Did You SAY Happy Father’s Day?

“I cannot think of any need in childhood as the need for a Father’s protection.”

Sigmund Freud.

This past week has been a blast for my family and me.

Our beach trips are the main event that I look forward to every year!

IMG_2891We are the kind that spend hours and hours sitting on the ivory sand, talking and laughing the hardest we have that year.

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We always bring board games and my mom notoriously says something incredibly southern and wildly mispronounced.  This year’s gems were: Baja taco (pronouncing the J) and Kanye West (pronounced Kane West), she also learned the term “on fleek”, making her excited to use with some of her new students this year.

IMG_2828I decided to snap a few pictures of the family on the beach this year.  Nothing fancy or professional, but I wanted to capture all the moments of the Dads on the trip.

My sister, Becca, just had a baby in December, so her hubby was experiencing his first ever Father’s Day.  Todd, my brother in law, is a goof ball and always brings the best energy to the group. He and my sister are rocking this whole “new parent thing”.

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My sister Mary Fran has the SWEETEST two year old on the planet.   Full of energy and life. She’s extremely energetic and talkative.  I love seeing her interact with my brother in law, Chris. They’re identical in features and personality, and we couldn’t ask for anything better than those two in our family.

IMG_2805IMG_2790 IMG_2776Me and Cody Bell enjoyed loving on our niece and nephew, and sleeping in 🙂

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 IMG_2868My Dad claimed that this Father’s Day was his favorite one.

He loves when we are all together, laughing and telling stories.

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Isn’t Todd the best part of this picture? 🙂

I got to thinking, on Father’s Day, as I scrolled through my Instagram account that was FULL of posts bragging on Dad’s… How many people actually woke up, looked at their Father, and SPOKE what their Instagram caption said?

 IMG_2611Are we bragging on Dad’s on Social Media for the likes or for a way to bless them past our initial “Happy Father’s Day” phone call?

IMG_2702I’m wildly guilty of trying think of the best caption, rather than speaking the thoughts I have of my Dad to his face.

Although Father’s Day has passed, maybe take a moment to tell your Dad the thoughts you shared on Social Media.

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Tell him that his presence in your life gave you a sense of security and protection, joy and identity. Thank him for the moments of that he taught you great ways to view life. Thank him, to his face, for the way he fathered you to the greatest degree.

IMG_2968I realized the other day the amount of Social Media posts I made for my dad before he even had social media. I told of all the amazing things about him, but never actually said it TO him!

IMG_3041My sister, Mary Fran, challenged me with this thought while on vacation, and it really struck a chord within me.

This year was different, and I am glad it was.

May we live in the moment with the ones we love, instead of living off likes.

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