When I was a little girl I dreamt of many things. I wanted to somehow wake up one morning with red hair like Princess Ariel from the Little Mermaid and make the whole ocean dance while I sang. I wanted to grow up and be a veterinarian and talk to the animals like Dr. Dolittle. I wanted to live in a castle with my Prince Charming and have a fairy god mother who dressed us up each night for a ball. I wanted to fly like a bird and soar through the sky. It’s funny the dreams children have. One of my favorite dreams is the one where I wanted to marry someone just like my daddy. When my dad used to tuck me in a night as a little girl did he know I never wanted him to leave me? That I always wanted to be his best friend, never moving out and to hunt and fish and get dirty just because I wanted to spend time with him? The room lights up when my dad walks in. Smiles flash because Daddy has arrived! Even Roman, my 1 year old nephew, can’t help screaming in delight when Grandpa Jim walks through the door. My daddy is strong in more ways than one. His knowledge of history, music, movies and how to win every board game is incredible. He loves his family so much that I think sometimes it hurts. He is the funniest guy around and I hope that he rubbed off on me a little bit of his wit and charm. My daddy worries for me and when I am in pain his heart is breaking with me. My dad is amazing and God blessed me with a man just like my dad. Some dreams do come true. I guess I was drawn to a version of my dad because I love him so very much. You gotta hand it to him…living with 3 strong willed, driven and emotional women over the past 20 years has made him our rock. That’s right Dad you are our rock. Us woman have these things called emotional meltdowns and we depend on our men to stand strong and tough out the storm with us. I am so thankful for my husband and my dad. The Hawkins/Lien women would be puddles on the floor without their encouragement, hugs, spaghetti and I can’t forget the curry. Daddy you have been on my mind so this one’s for you! I love you so much and I can’t wait for all your girls to be well and happy. Thanks for being the best.