Gifts for Dad ➔

Being a “daddy’s girl” without a dad can definitely be as depressing as it sounds. 

I lost my dad almost six years ago, and in many ways, it still feels like yesterday. 

In other ways, it feels like forever. There’s so much he’s already missed out on and so many more moments to come. 

RELATED: Living Without My Dad Never Gets Easier

My dad was an extraordinary guy. One of a kind. Irreplaceable.

Although, if he could personally choose someone to step up in his absence, I’m positive he’d handpick my father-in-law out of any lineup from the sky. 

From day one, I’ve felt like I could depend on him just as much as one of his own. 

He’s hardworking, reliable, virtuous, and I keep him up on a pedestalwhere he belongs. 

I’m eternally thankful for the amazing traits he’s passed along to his son who I’m lucky enough to label as my husband. 

I can always call him when my husband’s at work and my tires need to be aired up. Sure, I could do it myself, but isn’t that what dads are for? 

RELATED: So God Made My Father-in-Law

He gives me the absolute bliss of seeing “Dad” come up on my phone screen again. 

Even though it’s a different voice on the other end, the love feels the same. 

He definitely has the dad jokes and stereotypical dad sayings down to an art. It warms my heart every time I get to say, “my dad always said that too.”  

The daddy hole in my heart will never truly be repaired, but my father-in-law sure has done an extraordinary job of patching it. 

He’s not the dad I never had because I do have a dad, in Heaven. 

He’s the dad I have now since mine is no longer here on Earth, and he is a blessing. 

Samantha Lyn Walljasper

My name is Samantha Lyn Walljasper, and I’m a happily married, mother of four wonderful children. I’m a work-at-home mom in the financial services industry; plus a certified life coach and relationship facilitator. I love my family, my career(s), and I absolutely love pursuing writing as a hobby. I can be followed through Over My Husband’s Head (@lovepoemskindof) on Facebook. 

My Husband is Just Like His Dad—And I Couldn’t Be More Grateful

In: Grown Children, Marriage

You can be choosey with a spouse and select whomever you want to share your life with; you cannot, however, pick the in-laws you will inherit. You’re not just blending your life with your husband’s, you’re blending families together. Oftentimes people joke about their in-laws, or struggle to mesh during holidays and dread special occasions. I get it, mine couldn’t be different. But nonetheless, I did get lucky. I married a man who is a carbon copy of his father. I owe my father-in-law a tremendous thank you for raising the man he did. I met Danny, my father-in-law when...

Keep Reading

How Do I Do This Without You, Dad?

In: Grief, Grown Children
Father holding infant, old color photo

Dear Daddy, It’s impossible to believe as of July, I’ve have lived exactly two-thirds of my life without you here on earth. You died far too young. We didn’t get a chance to have many important conversations, you weren’t here for the majority of my biggest milestones, you’ve never met my husband or children. Yet I don’t feel like I grew up without a father. Somehow you taught a little girl a lifetime’s worth of lessons, values, goals, character, and love in the short time you were here. How did you do it, Daddy? How did you leave such a...

Keep Reading

Sometimes a Girl Just Needs Her Daddy

In: Grown Children
Dad and daughter dancing

Sometimes a girl just needs her daddy. Like when she skins her knee on the sidewalk, and the only thing that will fix it is a bear hug. She needs her daddy. When Mom says no. (And even if the answer won’t change.) She needs her daddy. RELATED: I’ll Always Be My Daddy’s Girl When she’s looking for a shoulder to cry on because a boy just broke her heart. She needs her daddy. When she could use some good advice and a dose of tough love. She needs her daddy. When she wants someone to listen, without jumping to...

Keep Reading

 5 Secrets to Connect with Your Kids

FREE EMAIL BONUS

Proven techniques to build REAL connections