Letters To Dad

Cassidy Plourde
Age 17
Father Joel Lieberman

Dad,

I could start this letter out by thanking for you multiple things. Such as the roof over my head or the food you place on the table but somehow when I sit back and think about how truly thankful I am to have you as my father those things barely scratch the surface. What I really want to thank you for are the countless times you carried me on your shoulders even when I was getting too big to be up there. For every compliment you gave mom, because from you, I’ve learned what it truly means to love your spouse. And last, I want to thank you for being the first man I will ever love. I would be completely lost in this world without you and I am whole-heartedly convinced that God knew exactly what he was doing when he chose you to be my dad.

Your little girl,

Cass

Suzanne Burrell Alderman
Age 55
Father Rev. D. J. Burrell
Age 90

When I think about all the good things God has given me, you always come to mind.
Your wisdom has taught me to trust in the Lord and your courage has shown me how to walk in faith.

You have encouraged me to reach for the stars. Thanks for all the times you lifted me up and helped me believe that anything was possible.
I hope you know how blessed I feel to have you in my life, today and always.
I’m proud to be your daughter.

Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful father.

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Dulcinea Walsh
Age 33
Father James Walsh (deceased)

Dear daddy,
There are no words to describe my love for you. You were an example of kindness, compassion and integrity. Thank you for showing me such a generous spirit. You taught me to pray; you led me, guided me and directed me. You worshipped every evening singing, “Amazing Grace”. You taught me to love God’s creation. You made my childhood so fun-filled with pigs, horses, bunnies, ducks and chickens. You laughed during the tough times and with 6 kids to feed and clothe, there were many. One day our well went dry and our horse was resting in the sun and you said, “Great the well has gone dry and the horse is gonna die.” Your humor has seen me through many trials. You taught me how to spend money: “If you have the money for it, get it; and if you can’t save for it, you probably never needed it.”  Often people compliment me for my kindness but it isn’t me they see, it is your compassionate spirit they see in me. You made me a beautiful person. I look forward to seeing you in eternity again some day.

Dulcinea

Elisha Steinmetz
Age 39
Father-In-Law  Mark Steinmetz

To my Precious Father (in-law),
You are my TOWER of STRENGTH! You believe in me much more than I believe in myself. I want to be more because you believe I can. You forgive my faults and only encourage my strengths. You are so proud of me and your confidence in me reminds me that I am meant for greater! Every day I know how much you love me! I can’t thank you enough for being an amazing role model. I love you beyond any words that could be written on paper. You, Mark Steinmetz, are a true example of Christ! Thankful you are MINE!

Elisha Steinmetz

Makailey Carlson
Age 17
Father Eddie Carlson

Dear Daddy,
Thank you for everything that you have done to help me grow these past 16 years. As much as it gets under my skin for you to be right, you truly know what is best for me and have helped me to become the God-fearing women I am today. All the late night Wal-Mart trips, annual Black Friday all-nighters, and countless hours you spent coaching me in softball are just a few great memories that I will cherish forever. I’m beyond grateful that I have a daddy that I can go to for anything and you’ll be there to help me through it. Thank you for being my biggest supporter and encourager through everything I do! This is just a small token of appreciation, thanks for not only being the best daddy ever but my best friend!  I love you!

Love, Makailey

Shauna English
Age 39
Father Doug English

Dear Poppy,
How blessed I am to call you my dad! Through my ups and downs, you’ve always been there to pick me up with your words of wisdom and encouragement. God gave me the greatest gift when he chose my parents! It has been said that “the most important thing a father can do for his children, is to love their mother.”  You have been the greatest example of this!  Your love and care for our family shines brightly through you!  Through every painful moment, I’ll never forget that look in your eyes wishing and praying you could take it all away.  I may not be able to see you anymore with my eyes, but I know your heart and I know you would do anything possible to take all the bad that is happening right now, away, if you could. Words are not enough, but … “Thank You!”  Thank you for the Godly example that you are! Thank you for the life and legacy that you’ve given me! Thank you for being my DAD!

