to the second best father I know…

“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments,
when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”

Umberto Eco


(Mother’s Day 2020 / Julie Cook)


(calendar page by Abby Cook/ 2019)

Here is to the second-best father I know.

Happy Father’s Day son!

You are the son who has made us so very proud each and every day.

We marvel as you lead your children by example–for that is the best gift you can ever
give them—a strong role model.

And so I say that you are the second-best dad…
because you know that you had the best dad out there…


(Julie Cook circa 1992)

Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;
pay attention and gain understanding.
I give you sound learning,
so do not forsake my teaching.
For I too was a son to my father,
still tender, and cherished by my mother.
Then he taught me, and he said to me,
“Take hold of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands, and you will live.
Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get[a] wisdom.
Though it cost all you have,[b] get understanding.
Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.
She will give you a garland to grace your head
and present you with a glorious crown.”

Proverbs 4:1-9

19 comments on “to the second best father I know…

  1. Sweet! Oh my gosh, those babies are so cute! I’m dying here. Happy Father’s Day, Julie. We always have the best Father, all year round.

  2. A loving tribute to good fathers and sons everywhere. ❤

  3. Tricia says:

    So very sweet!

  4. Lynda Clayton says:

    Julie, you have a beautiful family! Blessings for all.

  5. K.L. Hale says:

    A beautiful tribute to your son, Husband, and our Heavenly Father 💚💕❤️

  6. oneta hayes says:

    Your little “cookies” are so adorable. Good looking son/dad also. Blessings.

  7. Dawn Marie says:

    Simply, beautiful. And full of genuine loving admiration. Hugs to you for creating a lasting memory worthy of both Dads receiving!

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