Father’s Day

16 Jun


Judy Wills

I was going to write something for Father’s Day 2019, but when re-reading my post for Father’s Day 2018, realized that I couldn’t say anything better.  So, with your indulgence, I’ll just re-post what I wrote last year, with a few additions at the end:

I have written about Father’s Day in previous years, and sometimes feel that I’ve written just about all there is to tell about my father, and Fred’s father.  I know that isn’t true – I can’t put a lifetime of memories in just one posting. And so as I think of other things along the way that each of those men said or did, it makes a good memory for me to pass along.

I was blessed with a Christian daddy, and the love of God that he instilled in me.  Of course, his job entailed working in the church-related side of life.  But he loved it, and did a wonderful job of it. He was quite dedicated to his job and his Lord.

1942 – Dallas, Texas Daddy, Bill, Judy, Mom

Fred was blessed with a Christian daddy, as well. His dad was a military chaplain when I met him, and served 28 years in the military as a chaplain.  He had a tremendous love of God and country, and passed that along to Fred.

1946 – Columbus, New Jersey Kitty holding Larry, Charles holding Sally. Emily and Fred standing

But there are more “Fathers” in my life, not just my father and father-in-law.  My husband is a father, and has been a solid rock for our family to cling to.  His love of God and country is recognized by many – those he’s worked with in his past military days, and those he worked with in retirement.  He was the Church Administrator at our church for just about 13 years.  He was and is still highly respected by those in the congregation, as well as the vendors he dealt with in the up-keep of the church facility.  The vendors sometimes still ask to talk to Fred, rather than the current administrator. 

Fred, Judy, Karen and Janet – 1976 – Panama City, Florida

Fred has loved God for so long, and deeply, and he has been able to share that love with his daughters.  They learned to love God, as well, from him.  They learned that loving God is more than just attending church on Sundays.  They looked at Fred and realized that loving God is living a life dedicated to God – every day of his life.  He is just amazing, and I love him.

My brother, Bill, is another man of God.  He has led his family with faith in our loving Lord, to the belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  His life – and the life of his family – show the love of man for family and man for God.  I am so proud to be his sister, and to share the love of God with him.

 Bill, DiVoran, Bill and Charlene – 1985 – Titusville, Florida

We have two sons-in-law, both of whom are God-fearing/God-loving men.  They lead their families with love and care and protection.  We are grateful.

Brian and Karen, 2010

Tom, Janet, Hannah and Connor – Christmas 2017

Finally, one of our grandsons is now a father.  He is a very loving and spiritual man, and I am sure that, with his wife by his side, he will show the love of God to his new son (our first great-grandchild).  

Forrest, Alyssa and Silas, Easter 2019

Well, what more can I say?  We are surrounded by the love of God and we couldn’t be happier with that situation.  God has placed us with loving people.  We are blest.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians 1:3


JUDYJudy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years
Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing.
Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.
After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.
She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins.
She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

2 Responses to “Father’s Day”

  1. Onisha Ellis June 20, 2019 at 8:56 am #

    Thanks for sharing the fathers in your family!


  2. divoran09 June 16, 2019 at 5:26 pm #



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