Dear Dad…

June 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

As today is Father’s day, I decided to switch it up from a usually link love to share a Dad related post. 🙂 Let’s get started!

Dear Dad…

You do so much for me and for our family. I am incredibly blessed to have you in my life, and I feel as if I don’t vocalize that enough. There are so many things I could thank you for, but I thought I’d just share a small amount of them today.


Junior prom 2014 

Dear Dad…

Thank you for being my gym buddy. The YMCA wouldn’t be the same without you.

Dear Dad… 

Thank you for not questioning why I spend weird amounts of money at Whole Foods or on nut butter. You know that I love that stuff, and you are supportive of my nut butter obsession. 🙂

Dear Dad… 

Thank you for making me laugh. You can always give me a great chuckle, even when I’m not in the brightest moods.


Senior prom 2015

Dear Dad… 

Thank you for providing me with the money for an education. I am so blessed I am able to go to school and follow my dreams of becoming a therapist. You are so supportive of my dreams- you always have, and I know you always will be. For that, I am eternally grateful.


April 2016- enjoying a weekend home from school with my parents 

Dear Dad… 


I don’t know how you or Mom did it, but you’ve loved me at my worst. During the depths of my eating disorder and when I was basically the devil, you stayed by my side. We most definitely had our fights during that time. We had our arguments. I threw food at you, I cried, I screamed. You persisted through it. It was a challenging time, yet we found our way out of it. You visited me in treatment. You were there at family meals. Dad, I am sorry for not speaking to you for almost a year after treatment. I am sorry for the wrongs I have caused with my eating disorder and the person it made me become, but through it all you kept this glimpse of hope in you that I would see the light at some point- and I did. Dad, thank you for dealing with me at my worst. For trying to understand this horrible illness, for being willing to learn more, and for sticking by my side to that long-lasting fight to freedom. We did it, we made it.

Dear Dad… 

Thank you for supporting my blog and for being the reason that it can all happen. You support my passions. You support my love for writing and for helping others. You are eager to learn more. And that brings a big smile to my face, even though I am shy to show it at times.


March 2016, before going to speak at Monte Nido- and eating disorder recovery center

Dear Dad…

You deal with my moods and my crankiness. I am stubborn, I get agitated easily sometimes; yet you always find a way to deal with it and shove my not so pleasant moods to the side.

Dear Dad… 

Thank you for being my church buddy. I am so happy that we are able to spend most of our Sunday mornings together with God. My heart is always full and warm at church, and having you by my side there makes me even happier.

Dear Dad…

Thank you for the countless knee rubs. Having knee surgery in 2014 was hard and painful, yet ever since then you’ve never been shy to massage my knee if it’s sore. Thank you for that.

Dad, thank you for everything you do for me. Your presence in my life is one I am so grateful for. You have taught me so much these past 19 years, and I wouldn’t be the woman I am without you. Our relationship has grown tremendously over the years, and that alone puts a big smile on my face. Thank you for all that you do for me and our family. I love you endlessly! <3


My brother, dad, and I: Summer 2015

Now tell me: 

What is one thing your dad does that makes you smile?

Have a great Sunday and lovely Father’s day!



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  • Reply stephanie June 19, 2016 at 3:29 am

    Dear Alyssa,
    That brought a tear to my eye! You are so kind and thoughtful, and a wonderful daughter and person. Thanks for thinking and writing so a nice post to your father. It is nice to see that you really do recognize and acknowledged all the wonderful things your dad does for you!

    • Reply Alyssa June 19, 2016 at 11:33 pm

      THANKS MOM 🙂 You two are both so amazing- you are rays of sunshine in my life!! Love you <3

  • Reply Lynne June 19, 2016 at 9:07 am

    This is so beautiful and so emotional for me Lyss. Have a beautiful day. xxx

    • Reply Alyssa June 19, 2016 at 11:33 pm

      Thank you so much for reading Lynne! Your comments always make me smile. Hope you had a wonderful day 🙂

  • Reply Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It June 19, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Absolutely lovely, Lyss. So touching and beautiful! My Dad is my hero and he always will be. Me just being his daughter makes me smile! Have an awesome day with him. <3

    • Reply Alyssa June 19, 2016 at 11:32 pm

      Thank you so much Marina!! Aw that is adorable- so true too! Being a daughter is enough to smile about in itself. Hope you had a great Father’s Day!!

  • Reply Jillian June 19, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Beautiful post. Beautiful family. Just beautiful <3 xo

    • Reply Alyssa June 19, 2016 at 11:31 pm

      Aw thank you babe, you are so sweet xoxo <3

  • Reply Megan June 19, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Aw this is so lovely. My dad makes me smile when he wears this goofy hat that my mum got him. It has sunglasses that flip down from the brim and it says “Marlin Man.” 😛

    • Reply Alyssa June 19, 2016 at 11:31 pm

      Thank you Megan! Aw haha that hat sounds adorable. Hope you had a lovely day!

  • Reply Ellie June 20, 2016 at 12:14 am

    My dad taught me that it is perfectly acceptable to eat peanut butter on a spoon straight out of the jar. He also taught me that when you’re really cold in the dead of winter, taking a warm shower is the best remedy 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa June 20, 2016 at 12:22 am

      Heheh love that your dad taught you that about the PB- So important to know. And yes to warm showers!! Your dad sounds like a lovely man <3

  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law June 20, 2016 at 1:56 am

    This is such a sweet post! Your dad sounds like such a great guy!

    • Reply Alyssa June 20, 2016 at 2:20 am

      Aw thank you! He is 🙂 I Hope you had a wonderful day kristy!

  • Reply Emily June 20, 2016 at 4:45 am

    I could almost just copy this, but I won’t… Because this is such a beautiful tribute to your dad. My dad supports my nut butter obsession too. He supports my blog. He gives my ideas. He reminds me of TRUTH. Your dad just sounds like such an amazing dad. OUr dads just show us so much grace.

    • Reply Alyssa June 20, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      Aw a Dad that supports the nut butter obsession too hehe 🙂 Your dad sounds like an amazing person, just like YOU! 🙂 xoxo

  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot June 21, 2016 at 12:22 am

    aw this is so so sweet. Sounds like youve got yourself one fantastic dad!

    • Reply Alyssa June 22, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      He is one great man, I am so thankful!

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