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Happy Father’s Day To Our Dads-Derick, Jim Bob & Rick!

Happy Father’s Day To Our Dads-Derick, Jim Bob & Rick!

Deuteronomy 6:6-9

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”


Happy Father’s Day dads!!

Derick and I are so grateful to God for the wonderful dads we have and had.  We are blessed to live pretty close to my (Jill’s) dad and get to spend time with everyone frequently. As many of you know, Derick’s dad passed away suddenly during Derick’s first year of college.  Although we look forward to Heaven, where we will see Rick one day, we continue to miss him here on earth.  Our hearts go out to anyone who has lost their dad and don’t get to celebrate this special day with him.


Below is my (Jill’s) Father’s Day letter to Derick:


As I watch you father our sons, I can’t help but fall deeper in love with you! You exemplify Christ in so many ways by your character and love for me and the boys. Thank you for not always taking the easy path, but following God’s leading in our lives. Thank you for being our protector, both physically and spiritually, as you seek God’s will during your daily devotion time.  As I was looking back over old photos of your dad, I see where you got your handsome looks! 😉 And you also got so much more…I see you investing in our children, just like your dad did with you and Dan and it melts my heart! He taught you what it means to be a Godly man, and I see you reading the Bible and teaching our children how to pray. He taught you a selfless love for his wife, and I see you teaching our boys to take car of their mama and by your gentleness, love and care for me, they are learning what a husband should look like. Your dad taught you skills, and I see you letting our boys observe you and be apart of so many things already, from car maintenance (the tire shop that Israel absolutely loved!), to playing music (trumpet), to planting the garden, building fires and so much more! You are teaching them things they’ll carry with them forever! Your dad also taught you that being a dad means having a good time, while trying no to get hurt (lol). And although things might occasionally get broken (haha ;-), relationships are what matter. Your love for God, your family, and others are all things that I pray our boys learn from you, just like you learned from your dad! You’re the best hubby and father!


Your Wifey, Jill



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  1. Regina Shea

    Happy Father’s Day Derick! I hope your dad is blessed!

    • Regina Shea

      Oops! I’m sorry that should have said ” Hope your day is blessed”.

  2. Regina Shea

    What you wrote to Derick was very sweet. I love that you refer to yourself as “wifey” as do I and I’m not ashamed of it either. If I can call my husband hubby then I can be called wifey.

  3. Laurie

    Happy Fathers day Derrick. Thanks for being an example for all men. I met both of you a few years ago at a conference in Franklin Tennessee and happy to see you’re doing well.


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