“A Father’s calling is ETERNAL, and its importance TRANSCENDS TIME”–Ezra Taft Benson

Fathers have become the most underrated role in the family these days. Statistically, just growing up with a father in the home impacts a child drastically. Growing up with a GREAT father in the home, well the sky is the limit!

My father is a strong, quiet man, 6 foot 3, handsome, intimidating, creative, generous, successful and the HARDEST WORKING MAN I KNOW! But seriously, my dad can make a slave look lazy. Driven and motivated are understated words to describe him. If I had even a eighth, no less than that, a sixteenth of his drive I would be SUPER MOM!

My dad taught me many things. Never with his words, but with his actions.

He taught me the importance of cleanliness.

You have NEVER and I mean NEVER seen a garage as clean and tidy as his. His garage floor is cleaner than most people’s kitchen floors. It’s pretty admirable!

My dad taught me the importance of being on time.

I don’t think the man has been late to anything in his life. And he most certainly never forgets a thing. You will never find my mom nagging him about anything. The man is on top of it 24/7! It’s slightly annoying!

My dad is a walking GPS. He knows every street in the city of Las Vegas. I remember calling him as a teenager and being completely lost (per usual, I’m a walking doe doe brain), and he could figure out where I was and get me home in no time.

My dad can build and create anything. You tell him what you want, he’s got you covered. I had the best science fair projects in my whole school.

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Growing up, he was my PROTECTOR.

I always felt safe knowing that my dad was around. He is strong and I never worried anything would happen to me or our family. He was my protector and my safeguard.

He was always there praying with us, studying with us and participating in FHE. He was always willing to give us a Father’s blessing and was and still is so supportive in everything that we did and do. He was to every dance and piano recital, cheer game, choir performance and singing recital. He was home for family dinner every night. He would start work at the crack of dawn in order to be home in time for dinner. I loved that about him and I always knew how much he loved and cared for me.

He was a PROVIDER.

To this day, I have never met anyone that has his drive. He grew a business from the ground up. Even when times were tough and money was scarce, we NEVER WENT WITHOUT. He always provided food on the table, a shelter above our heads, and clothes on our backs.

My father is a man of very few words. Growing up, we had a good relationship but everything was pretty surface level. We never had in depth conversations and I never poured out my feelings to him. I would always go to my mother for that.

When I was in college, I went through a really hard time. I was depressed, insecure, confused and angry. I had reached my lowest point. I remember one night I had gotten in a big argument with my parents. I. WAS. A. MESS. I went up to my room and just cried and cried and cried. I could hear someone coming up the stairs and I thought to myself, “Oh no, its going to be my mother coming up here to give me all her advice and I most certainly did not want to hear it.” But surprisingly enough, it was my dad who walked through the door. He sat with me on my bed and listened to what I had to say, and gave his advice when it was needed. He comforted me in a time when I was unhappy and downhearted. I will never forget that moment. He had performed his sacred responsibility as a father when I needed him most.

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“Noble fatherhood gives us a glimpse of the divine attributes of our Father in Heaven.”–   James E. Faust

Men are pretty great. Sometimes as women we like to talk amongst each other and bash on the men in our life. We bash on them when they are in our lives and we bash on them when they aren’t. They can’t catch a freaking break! I will say that I have incredible examples of men and fathers in my life. I want them to know how much they mean to me. How grateful I am for their examples of righteousness and for their love for our most important father, our Father in Heaven.

“Of all the titles of respect and honor and admiration that are given to deity, he has asked us to address him as FATHER.”–Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Happy Father’s Day, Dad. I love you and I’m proud to be yours.

xoxo Ashton

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