Thursday, August 6, 2009

A Little Birthday Boasting

Today, August 6th, is my dad's - as well as my grandmother's - birthday.  I've always thought it cool that my mom's mom and my dad share this day.  So, Happy Birthday Dad & Grammy!  I am so thankful for both of your lives, and I celebrate the two of you with great joy, especially today!

I wanted to take this opportunity - the day of his birth - to talk a little about my dad, Keith Pugh.  He is such a humble man, so I have taken it as one of my duties in life to brag on him.  To me, there is so much to share! 

On Father's Day, I posted briefly about what my dad means to me; there is no way to put all of that in words, but I did make an attempt to articulate my sentiments.  

But today, as we celebrate his birth, I thought this would be a good time to brag on him a little and share some of the accomplishments throughout his life.  

Besides my husband, my dad is the most disciplined man that I know.  Disciplined and loyal.  Both of these traits make for a wonderful and virtuous husband, father, friend, and follower of Christ.  They also make for a great athlete.  My father is an exceptional one.  He is one of those who excels in whatever he commits to, especially in the athletic realm.  He ran a marathon a few years back, simply because it was one of the items on his "Things I want to do one day" list.  He never lost a football game in high school, has Junior Olympic medals in track and field, possess several "Punt, Pass and Kick" trophies, has three SEC football championship rings, and - under Coach "Bear" Bryant - lead the University of Alabama as starting wide receiver to two National Championships . . . he has rings for these as well . . . you get the picture.  I've heard baseball was his best sport, until he messed up his shoulder pitching as a young guy.  Nonetheless, I have put my hands on the baseball from the game in which he pitched a "no hitter."  To this day, he can drain three pointers for hours with the nicest of form!  And men like Tiger Woods need to be thankful that he only gets to play golf a few times a month; otherwise, I have no doubt that he would be at the top of the PGA tour leader boards.

I know he's my dad, but he is very talented indeed!  He is 52 years old today and in great shape.  But of course, those things are only temporary and secondary.  His heart that fears the Lord and loves His Word is what makes him most respectable.  But, you have to admit, his athletic accomplishments throughout the years have earned him a little respect as well. 

I'm so proud of you, Dad.  Happy Birthday!  Love from your biggest fan!  

(Looking at the picture, Dad is on the far right) 


Stacy said...

I posted about my dad on fathers also and they are so much alike.
Trememdous athletes and most importantly men after Gods own heart! And they both bleed Red and White. ROLL TIDE! I was born when dad was at Alabama playing for Bear Bryant so I have and will always be a Bama fan! Thanks for sharing and please tell your Dad Happy Birthday from the Dartys and the Brannens. Love, Stacy

The Parkers said...

What a sweet and beautiful tribute to your Daddy. I hope to one day meet your folks bc I already think the world of them just from your testimony of them (It's sort of like a non-believer wanting to know Christ bc of the great testimony of his followers). I would love to just sit at your parents' feet and learn from them all about parenting. Without knowing them, I know they are great parents bc of the strong way you honor them and "arise and call them blessed".

Les Prouty said...

Beautiful tribute. I went to high school with your dad back at MA. He was for sure an exceptional athlete. But I can also say that he was an exceptional individual from the first day I met him in 8th grade for as long as I have known him.

I realize he has since had another birthday since this one, but I'm certain he has only grown in godliness in the last year.

Tell him I said hi.

Les Prouty

Katie said...

Thank you so much, Mr. Prouty. I appreciate you taking time to leave a comment. I already passed on your greetings to Dad, and he was excited to hear from you. Blessings to you and yours :)