Greetings to all of my Sugar Pie Sistas! I am writing to you from my farmhouse in the Ozarks where the sun is shining bright, the wind is whistlin’ a Mayberry tune, the cows are mooin’ in the clover, and the townsfolk are tipping their hats and waving a friendly “howdy neighbor!”. Life is good in the Southern Midwest!

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In my last post I wrote part 2 of  my Q and A time, and I was going to post part 3 this week, but then I realized that I am leaving in just a few days for Californy for a 2 1/2 week visit and I did not want to miss out on writing a Father’s Day Tribute, so I am going to wait on Part 3 of the Q and A until I return from my trip.

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This post is all about great dads and the wonderful legacy of faithfulness and love that they pass down to their children and their children’s children.

“Children are a gift from the Lord; babies are a reward.”
Proverbs 127:3

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Here I am, just a wee little babe in my daddy’s arms! He got a girlie-girl after two rough and tumble boys!

My dad is one of those great dads! He is a model of faithfulness to his family. He went to work every day and provided well for his wife and children. He built things…..

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From my butter-yellow playhouse with gingerbread trim… to Jet Aircraft’s and Missiles for the United States Government…that is a wide range of talent!! He also served our country in the Army during W.W.II…I am so very proud of him!

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Wow! My dad designed that!!!!!

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Aunt Ruthie is on the right…the little lady in pearls! I’m seated with my brothers Donny and David and sister Sherry…Miss Glamarella Junk!)

My dad made us laugh (and still does) with his dry sense of humor and goes out of his way to make us feel special. In our home, he always made pancakes every Saturday and Sunday morning.

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Just a few days ago my mom and dad celebrated their 59th Wedding Anniversary. He has always treated my mom with love, respect and appreciation…bringing her a cup of coffee in bed every morning…and you should see the jewelry he designs for her! Talk about bling-bling! Most importantly for me, he brought us to church every Sunday, where I learned about how much my Heavenly Father loved me. I came to accept Jesus as my Lord and Saviour…the best  and most important decision I have ever made in my entire life!!!!  I’ll always cherish the times I saw him reading the Bible.

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He is a loving Grandpa too!

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Aunt Ruthie, Dad, Sherry

And at age 85 he is still going strong (and still building things).

Happy Father’s Day Dad! Your baby girl loves you!

There is one more great daddy I want to honor!

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The daddy of my many wonderful children!

What makes a great Dad?

Here I am on the way to the hospital to have baby number #3…J.J.! My hubby of 30 years ( soon to be 31 on June 3) is a great dad!

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A Great Dad…cherishes his children…and tells them “I am so glad I get to be your daddy!”

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(baby J.J. business degree major in College)

A Great Dad…realizes that a baby, so fresh from heaven, is a miracle and a precious gift of God.

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(Dusty…web site designer and graphic artist)

A Great Dad….takes every opportunity to spend time having fun with his kids.

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A Great Dad…tells his kids how much joy they bring to our home.

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(Ashley, amazing Hair Stylist)

A Great Dad…listens intently to what his baby girl has to say, and then kisses her face all over.

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A Great Dad…makes his children feel safe…gives his children a sense of belonging. He wears red Christmas pajama’s without too much of a fuss. He helps to make happy family memories.

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A Great Dad…teaches his children how to pray and to have faith in God.

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(Pops and the J.J.)

A Great Dad…dances and sings to the top of his lungs with his kids, just to make a happy memory.

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(J.J. and his Papa)

A Great Dad….wears matching Snoopy T-Shirts to let his kids know they belong together.

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(Dusty and Dad)

A Great Dad… delights in his kids and knows that acting silly is part of developing a great sense of humor.

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 A Great Dad….can’t wait to get home from work to hug is family…He tells each one “I missed you so much today! I was crying my head off for you!”

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(Miss Ashley and her daddy)

A Great Dad…protects his children and constantly lets them know what a blessing they are.

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(Mr. J.J. and daddy)

A Great Dad…tells his kids, “I am so proud of you, I’m about to bust my buttons!” He is an encourager and the best cheerleader.

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A Great Dad….models, for his children, how to be a loving husband by showing affection, appreciation, kindness and respect. He tells his kids “Don’t we have a pretty mama…aren’t we glad mama made a good dinner…don’t we have a wonderful mama!”

Ephesians 5:25-28 (The Message)
Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They’re really doing themselves a favor—since they’re already “one” in marriage.

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( Miss Summer Rose and her Papa)

A Great Dad…would rather be with his family more than anyone else in the whole wide world.

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A Great Dad…guides his children down the right path.

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 A Great Dad…doesn’t mind becoming a human toboggan for a family photo….

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And again when the family grows…dsc01407

And when two more kids are added to the family!

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(prom night for Ashley)

A Great Dad …shows his daughter what a gentleman looks like so she will recognize one when she is looking for a life-mate.

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A Great Dad….laughs and cries at the same time when giving  his daughter’s hand away in marriage (to a fine gentleman, our new son Glen).

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A Great Dad…talks to his kids about important things in life  like  responsibility, honor, purity, compassion, making good choices and decisions for a good life…the importance of education…keeping a good attitude…keeping promises…being thankful…finding the right mate…how to succeed in life… seeking after the heart of God and keeping Him top priority in life…..he tells them about the blessings that will  follow those who obey God’s Word.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (The Message)
Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.

