Nominated by Kristin Hagin: My Dad. He is the most amazing man on the planet. Let me tell you a little about his past. My dad fought during WWII. He was at the battle of the bulge. He was in the 99th infantry and was a BAR gunner. He saw a lot. He had plans for his life, and God’s plans were bigger. My dad always carried 3 extra ‘shells’ in his pocket, his incase of emergency stash. Well, the day came where my dad was shot. He was shot in his leg. Right where the bullets were in his pocket. The bullets exploded. – One would think this would be lethal – however, once again, God had other plans. When the bullets exploded it cauterized the wound – my dad never lost a drop of blood. When the Lieutenant saw my dad go down, he rushed over and picked him up, started walking him to safety – when a bullet came and hit the Lieutenant in the neck – killing him instantly. My dad laid with him until medics got there.
My dad needed immediate medical attention, so he was taken to Germany, where they were going to amputate the leg due to gangrene infection – again God had another plan. There was a new doc there, who said “let me see if I can try to save it.” And he did. My dad has a large indent in his leg now, but the leg is still there.
Fast forward a few years, many years ; A wonderful wife, 4 kids, career then retirement. Retirement is supposed to be relaxing and peaceful. Again – God had other plans. You see, my dad, is my biological Grandfather. My Grandfather gave up what the worldly view of retirement is supposed to be, to raise me. And I sure gave him a challenge! He was the BEST “room dad” – Volunteering to help in the classroom all the time, he was always helping me with sports, school, anything I needed. He is amazing.
Fast forward a few more years. Where are we today? Well my dad is 92. He has been present in my kids’ lives. I have a 10 year old, 8 year old and 5 year old. He helped watch them while my husband and I were at work. I love watching their relationship. But it isn’t just my kids that he inspires. At church on Sundays he is in the age 2-3 room for first service and he is with the infant babies for Sunday school. Monday-Friday he helps in the Kindergarten classroom at Bellingham Christian. Wednesday evenings he is volunteering with the 4-5 year olds at AWANA. My Dad is the true vision of a selfless person. He is always thinking about what he can do for someone else, and how he can help those around him. He loves to talk about his life and his history and how God has protected him and guided his life. He has spoken a couple of times to junior high kids about his life and his experiences.
My Dad is the person who I can always turn to. When Mom died a few years ago, we had to lean on each other. He was my strength and I hope that I was his. I hope that when I am 92 years old I have the energy that he has. He is truly amazing!
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