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Happy Father’s Day!

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While there’s no need to wait for the big days in life (or on the calendar) to tell our parents just how much we love them, we have a soft spot for these set-aside days. Of course they already know, but words of affirmation and encouragement are a powerful thing, and the more and more often we spread them, the better. We’ll definitely be checking in with our daddies this weekend, and in the meantime, we wanted to share a few things they’ve taught us about relationships over the years!

From Kristin: When thinking about what my daddy taught me about relationships, I immediately think about the importance of manners and being respectful. I distinctly remember being 13 and riding to pick up a friend so we could go to the mall. I told him he could just honk the horn and she would come out. He replied “that’s fine, but I would rather you go to the door and get her. And rest assured, if a boy ever comes to the house and honks the horn, he better be dropping something off, because he is surely not picking anything up.” I remember giggling and begrudgingly getting out of the car to go to the door. While his words seemed silly and protective, I later understood what he was trying to teach me: manners matter, and being respectful of your relationships (family, friends, sig-os) is important. How you treat them communicates a lot about how you care for them. Giving a little extra is not much of an inconvenience and can really go a long way!

From Nicole: My dad taught me so many things about relationships whether he meant to or not, and it’s been heartwarming to see him invested in my relationship with my boyfriend and have him guide me in it. He taught me that whether it’s a friend, family member, or boyfriend, relationships are about giving before receiving. They often require teaching the other person — not just about what you love, but about what hurts you, too. They need constant contact or tending so that we can build trust and feel safe knowing you’re always there for them. Most of all, the best relationships consist of two people who respect each other, and consider each other partners in life.

From Emily: The most important thing my Dad has taught me about relationships is to cherish them. One of his defining characteristics is that he loves his family. He will talk to anyone who will listen about his daughters, what we’re up to, what we did the last time he got to see us, etc. He has saved (and proudly displayed) handmade gifts from my sisters and I for dozens of years. He was never too busy to read with me if I crawled onto his lap with a book in hand, and he’s still never too busy to talk through a problem at a moment’s notice. I can only hope that I go through life treasuring my closest relationships so well – and making sure my loved ones know it through my actions.

From Elizabeth, our summer intern: I may be a bit biased, but I think my dad is one of the hardest working people around! No matter the challenge, he works with persistence and determination until he has achieved his goals. I have found this lesson applicable to nearly all areas of life, but it especially reigns true in building relationships. Creating long-lasting, strong relationships is no easy feat, but my dad has proven to me that, with hard work and dedication, anything is possible. I am so grateful that my dad instilled in me the importance of working hard and never giving up on what matters most!

From Lisa: One of the many things I’ve learned about life and love from my dad is the importance of being a team with your spouse. For as long as I can remember, he and my mom have stood as a united front, no matter what was going on in our lives, and it has made our family so much stronger. He is also my mom’s biggest supporter, and regularly reminds my siblings and I how lucky we are to have her has our mom. I hope that Dave and I can someday show that same love and support of one another to our kids!

To get to know our dads a little better…
What traits we got from them, and which traits we wish we had gotten
Their best advice

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Kelsey reply

    Love this article! There’s nothing like a father-daughter relationship <3

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Happy Father’s Day!

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Dads. We adore them :) And we know y’all do, too. In honor of Father’s Day, we wanted to take a moment to honor our own dads – we wouldn’t be who we are without them!

Robyn Van Dyke from Caroline + Will’s wedding

From Kristin:
What is your favorite trait you got from your dad? I have the best childhood memories of my sweet daddy coaching my tee-ball team and sitting beside him watching sports on Saturday afternoons. I am quite grateful that I inherited a bit of his athletic prowess and love of sports. It is especially handy because KPW works in sports and we frequent football stadiums and basketball arenas.
What trait of your dad’s do you WISH you had gotten? His ability to wake up 3 minutes before his alarm clock and to wake up willingly with the sun :)

From Lisa:
What is your favorite trait you got from your dad? I am grateful to be a lot like my dad in many ways, but some of my favorite traits I got from him are my love of travel, curiosity about the world and people, and blue eyes.
What trait of your dad do you WISH you had gotten? This will sound funny, but his lungs! My dad is an amazing athlete, and even after his 50-mile runs, I have never seen him out of breath. I am quite the opposite, but I’m working on it :)

Whitebox Photo from Maria + Jack’s wedding

From Lara:
What is your favorite trait you got from your dad? My dad is a very happy-go-lucky guy. I love his ease about life and positive outlook! I try to model that in my own life, although I think he has a few more years of wisdom than I do!
What trait of your dad’s do you WISH you had gotten? I wish I had my dad’s patience and endurance. He can sit for hours and study something. My attention span is not as refined.

Vue Photography from Sarah Jane + Brad’s wedding

From Nicole:
What is your favorite trait you got from your dad? Our sense of adventure from anything from food to adrenaline rushes. We’ve been known to try crazy food combinations together and go skydiving. We’re currently dreaming up a scuba diving trip once I get certified!
What trait of your dad’s do you WISH you had gotten? His athleticism. My dad is always running, hiking, swimming or kayaking.

