Reflecting on Father’s Day

58.Fathersongame.jpgI have to admit I enjoyed every bit of attention I received on Father’s Day this year! From the first wishes of "Happy Father’s Day!" before church to the great lunch to a few presents, it did make me feel special as a Dad. I am so thankful to have talked to my Dad on Father’s Day too, catching up via long distance without having to rush to some other appointment or responsibility.

We talked about Dads in our adult Sunday School class too. In fact, I introduced the topic by asking folks to reflect on those things they do, whether consciously or not, that they inherited from their parents and the way they were raised. This is always an interesting discussion!

I told the class Sunday that it was no accident that I have a love for baseball and that my kids seem to play baseball constantly. My Dad used to lie awake at night listening to games on the radio, read the box scores every morning, and watch and play baseball with my brother and me on Saturdays. There was no surprise on Father’s Day when we started talking about the College World Series and the Vanderbilt-North Carolina game. I had to chuckle about that tonight as I kept the score book at Christopher’s game and missed 4 phone calls from home to check the score. You might say I was distracted!

As I grow older and begin to understand a little bit more of what my parents were like at my age, I can’t help but think of the iconic movie, Field of Dreams. The mysterious baseball diamond in the cornfield becomes the setting where Kevin Costner’s character comes face to face with his deceased father as a young man, full of the hopes and dreams of youth. It reminds me that there is something so bonding about just playing with our kids whether it is sitting in the floor rolling a ball back and forth with your toddler, teaching your kindergartner to play checkers, or one of my favorites, a game of catch in the yard.

I still am moved as an adult when I hear a clip of my childhood coaching hero, Jim Valvano, deliver a famous speech at the ESPY Awards, establishing his V Foundation to find a cure for cancer. It was a mere 8 weeks before he died from cancer. Valvano said that he believed you should do three things every day to be fully alive: laugh, think, and cry.

As a Dad, I would add play to that list. To me, play is the love language my boys speak! It literally shows them that I love them and puts my words into action. Someday I hope they think fondly of those times together really living life … whether laughing, thinking, crying, or playing. Wishing you fond memories of your Dad and great memory-making moments with your kids!


Be Quick or Be ParentLife-less!


We were so thrilled to find out that our May issue sold out – before May 1st! I guess a lot of churches were eager to get that issue into the hands of parents at their church for Mother’s Day. We’re expecting much of the same for the month of June … for Father’s Day.

So if you’re dawdling on making your order for the June issue of ParentLife … don’t! Because you sure don’t want to end up ParentLife-less!

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Extra June Events

Be sure add these two events to your June calendar. Enjoy shoes and dessert … while helping out two great causes!

Purchases with a Purpose by Pediped

Pediped.jpgBeginning June 8 through July 11, pediped® footwear will host a Purchases with Purpose fundraiser.   Fifty percent of the purchase price will be donated to the Make-A-Wish® Foundation to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. During this period, select styles of both Originals and Flex shoes will be marked down as much as 40 percent. So if you love to shoe shop, check it out, knowing that your purchases will serve a wonderful purpose!

Father’s Day Frosty Weekend

Frosty.jpgWendy’s is celebrating the fourth annual Father’s Day Frosty Weekend by satisfying Dad’s sweet tooth and giving the whole family the satisfaction of helping the more than 123,000 children in the U.S. who are waiting for the love of forever families. During Father’s Day Weekend, June 19–20, Wendy’s will donate 50 cents for every Frosty sold to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA).

There are several additional ways customers can get involved and raise money for the DTFA. Visit or for all of the details.

The money raised online in the weeks leading up to Father’s Day weekend and in-store during the holiday weekend will directly support Dave Thomas Foundation’s signature program – Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (WWK). The program awards grants for adoption agencies to hire recruiters to aggressively work to place foster children into adoptive families.

Does your family have big plans to celebrate this Father’s Day Weekend? How will you celebrate Dad?

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Super Cool Steals logo.pngBuying Dad a present can be a challenge. What do you get the man who has everything, wants nothing and thinks you should save your money? Here are some ideas from

  • Invest it! Sounds crazy – maybe. But Dad wants to know he has done a good job raising you. Sit down and tell him how you are doing in life. Tell him thanks for being a good dad and raising you right.
  • Play ball! Is your dad a sports fan? Take him to the batting cages and let him hit a few. Buy him tickets to see his favorite team or pick up a t-shirt or other memorabilia.
  • What is dad’s favorite meal? Set a time to cook (or order in) for him.
  • Ask him to teach you something. Or make a plan to learn something new together. His advice is free and you know he loves to give it.
  • Make a photo book. Or frame your favorite one for his office. You can save money by using sites like (coupon codes on
  • Shop online. Check out where you’ll even find a special Father’s Day category.

Or donate in honor of your dad to or imb.orgto help care for those in need.

What are you buying Dad for Father’s Day?

A Father’s Love

The ParentLife staff hopes that all you dads had a special day yesterday!


Steven Curtis Chapman fans displayed “a father’s love” for their children in a special Father’s Day video tribute that features Chapman’s hit single “Cinderella.” Fans were encouraged to submit family photos and, as a result, over 150 photos were chosen to create two heart-warming videos on

To view these unique Father’s Day tributes visit:

Tell us what your family did to honor Dad yesterday!


Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

wendys_logo.pngThis Father’s Day, Wendy’s is serving up a tasty treat for Dad and a chance to give back while spending time with the family. Visit any participating Wendy’s over Father’s Day Weekend (June 21-22) when Wendy’s will donate 50¢ from every Frosty sold to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA), a non-profit public charity dedicated to  increasing the adoptions of the more than 150,000 children in North America’s foster care system.

logo-trans.pngKids can visit to choose from a variety of scenes and objects, from sandcastles on the beach to baseball in the backyard, and create a free custom Father’s Day e-Card for Dad! To top things off, Wendy’s will donate an additional 25¢ to the DTFA for every Frosty Card sent.
What fun things do have you planned for Father’s Day?

Honoring Dad!

For the past several years, when it was been time to write the June editorial for ParentLife, I always think of Father’s Day and writing about my Dad and how much he has meant to me. This year in the June 09 issue my editorial went in the direction of how little thought I had given while growing up toward what it would be like to be a father some day — and how important it is now to take time and reflect about what it means to be a good father. There is always room for growth and improvement, and I want to be the best father I can be!

But those thoughts lead me right back to my own Dad again — what a good father he was and is — and all the lessons I learned from him: hard work, diligence, perseverance, kindness, service, and sportsmanship just to name a few. I still can’t believe he got up at 3:30 a.m. day after day to milk the cows on our dairy farm. Summertime not only meant longer days but longer work days as well harvesting the hay and straw from the fields or working in his garden. What a blessing it is to think of the lessons I have learned from my Dad. I will honor him this Sunday … and try to be the best Dad I can be for my kids!

What are some of the lessons you learned from your father? What are some great ways you will honor Dad on Father’s Day? Share some creative ideas with us!