Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thankful for Denny

When I first started dating Eric so many moons ago my mom told me one night, "look at his dad, if you are okay with that, then you will be okay."  At first I thought she meant looks, which I think Eric's dad is cute in that dad sort of way.  But now, many moons later, I realize she means a lot more than looks.

Eric's dad, Denny, is a truly unique person.  He is about the most loyal guy that I have ever met, he is funny, and although we tease him about his narcoleptic ways, he is easy going {most days, ha!}.  Denny has this amazing ability to fall asleep while watching Jeopardy and still get all the answers right when he talks in his sleep!  He can also shuffle and deal cards all while sleeping at the table.  Truly talented :)

But in all seriousness, I love Denny, my dad-in-law to death.  He has always been there for me, any time I call, or show up on his doorstep asking him to fix my car tires, or crying because I hit my first squirrel while driving.  See, Denny doesn't have girls, he raised 3 boys and I was the first girl to really stick around the family.  Now he is inundated with girls!  But he loves all of us.

I have had a lot of firsts with Eric's family, and they have been through a lot of firsts with Eric and me.  I won't forget how happy Denny looked at our wedding, and the pride beaming from his face when he held Molly for the first time.  They drove down to the hospital bright and early anticipating spending the whole day with their new granddaughter, well Molly had other plans.  They waited outside my room ALL day, they held her for a little bit, then had to leave to go home.  And I am sure Eric's parents would do it all again.  Same with always helping us fix something or making something for us.  Denny always takes care of us.

Why sentimental all the sudden?  Denny had back surgery last week, and it didn't go so well.  On Friday night we were all a little down right terrified, and praying really hard.  Thoughts flooded my heart and mind about Denny.  How even though we give him a hard time, he always means well, he always loves without judging, he is always there for you, he will be loyal to you forever, he will fight for you, he will do whatever it takes for you to be okay.  Even though he looks tough on the outside, he is a big softy.  Especially when it comes to one of his girls.

In the season of thankfulness, I am thankful for all of our family, but today I am especially thankful for Denny, my dad.  


Jenilee said...

what a sweet post! and thanks for the sweet words on my blog today! :)

Kristin said...

He sounds like a wonderful man! I pray for his recovery.

Becca said...

Such a sweet post. He sounds like a really great man. I hope that his recovery is going well1

Zion said...

What your mom said is so true and what a talented sleeper he is! I pray that he will be healthy and well this holiday season.