Hooray for Dads!

Hooray for Dads! 

Posted: 10:51 am Thursday, June 16th, 2016

By Staff Writer


Happy Father’s Day to all the dads on my reader list, and all those who are not. To all those who gave life and love, and bestowed gifts and values upon their children.

Most of you have heard me talk about my own father. He was a complicated and conflicted man. We had a complicated and conflicted relationship. I am ever-grateful to him for shaping me, D1consciously or unconsciously, into the person I am today. I remember him with love.

But I’d like to tell you about another dad. One of the greatest I’ve ever met. One whom it is a privilege to know, to observe, to admire; my son, Isaiah.

Ok, so I might be a bit prejudiced… but then again, maybe not so much.

Isaiah, or Sonny as his dad and I called him from birth, bonded strongly with his father as an infant. My first husband was many wonderful things, and he doted on his new baby boy. He would talk to him in his deep, beautiful, broadcasters voice. He told him stories, and bounced and tossed and snuggled him. But he also struggled with addictions and demons that led to poor choices.

And one day, when Sonny was two years old, he left us. For the first few months, he acted as if he wanted to maintain a relationship with his son, but then he moved several states away and the contact diminished. A few years later, I moved with Sonny to the east coast, and all attempts by him to know his son stopped.

Sonny didn’t see his dad from about age 3-12. From 12- 20 he saw him rarely. Then, at 22, something miraculous happened with this boy who loved his dad, but did not have him in his life… he became a father himself and everything to his children that he missed out on. He also began reaching out to his own father, and built a different, but loved filled relationship with him.

D2My son is a police officer in what was just named, nationally, as one of the most dangerous cities in America. He works 12 hour over-night shifts protecting us. He is also a combat trainer and a member of the S.W.A.T. team. He is 6’1″ muscled and T.O.U.G.H.

Each day, after working all night long, he goes home to his wife and four children and becomes a teddy bear. Ok, maybe not a teddy bear; he does discipline his children when necessary. But he snuggles, he huggles, he sings, and coos, he changes diapers, puts hair in pig tails, ties shoes, wipes noses, coaches soccer and baseball…

He runs along bicycles until it’s time to let go, he kisses skinned knees and puts on band aids, and he takes his family to church.

He is present and accounted for, even though he is sleep deprived and often running on fumes. He is there.

His babies are his world, and he theirs.

I am so proud of him! He is proof that history does NOT have to repeat itself. He took the gifts his father gave to him, embraced them, and left the sorrow behind.

He is MORE and if you missed out on having a dad in your life, you can be too!

Humble & Kind the book, Sweepstakes

My friend, Tim McGraw, is sooooo awesome! But you all know this… I’ve been talking about his book, Humble & Kind, and chose it for my June Book Club pick because I love it’s message.D3

I think now more than ever, our world needs this; humbleness, kindness. There are those in our midst that are lacking these qualities. They are a minority, however. I MUST believe this. You MUST believe this. Tim does.

To demonstrate, he want’s to give several autographed copies of his book away – to you, my readers and listeners!

All you have to do is send me an email by clicking on this link: Humble & Kind Sweepstakes. Provide your name, a little about yourself, why you’d like the book, and your contact information. Enter by June 22nd.

In the mean-time, go pick up a copy for a dad, a grad, or yourself. Reading it is a soul-soothing experience, and we can all use as many of those as we can get right now!

Humble & Kind the book, is also available for purchase through my web site, Delilah.com Book Club. Tim is donating the profits from the book to charity, of course. Love that man!

Moore’s Marinated Flank Steak
Servings: Makes 4-6 Servings
Marinate Time: 1 Hour | Prep: 5 Minutes

Here’s a perfect recipe for your Father’s Day cookout, provided by my friends at Moore’s, who says it’s great for a London Broil as well. I can’t wait to make this for Papa Paul, he’s going to luuuuuv it!

2 1/2 pounds Flank Steaks
1 cup Moore’s Original Marinade
1 Tbsp. dried oregano
2 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/4 cups green onions, chopped (6-8) large pieces are ok
1 Serano, Jalapeno or hot chili pepper, cut into large pieces
1/2 cup Worcestershire Sauce
1 12 oz bottle of dark beer

1. Combine Moore’s Original Marinade with the next 6 ingredients in a food processor or mixer and mix well.
2. Place flank steaks in a dish and pour marinade mixture over the meat.
3. Add bottle of beer and stir to coat meat well.
4. Marinate for 1 hour or more.
5. Remove meat from marinade and grill until done (6-8 minutes per side until desired doneness)
6. Allow meat to rest 5 minutes before slicing.

Make sure to slice flank steak against the grain for maximum tenderness. Serve with rice, corn, slaw or your favorite potato or green salad.

For more great recipes, tips, and coupons, head to Moore’s!

D5I spent a LOT of time in my garden this week, praying and trying to make sense of the senseless…D6

My roses are in full bloom and a favorite hymn played over and over in my head.

I know you all have heard it and I’m including the lyrics here, perhaps to bring you some peace, as it brought me.

I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses…

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other, has ever, known!

He speaks and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that he gave to me,
Within my heart is ringing…

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other, has ever, known!

And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other, has ever, known!

I’ve also included a YouTube link to a moving testimony by Dolly Parton, an all time favorite of mine, and her version of the song with Alison Kraus and Suzanne Cox.

Be well. Celebrate the dads and the grads in your life. Celebrate LIFE. And, Love Someone.

~ Delilah