And somehow this happened…

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(One of the very few pictures I have of both my Daddy and my husband.)

When I was a little little girl, I thought my dad hung the moon. For real. When I became a teenager though…maaaaaybe not as much, ha ha, but I circled back to the he hung the moon thing once I moved out of the house and turned into an adult. lol

daddyMy dad was a mailman and worked really early hours. The kind of hours I used to work when I had a morning radio show. He gave us such great memories! He would take my little brother and me to this little convenience store every so often and treat us to an ice cream, candy or soda. He loved to take us to Disneyland in California where we grew up. He and I would take occasional walks around this local school where he taught me that a man should always walk on the outside of the street to “protect the woman.” My dad ate anything and everything. He loved polish sausage, anything spicy and loved to watch The Frugal Gourmet cooking show. He LOVED sports, especially football, he loved his Budweiser and he loved my Momma Jane. 🙂

Somehow I just recently realized…I married my dad. No, really. My husband does EVERYTHING I mentioned above minus the being the mailman thing and instead of the Frugal Gourmet he is obsessed with Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives.File Mar 01, 10 04 57 AM But to extra brag on my husband this Father’s Day…he truly takes care of all of us in a way I never dreamed would happen. He loves me so much and ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS, puts my needs first. Plus he cooks like a BOSS and makes me laugh all of the time! He takes such good care of our girls and he is constantly helping others. In fact, that is one of the major components of his promotional items company My Smart Shirt. He partnered with the charity organization Serv International and for every shirt he sells, he feeds a child. Seriously. This guy is amazing. He loves Jesus and lives his life always putting others first.

This last month has been really difficult on our family. I think he knows I hide my stress well and that’s why he jumps at every chance he can to help Momma File Jun 19, 5 36 05 PMJane, help with the girls and help me not fall apart. He is seriously our rock! My mom and I are constantly saying…wow, he really is just a good guy. Let me give you one out of probably 87,000 examples I could share to brag on this guy. Yesterday, after I hosted my first essential oils class with my friend and neighbor Eliza, we came back to our house. He knew after I added the essential oils component into my blog that I was nervous but excited about doing this first class. After being gone longer than we anticipated (you know what happens when girls get together, yackity yack yack), I got home with Eliza we had a little bit of work to still do. Eliza mentioned how great it would be to have a glass of champagne to toast an awesome day. Well unfortunately, I was out of champagne. I know, you’re thinking WHAAAAAT?! lol But I digress. Unbeknownst to me, Eric secretly texted our neighbor Rebekah and asked if she had any champs at her house and poof, two minutes later she showed up at our door. He grabbed three glasses and poured some champers for me and the girls as we sat on the porch and talked about the amazing day. He is such a great supporter and believer in me!File Jun 19, 5 44 44 PM

Is he perfect? Probably not, but none of us are, but I will say he sure is pretty darn close. So today on Father’s Day, I would like to do a little PDA and say…thank you Eric for being so full of love, kindness and generosity. Thank you for being a great husband and a great Father. Thank you for loving us. Thank you for being you. I am one lucky girl and I love you!

I miss my Daddy so so much and I have missed him terribly these last four Father’s Days, but I take comfort in the fact that I know he is watching from upstairs proud as can be that I married a man who is just like him.

Happy Father’s Day!

XO Surviving Mommy



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  • Teresa Kick says:

    He really is one of those one in a million. But I think you, momma Jane and the girls deserve him. So, Happy Fathers Day Eric, and bask in the comfort of knowing you’re doing a great job!

  • Eliza Bacot says:

    He is SO awesome! What a great post admiring his place in your life!!! Thinking of you today…bittersweet day for those that have lost their Dads…love and hugs!!! Thanks for the champs Eric and Rebekah!! 😊🍾

  • Michele says:

    It is so great to hear about love like this. He truly is one of a kind and you are blessed to have each other. On another note, I too have lost my dad. It’s been 7 years for me. I went to see him today and someone else in the family was obviously there before me. I’m guessing it was one of my nieces. There were white lips on his name plate at the mausoleum (sp?) where he was laid to rest. I haven’t been there in a while because he really isn’t there. He’s in Heaven and I talk to him anywhere I feel the need to. It’s especially hard now because my mom has Parkinson’s. She was diagnosed just a few months before my dad passed. They had been married 57 years. My mom really struggles and I know she is ready to be with my dad. Growing older stinks sometimes because with age comes loss. I am blessed to have 2 great kids, one who is married and the other one engaged and then a new generation will begin. My kids know how precious love is and we are all blessed that they have found their soulmates. I hope I can be around as long as my mom to enjoy what she has enjoyed with all her grandkids and great-grandkids. I come from a family of 7 kids so you can imagine how many of us there are! When we get together there is no less than 50 people there! I want to live, love, and be loved. I think that is what we all want. Thank you for always putting a smile on my face and for sharing your life with us. God Bless.

  • Amy Green says:

    I have to say you are one lucky lady. To have not only an exceptional father but a husband who himself makes an exceptional husband and father is a rare thing indeed. I’m happy that you have such positive men in your life. I hope that more guys out there could follow their examples! Sorry you miss your dad-he sounds really wonderful.

  • Linda Manns Linneman says:

    Fathers play such an important part in our lives. We so often marry men just like our fathers. I loved this article. Thank you so much for sharing. God Bless your family

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