Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to my Father.

In a previous post about Mother’s Day I mentioned that Anna Jarvis celebrated the first one a little over a 100 years ago. The next year Sonora Smart Dodd heard a sermon about Anna Jarvis and Mother’s Day and decided to create a day to also honor fathers. Father’s Day did not initially become a national holiday like Mother’s Day. Father’s Day did not become a permanent national holiday until 1972 when Richard Nixon signed it into law.

The spelling of the holiday gives the intent of the holiday. It is officially Father’s Day. This means that the day belongs to a father. The holiday is intended for a family to honor their own father.

Father's Day - My Father and Me - Holiday - Honoring Fathers

Here is a picture of me with my father shortly after I was born.

Wasn’t I such a cute little baby? Oh wait, this is about my Father. Doesn’t my Father look so proud holding his sweet little baby :-). This was taken at the farm we lived at near Wellman, Iowa. I am the only one of my siblings who was born when we lived on the farm. The others are all city kids ;-).

Dad and Me - Father's Day - Ottumwa, Iowa - Family sitting on treeHere is a picture from a year or so later when we had moved to the big city of Ottumwa, Iowa. Here I am sitting with my father on a tree that he had cut down and was getting ready to cut into smaller pieces.

I learned so many things from my father about how to work with tools and also an understanding of mechanical principles. This knowledge comes in handy in my work today.

Father's Day - Dad the Jungle Gym - Honoring FathersWhile looking for the pictures of my father, I also saw this one. Here my father is acting as a jungle gym for my two sisters. This was in our kitchen in Iowa and just seeing this picture brings back some memories. Especially the hot-wheel track hanging on the wall by the door. Does anyone want to guess what it was used for?

Eric Braman - CandidateI copied this post from one I wrote four years ago, but starting with the picture above I am adding a few extra thoughts. This picture of my Father is from when he was running for public office back when I was a kid. I have so many memories of his campaigns.

I also have learned a lot from the principles that he stood for when he was running for office as a member of the American Independent Party. See: Election Memories

Cow Riding, Fun on the Farm, 1950's Farm SceneI also decided to add in one of my favorite pictures of my Father. He grew up on a farm and was in the Future Farmers of America. While in his senior year of High School he received an Iowa Farmer award from the FFA.

I learned a lot about agriculture from my Father and even worked on a ranch the summer after I graduated from High School.

There will be a lot of memories tomorrow as I think about my Father.

I hope that all of my friends have a great Father’s day as they honor their Fathers or are honored as a Father.

Steven

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Thinking of Turkey II

This week I have been thinking about Turkey. You may be wondering why I am thinking about Turkey if I am getting ready for vacation in Israel.

Perge, Turkey - Perge Ruins - Paul's Missionary Journeys - ArchaeologyThere are a couple reasons why I am thinking of Turkey. One is that one of the members of the tour group that I went with to Turkey will be on the archaeological dig with me in Israel. See: One Week until Vacation

Unearthing the Church in Turky, David Winwood, Archaeology, History, TurkeyAnother reason is that last week I received a book about Turkey in the mail. Some of the pictures that I took while in Turkey were used in this book published in the UK.

See: A Book in the Mail

Tell of Derbe - Kertihoyuk - Derbe, Turkey - Paul and Barnabas - Second Missionary JourneyThe publisher of the book needed a few pictures and found some of mine while searching the internet. He asked to use two pictures from Derbe, one from Lystra and one from Antioch of Pisidia. The picture above is of Derbe.

I also thought about a post I wrote long ago titled Thinking of Turkey.

Turkish Man on Donkey - Cattle Herder - LystraMy mind is now wandering to some fun pictures that I took on the trip. I really like this picture of an older man riding a donkey. This picture was taken near Lystra.

Pretzel Guy, Pretzels on Head, TurkeyWould you like a pretzel? This was really amazing to see this man walking down the street carrying the tray of pretzels. I am sure that this took a lot of practice.

Oh, and one more reason I am thinking of Turkey. Tonight I finished reading The Travels of Marco Polo and near the end of the book he talks about visiting Turkey.

Now for some rest after a very long week.

Steven

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