Father facts

Joining in with the Friday Carnival over at the Notes from Home blog.

My husband has seven children in total. He has 3 from his first marriage, 3 with me and also has a little girl who was adopted into a new family as a baby. What would I like them to know?

Here are some father facts for you.

1. Your father loves all his children deeply. When I met him, he told me adamantly that if I could not accept his children, then there was no potential for us to be together. “They come as part of me” was how he put it at the time. We all know that your Dad is not the greatest at expressing his feelings but the love is there. I think (but can’t know) that he copes better with parenthood second time around. He does realise that he made mistakes in the past. He cries more than you know. He is also fiercely proud of all of you, each and everyone. One day, he will wake up and tell you so.

2. Your father is a really hard worker. He helps other people every day whether in paid or voluntary work and always goes the extra mile to give a good service to them. It is one of the things that first attracted me to him.

3. Your father lives with almost constant pain these days. He gets very little help from the medics and when he does, it does not seem to alleviate his condition. Sometimes he is grumpy and although it gets on my nerves and yours, I am sure I would handle pain less well than he does. When scales fall from his body and you or I make remarks about it, it really hurts his feelings. We need to do better on that one.

4. Your father will always leap in to help others when he sees them in need. Sometimes I think he should just put his underpants over his trousers and redefine himself as Superman because not only is he keen to help but he also has the intelligence and skills to sort most things out.

5. Your father put me back together again when my heart was broken and I saw no reason to live. He held my hand, he told me I was worthwhile (brilliant in fact) and made me laugh. I thank God that my heart was broken so that I could meet your Dad and have our lives together.

With love from the Striking Mum x


  1. Caroline September 9, 2011 / 3:44 pm

    Wonderful 🙂 x Cant really think of much more to say tbh, i know in his own way he loves us as we love him. x

  2. seasiderinthecity September 9, 2011 / 6:42 pm

    That’s such a lovely post 🙂

  3. NinaBnice September 9, 2011 / 7:59 pm

    I wish I could write a post to my children like that. Sadly that will never be the case x to know you are loved, especially by a parent is so vital. Thankfully my children know I love them but I still remind the frequently. Sadly the same can’t be said for their father. x Such is life x

  4. michelletwinmum September 9, 2011 / 9:29 pm

    Ahh he sounds like a rock, beautiful post. Mich x

  5. Rebecca English September 9, 2011 / 9:36 pm

    Sounds like he has a lot to cope with – must be hard to live with pain like that every day.
    Not everyone is able to express how they feel – especially men – but it doesn’t mean they don’t feel things deeply.

  6. Midlife Singlemum September 10, 2011 / 8:16 am

    Some of the entries oon this theme are just a little bit different. This is one of them. Thank you for sharing things about a wonderful father that also broadens our minds.

  7. liveotherwise September 10, 2011 / 9:29 am

    He sounds like a fabulous guy who is having a hard time of it. But how fortunate to have such a great family to support him, and for him to be a part of.

  8. Ella @ Notes from Home September 11, 2011 / 2:10 pm

    Lovely post. The last line was just gorgeous.

    Thanks for joining in the carnival this week x

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