P.J.’s Journey: Good Dads Versus Great Dads

A.J. and P.J.My emotions overwhelm me tonight as I write this post.  I am watching my husband go through one of the most difficult experiences a person faces, the loss of his mother, yet I see him continuing to care for his family and offer the same service he has continued to provide throughout P.J.’s journey (See P.J.’s Journey:  My Copilot).

To say A.J. is a good dad is like saying Mother Teresa was a nice lady.  A good father takes his kids out for pizza and tucks them in at night.  A great father, one like A.J., gets up three or four times in the middle of the night to cook for his son because he knows that weight gain is critical to wound care and it’s important to feed him when he’s hungry.  A good father helps his kids get dressed and encourages them to work hard at school.  A great father, one like A.J., changes sheets and pillowcases regularly because he knows infections can be deadly, and encourages his son to struggle through physical therapy, no matter how painful, because the end result will be worth it.  A good father pushes his child on a swing and holds his hand while he climbs stairs.  A great father, like A.J., pushes his son in his wheelchair and holds his hand while he is going through torturous treatments.

With my father and father-in-law both having gone home to be with the Lord, for the past few years, Father’s Day has been about helping my children to appreciate their dad.   I don’t know if they will ever be able to fully appreciate all he has done for them, but I can truly say that I do.

A.J., you are an amazing father… never doubt that for a moment.  I love you with all my heart.  Happy Father’s Day.

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10 Responses to P.J.’s Journey: Good Dads Versus Great Dads

  1. Kim Feil says:

    Happy Fathers Day PJ’ s dad! Ya mamma is smiling down on you guy!!!

  2. Jessica says:

    We miss u PJ!

  3. David says:

    Tina,
    What a beautiful article! You and A.J. are both exceptional parents. My heart and prayers are with A.J. and your family. My mother has been gone for 20 years and not day passes that I don’t think of her. Just let A.J. know that the memories are comforting, wonderful and they are not far away. Try to enjoy today and let me know if I can be of any assistance. This difficult time “will” pass.
    Dave.

  4. Wade Sickinger says:

    AJ, You probably don’t remember me, but I worked with Tina and went to Delgado with Tina at the SPR. You are a great example that you don’t have to brow-beat people into “seeing” Jesus, you just have to quietly allow Jesus to show himself through you. Sorry for your loss, (I know because I’ve lost both of my parents), but congratulation on being that “Great Dad” that Tina explained in her message and I pray the best for PJ.

    • DishinDahlin says:

      What a beautiful sentiment, Wade! And of course A.J. remembers you! I’ll make sure he sees your message. Thanks for the prayers. — Tina

  5. Kathy Durand says:

    My best to A.J. I know it is hard to loose your mother. It’s a part of “life” that hurts the ones that are left with only memories. But the good memories help ease the feeling of loss. My best wishes to you Tina and to your family. I will keep praying for P.J. and all of his “family of care-givers”.

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