Yup, my son in law is the current holder of the title. Sorry to all the other great dads out there!
He didn't get the award for this day, when we see him in the courthouse adopting four little ones, bringing his number of kids up to six. ~
He gets it for finding a lost stuffed dog. When your youngest child spent the first three years of her life in the foster care system, she doesn't have many things that are her own. Through three foster homes and a failed adoption, all she managed to hold onto was one stuffed dog.
This little girl is resilient. I call her Amish Girl because she pitches in around the barn and kitchen with a degree of competence that is amazing! My sister and I were husking corn and Amish Girl offered to help. At three, she probably wouldn't be able to get even one done, but we let her try. That kid yanked those husks off faster than I could and kept right on husking until we were done. She told us one of the foster parents taught her how to do it. What, when she was in a crib she was doing kitchen work?
Tough as she is, Amish girl is afraid of the dark and surrounds herself with "stuffies" every night. Her bed has been moved in between her two sisters beds, even though my daughter thinks it makes the room look like an orphanage with them all lined up on one wall. Mommy and Daddy still get up several times a night to settle Amish Girl down.
A spring clean out of toys led to the disaster of Amish Girl's stuffed dog going to the Salvation Army. Oh No!!!
Here comes Daddy to the rescue. He goes to the Salvation Army, pleads his case and gets to rummage through the donations to look for it. This renowned cancer researcher and university professor dumpster dove for a toy! He finds it!!! He even insists on giving them $1.50 to buy it back from them, though they have offered it free.
Stuffy Dog is home and Amish Girl snuggles into bed with her long time friend. Feel free to awww over this sweetie pie! ~
Now don't you think my son in law deserves to have that award this week?
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What a heartwarming story. Yep, he deserve it.ReplyDelete
Thanks Kim. He's a pretty good dad all 'round.Delete
Okay, yes, yes, yes! What a great story! I actually choked up Maureen. My husband was adopted at school age and I know how attached they get to particular "items". What a lovely happy-looking child and what a lovely family that must form.ReplyDelete
It's pretty crazy around that house, for sure. You don't take in four traumatized kids in without some difficulties, but they are all so loveable.Delete
I love, love, love this story. As you know, I'm adopted and I still have my Raggedy Ann doll, named Sam that I was adopted with! Awwwwww! xo wendyReplyDelete
So I'm guessing Raggedy Anne wasn't a name to your little self. lolDelete
Oh, God bless him. What a wonderful man and he KNOWS what is important in a little life. I have a lump in my throat just looking at that little girl. I hope he is greatly blessed by these children as they grow up in a loving, caring home. xo DianaReplyDelete
She sure is a cutie and someone else's loss is our gain!Delete
Maureen - what a great story. But it's even greater because it's a TRUE one. :-)ReplyDelete
There have been some pretty rough spots throughout this story. My daughter is a writer and has co-authored a book on adoption that she hopes to have published soon. It has sure been worth it to have these great kids in the family!Delete
Maureen, Yep, he deserves the title! What a wonderful story and he sounds like a great dad. I want to thank you for the kind comment you left about me at NanaDiana's blog...so sweet of you. Hugs, SherryReplyDelete
I always tell newbies to do your Linky because you are so patient and supportive.Delete
OH Maureen! You got it right and so did your daughter by marrying him. They're children are blessed to have such loving parents.ReplyDelete
I think these kids have been an equal blessing to our whole family!Delete
Oh absolutely! How wonderful to adopt all those children, what special people, so giving of themselves, I am in awe of there selfless act. Blessings to them and Amish girl!ReplyDelete
I know I'm not the only one who got choked up reading this. What a wonderful story and a wonderful reason to be proud of your son-in-law!ReplyDelete
Awww, what a great story and a great family...they have really big hearts :). Reminds me of an old Cary Grant movie I watch all the time. Blessings all around.ReplyDelete
Are you going to tell us the name of the movie? I'm dying to know it!Delete
Okay now you've made me cry. Your son in law is a special human being, God bless him.ReplyDelete
He definitely gets my vote! What an amazing story of an amazing family full of love.ReplyDelete
Definately definately - what a great family you have.ReplyDelete
I was adopted too, although from a very young age, so I din't have many problems, but I am always so thankful for the upbringing I had !
You must be a very proud mother, and mother-in-law !
This week??!!!!!! Are you kidding me? I think he should be Father of the Year!!! My husband was the BEST Dad to our two boys. I love him so much for that!ReplyDelete
What a wonderful Father! This story is so uplifting!ReplyDelete
Yep, he definitely deserves the award. He has a big heart.ReplyDelete
What a lovely, lovely post about your SIL. He definitely deserves the award. What a blessing to have such a wonderful SIL.ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by, Mary Alice
No - actually, I think he should have it for the year! May God continue His blessings on your daughter, son in law and their little growing family!ReplyDelete
Blessings to your entire family,
I think we have a bunch of softies here for a little girl with big brown eyes! I know I'm a sucker for her.ReplyDelete
What a hero! I love to start my day off hearing something like that. It just inspires me!ReplyDelete
Yes. he totally does and he gets one more award from me. What a beautiful girl and what a beautiful story Maureen. bless himReplyDelete
That is about eighty-eight kinds of awesome Maureen. Wonderful, wonderful heart touching story. Good people walk the earth-still. I follow you now. hugs, oliveReplyDelete
Thanks Olive and welcome to my great group of friends! It's great to have you with me!Delete
Oh yeah, she definitely gets a big "Awwwww" and so does your son. You must have done some good raisin', mom. :)ReplyDelete