I Love you,
Shauna

Mallory Carlson
Age 13
Father Eddie Carlson

Dear dad,
I just wanted to thank you for everything that you do for us.  You have no idea how blessed I am to have you as my dad.  You have taught me humility, and when I get upset, your words and wisdom calm me down.  I love how you just randomly break out singing and dancing in the car.  106.1 all the way!!  Thanks to you, I know all the lyrics to every Joy FM song!  You were my softball coach and I didn’t really like that, because you got on to me just like the rest of the team, but, having you as a coach made me a better player.  You weren’t too happy when I chose cheer leading over softball, but you have made it to all of my cheer games.  You are my biggest supporter, my rock, my best friend, and most importantly my daddy.  Thank you for keeping me straight with the Lord through everything. I can always count on you in every situation, and to pray for me in the most inconvenient times.  I love you to the moon and back!

Love, Mal

Jessica Crisostomo
Age 28
Father Dr. Maury Fisher

Happy Father’s Day dad!!! I want you and all of Victory Church to know that I have the most amazing father in the world. I may not tell you enough, but I love you and appreciate you more than you will ever know. You have stood by me and supported me through any obstacle life has thrown my way. You gave me the most amazing childhood a girl could ask for and are one of the hardest workers I know. Most importantly, you are the best papa to my kids, and that means the world to me. Thank you for everything that you do. I hope your father’s day is the best, because no one deserves it more than you.

Love, Jessica

Lauren Christian
Age 40
Father Joe Christian

My Dearest Dad,

You have been the stronghold in my life. You set a firm foundation and precedence by making church a priority and for that I am forever grateful. You have always been such an encourager, motivator, and listener. I have countless memories with you as a child, i.e. going to the beach, playing football, practicing basketball, etc. Thank you for instilling love, the importance of family, respect, integrity, to always go beyond what is expected, and the phrase “attitude is everything”. As an adult, I cherish the close relationship that I have with you. I especially enjoy our road trips to FSU games. We have had some great laughs and memories and I look forward to many more. Thank you, Joe Christian, for being an amazing father. Happy Father’s Day!

Love you,

Lauren Christian

Elaina Steinmetz
Age 7
Father Tim Steinmetz

Dear Dad,

I just wanted to say you mean so much to me.   You make me happy on rainy days…..even though we’d be outside watching the rain.  What would life be without a dad like you?  I’ll tell you, I would not have a likeness for trucks, roller coasters, and most importantly, God.  I am so thankful that you help me through the hard days and the good days of this “kid” life.

Happy Father’s Day & I love you!

Elaina Steinmetz

Jason Procopio
Age 34
Father Pastor Glenn Procopio

Dear Dad,

I was eight. You were pulling up carpet, exposing the old pins and nails, and laying down the new. There was a glue strip set underneath the seams, and you had to melt the glue with a hot carpet iron. I remember your hands and forearms, which looked so massive at the time, and I remember thinking that being a man was to have hands like that.

But here’s the thing: you let me help. Even then, I was aware it went more slowly with me involved. It was odd how it lent me both humility (“I am too small for this”) and dignity (“He asked me to help!”) at the same time.

Now, as an adult, I hear Christ saying, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and I think, “God, You could do this so much easier without me.” But God loves us enough to teach us to be humble while showing us the dignity of sons and daughters of the King. When I ponder this, I think of the carpet iron I had no business touching, and you asking for my “help.” Thanks, Dad, for giving me an image of the Great Commission.

Cohen O’Connor
Age 9 months
Father Pastor Josh O’Connor

Dear Da-da,

I’m only 9 months old now, but that’s long enough for me to already know that you are the best da-da ever! I love when you throw me high in the air, splash with me in the pool, let me share your Popsicle when mom isn’t watching, and blow bubbles on my belly. I also like when you try and read me Bible stories, but all I really want to do is chew on the pages. I love you da-da. Happy Fathers Day!

Love,
Cohen aka CoCo

Laura Pagan
Age 48
Father Jehovah

Dear Heavenly Father,

I absolutely love you. You have given me guidance, comfort, and love.

When my earthly father died 2 years ago, You gave me a song every day, for two weeks all day and all night.  “You are good.”

