slow and meticulous process, requiring patience and persistence but it was a success! And we both lit up with joy on our faces.

I miss him.

When I watch the Survivor TV show, and there are only the last three contestant left, they battle to see who will be the first one able to ignite a flame using the same strategy as my Dad's! It resonates with me, and I wish I were one of the contestants! I may need to practice now.

I learned more than just how to start a fire from him; I learned about the importance of patience, the value of perseverance, and being resourcefulness.

His legacy remains in me forever. (Bawling my eyes out writing this!)

This photo here is one of my favorite. I want to celebrate Father's Day to my husband Jeremy, an amazing father of our son Matthew and Jeff, (Matthew's Grandpa, Jeremy's Dad), who plays a big role as a Dad and Father to my big boys and me.

I couldn't ask for a better husband than him. He is supportive and always looks after our family. One of the most important things that I learned from him is how to save money.

  • Pay off credit cards

  • Pay off car payments

  • Trading stocks

To name a few. Things I wouldn't have known on my own back then. If I hadn't listened to him I would probably still be paying for my first laptop I bought up to today. I love him forever.

Jeff is like my second Dad (tears falling down my face). When Jeremy and I got married, Jeff walked me to the aisle (it literally reminded me of my Dad in heaven). Wishing that my Dad is here witnessing my wedding.

I remember, it was an emotional walk - I did not have one family with me on our wedding. But I am grateful for the family I have here, so grateful! I will never trade them for anything.

Be grateful for what you have - make memories with them, enjoy them, value them.

Happy Father's Day All!



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