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It's hard to pick a favorite memory when it comes to my dad because he's always been my anchor in this life. He's the first man I ever loved and has always put us kids first in everything he does. He's also pretty darn hysterical, so laughs are never in short supply when he's around. With Father's Day coming up, I thought I would share my favorite memory with my favorite dad. In a sea of so many great memories, this one will always stand out...

Our father/daughter dance at my wedding. 


While we were planning the wedding, I asked my dad to pick the song that we would dance to. I knew it would be way more special if he picked it than if I did, and I couldn't wait to hear what he chose. A few weeks later, he sent me the song he had chosen for us. My Little Girl by Tim McGraw. I was obsessed. I just love that song and four years later still get chills when I hear it and think of that special day.


I can't imagine how hard it would be to give your daughter away to be married. For 22 years, he led me, protected me, and loved me unconditionally, and now he was entrusting another man to do the same. Dad was always supportive of my relationship with Parker and thinks the world of his son-in-law, but I don't know if that makes giving your baby away any easier.


Before the song ended, my dad looked at me and said "You ready?". I nodded as I fought back tears, and he walked over to Parker, shook his hand, and let us finish out the dance. As you can see in the picture below, I was in tears (ugly crying face, party of one). I just love my dad. No matter how old I get or how many years I am married and living away from home, I'll always be his little girl. 


I was walking through Macy's the other day while I was waiting for my car to get an oil change (grown up problems) and came across this Nautica Voyage Gift Set. Since Dad has always been my anchor in life, I couldn't think of a more suitable gift. 


I've always had an obsession with anchors and anything nautical. I was a Delta Gamma in college and now am married to the Navy, so the anchor just fits (hence the blog name). The Nautica Voyage Gift Set screamed clear, confident, and inspired, which I think perfectly describes my dad. Not to mention, the set smells amazing! So clean and masculine. 


Here's where I found it at Macy's:



We are excited to host my parents in our new home in a couple of weeks, and this set will be waiting for my Dad when he arrives! Dad, thanks for being the dream dad and my real life hero. You are loved!


Nautica for Dad

7 comments :

Kirstie said...

Your pictures definitely got me teary eyed! Such a sweet memory and he sounds like fantastic dad! Congrats on buying your first house by the way! So excited for you! Xo

Emily said...

Oh my gosh, these pictures are fantastic. Like you said, I cannot imagine how hard giving your daughter away to be married will be. I mean, I hope that day comes for us with Lilly...but whoa, I cannot think about it now. Glad you have such sweet memories with your Dad!

Hana R said...

I cried reading this. absolutely sweet!

Jen said...

This is such a sweet post, I love it!

Lydia @ This Marine Wife said...

Grr, I had written an entire comment and the stupid Internet deleted it. Ugh! Anyway... I love this post, and I love how your dad handed you off to Parker at the end of the song. So sweet! My dad and I danced to "Cinderella" by Steven Curtis Chapman. I didn't expect my dad to cry, so when he did, I ended up bawling like a baby. Yep, I adorned the ugly crying face too! Lol!

Nellie said...

Love your blog!

David Dial said...

What a great post! Your Dad sounds like a really awesome guy, and those photos from your wedding are incredible. Thanks for sharing, and I hope he enjoys this gift when he gets in town! #client

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