Friday, June 23, 2017

Celebrate Dad Every Day !

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."
Based on his "Fathers" talk, given during the April 2016 general conference, this thoughtful new book contains insights and inspiration about the eternal role of men. Complete with beautiful photography and typography, The Good That Men Can Do uplifts, encourages, and honors husbands and fathers of all ages and walks of life as they share responsibility with our Heavenly Father to nurture His children. " 

I actually sat down and read through this book with my cute hubby. It was really neat. I love the talks in Conference etc about Fathers. It makes me feel so incredibly proud of my husband and makes me feel so thankful that he is such an incredible daddy. 

The next thing is from the Dating Divas Website... holy moly they are so stinking fun !!!! You have to check out their website. Plus they have a ton of cute ideas for you and hubby to have fun date nights. This particular thing I'm highlighting is sort of for Fathers Day.... but I love this idea to do these cute things just any day.... that is what we are doing ! Celebrating Dads every day !!! Use these cute things to surprise him ! 

Father's Day Breakfast Printables

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

Granite Flats

The Cokeville Miracle

17 Miracles

Mobsters and Mormons

The Best Two Years

The RM

Baptists at our Barbequeno
The Singles Ward

Plus more :) It's only $5 for your first month thanks to my awesome referral link woohoo ! Then it's only $10 a month... and I know I've gone over a million times all of the fun things that it includes... 200 plus movies, activity pages and quizzes and coloring pages and FHE lessons etc etc... but you know that ;)

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

 This book just looks really really good. It would be fun to put it in his church bag, or maybe in his vehicle for him to find. What an incredible group of examples and I always love books that tell real stories about real people. It makes me feel like if they can do it... I can do it. Here's a link where you can find it at a good price : LIFE LESSONS FROM FATHERS OF FAITH

This super sweet website has a really cute free Super Dad's coupon book for kids to give daddy. They have two options... a blank coupon book ( with a list of ideas just in case they need some help ) and an option where the coupons are already made up... like the picture above has a coupon good for breakfast in bed ! FUN ! Not only is it a fun little surprise for Dad... but it teaches the kiddos to serve their daddy. He serves and provides and loves them all of the time. It is an incredible lesson to teach them to serve him also. :) Here is the link for the free coupon book : 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 !!! ;)

1 comment:

Sophie van der Linden said...

This is such a meaningful post for any father! You're right and that reader of yours is too, because we can show our love and cherish our parents/children/etc. any day, not only in a particular holiday.