Today and every day, keep the faith.
Step out in faith
Stick with your spiritual path
Remember you are not alone
Trust in the Holy Spirit

~ αΩ ~


The first step in the journey of HonorThyFather.com:  apply in my own life. See below.
The next step begins today and will unfold one step at a time.  See above.

 
Mike, we are so blessed to have you as our Daddy, partner, best friend, soul mate.  What a great year it has been.  Snow boarding with the family; you all did it!  I love the expression on Claire's face as she realizes she has to get on the ski lift, and then away you go!  You are first down the hill, zigging and zagging....and falling!  Sweet relief when you make it to the bottom.

Then there was Mara's first prom date.  She is nervous because you haven't seen the dress yet; yep, she's growing up.  Your expression in the prom shot, "why didn't someone tell me someday  my little girl would date!"  Mara's face as she listens to dating rules from Dad, "Yes, Dad.  Yes, Dad.  Yes, Dad."  And, then our Saxaphone Sally soloing at the Jazz Cabaret.  What a fun evening that was.  Dancing with the kids, and shades of times to come dancing with the bride.

Surprise!  You're 50!  I made you get dressed up for the music recital (and she got a command performance!), then puzzled you by saying, "No, we don't need to stay for her to play it.  Let's go!"  "What?!"  You, thought.  "We're taking off and not having her play it?"  Yep.  Little do you know there are 50+ guests waiting to surprise you at one of our favorite restaurants.  What fun that was.  I love the shot of you with your daughters and nieces; blessed art thou amongst women!

I love you forever, Mike.  I cherish you.  Thank you so much for being our man.

Love,

Your Wife XOXO 





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Thinking of you today, Dad.  Miss you.







The Spiritual Works of Mercy
- Help other do what is right.
- Teach the ignorant.
- Give advice to the doubtful.
- Comfort those who suffer.
- Be patient with others.
- Forgive injuries.
- Pray for the living and the dead.




The Corporal Works of Mercy
- Feed the hungry.
- Give drink to the thirsty.
- Clothe the naked.
- Visit those in prison.
- Shelter the homeless.
- Visit the sick.
- Bury the dead.
Happy Valentine's Day 2007
Mom and Dad on their wedding day, 1948

Happy Father's Day Big Guy!

Love forever,

Your Wife XOXO


From the day we said our first "I do"s, to the day we share today. You are my forever man, I've loved you all the way.
Like father like daughter, number one sets the pace. Time to get this girl on skis and behind the wake.
Number two is so talented and so bright. She brings us laughter and delight. "Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?" Time to get out the sunblock....
Mr. Big full of joy, he's like his ol' man, his Daddy's big boy. Get on your life vest because we going to have fun, tubing and swimming in the warm sun.
Father's day is dawning, it's time for some new shots. Let's pamper Dad, and take him to one of his favorite spots.
Thank you my husband, for all that you do. You bring our family such fun, I'm so lucky to have you.
I love you, my dear, I love you so bunch. Let's grab the picnic and have a delta lunch.
Happy Father's Day, 2006!
Malachy, my dad
     The portrait of Malachy above includes symbols that reflect who he was.  Over his right shoulder is a painting (done by Rita, one of his ten children) of his childhood home in Ireland.  Outside the window rests his bike that until age 82, he rode ten miles a day.  The rock wall is reminiscent of the walled fields of Kiltimagh, but are depicted in California river rock, similar to those of his home where he lived for many years.  On the side table next to him are a slide rule and a C-130 model aircraft.  Malachy's profession was an aeronautical engineer; he designed space craft, rockets, and air planes, including the C-130.  He also designed and built a 2 bedroom cottage when he was 70.  He spent  the last years of his life writing novels about his youth and spirit.  Malachy was a most remarkable man; unique in his class and charm.  He was a true gentleman  who is still very much loved by many people.  He left an indelible mark on the world that will continue to be felt for generations to come.  See the tribute to Malachy's wife at HonorThyMother.com.

Reflections - Fatherhood

By Malachy

     Sunday, August 2003        The child is father of the man from childhood to boyhood to manhood to fatherhood to grandfatherhood and to eternity.  This child is blessed if, as it was my good fortune, his father's hand and grandfather's hand are there to guide him until he reaches manhood, and then, to keep the wheel of good fortune turning, he in turn extends his hand to his son or daughter and hopefully to his grandchildren.

     While growing up on the farm in Ireland, I watched with wonder and fascination the various stages of life's cycle from conception to birth in many generations of the plant and animal kingdoms.  I've witnessed the birth of the pup, the calf, and the foal and then the care and protection given to them by their mothers.  How could humans do less for their offspring!  The lessons learned on the farm greatly influenced my appreciation of the gift of life and awakened my consciousness of my responsibilities I have to that life.

     As I grew through boyhood, I sometimes wondered about my offspring in the future.  Because of my gifted parents and grandparents, I naturally expected to have gifted children.  Then, while daydreaming, the voice of the farm whispered in both my ears, 'Thoroughbreds beget thoroughbreds!'

     My delightful search for a young maiden of beauty, brains, heart, and soul, one that would bring a smile to God's lips, began at the age of thirteen with a kiss and an embrace that encouraged me through the years.  At a dance years later, when I was twice thirteen, I discovered the angel of my dreams, and fortunately without her wings or halo, otherwise why would she linger with me.

     Throughout the years, Helen and I have been blessed with good health, good fortune, and a loving family of ten.  The line in the lyric 'Into each life a little rain must fall' is very true.  However, our umbrella of mutual love and trust shielded us until the sunshine returned.  And the warmth of our sunshine radiates from the love our children have for us --Thanks to fatherhood and motherhood.


For Malachy, My Father

Lines of love and laughter, of successes numbering many,

Chin high, posture perfect, walk as proud as any.

Knowledge of facts and family, advice to those who seek,  

A lifetime of words to give, the wise will listen and heed.

His love is quiet but seen, a kiss or hug was rare,

sharing the fruits of his labor, showed how much he cared.

Trust and respect are his, for he's true to himself and others,

admiration in the eyes of his friends, is seen when they speak of my father.

Soliloquies and songs of humor, melodies adrift in the night,

the laughter of children lingers, when my mind's eye has my father in sight.

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