Saturday, December 12, 2009

Happy Birthday, Dad!


This is a picture of my parents taken six months before I was born. Don't you love the afro? Today is my dad's birthday--53. Happy Birthday, Dad!

I love this photo because it reminds me of how young and passionate {and sort of crazy} my parents were. I think it was a year before this photo was taken, my dad was going to college in California. He hitch-hiked from Northern California to Southern Florida to see my mom. He was shot at, almost run over, and hit on {by a priest} during the course of his journey. It's an interesting story.

My dad is generous, spiritual, silly, and impulsive. He is a prayer warrior. He is a to-do list maker and a believer in possibility. When I was in grade school, I remember he told me that I was especially smart and especially strong and I could do anything I wanted to. Because I was 7, I believed him. In fact, it's a part of me now that I am especially thankful for. There are many decisions I wouldn't have risked if those words from my dad weren't embedded in me. So, now I tell my children that they are handsome/beautiful, smart, and strong... and that they can achieve amazing things in life and that God created them for a special purpose.

Thanks, Dad, for your strength, faith, and silliness. Happy Birthday!

15 comments:

lorilive said...

amen to that :) my dad's birthday was on the 11th. I think he turned 63 this year.... your daddy is a youngin'. Hope you're having a good day,Jess!!
HUGS!!

Jessica Haley said...

Hey, Lori! We need to connect... I'm going to call you! Yes, my parents were young when they had me... 22 and 21, I think. Either way, they are still very young at heart.

Jewllori by Lori said...

Wow, what a great photo of them!! I can't believe HOW MANY birthdays you guys celebrate in Decemeber!! Must make for a very busy, very expensive month!

Jessica Haley said...

Lori {of JL}, you are so right! My uncle {who lives here} has a birthday today, which we also celebrated... the funeral, the boots.... Plus, Robert is working like mad. I am not anticipating sleep much this week :)

Meredith said...

What a crazy beautiful photo of your parents! Happy birthday to your dad.

Amy said...

What good looking parents- you're mom is beautiful! Explains why you are so pretty! I also have a picture of my parents just months before I was born that I cherish as well....it looks pretty similar to yours. :)

Happy birthday to your Dad! Hope you get just a little rest!

Mande said...

What a great picture! Jessica, your parents are beautiful & I love your dad's hair. My dad rocked the same look when I was little. Gotta love the 70's. Happy Birthday to your dad. You have been in my thoughts all weekend and in my prayers. Wishing a little rest your way.

Anonymous said...

Jessica:
thanks for the blog spot. It is all true, especially about you!
Love,
Dad

PS: The "fro" is natural

Anonymous said...

Very well written Jessie Bessie

seg said...

Your dad's hair is totally awesome and your mom is ridulously pretty! Happy Birthday to your dad!!

Jessica Haley said...

Dad, you mean it's not a perm like Uncle Tim's was?? *snicker* Did I just let that cat out of the bag ;)

Ariana said...

I love that picture! It reminds me of a box full of old pictures my mom has. And my dad had a fro too...Happy Birthday to your DAD!

Jen from WR said...

Love this post, and LOVE that photo!

Elisa1 said...

Came upon this post and I read it to my troop of girls at our father-daughter dinner this last weekend. Your mom is beautiful and so blessed to have a great husband and talented daughter. Love your blog, it is very inspiring. Have a blessed day.

Wendee Holtcamp said...

aww your parents are so gorgeous! and what a gorgeous tribute! Love it :)

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