As most of you know, my wife, Chase, and I are expecting our first child in early August.

Okay, I could make fun of the relaxing part – or I was told and I saw it.

When I told my father a few weeks ago to keep his Father’s Day weekend free, his first response was, “What house project are we doing this weekend?”

Fortunately, it was originally planned to be today at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field, but instead I bought much better and cheaper tickets to see our Cubs in Cincinnati in a couple of weeks.

There won’t be any work this weekend, but if there was – I can assure you that my father didn’t complain a little. This heat would have been a perfect time to redo my house, right Jeff? Let me tell you about my father and his work ethic. But don’t let me leave out the most important part and that is the divine example he gave me and my sisters as parents. An example that I hope I will model and embrace as a father myself.

Dari-Licious is one of my favorite places in Crawfordsville. It’s also one of the few places to eat in east Crawfordsville. Yes, they have lots of great things, other ice cream cones and cherry cokes.

One day when I was probably only 7 or 8 years old, my dad and I took a Saturday lunch break at DL. I ordered a BBQ sandwich and quickly found out it wasn’t what I wanted. Kindly my dad, who had ordered a cheese steak, exchanged sandwiches for me. It’s a moment that I think about all the time.

My father had a daughter when he was 17. He was divorced when he was in his early twenties before remarrying my mother in 1993.

No college degree and a single father of two girls who lives in a trailer. He could have just mailed it in.

My father left Fleetwood in the mid-1990s and started building homes. And he worked his tail off.

My father worked every free week during the week and on Saturdays to fulfill all my and my sisters’ wishes. Vacation, cars, tuition, it all came from his extra work.

But my father was by no means an absent father. He never missed a ball game or a rail meet. And certainly never missed the church.

My father is the hardest working man I know, but he’s also the best man I have ever met.

There are many Christians out there with good Lead the example and do God’s work. I see them every day, but there are certain qualities that set my father apart from most.

He will do anything for everyone, and if these people change their mind, he will be happy to do it again.

I’ve moved so many times in the past 10 years that I would have to mow my dad’s garden every week for the rest of his life to ever repay him for the moving and house repairs he did for me.

Prev a couple of weeks we worked to finish building a fence in Chases and my new house. We’d been at it since 7am and when we got frustrated building a fire pit I was ready to stop and give up. Not my dad like we ended up with the flashlights on our cell phones.

As the day draws near I’ll have to thank my dad for everything.

You have the ultimate precedent as a dad, Man of God and best friend.

You showed me what it takes to love my family and work hard to care for them.

Jared McMurry was born and raised in Montgomery County and is the sports editor of Journal Review. He can be reached by email at [email protected] and by phone at 765-918-8656. Follow him on Twitter @ jaredmac26

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