Today is our dad’s birthday! His name is Steve, so we call him Papa Steve, and he’s just the best. We are so thankful to have such an awesome dad and we wanted to share a few of the life lessons we’ve learned from him.
1. Always Do the Right Thing
One of the lessons we’ve learned from Papa Steve is to always do the right thing. It doesn’t matter if there’s no one watching or a million people watching. The little decisions make a big impact on our lives and time and time again, we’ve watched our dad always do the right thing.
2. Take Time for People
Papa Steve is the best at this! Whenever we need a listening ear, he’s always there for us. No matter what’s going on in his own life, he will take time (sometimes hours!) to listen to others. He’s always made it a priority to be at our events, to call us on the phone just to catch up, and to spend time with us.
3. Be Able to Laugh at Yourself
Our dad is a funny one and even though our mom, Kimbo, and our brother Regan might disagree, we think he’s the funniest person we know. While he may try to act cool and collected at work or with others, at home he’s always saying funny one-liners or doing something to make us laugh. He is able to laugh at himself as well, which is something we really admire about him.
4. Think Wisely About the Future
Papa Steve is someone who likes to be prepared. Whether that’s getting ready for a vacation or traveling to a basketball game, he has a process to go through to make sure he has everything he needs. He’s been such an awesome person to talk to as we both transition into adulthood and figure out all those adult things like car insurance, benefit packages, and making big life decisions.
5. Life is Always Better on the Boat
And finally, we’ve learned from Papa Steve that life is ALWAYS better on the boat! One of our favorite activities to do with our dad is bring the boat out to Long Lake near our hometown on a sunny summer afternoon and just hang out. He’s always got a big smile on his face as he drives us around and loves to be with his kids out on the lake. As he says, let’s go BOATIN!