6.19.2011

For the strongest man I know..

It's father's day!


I love my daddy with all my heart and soul, and he's proven to me and my siblings that as long as he's got a breath in his body, he's going to do what he can to make sure we have what we need.


He's been through hell and back, and it's only made him (and the rest of our family) stronger.

People constantly tell me how much I look like him, and how I act just like him. I got his temper, and I'm hard-headed like him, and I just smile because I don't mind one bit if I'm like him.


My daddy hasn't always been this way, you see.. when I was a kid I grew up with an alcoholic for a dad. It was very hard to watch him & my mom fight on an hourly basis because he was drunk every minute of every day.

He'd promise to get help and never did. It took my mom breaking down & taking us kids to Pennsylvania (where she's from) before he got any help. It wasn't soon after that he started back up again. It was a vicious cycle.

Eventually when I was in junior high, he stopped drinking and started attending AA meetings. We were all so proud of him, but the fighting between our parents never stopped.. I think because my mom resented him so much for all he put us through.


My dad has relapsed twice since then, but has now been sober for 2 years.

I know that not a lot of people would forgive a parent for something like this, but I have. My dad never did anything to hurt ME. Sure, it probably caused some damage.. but I was never abused and I never felt like my parents didn't love me.

My dad is one of the best men I know, and I know he'll ALWAYS put me and my siblings first in his life. He made that promise to us this last time he became sober. It was the first time we heard those words.



13 comments:

Syndal said...

good for you for allowing yourself to have a great relationship with your father! my father died of alcoholism and we never got to the point of being father-daughter before he died which still makes me sad. So proud of your dad for being sober!

Ashleigh said...

this is such a sweet and honest post, amber. made me tear up!

lauren nicole said...

this is beautiful. he is lucky to have such a loving daughter like you. as well you are lucky to have a great dad!

xoxo

Elizabeth said...

Such a sweet post, and you can tell every word came from your heart! Bless your daddy! :)

http://elizabeththomasblog.blogspot.com/

Meg O. said...

I know it must be hard to have gone through something like that as a kid, but you definitely know that your daddy loves you and cares about you when he will make a change for YOU. He sounds like a great man. Happy father's day to him!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Aw, Happy Fathers Day to him. It sounds like he cares about you and your siblings very much!

A Babbling Brunette said...

So glad your dad is doing better and so happy for you to have such a great dad!!

Nicole said...

Isn't it great to have a strong man like that in your life! Great tribute to him!

[SMASH] said...

I hope your dad had a wonderful Father's Day and knows how much he's loved. We all have struggles but for him to keep trying to overcome his really says something about his character. Here's to many more sober, strong years ahead!

Heather said...

what a wonderful post about your dad! I hope y'all both had a great Father's Day.

Meghan said...

Aww! Your dad sounds like a strong man. It's awesome that you are so close!

Anna said...

How sweet!! I love when families are close. :)

Mr. and Mrs. Smith said...

Such a great story, Amber! Good for you Dad AND you!

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