One day, when I was alone, my heart remembered the words of Psalm 68:5, that You would be a “Father to the fatherless” and I cried. I knew then, and I still know now … You love me!

Megan Rine
Age 8
Father Neil Rine

Dear Dad,

You are the awesomest Dad ever! You have inspired me to play soccer. I like watching the World Cup with you. You make me run faster, you have taught me your dance moves, and your singing is awesome. I like how you taught me to be a Christian. I love doing family talk with you at the dinner table and that you wake me up for school in the morning. I love how you say “Wakey, Wakey, Eggs and Bakey” when you wake me up and I love that you carry me down the steps. You have taught me right from wrong.

I love you,
Megan

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Britney Eden
Age 24
Father Robbie Peace

Dear Daddy,

You have always been my daddy, playmate, hero, coach, mentor, and teacher throughout my life. You have opened my eyes to who I am and who I want to be. You were always the one to push me harder, faster, stronger to make me the woman I am today. I am so thankful to have you as a dad because you have always taught me to keep God first in my life and to always believe in myself. I hope one day soon that Craig and I will be able to have a child of our own and teach that child some of the same morals that you helped me set in my life. Thank you dad for always being there when I needed you and to continue to always being that caring, loving, giving man that you are. I love you!

-Your baby girl,
Britney

Megan, Morgan & Marissa Ortagus
Age 32 & 25
Father Ronnie Ortagus

Dear Dad,

The three of us wish that we could be there to celebrate you today. We can’t begin to thank you enough for all you have done over the years. Your constant love and support has meant more than anything. You sat through countless softball games, pageants, and graduations throughout the years. We owe a great deal of our individual successes to you. There are probably some people out there who look at you and think, “How in the world did you survive raising three girls?!”. We all know you’d probably answer with, “A lot of prayer”. From all of us, thank you for being the best dad that any girl could hope for.

We love you, Dad!

Jeremy Procopio
Age 29
Father Pastor Glenn Procopio

Dear Dad,

There was a time (I can’t remember the exact day) when I realized that my dad wasn’t actually a superhero. It would be a devastating thought to any young mind,  unless they have a chance to see what their dad is really made of. My dad is caring, strong, and a man of conviction. It took me a long time to see that, but now, I see myself trying to emulate some of these great traits I’ve seen displayed in him.   Thank you, dad. I’m not perfect, but I wouldn’t be who I am, if not for you. Happy Father’s Day.

Jeremy

Gabby Valladares
Age 14
Father Frank Valladares

Dear daddy,
I just wanted to let you know that I love you so much. I appreciate how incredibly hard you work and all that you do for our family. I’m beyond grateful and blessed to have a father like you! Thank you for everything. Hope you have a great Father’s Day!

Love, Gabby

Darlene Sommars
Age 67
Father Raymond Byers (87 years old)

My Dad “The Farmer.” My Dad and Mom raised five kids on a Pennsylvania dairy farm. From sunup to sundown, Dad worked, milking 100 Jersey cows twice a day, every day, every month, every year, every holiday. Dad taught us that Sunday was the Lord’s Day. Every Sunday we were there, with our tithe of 7 pennies each; one for every day of the week. Sunday was also a day of rest. Dad would nap in the afternoon and only to rise to milk the cows again in the evening. On special Sunday afternoons, all seven of us would go for a ride to a park or Lake Erie and then to Isaly’s for a “rainbow” ice cream cone. We learned to work and take care of the things God gave us. Dad taught us many things, not by telling us, but by example. From generation to generation, my gentle, loving Dad has been a picture of my heavenly Father. I am blessed beyond measure.

Stuart Harrell
Age 52
Father William Harrell (84 years old)

From one man to another…. You’ve molded me into the man I am. A man that is oh so similar to you. What a great thing. Courage, strength, character, decency, honor, love, empathy, respect, and so many other characteristics ingrained into my soul because of you. While today you may not remember some of those moments, I will remember for you.

You are leaving me and my family in a much better position that you were left in. A foundational cornerstone that all fathers wish for their children. You may not remember that you have done this for my family, but I will remember for you.

