Monday, February 14, 2011

Why Valentine's Day is Special To Me

As a kid, Valentine's Day was always very special in our house. It was also my Dad's birthday. So we celebrated Valentine's Day and my Dad's birthday. It made it extra special. My Dad always remembered to get us a valentine on that day, too. I remember feeling very special because he remembered me on his birthday. Happy Birthday Dad. We love you. A few pics, just for fun!

Dad on his first birthday. I cannot believe the clarity of this photo and how my grandmother baked him such a beautiful cake for his first birthday and then remembered to get a photo~there were not point & shoot cameras in those days! February 14, 1940

 Learning to "shoot" a gun with his father.

On his First Holy Communion. Dad has passed down his faith to his children and took us to church weekly (with Mom's help, of course!)

A trumpeteer, he also played the accordion and has a 45 of it somewhere!

Served his country in the Air Force. 

Is a fantastic dancer, which wooed my Mom off her feet!

Always fixing cars. My brother is not even a year old. Cannot imagine how my Mom felt about her brand new concrete being stained with car grease. BTW, is that car done yet???

Dad on the left, with his brothers, rocking the side burns and mustache with a Sgt. Pepper jacket. 
circa 1971

Always putting a baby to sleep and catching a quick z himself! This is my youngest brother Tony. 

Supporting us through all of our endeavors. Congratulating my brother on a good swim, while being a timer. Back then the timers had to wear their "timing whites".

Loving on his granddaughter, Allie, with my Mom.

A Ford man and a big time racing fan, before racing was so commercial. If there is a race on tv, Dad is tuned in. Drove us a bit nuts, but he is consistent!

Teaching Foster how to shoot a bb gun safely. 

Taking in his favorite team, the Detroit Tigers. They were always playing on the radio in the garage, when I was a  kid. Pictured here with my sister Lisa, niece Lindsey, Dad and brother in law Mark. 

Spending time poolside. But not in the deep end. Shallow end only!

Always taking photographs. Always. Guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree! 
(my Mom's favorite saying!)

And one of my favorite pictures of my Dad. Hanging out on a boat.

Thanks for always being there for us Dad. Through the toddler years, the homework, the swim meets, the snowmobiling nights, the practicing of instruments, the baseball games, the kite flying, the mini bikes & go karts, the car issues, the road trips to Florida in the Econoline, the relationships of our teen years, the driving lessons, the graduations, the walk down the aisle, the letting go of us so we could become adults, and watching us become parents and going through the same. Happy Birthday Dad. You are a rare one: warm, honest, kind, faithful, gentle, funny, and loving. 
Much love to you on your special day!


  1. What a great post Cathy! Happy Birthday to your dad! Dads are so very special! You know I am loving that last pic, Little Glen??

    Happy Valentines Day and have a wonderful day, hopefully you get to spend some time with you dad!

  2. Aw, this is such a great post - I love that 1st b'day photo, what a treasure! And the 70's chops?! Classic! Happy Birthday to your sweet Dad and a Happy Valentine's to YOU, Cathy!!

  3. Aw-- your dad seems like the bestest ever! I love sweet daddy stories. So heartwarming!

    p.s. that first picture is AWESOME! That seems like it should be out of a mag, it is so nostalgic.

  4. Happy Birthday to your Dad! I love that first picture, that's so awesome! I found you through Debbiedoo's. I'm following you now. Come be my bloggy friend!


  5. So sweet, Cathy! Happy Valentine's day!

    It's body wash day at my house. Boy's left all "axed up". I had to laugh .. again.

  6. A daddy's girl! I am, too! Loved this post so much!

  7. Sounds like you have a wonderful father. Happy Valentine's Birthday to your dad!!!
    There are two people in our family born on Valentine's Day, my granddaughter and my younger brother.
    Happy Valentine's Day to you.
    Hugs, Cindy

  8. What a beautiful post Cathy! My favorite is the one of your parents on their wedding day....they look like movie stars!
    Hope your dad has a fantastic birthday!

  9. What a sweet way to honor your dad's special day.

    The first picture was so sweet but my absolute favorite was the picture of your dad and his brothers. The clothes! The hair! What were we thinking back then?!!!

  10. That is soooo darned sweet! You are very blessed to have a Father like that...what a neat, kind Man! Thanks for joining me..XO!

  11. Loved every word! What a great blessing!
    Great old photos. What a treasure to have!
    I also love the timing whites... funny...I can see us now.

  12. Such wonderful photos. I hope you have a wonderful day!!!! Hugs.

  13. Cathy, I have been meaning to catch up with you for a while. I love your blog so far and this is such a lovely tribute. I adore that picture from your dad's first birthday. I agree, what a good mommy he had to capture that moment. Looking forward to reading more.

  14. Beautiful post :-)

  15. great post! Love your header. Lovely greetings from a ski addict :-)


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