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A Great Dad…prays a blessing over his children.

Numbers 6:24-26 (New Living Translation)
May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.

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A Great Dad….teaches his boys to become honorable, God Fearing men.

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(Disneyland)

 A Great Dad…makes his kids laugh every chance he gets.

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 A Great Dad….tries to act “cool”.

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(papa and Summer at Disneyland)

A Great Dad…gives piggy-back rides.

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(Dusty’s Wedding Day…his marriage to our new daughter Kimmy)

A Great Dad…encourages, supports and celebrates the big (and little) moments in his kid’s life.

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A Great Dad…treasures his family. He is a hero. His life scripture is…

As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.  Joshua 24:15 

A great Dad, who trusts, obeys and loves God with all of his heart, is a blessed dad. Happy Father’s Day to my hero, my husband,  father of my many wonderful children! I love you!

Proverbs 15:6 (The Message)
The lives of God-loyal people flourish…Not everyone gets to grow up with a loving Daddy, but the good news is everyone has a loving Heavenly Father…who loves us more than we can imagine…who knit us together in our mother’s womb…who knows and loves and created every inch of us.

Please take the time to click here to read or watch a short video…a love letter written just for you!   Be sure to turn off my music player first…just scroll up, you’ll see it on the right side…click the solid box on the bottom.

 

God is always watching over you, He loves you so much He just can’t take  His eyes off you!

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I don’t know about you, but I find it difficult to find just the right gift for my hubby and Dad when Father’s Day rolls around, so my son Dusty helped me with a search for the
Top 5 Father’s Day Gifts Under $50 on Amazon…

Tony Dungy - Quiet Strength1. Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life by Tony Dungy
“Coach Dungy’s words and example have intrigued millions of people, particularly following his victory in Super Bowl XLI”. This book will inspire husbands, fathers and sons to live a life of integrity and perseverance. Through Coach Dungy’s life experiences he teaches how to be a leader and to live a  life of honor. “Tony Dungy is a real-life hero—one who teaches us about the importance of quiet strength, fierce determination, and a humble heart.” Amazon currently has this Book On Sale for 32% OFF! Click Here to see Amazon’s Sale Price for Coach Dungy’s Book “Quiet Strength”!

Microsoft Wireless Mouse2. Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse
I just love a wireless mouse. I just upgraded to one and it’s amazing how quick and easy it is. My other one was slow and would sometimes get stuck. This one has High Definition Laser Technology. I think it’s a must for anyone that spends a lot of time at the computer! Amazon currently has this Wireless Mouse On Sale for 44% OFF! Click Here to see Amazon’s Sale Price for the Microsoft Wireless Mouse!

Golf Digest Magazine3. Golf Digest Magazine
I am a magazine gal. I LOVE magazines, but this would not be one on the top of my list, but it WOULD be on my husband’s list! He is always interested in how he can improve his golf game. This just might be the gift that puts a smile on his face! Amazon has this Magazine On Sale for 75% OFF! Click Here to see Amazon’s Sale Price for Golf Digest!

iPod Shuffle4.  Apple iPod Shuffle
I love my ipod!! This one is the smallest, most wearable digital music player in the world! And you can clip it on a pocket, belt, running shorts or jacket. You can down load music, sermons, and all sorts of great podcasts available on iTunes. I use mine almost everyday when I go walking. This gift idea gets two thumbs up! Amazon has the iPod shuffle for 10% OFF! Click Here to see Amazon’s Sale Price for the iPod Shuffle!

Rudy (Special Edition) DVD5.  Rudy (Special Edition DVD)
Okay, I’m not a huge football fan like my hubby, but I have to say this is such a great and inspiring movie! Talk about perseverance and courage! Every boy, father, and husband would love this movie! It’s a great family film! Amazon has the Rudy DVD for 10% OFF! Click Here to see Amazon’s Sale Price for the Rudy DVD!

I haven’t decided which gift to give to my hubby, but one thing’s for sure, I’ll be making him one of his favorite desserts…

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Angel Food Cake topped with fresh sliced strawberries (sprinkled with sugar) a scoop of vanilla ice-cream and a dollop of fresh whipped cream! Strawberry Shortcake style!

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I just start with a box of Angel Cake mix….

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It’s so easy, you just add water and mix it with an electric mixer then bake!

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Add all of the fixin’s and top it with a strawberry cut into the shape of a heart! Heavenly!

Well, girls, I’m off for the sunny West Coast to have a little fun in the sun! I’ll be back in about 2 1/2 weeks.  Be sure to stop by the Sugar Pie Sisterhood Girl Talk Forum, there’s  always something  new everyday that the Sugar Pie Sista’s are chattin’ about!

Be Blessed y’all! Keep those comments coming! I love to read them!

Hugs!
Aunt Ruthie
Yee Haw!

P. S.  Just wanted y’all to take note that I added some new products on my Aunt Ruthie’s Favorites  sidebar at the top! Also, I just found out that the adorable Basil Green Apron, that I just did a video review on, is out of stock at Amazon ( Oh! Good gravy!). I just talked to the supplier and they are going to re-stock the apron the first  week of July!! That’s only a few weeks away, to buy the most adorable apron evah!

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