Please don't read this if you are a Father--even if your kiddos are all grown up.
Sunday, June 19th is Father's Day. A day to say "thank you" and "I love you" to the Dads in our lives. Our own dads, our dads by marriage, the fathers of our children and any other father-figures who may be in our lives. Making dad a special meal, giving a great gift or going on a fun outing together are all lovely Father's Day treats. This idea might not seem like the most generous gift--but it should be the kind that makes the giver stop and think. It might be mom who truly believes that it's the thought that counts...but just in case dad feels that way too, here ya go.
A week before Father's Day start leaving Dad secret notes around the house, in his car, at the office, in his clothing--anywhere you can think of. You can do one note a day or more if you'd like. Each note should be a "thank you" or an "I appreciate it when" note. Make the thank you specific. Let him know just exactly what he does that impacts your life. For instance "Thank you for coming to all of my basketball games. It shows me that you care about what is important in my life." Kids can each do this activity on their own if they are old enough to write. Or this can be an activity that mom does with the kids or that she does alone.
An alternate to leaving a note each day is to leave the notes scavenger hunt style all on the actual date of Father's Day. Each thank you note could have a clue in word, photo or sketch form leading him to the next clue and eventually to a prize/gift/breakfast.
This activity may seem simple--and it is. But I feel that it is an important way to build up our fathers/husbands. For myself I realize how seldom I thank my husband for the million and one important things he does for the kids and I. The Proverbs 31 woman builds her husband up rather than tears him down. Her praise helps him to be the man God has called him to be. And if he gets that praise from the right source he'll never need to go looking for it from the world.
Thank you Lord for blessing me with such a wonderful Daddy, a supportive Father-in-law and a loving husband who amazes me each day as a Father.