While you struggle to remember day to day issues, while a fog rests over past times, and while soon you may struggle to remember me, I will remember for you.

Know this, you are my man of character, my anchor, my mentor, and most of all, My DAD!

Don’t worry…., I will remember this for you too.

Darla Kunze
Age 49
Father Dale Rowell

Dear Dad,   You are the most wonderful man I’ve ever known. You are my on call maintenance man, for anything that can and does go wrong. You’re my neighborhood watch man, how would I know who came by my house while I wasn’t home? Or that UPS left something at my house? My auto mechanic; if I run into your house for more than five min my oil is checked. (If you have to add two quarts does that count as an oil change? It should.)   My veterinarian, if I’m late you feed and water my chickens, and put them back in the pen if they make a break for it. You love and support my spoiled children. But most of all … you love me.  You hurt when I hurt and you’re happy when I’m happy. You do way too much for me. When my husband became ill and later passed you stepped up to the plate and you’ve been there for my kids and me. I appreciate you and love you. Happy Father’s Day !!

Ethan Peterson
Age 4
Father Michael Peterson

Dear Daddy,
Happy Father’s Day! I love you! I remember when you jumped on the trampoline with me. I’ll love you and be good every single day!
Love,
Ethan

Aidan Peterson
Age 8
Father Michael Peterson

Dear Dad,
I love you. I love you because you’re smart, loving, and and you care for me. I also think you are very funny. I think you’re smart because you have taught me for school and help me with homework. I think you’re loving because you love me. I think you care for me because whenever I get hurt you always make sure I’m ok. And I think you’re funny because you will act funny or say something funny. My favorite thing is when me and you play football. Happy Father’s Day Dad! I love you.

John Veit
Age 36
Father Sonny Veit

Dear Dad,

I was still a little boy, but even then I could see, the Lord had touched your life and blessed our family. Remember how I asked you, “Will I have a family?” “Lord willing,” you said that day. Something else you used to say. God is looking for a man. Someone who will stand and live the truth no matter who agrees. Papa, you have been His man. You’ve yielded to His hand. And from my youth you’ve trained me faithfully. Papa, you’ve been His man to me.

I know I still have much to learn, but i have begun to see, How blessed I am with a Father who has loved and corrected me. I thank the Lord today, for the Godly man you are. You’re my friend and my example, and I know God has your heart. I’m so glad Jesus changed your life. “Train up a child in the way he should go. He won’t depart when he is old.”

Thank you Dad, you’ve shown the way. I want to honor you in all I do and say.
I’ll remember….. John

(sent 15 years ago,  John is now the father of 4 boys of his own)

Jared Procopio
Age 25
Father Pastor Glenn Procopio

Fathers are one of the most important influences on a child’s life. They teach us how to grow. How to heal. How to catch a ball. How to THROW a ball. How to take care of others. How to lead. And above all, how to love. In my eyes, my father has always been the epitome of joy and truth. He thrives on making people smile. If he is in a room, you will know it, because joy follows him.

He never tries to be someone he’s not. You know when he’s happy. You know when he’s sad. And you will know when he cares, because he ALWAYS does. I will fondly remember him “trying” to teach me how to fix a car, or do simple household maintenance. I will always need him, because I trust no one more than my father. He showers my daughter, his granddaughter, with unconditional love.

Dad, thank you for teaching me what it means to be a good father, by being a PERFECT father.

Tiffany Peace
Age 19
Father Robbie Peace

Dear Daddio,

Oh Robbie Ray where to even begin? There is never a dull moment with you. You bring light and a smile to everyone around you. Thank you for always being a role model for me to look up to and cherish. Ever since I was a young girl you have always taught me to love Jesus and love life. I wouldn’t be the young woman I am today if it wasn’t for your guidance. Thank you for always being that shoulder to cry on when I got my heart broken and you wanted to break their neck. LOL. I mean what’re dads for? Thank you for always reminding me of how beautiful I am on the outside as well as on the inside. You are such a man of God, and I look up to you in so many ways. I love you with all of my heart and I will always be your little tiffy-loo-hoo.

