All it takes is one


My Dad was a man who stashed cookies in his coat pocket and peppermints in his truck. Dad taught me where to find Saskatoon berries, to love animals and respect the land, to be fearless, drive a stick shift, read the sky, and to dance while standing on his shoes.

:: loved riding around with Dad on land like this :: And Emjayandthem (C) photo

:: loved riding around with Dad :: And Emjayandthem (C) photo

He taught me real men cry, adore their wives, tickle their children, and are playful, gentle & loyal.

That's me on Dad's lap at a family picnic.  An Emjayandthem (C) photo

That’s me on Dad’s lap at a family picnic. An Emjayandthem (C) photo

My Dad was a man of few words .. his actions spoke volumes.Β  He showed up!

Dad made cleaning out the barn fun!  an Emjayandthem (C) photo

Dad made cleaning out the barn fun! an Emjayandthem (C) photo

So grateful for the memories of a kind & loving Dad. ~ Happy Father’s Day in Heaven.

genuine love


Off to the mile-high city tomorrow; have a great week, peeps, and Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads!!





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19 thoughts on “All it takes is one

  1. I love old pictures. They remind you of a warm kind time in your past. At least mostly.

  2. I also love old photos. Great tribute to your dad. Thanks for sharing this piece of your life MJ !

    • He was a wonderful guy whom I miss very much, 10 years this year. But — I know others who’ve had some rough childhoods and mean Dads and they’re still around. I’ll take the one I had for as long as I did, anytime.
      Happy Father’s Day, DM!

  3. Add me to the list of those who love old photos!! It’s so wonderful to read about your memories of your dad. Hope you’re enjoying the weekend, MJ.

  4. I had a fantastic dad! I posted one of my favorites of my dad on Facebook today. My mom, who is 83, posted old photos of her dad, as well πŸ™‚

  5. Wonderful…

  6. Love draw a sweet portrait of your father. You were truly blessed to have wonderful parents, and it shows! Have a wonderful week! ~ Sheila

    • Thank you. He was a sweet, sweet man and all around great guy. 10 years this year. At his funeral, with 400+ attendees, I lost track of the # of people who shared “your Dad was such a great guy, let me tell you a story about a time he ..” … amazing, humbling and awe-inspiring.

      My hero then and now.

  7. Oh, I LOVE this tribute to your dad, MJ! And the photo of you on his lap is precious. Sorry to have been gone recently. We were without internet for two weeks, and then I traveled to the US for nearly another two. So glad to be home in Cuenca again!

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • Thank you, Kathy — he was a really wonderful man and I sure do miss him. You’ve been on quite an adventure! I’ll look forward to reading up on your travels πŸ™‚ Hugs to you! MJ

  8. What a loving tribute to your dad. Your words speak volumes about how much you loved him.

  9. A lovely post. Yay for dads who set the bar high for the young men who come into their daughter’s lives.

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