I adore this picture of dad and Em

My dad’s birthday is tomorrow, and it’s become a bit of a tradition for me to honor his memory with a blog post. I wrote one last year and the year before that. This year I decided to dedicate a Gratitude Sunday post to him, so this week’s list includes 10 reasons why I am grateful to him, although of course there are many more than ten.

Quotes on Gratitude

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” — Kahlil Gibran

“When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” — Unknown

The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.” — Thornton Wilder

Gratitude list for my father

  1. I am grateful that, long before any man would come into life, he made me understand what it felt like to be cherished.
  2. I am grateful he taught me how to make turkey gravy his way.
  3. I am grateful he got to meet both of my children.

    And this one with my stepmother Nancy and Jay

  4. I am grateful he provided me with a college education, and although it was difficult at times, I’m grateful that he pushed me to perform at my highest level in everything I did.
  5. I am grateful that he taught me the rules of football so I could be a true Wolverine.
  6. I am grateful for his dedication to family traditions, many of which I have passed on to my own children.
  7. Living with a lawyer in the family is not always easy, but I know it sharpened my wits, helped me learn to defend myself in a conflict, to learn the art of preparation, and to think logically when necessary. For these skills, I am grateful.
  8. I am grateful that when our neighbor Mr. Peterson threatened to force us to put our dog to sleep, my dad, in no uncertain terms, made it clear we would not and that furthermore, the subject was never to be raised again. (Again that lawyer thing)
  9. I am grateful he taught me to appreciate the small, but infinite and miraculous moments in nature that happen all around us all the time.
  10. I am grateful for his warped, sometimes twisted, and entirely unique sense of humor. Fred Foster stories are legendary among all who knew him, and it helps to have so many memories that make me laugh.
What are you grateful for this week?


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  1. Thank you for sharing this with us. *hugs*

  2. Julie, this is a lovely tribute to your dad. Thank you for sharing this. I hope that tomorrow (and every day) your happy thoughts of him will outnumber your sorrowful ones.

    I am grateful that I also had a father who left me with happy, thankful memories. I am grateful that he and my son had a short, but full time together. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to tell him, “I love you,” numerous times in the hours before his passing and he was able to say it back to me.

    • Janice, being able to say “I love you” in the hours before passing is a gift. I am glad for you. Thank you for this lovely comment.

  3. Love this line: “I am grateful that, long before any man would come into life, he made me understand what it felt like to be cherished.” So important. What a lovely tribute, Julie. I’m grateful for the reciprocity of forgiveness and grateful that Daddy knew that before his Homegoing.

  4. Your gratitude posts always make me smile and breathe a little more deeply. Such a great reminder to stop and pause on a Sunday…

  5. I am sorry to hear about your dad. I am glad you are doing a Gratitude Sunday for him. 😀

  6. Lovely tribute to your Dad, Julie. Especially like gratitudes 1,6, and 9.

  7. Julie,
    This was wonderful! As part of the Foster family there are many Fred stories that make us all laugh and will live on as the next generation of cousins hear them! What a nice tribute to your Dad… my Uncle Fred.

  8. GREAT photos and thoughts about your Dad, Julie. In my experience, it is kind of rare to have such a positive and loving relationship with one’s father. What a gift and treasure you received! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  9. I loved this post! What a nice tribute. I’m glad you have these beautiful memories and that you shared them with us.

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