Saturday, June 16, 2012

Father's Day: My Husband is Our Unsung Hero

My man
Yesterday, I drove to Eden, Utah, to cheer on my two daughters who were part of a 12-member running team in the Ragnar Wasatch Back race. It's about 200 miles from Logan to Park City. Wow!

Our well decorated Suburban.
What touches me the most is the sacrifice my husband made to be the driver of their car. It's not an easy task to be a driver as you follow your team the entire race, and drop off replacement runners at various locations. But my husband lives for these opportunities. He even made a spreadsheet with the estimated leg times of the team based on their high school performance times.

A friend with Emma and Hannah
My husband was responsible for driving ahead of each runner then pulling over to the side of the road so screaming girls in the car could cheer on their team mate.

After the runner passed, he drove half a mile ahead and waited for her to catch up again, so the girls could cheer some more. Listen.

As I sit here on my comfortable couch writing, they are still "out there" for the rest of the day. But it gives me time to reflect on the many sacrifices my husband has made over the years for our seven children. The support he has given as they've participated in band, choir and piano performances, tennis matches, football and soccer games, track and cross-country events, scouting activities and young women events and camps.

I could not have asked for a better father for my children. As a priesthood leader in our home, he teaches us about the gospel with regular family scripture study, family home evening and prayer. And though sometimes we get a few discourses, I love him for it.

When our two grandchildren were born, he was excited to be Grandpa. He has a gift for quieting fussy babies and always wants to visit our grand kids. He gets a bit jealous if I get the chance without him.

His arms are always waiting to hold handsome Andrew,

and sweet Elena.

For almost 28 years, he has risen each day to go to work to provide for us. He is the unsung hero in our home.

As you each celebrate father's day, I hope you will look back at the perfections of your own husband or father, and overlook the imperfections. We are so fortunate. Happy Father's Day!

I thought you also might enjoy this beautiful video about another great dad.


  1. First, your post made me cry because I love my husband just as much. Then, the video made me cry. I was diagnosed with MS at 25 after the birth of our son. Gosh, what a beautiful man and a lovely story!

  2. Brad is our hero too. Happy father's day.

  3. I was in Eden last night too with my husband running the race! It feels so good to brag about your husband in a world where putting them down is the norm.

  4. Thanks for the wonderful comments and for sharing the video. It made me stop and think about what is going in my special hubby's Father Day card.

  5. Thanks for sharing this Val! We also think Brad is great! (His brother isn't bad either!;)


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