Father's Day has come and gone for another year. I had started out all fired up to write a fantastic Father's Day post, but life happened. Then I wondered.... why do we just have to celebrate Dad on Father's Day ? Why am I so worried about making sure this blog post goes out before Father's Day ??? Why can't we celebrate Dad every day ??? Guess what.... we can. I was happily taught by one of my readers, that we can do whatever we want ! If we want to write about Fathers on a day other than Father's Day.... well why the heck not ?? I love it. I love Dads. I love my hubby who I personally believe is the best Daddy ever !!!!
One of the most incredible quotes from this new book I'm about to tell you about, by Elder D. Todd Christofferson ~ is this :
" The perfect, divine expression of fatherhood is our Heavenly Father. His character and attributes include abundant goodness and perfect love. His work and glory are the development, happiness, and eternal life of His children. Fathers in this fallen world can claim nothing comparable to the Majesty on High, but at their best, they are striving to emulate Him, and they indeed labor in His work. They are honored with a remarkable and sobering trust. " ~ Elder D. Todd Christofferson
I could go on all day about the many things in this one, small quote that touch me to my very soul. There are many children ~ even adult children ~ who are either growing up or did grow up with a father who is nothing like our Father in Heaven. There are children who have lived their lives feeling like their Heavenly Father is just like their father on earth ~ and to them that is a terrifying thought. We have such important jobs to do on this earth, as parents in Zion. Fathers need to show their children that not only do they have a father here on earth who is completely and utterly in love with them and will do absolutely anything to make sure they are safe and happy~ but that they have an incredible Father in Heaven, who has not only created them, but loves them with a perfect love. Who loves them more than we can ever, ever comprehend. Fathers need to teach their children about their Father in Heaven and how important He is. He is everything. They need to teach their children about their Brother in Heaven and how Heavenly Father loved them sooo very much that He actually let His son Jesus die for them. So that they can be with Him for eternity. Fathers need to teach their children that THEY want to be with them through eternity. Fathers need to do their best to emulate their loving Father in Heaven , just like the quote states. Such a beautiful quote and so many things to think about. Let's celebrate fathers every day.
So here are some fun ideas to use when you want to surprise Dad ~ any day of the year. You can hide things in his lunchbox, put a note on his pillow, present him with a present just because. Help him to know that he is valuable and of worth to you every single day of the year !!
Elder D. Todd Christofferson has now published a beautiful book for Fathers. It is based off on one of his awesome talks and the pictures are beautiful. I will actually be doing a giveaway for this book... and then you can purchase it here : DESERET BOOK
The good folks at Deseret Book have explained it the very best way :
" "Fathers are fundamental in the divine plan of happiness," writes Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. "I want to raise a voice of encouragement for those who are striving to fill well that calling. I wish to focus on the good that men can do in the highest of masculine roles: husband and father."
Follow the link above to make this super special breakfast for DAD ~ On a day he would never suspect it !!!!!! That is fun ! :)
Another great gift for the whole family... but def for Dad ~ A subscription to Living Scriptures Streaming Library. There are not only the regular animated movies you would expect.. but there are these movies also :
|The Saratov Approach|
|The Cokeville Miracle|
|Mobsters and Mormons|
|The Best Two Years|
|Baptists at our Barbeque||no|
|The Singles Ward|
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What about putting this cute as can be pillow on his side of the bed for him to find when he goes to bed after a long day at work ?? This particular item is a pillow case type thing... but I love it because its CHEAP!! And honestly... how cute is it ??? SUPER CUTE FOR SUPER DAD !!! Here's the link : SUPER DAD PILLOW COVER
LIFE LESSONS FROM FATHERS OF FAITH
SUPER DAD COUPON BOOK
These are just some fun ideas of things to surprise dad any day of the year. Daddies are important !!!! Let's teach our children to take time each day to tell daddy how much they love him, and to do little sweet surprises for him every now and then :) Do you remember the song, " I'm so glad when daddy comes home " that's in the children's songbook ?? I love that song !!! Another good idea ~ have your kids memorize the song and when daddy comes home from work sing it to him !!! Make sure to pat his cheeks and give him what ?? A great, big kiss !!!!!
Happy Parenting ! Love, JL~
Disclaimer ~ some of these ideas are affiliate links and some are not... but rest assured... I adore them all !!! ;)