Happy Father's Day to all of the wonderful dads out there! Today is usually a difficult day for me but this year was different from the ones before. As the events in my life unfold I think about how much I want to share with my dad. When I logged on Facebook this morning I was so very happy to see that my friend, Nate, had tagged me in a photo from an Olympic triathlon, Nation's Triathlon, I had done in memory of my dad posted by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I am so very honored for this picture to be the image chosen for today.. and blessed for this picture to have surfaced as I had not seen it yet. I have so many great memories of this event and even more so of the time I got to "be" with my dad that day. Each mile.. Even though I went with my team I chose to race alone for most of it and talk to and enjoy my time with God and my dad. I felt so proud of what I had accomplished when finishing my first Olympic triathlon (not a good swimmer) - knowing they were the ones that made me make it through to the end. Each time I do something big or something I am especially proud of I always wish my dad was here to share in it. This doesn't mean I don't wish he was here everyday even for the little things but today as I browse Facebook I see a lot of my friends changing their profile pictures or posting a picture of them and their dads at their weddings. It makes me happy and sad to see these for many reasons. I am so very happy that each of the people who mean a lot to me were able to share their special day with their dad and as our wedding quickly approaches I think of this often. I think of how it just won't be the same to not have him walk me down the aisle, to give me away, for the father/daughter dance and for so much more. I think of how funny it would be to hear "the talk" he would have given to Farrel and to know that whatever he said he meant it. How proud he would be of the woman I have become and of the man I have chosen to spend my life with. He would love that I spent Father's Day working under a race car and getting dirty just as he would have done. This is what he loved. Working hard and having fun. Although I am preparing for two shows later in the summer, our wedding is just short of 6 weeks away so I'm sweating for the wedding right now. Killing two birds with one stone you might say. I know my dad would be proud of the hard work and dedication I had to train for a show while working 85+ hours a week as well as now that I have some time off to get my workouts in and enjoy it too. As we prepare for our wedding and I prepare for the mixed emotions of him not being by my side I have done a few things to make sure he is a part of our special day. My dad will be walking me down the aisle thanks to a few Etsy purchases... this charm with my dad's picture, a cross with my something blue and a beautiful heart locket hanging from my bouquet. This is just a preview but I will be posting more after the wedding. Just to know when I want to cry (I am very much a cry baby hehe) I can look down at my bouquet and be reminded that he is there with me and not missing one moment. I just wanted to take a moment to share something not fitness related and to remind everyone out there to cherish their families, both dads and moms, as they are gone too quickly. Love them every day and make sure they know it for they are the ones that have helped shape you to become who you are today and will continue to shape you after they have passed. I love and miss you daddy. Happy Father's Day.