Happy Father’s Day and a Big-Time Birthday

I need to start out this morning wishing my Dad a very Happy Father’s Day.

I was named for him, of course he was “is” and I am “es.” ( The spellings of Francis and Frances!) I think I’m a lot like him in many ways.  I’m sure that I got his nose!

Daddy was a great guy, a stamp collector, builder of swimming pools (in our back yard), playhouses (also in our back yard) and a great hugger. He had the most beautiful green eyes and unfortunately, neither Ele or I got them.  He’s been gone for 28 years now.  I miss him all the time and I know how lucky we were to have him. 

I also want to say Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful husband, Ralph.

He is a terrific Father and served as a father to my niece, Mary when she really needed one.  I know she loved and appreciated him like he was her Dad.  Thank you, Ralph for all you do, for all you did.

Now let’s party!

Happy Birthday to my brother-in-law, John!  John’s a great guy, he’s the wood-carver whose handiwork I showed at Christmas time.

Here’s Ralph’s handiwork in John’s honor…

Excuse my messy kitchen!  This was just great and SO John.  We had it laminated to keep it from getting crumpled!

A “FEW” of John’s carving creations…He has a whole room dedicated to his work…finally!!

The last one is a bit blurry which I didn’t realize when I took it or I would have done a better one.  John is just an Amazing carver.  I’m glad it’s finally all on display!

The cake with the handsome Birthday Boy on it!

Blowing out the candles!

John and his lovely wife, Kathy, Ralph’s sister.  They’re also celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.  John’s tee-shirt is a picture of them on their honeymoon.  They were such a cute couple, and still are!

I couldn’t do a party post without some food.

I tried to be good…some potato salad, a little spinach dip with pumpernickel, carrots and celery  and lots of fruit salad.  Yum to all.  The Big Yum goes to the rice salad on the right of my plate.  It was Delicious! I asked the lady who made it, Linda, if she would e-mail me the recipe.  By the time I got home, the recipe had arrived!  I’ll hopefully be making it next week sometime and I’ll share it with all of you!

So that’s it for Father’s Day and for birthdays for a while.  I keep saying that, but another one keeps popping up!

Everyone enjoy your Father’s Day.  Hug your Dad while you can.

Happy Sunday, Happy Father’s Day!

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18 responses to “Happy Father’s Day and a Big-Time Birthday

  1. Daddy was always there, a quiet presence. We had a charmed childhood. There are times when I think the years have made people forget Mary and that I am the only one who still misses her….at those time I only have to talk to Ralph and know that she will never be forgotten. He was always there when she needed him and I think that she was there when he needed her. We are lucky to have these men in our lives. I also think of how much I miss Pop…

  2. Wow, those are some amazing carvings! And, it looks like a great party!
    I am very sorry you lost your Dad at such a young age, that must have been very difficult. He’s probably smiling at your wonderful tribute. Hope you and Ralph have a great day!

  3. What a sweet post!
    Wow..those carvings are so elaborate…just amazing.

  4. My gosh that picture that Ralph drew? Amazing. Really amazing.

    Such a sweet post in honor of your dad…truly he seemed like an fabulous person.

    Hope you are having a great Sunday so far Fran!

  5. wow! those carvings are amazing. and again, ralph is such a talented artist, too.
    what a fun weekend of celebrations!
    that is neat that you were named for your dad.
    have a super rest of the day, fran! and happy father’s day to ralph.

  6. I know I say this every time but Ralph’s so talented! So’s John, those carvings look beautiful.
    Sorry your dad’s not around but I’m sure he’d be proud 🙂

    • Thanks, Elle! You’re the best! I feel like fumble fingers compared to the artwork that these guys create. It’s just amazing. John is so quiest about his talent, too, rarely talks about it…just does it!

  7. valerie andruss

    a wonderful Father’s Day post! Thank you

  8. You certainly had/have some phenomenal men in your life! I have always been interested in people who take up carving as a hobby! Happy Father’s Day 🙂 and I’m glad you got to spend it with some wonderful people. This was a very thoughtful post of you to do! Many people often don’t consider the greatness of the lovely folks around them.

    • Thanks, Cara. I know that I’m lucky to have such terrific people in my life. During the Blogging A to Z Challenge in April, I did several about family members. You can take a look at them. I’m Very lucky for the family and friends I have!

  9. I am so sorry for your loss. You have quite the artists in your family! I love your husband’s cards, and your brother-in-law’s carvings are breath taking. Thanks for sharing!

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