Tribute to Father’s


father's day
father’s day

Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas.

Dodd’s father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there.

After hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them.

Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.

Tribute to Fathers

The word Father can be interpreted in many ways depending on the family dynamics and circumstance.

A Father figure could be a father living with the family, possibly a grandfather, an uncle, an influential mentor, the list goes on.

What makes a ‘Father’?

I would like to suggest that it is a man who is

  • noble in character
  • lives high moral values
  • is an example that is praiseworthy to follow
  • leads out in honorable living. 

If you are blessed to have such a Father, please let him know how much he is loved and appreciated.

However, if this is not the case in your personal situation, realize that YOU can change the course for those in your own family.

A good man is held in the highest esteem when showing courage even in the face of adversity.  Determination to be a respectable man and father, even if outside influences dictate otherwise, cannot be valued high enough. 

Men who choose to be moral and upright in their life are truly a gift to all. If you haven’t had this example, please search out those who you can emulate.

Marry such a man to be your companion and partner in marriage.  Life will be all the sweeter.

Thank You to all the fathers – those in any position to influence for good! 

This is a wonderful Video from that I think you will enjoy

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today!

picture courtesy of Pixabay


  1. I was totally blessed not only to have a great dad, but also a wonderful grandfather, too (who was totally my second father) growing up and am so thankful for this :)

  2. What a great tribute to Fathers. I have no idea it Father’s Day was started in Spokane, Wash­ing­ton and she was born in Arkansas. YEAH! Arkansas had something great that came from it. Seriously, Thanks for the reminder how great our dad’s are, especially if they believe in God.
    I love the video.
    Diane Roark

  3. This is a lovely post. I have been blessed with a wonderful and compassionate father and I pray that my children feel the same way about their father, who in my opinion, is a wonderful father as well. Fathers can make or break a child and they should all strive to be a father like Sonora Smart Dodd’s father.

  4. I have never read about the beginning of Father’s Day before. So interesting! Thankful for my Dad and for my husband. Parenting is never easy. I hope that someday my husband and I can be the parents/grandparents my parents are. I am blessed.

  5. I was very blessed to have had such a great man as a Father and I found one for my soulmate:)
    Thanks for sharing this tribute to those special guys:))


    PS On my way to follow you in as many ways as possible on social media:))

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