A WEEKEND WORTH CELEBRATING.

Two weeks ago I had one of the most memorable trips of my life, and I owe it all to my family. In 65 hours, we celebrated Father’s Day, my brother’s promotion to major, the milestone of my dad’s 70th birthday and our first time being together as a family since January 2013.

My family is rooted in military history. Both my mom and dad are retired lieutenant colonels in the US Army. My brother Chris followed his lifelong dream of attending the Air Force Academy and becoming an F-16 pilot. After being stationed in South Korea for 15 months, he and his wife Ashley returned to the states in March for their next assignment at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.

A few months ago, my parents made plans to visit South Carolina over Father’s Day weekend to attend my brother’s promotion ceremony, which was on my dad’s 70th birthday. I knew that the only thing my dad would want for his birthday was for our family to be together, so my husband and I made plans to make a surprise trip to South Carolina.

Thanks to my sister-in-law, we kept our travel plans top secret for weeks. The nine-hour drive was worth every second when I saw the tears rolling down my dad’s face as Emma Claire ran into his arms while I hugged my brother and sister-in-law for the first time in nearly 18 months.

On June 16, we attended a ceremony to commemorate my brother’s promotion to major in the Air Force. I am so proud of him for his hard work and numerous accomplishments. How many military officers have the opportunity to have their fellow serviceman and father read them the oath as they are promoted in rank? It was truly a special moment, which again brought tears to my dad’s eyes.

Given his military background, my dad can certainly be intimidating. But underneath the hard surface of military discipline, he is a big ol’ softie who wears his heart on his sleeve. That is one of the things I love most about my dad – he has genuine compassion for the people in his life. He is the most selfless, caring and loving person I have ever met. He is a treasure to those who are honored to call him a friend.

I wish that all my dad’s friends and family members were with us to celebrate his birthday, but thanks to the help of my mom and sister-in-law, we were able to still include them in a way that would touch his heart. Monday night after dinner, our family presented my dad with “70 Years of Memories” – a book filled with letters from his family and friends from every decade. Seeing his reaction brought tears to my eyes and a greater respect for my dad than ever before. He truly is the most amazing person, and the book proves that I am not the only one who believes that. THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to write a letter for my dad’s book. I hope you know how much it meant to him! The video above is a fitting tribute to a weekend worth celebrating.

I am so grateful that God blessed me with such a wonderful father, and I look forward to making many more memories with him.

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Comments

  1. norm gavazzoni says

    Amy your dad gave me this web site so I could see a small portion of his 70″s party. This is a wonderful tribute to your dad. It looked like a truly wonderful weekend for you all. Look forward see the book. Best regard, Norm

    • Jim says

      Amy u all were in our hearts and thoughts throughout the weekend. Very well done young lady. Jim and bette

  2. Dennis c bradshaw says

    I think I cried as much as Bob……..Amy, you really sprung a superb surprise for your Dad, my friend.

    Dennis

  3. Dick and pam dunn says

    AMY, THE APPLE DOES NOT FALL FAR FROM THE TREE, YOUR TRIBUTE TO BOB IS A TRIBUTE TO THE LOVE YOU HAVE FOR HIM. THANK YOU FOR INVITING US TO BE A PART OF THE CELEBRATION. PAM AND I SO ENJOY GATHERING AT #12 AND BOB MADE IT MORE SPECIAL. HIS FRIENDSHIP IS TREASURED. AS YOU KNOW, THOSE GATHERING AT #12 ARE A FAMILY AFFAIR .EACH YEAR WE HOLD THE REUNION AND SHARE STORIES AND LAUGH TOGETHER. BOB HAS SHARED MANY PHOTOS AND FAMILY STORIES OVER THE YEARS, YOUR YEARS AT COLLEGE, YOUR WEDDING ,THE BIRTH OF YOUR DAUGHTER, THAT WE ASSOCIATE YOU AS KIN. PLEASE PASS ON TO BOB OUR CONGRATULATIONS FOR TURNING 70. ENCOURAGE HIM TO STAY NEXT YEAR A LITTLE LONGER AND BRING THE ALBUM. WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE RESULTS OF ALL YOUR EFFORTS AND HARD WORK.

    DICK AND PAM

  4. Jim Crawford says

    Amy what a wonderful gift you gave to your Father. I can tell from the video that he was overwhelmed with emotion. He has given me and many, many others some great memories and I hope for many other opportunities to make future memories with him. I am sure he will never forget this birthday. You were extraordinary to give this to him as well as your love. My best to Bob and all your family.

    Jim and Paula Crawford

  5. Bill Jenkins says

    Thank you Amy for including Becky and I in helping Bob celebrate his 70th. Bob, as you know , getting older is not for sissies or wooses. but you have always been equal to the task. Thank you for so many special memories, and just keep on keeping on. Love you buddy, Bill and Becky Jenkins

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