Randy Montgomery
Age 30
Father Edward (Sport)  Montgomery

Dad,

Now that I have a son of my own, I’ve learned the importance of a good role model. I’m fortunate to have you as a father and mentor; you’ve instilled in me the characteristics of a great man. After 30 years, I’m proud to say you’re still my best friend and #1 fishing partner. I hope this Father’s Day brings you all the joys you’ve brought to me and those around you.

Jack Pentecost
Age 7
Father David Pentecost

Dear Daddy,
You’re the best dad in the whole world. You play sports with me. You read to me and you love me. You teach me about God and that He loves me. You dance around with me at the end of every movie when the music is playing. You make me laugh when you’re cooking and you make silly voices and faces. You teach me how to draw funny characters and super heroes. You ride your bike with me and you swim with me. I love that you’re funny and silly and you pull your shorts and socks up really high to look like an old man. I love you!
Happy Father’s Day!

Evan Galbicka
Age 28
Father Mike Galbicka

I’m happy to come to a point where I can see your influence upon my life.  I see you in my drive to work hard and accomplish ambitious goals, pushing myself to get the job done, but being careful not to take shortcuts along the way.  I also see you in my goofy cut-up moments that remind me of playing with you and Chad as a child. Those were times of limitless fun and uncontrollable laughter.

Lately, I’ve begun to see you in my personal pitfalls too, but you warned me that would happen, and you’ve already pointed me in the direction of overcoming those failures. Through humbling myself and asking God’s perfect nature to take over, my short temper and pride often turn into compassion and love for others. Thank you for the wisdom God gave you to share your struggles, and the teachings that point the way out. Thank you for you patient love and constant forgiveness, a man after God’s own heart.

I am proud to be your son, and grateful for our life together. I hope you feel lots of love on this happy Father’s Day.

Cheyenne Townsend
Age 10
Father Brian Townsend

Dad,   I can’t imagine not having you in my life.  You have taught me about Jesus and how to act.  I love you and thank you for that. You always have shown me love and set an example for me on how to treat people. Like I’ve always said if I could pick a dad it would  be you. I love you and hope you have a Happy Father’s day.        P.S You are the best Dad in the World!!!

Kaley Hoppenworth
Age 11
Father Raymond Hoppenworth

Dear Dad,      I’m so glad that you’re my dad, and I’m writing this letter for you. You make me very happy, and comfort me when I am sad. Whenever I have a question you’re willing to answer the best you can. You can be very funny sometimes and understanding too. God has blessed me because you are my dad.

Love,

Kaley

Lexi Franco
Age 16
Father Frederick Tellis

Dear Dad,
Every Father’s Day I grow more and more grateful for you and the joy you bring into my life. I know at times I’m not the easiest to deal with but you never fail to remind me that I’m deeply loved by God and by you. You’ve shown me what it’s like to love and forgive even when I don’t want to. You’ve shown me how I deserve to be treated when I didn’t think I was worth loving and you’ve also shown me how a husband is supposed to love God and lead his wife and children. You’ve never judged me and loved me through my darkest days and lead by example on how to have a relationship with God. Thank you for always being patient and also for teaching me to drive even though you probably feared for your life with me behind the wheel. No matter how old I get I will never forget the little things we do together like staying up late to watch a movie even though we both have somewhere to be early in the morning and the Wednesday morning rides to Chick-fil-A when I know you’d probably rather be getting the few hours of sleep you have left before you go to work. Any man can be a father but it takes a real man to be a dad. I love you endlessly.
Love, your favorite daughter,     Lexy

Heather Ryan
Age 20
Father Mike Ryan

“Happy Fathers Day Dad!
I can’t say thank you enough for the patience, unconditional love and support that you have given me throughout my entire life! You represent the perfect example of what it means to be a servant leader and I can only hope that I marry someone as giving and kind as you are. You are always there to encourage me and no matter how far apart we are, we will always be best buds. I think of you every time I chomp in the swamp & say “It’s Great to be a Florida Gator” because I’m proud to go in the same direction you did! Thank you for pointing me towards God despite any circumstances and trusting that his ways are sovereign and above my own. I hope today recognizes how grateful I am to have you as a dad and best friend.
I love you!”