To All the Dads in My Life

Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

Sunday we stop to honor those men who are responsible for our existence – fathers.

Too often we fail to understand and respect the impact men have in our lives, help mold and shape us into the people we are.

Too often, more so in the past than today, men have been relegated to an inferior position in the child rearing process.

Men have been bread winners and disciplinarians, but not the ones we usually turn to for solace, comfort and support.

Yet, the fathers in our lives are the cornerstone which has formed the building we have become and are becoming. Sometimes that foundation is poured poorly and at other times it has the strength and character of the Rock of Gibraltor.

Therefore, to all the fathers in my life, “Happy Father’s Day!

Fathers still with me:

Dad – Charles Ivy

Son – David Ivy

Brother – Phillip Ivy Sr.

Nephew – Phillip Ivy Jr.

Nephew – Jeremy Ivy

Nephew – Chance Hollifield

Brother-in-Law – Chad Maxey

Step-Nephew – Steve Smith

Step-Nephew – Jose Valdez

Step-Nephew – Jason Hollifield

Like-a-Father – Bill Large

Those fathers gone to their reward:

Grandfather – Herman Ivy

Grandfather – Luther Powell

Uncle – Allen Powell

Step-Father – Jack Hollifield

Step-Brother – John Hollifield

Uncle – Doyle Harwick

Uncle – Joe Ray

Each of these men in some way have affected my life, whether good, bad or indifferent. Yet each of them holds a place in my heart.

I tip my hat to you and wish you have or find the respect, love and joy that being a father brings.

To all the other fathers out there: Be the man your children need, not necessarily the one they want.

May your day be one of love, joy and peace.

Sunday Gospel: I’m Saved & I Know that I Am

Happy Father’s Day to all out there being honored by your children. There is no greater job in the world being a Dad.

Today’s offering is a foot tapping, hand clapping tune that can’t help, but make you feel happy – I’m Saved and I Know that I Am.

The performance by The Crystal Valley Quartet was recorded live at the Mt. Olivet Christian Church east of Spencer, Indiana on the way to Bloomington.

I remember back as a boy at youth camp in Brown County, Indiana just outside of Fruitdale on the other side of Bean Blossom, singing this song. It was one of the popular songs among both campers and counselors.

Enjoy!

To All the Fathers in My Life

Delve into the light and dark that is Mark
Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

Sunday we stop to honor those men who are responsible for our existence – fathers.

Too often we fail to understand and respect the impact men have in our lives, help mold and shape us into the people we are.

Too often, more so in the past than today, men have been relegated to an inferior position in the child rearing process.

Men have been bread winners and disciplinarians, but not the ones we usually turn to for solace, comfort and support.

Yet, the fathers in our lives are the cornerstone which has formed the building we have become and are becoming. Sometimes that foundation is poured poorly and at other times it has the strength and character of the Rock of Gibraltar.

Therefore, to all the fathers in my life, “Happy Father’s Day!

Fathers still with me:

Dad – Charles Ivy

Son – David Ivy

Brother – Phillip Ivy Sr.

Nephew – Phillip Ivy Jr.

Nephew – Jeremy Ivy

Nephew – Chance Hollifield

Brother-in-Law – Chad Maxey

Step-Nephew – Steve Smith

Step-Nephew – Jose Valdez

Step-Nephew – Jason Hollifield

Like-a-Father – Bill Large

Those fathers gone to their reward:

Grandfather – Herman Ivy

Grandfather – Luther Powell

Uncle – Allen Powell

Step-Father – Jack Hollifield

Step-Brother – John Hollifield

Uncle – Doyle Harwick

Uncle – Joe Ray

Each of these men in some way have affected my life, whether good, bad or indifferent. Yet each of them holds a place in my heart.

I tip my hat to you and wish you have or find the respect, love and joy that being a father brings.

To all the other fathers out there:

Be the man your children need, not necessarily the one they want.

May your day be one of love, joy and peace.

Happy Father’s Day, Sunday, Dad!

Dad and I

The third Sunday in June is celebrated as Father’s Day in the US of A. For me being a son, a father and a grandfather, each Father’s Day is a day of joy with a tinge of sadness.

The five happiest days of my life are:

February 21, 1979 – the day my oldest son, David, was born

November 29, 1989 – the day my youngest son, Kevin, was born

February 6, 2007 – the day my granddaughter, Dylan, was born

September 20, 2012 – the day my second granddaughter, Alaina, was born.

December 9, 2014 – the day my third granddaughter, Amelia, was born.

As a child, I was always trying to please my Father. I would try to emulate him. I would make sure no matter how often we moved and how many schools I attended in one year, my grades would remain at the top of the class.

Always striving to obtain approval.

Yet, it seems that approval never came.

On Father’s Day I would try and find the right card, get the right gift. I would get an obligatory, “Thanks for the card and gift, Mark.” Not much more as he would set the card, the gift aside.

Over a half century later, the relationship between the two of us is improving. I feel as if I have yet to gain his approval.

To my Father, I wish the best this Sunday on Father’s Day, 2016.

I love you, always have, always will.

Dad Through the Years

Kev is a thousand miles away in Austin. Dave and my granddaughters are one hundred miles away in Indianapolis.

Father’s Day will be just another Sunday.

From Mark’s Den, to every father out there, remember the best joys in life are not the cards or the things, but it is having the love of your children.