Monday, June 14, 2010


A Very Special Tribute To You...
"Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding." Proverbs 4:1


What are  your special memories of your dad??  When you see or hear something in particular....does it ring a bell?
 And does it bring a smile to your face?  Does it make you sit up and take notice?  Because, remember when DAD spoke ---
 that was the FINAL authority.  "Wait til your Dad gets home"   Or "When your father hears that, he's going to be furious." 
 Or.     "That will make Daddy so happy and he'll be so proud of you."  Whatever your remembrance this Father's Day,
 we must remember one thing--God places the Father in a very special place in our homes.  As our own fathers and for
the fathers of our children--They are to be respected, honored and given their rightful place in our lives because they are---

First and foremost there is a Father who DOES care and LOVES us beyond all imagination.  That is, of course, our Heavenly
 Father.  He loves us more than we can even think.    John 3:16 reads "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life."  He gave us His very best. 
 His only  Son.
 Romans 5:8   "But God commendeth His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."   The ultimate sacrifice of love.  We have an opportunity to fellowship with the Creator of the Universe and yet He deems to allow us the privilege of coming boldly before His throne and to call him "Daddy"
Romans 8:15, 16   "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father."  
Thank you, dear FATHER for allowing us to be your children.
Now, the only way you can be an effective, loving father is to have a relationship with the Heavenly Father and that comes
through His Son Jesus Christ. If you're a father today and you're reading this page saying  "Well, I'm a good dad".  
"I don't need any of that wimpy, pansy God stuff".   "Who does SHE think SHE is telling me I need religion?"
Well, first of all,   it's not me that's doing the telling.   It is God Himself  who tells us we are in need of a Saviour. 
ALL OF US!!   That is why He sent His Son.
Please, Dad, read these verses and really think about it and know there is a wonderful reward in this life and eternally
when we trust this great and awesome God of the Bible.

Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
Romans 3:10  "There is none not one."
Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth His love toward us  in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us....."
Romans 10:9 "That if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shall believe in thine heart that God has raised
 him from the dead..thou shalt be saved."
Romans 10:13 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord Shall be saved."
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son..that whosoever believeth in Him, should not
perish but have everlasting life."
Revelation 3:20 "Behold I stand at the door and knock..If any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and
sup with him and he with me."
 John 5:13 "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God: that ye may know that ye have eternal
life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."

If you've made this life changing decision...please drop me a line and let me know..and I'll get you in touch with some very
good Bible material that can help you learn and grow in His marvelous grace...Lord bless you!

Sit back relax---take your shoes off and stay a while.

The very unique and unusual inventions including the "bikemobile",
the toggle switches in the old car that ran everything, the "gas chamber" shower stall...
Dad's memorable bedtime story about "Tony And The Jungle" (scared them to death)
The original games---"Human Log Rolling" -- "The Chair Maze" -- "The Repeat The Number Game"--"The Water Game"
Special phrases and words like "No jelly beans for you--hoooo".
Learning manners at the kitchen table  (especially passing the salt and pepper)
The look and the shake of the head that Dad gave when 'another' car had to be repaired or he had to make a 'middle of the
night' rescue.


A Dad that loved them and was there for them and who took the time to lead them to a personal saving
 knowledge of the Lord Jesus.  A Dad that prayed individually with them every night (asking especially that the Lord would
 send them a mate just right for them).  A Dad who played countless games of basketball (even when there was something
else he wanted to do).  A Dad who would wrestle on the living room floor--a Dad who would go out EVERY Friday night
for Family Night and get special treats for everyone (including Mom) and most of all a Dad who loved the Lord Jesus and
 prayed daily in the field behind the house as the moon shone late above and preached God's Word with conviction.


Wonderful Links For Children.. For DAD!!

DLTK'S Father's Day Crafts For Kids
Wonderful printable poem for daddy, too!

Billy Bear's Happy Father's Day
Wonderful cards, awards, promise cards and more. Father's Day Page
Of many Father's Day page links

Family Fun
Homemade Father's Day Gift


A Very Special Memory..

My dear precious daddy, Michael Oczypok, was born August 28, 1915...His mother and father settled in Ambridge, Pennsylvania where they raised four boys.  
The way my mom and dad met was really unique and strange.  The churches always met on Memorial Day at the cemetery to pay honor to those who had died defending our country.  The choirs would sing at those memorials and that was where my Dad and Mom made their first acquaintance.  Love at first sight!!!  Dad made many trips from Ambridge to Lyndora in those days just to see his sweet Annie..  

