My initial goal for this blog was to post every week, but we were on vacation so I apologize for not meeting the goal thrice in a row. With two toddlers and working full-time, I now realize it’s an ambitious goal. The good news is I have more than three weeks worth of stuff to blog about and I am excited to start typing away. But first, let’s turn our attention to the men worthy of being celebrated today. Father. —noun a male parent. a father-in-law, stepfather, or adoptive father. any male ancestor, especially the founder of a family or line; progenitor. a man who exercises paternal care over other persons; paternal protector or provider: a father to the poor. a priest. (initial capital letter) Theology. the Supreme Being and Creator; God. a title of respect for an elderly man. the Father, Theology. the first person of the Trinity. —verb (used with object) to beget. to be the creator, founder, or author of; originate. to act as a father toward. to acknowledge oneself the father of. to assume as one’s own; take the responsibility of. to charge with the begetting of. —verb (used without object) to perform the tasks or duties of a male parent; act paternally: Somehow he was able to write a book while actively fathering. (Dictionary.com) For the past three weeks, I was blessed to witness and experience firsthand how deep and strong a father’s love truly is. PC: Raine Hornillos Getting married, especially the walk down the aisle, has to be intensely emotional for the bride’s father. We were called to be part of such a stunning wedding last month, and I cannot help but break down as soon as the church gates opened. The bittersweet of my uncle being immensely joyful and proud upon seeing his once little girl walk down the aisle with so much beauty and timelessness, and yet having to let go and entrust her to another man is an evidence of a father’s deep and strong love (click image above for video). I was also able to spend time with my father after three years of seeing him last, when he went to Los Angeles for my wedding. He met his two newest granddaughters for the first time, one from me and one from my sister. He is better, more mobile and independent than when he was in L.A. I feel his determination to spend more time with his grandchildren despite his condition; yet another great evidence of a father’s deep and strong love. And of course, the evidence/s I get on a daily basis would come from the father of my children. I cannot count the times my husband has manifested a father’s deep and strong love through his sacrifices, selflessness, and generosity. The mundanity of our everyday lives tends to make us fail to deeply appreciate and realize how lucky we truly are to be blessed with hands-on fathers for husbands. To my Papa, I thank God for blessing us with time well spent last month. I will always look up to your strength and simple confidence in any situation. We will try to make more time and visit more. To my father-in-law, I am constantly blown away and will always be grateful for your dedication and fondness with your grandchildren. God smiles upon your strong yet gentle heart each and everyday. To my brothers-in-law, I cannot thank God more for blessing my sisters with fathers such as you. Thank you for raising my nieces and nephew to be God-fearing, responsible and amazing citizens of the world. As a daughter and once a little girl, my heart easily turns to mush with father and daughter stories/moments (or father stories in general) and how special that kind of love is. It is one of those rare bonds no words are able to express and yet too tangible that it warms and fills the heart to the rim. Thank you to all the incredible fathers I am surrounded with. Share how you celebrate your awesome, hands-on dads and tag us @cornbunch on IG. Happy Father’s Day!