Dad and Mom ran away to Quantico, Virginia nearby where my father was stationed in the Marine Corps.  To hear my mom tell the story... it was quite romantic.  It was so sweet.  They kept the wedding a surprise from my grandparents (I think my dad was scared to death). But eventually they did tell them and Grama and Grandpa had a wonderful celebration for them and the family.

 With that marriage came five children, of which I'm the youngest.   There's brother, Chuck,  and sisters Patty, Nancy and Sonia.  All are still very very special to me and we're very close although the miles separate us.  
Dad, Ozzie,  as he was nicknamed, was a "Jack of all trades".  There was nothing Dad couldn't do.  If he couldn't do it, he'd invent a new way to do it.  He had such an amazing, mechanical mind and could outdo any engineer at drafting and planning.
One of his most wonderful creations was the World War II Memorial that he designed in our little town of Lyndora, Pennsylvania.  Everytime we come home for a visit and drive past, the kids will hear me say.. "There's the memorial your Grandpa designed."

Dad fished, bowled, golfed, hunted, gardened, built anything and everything you can think of.  Like I said, if he couldn't do it, he'd invent a way to do it.  What a mind... always thinking.....always planning. 
And he loved his girls... When Mom was pregnant.. Dad would say he wanted little girls with curly hair!! Well, sorry, Dad.. we're all as straight as a pin. Ha..Ha.
Well..somewhere along the way, Dad got cancer.. he went through a  barrage of treatments.. and the Lord saw fit to give us 7 more wonderful years with him.

The year I was pregnant with my seventh child.. my husband sent me home with Mom and Dad for some R & R. (I think he knew I needed it).   It was the most wonderful visit I ever had with them.   Dad would have my coffee and juice on the table every  morning waiting for me.  And when we would go out to the store shopping, he would bring both pairs of boots for Mom and me to wear.  

One day we went for a ride and Dad went in to the corner store and bought a lottery ticket.  He said, "Honey, if I win this lottery, I'm gonna buy you a house with four bathrooms..hee.hee.hee..".  (With his precious little giggle).

Well,  time goes on, and it was Mom and Dad's 50th anniversary.  We had planned a surprise for them, but Dad wanted to throw a BIG party.  He wanted all his girls there so he could dance with them.
Cancer...once again claimed my dear dad..and he was only able to attend his big party in a wheel chair in an immense amount of pain.   Oh how he wanted to dance with his girls.   We gathered around him in the wheel chair and slowly turned him around to the music. 
His eyes filled with tears.  It was not what he wanted, but he appeased us.

 Not long after, Dad was admitted to the Veteran's hospital where he spent the last 10 months of his life, with his dear wife, Anne by his side every day but one (when she had a cold.)

Within that time, Dad sought for answers for his eternal state... not sure that the Lord could ever really love him or ever forgive him for his sins.   Through much prayer and love and sharing..he told my sister, Patty, "I know the Lord has forgiven me." 

Praise God.. he accepted the forgiveness that Jesus had paid for on the cross many years before.

There was a peace in my Dad in those last days.. and on one of my visits from Ohio, he whispered to me. "Please sing me the Lord's Prayer".

So I did.  And on May 16, 1986... Jesus said.... "Come home, Mike!!".

Thanks, Dad...for all those great times.. thank you for letting me curl your hair with curlers while you pretended to sleep on Saturday mornings.... thanks for calling me your "Little Princess" and your "Little Pumpkin".
I miss you, sweet Dad.. But I'll see ya later...

Send Dad an e-card

How about a surprise dinner for that special Dad or hubby in your life..For a wonderful taste treat for Dad.  I'll be putting up a blog page for the Father's Day Menu and Recipes soon.

So Dads...What Are Your Favorite Hobbies??
  Or how about FISHING?
Or maybe it's HUNTING?
Oh, I know you love CAMPING?

  Well, you know what, Dad?    Whatever you are or whatever you do, YOU'RE A FATHER.  With a wonderful privilege and
 honor of being the most important man in your child's life.  And no matter how many of these you get over the years.

Each and every year it will mean the world to you because YOU  are THE

That God wants you to be 


Write me a note and tell me what being a father means to you.



Anonymous said...

One of the trendiest Father's Day gifts this year is MUSIC, and
one of the most popular songs is called "Little Girl."

It's a song written by E. Walter Smith to be used for the father-daughter dance at weddings. However, lots of daughters, and even wives have discovered that this is the can’t-go-wrong, inexpensive Father's Day gift… "Little Girl" is one of those songs that can bring a tear to the eyes of even the toughest dad.

People can listen to "Little Girl" on Smith's website

Georgia said...

Thank you so much for sharing.. I definitely will check it out..