From Emily:
What is your favorite trait you got from your dad? My Dad is a lover of words and reading. I can’t say how grateful I am that he instilled that love at a young age – it has shaped my life in every way!
What trait of your dad’s do you WISH you had gotten? My Dad is an amazing whistler. I wish I had his ability to make music at a moment’s notice!

Dark Roux from Donielle + Vince’s wedding

We’d love to hear: What trait did you get from your dad, and what trait do you wish you had gotten?

Happy Father’s Day, dads!!

emily Written with love by Emily

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We all know a lot of advice is offered — seemingly from every quarter — when you’re engaged. Some of it you keep, and some of it you accept with a smile and then politely disregard. The best pieces of advice, though, the nuggets of truth offered from those closest to us, shape our lives in amazing ways, whether offered during an engagement or not. In honor of Father’s Day, we thought we’d share some of our favorite pieces of advice we’ve learned from our own dads.

From Lara:

My best advice from my dad came engraved on a silver keychain one Christmas: “Fortune favors the bold and scorns the timid.” My dad is a gentle, kind man with a heart of gold. He always wanted me to be an artist, and encouraged me to use my creative talents. I’m so grateful for that, and for this engraved encouragement that has since pushed me to be bold for what matters most.

From Nicole:

My dad has given me a lot of wonderful advice in my lifetime, but the two pieces that have stuck with me the most were actually in the form of declarations:

1. Yangs never give up. (Pretty sure this one was given to me when I was five and trying to fix something I broke.)
2. Yangs keep their last names. (Also given to me when I was five.)

My sister and I joke about these two things a lot (we like to repeat them to each other while imitating my dad — with love), but they’re the two pieces of advice that have molded our outlook on life and our individuality as well as our independence and capabilities.

Martha Manning

From Kristin:

Growing up, my daddy was lucky enough to be the only guy in a house house full of crazy, loud, Southern women. He is a graduate of NC State University and a die-hard Wolfpack fan – so I nearly broke his heart when I decided to attend his rival university (UNC-Chapel Hill). But here lies the beauty of my father and his advice:

You can do anything, ANYTHING, you just have to try your best“. And he always followed that with, “and I will be behind you 100%, rooting you on and doing everything in my power to make your dreams come true.”

He proudly attended my graduation, wearing a Carolina blue & white striped tie, and calls me regularly to check in and just ‘say hi.’ He has individual pictures of his three girls (my mama, sister and me) in his wallet and will proudly show them to ANYONE he meets. He is so proud of his family. One day, I hope that I am able to share this same encouragement, support and deeply rooted love of family with my children.

From Sara, our intern:

Along with the majority of his personality traits, there are endless pieces of advice that my dad has directly and indirectly passed on to me over the years. My dad is living proof of the phrase that there are no strangers, only friends he has not yet met (standing true to the idea of Southern hospitality!). His outgoing nature and love of life have led me to structure my days around four simple words that he used to shout from his office as I left for school each morning: “Attitude is 80 percent.” Most days, I still get a text saying the same thing, and I am so grateful.

From Morgan, our other intern:

I, like most Southern girls, truly think my dad is the best man in the world. The best advice my dad has given me came in the form of a simple phrase: Be good to each other. Though this was usually applied as a mediating phrase spoken to my sister and I during the midst of a disagreement while growing up, I have remembered the phrase and remind myself of the advice daily. Daddy saying “Be good to each other” has taught me to love, to be sweet, and to live a kind life considering other’s circumstances and feelings in an effort to “be good” to them.

Tanja Lippert

One of the phrases I remember my Dad saying most often is, “if you’re going to give, give graciously.” This line was likely precipitated by me shoving a toy at my sister if I was forced to share, or stepping aside from my turn on the swing with a begrudging huff. As I grew up, though, it took on a deeper meaning than a simple response, reminding me to be grateful, to have a generous heart, and to do more than was required of me, even if I didn’t feel like it. My dad taught me that what matters isn’t just IF you do it, it’s HOW you do it. One of the things I strive for most in life is to be a gracious person, and I’m guessing that urge can be traced back to one of my Dad’s favorite lines.

How about you, readers? What’s the best advice you’ve ever received from your dad?

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Anna ( reply

    This is such a sweet idea! I’m definitely a die-hard daddy’s girl, and reading these words of wisdom reminded me of my own moments with my dad. So sweet!

  2. avatar marianne reply

    I so appreciate the challenge to think about his and honor our Fathers. My Daddy grew up the son of a farmer. He picked cotton until his young hands bled, drove fence posts with muscles to prove it and more. So, his words to me were, “whatever you choose to do -work hard at it”. He also encouraged me to love and help others who have less, instilling in me a compassionate heart. Although, the greatest lesson he taught me was not long ago when as he finished the race of this life and faced a painful, paralyzing death and terminal disease. He taught me how to live and die with courage and faith focusing on those around him rather than himself. Happy Father’s Day remembering your Daddy’s on earth and in heaven, y’all!

  3. avatar Mattye W reply

    Thank you for this thoughtful post! It is a beautiful way to honor dads and the impact they have on our lives. One of the best pieces of advice from my Dad came as an effort to calm my nerves about my interview for my University’s Homecoming Court back in college. On the phone just an hour or so before the interview he said to me, “Mattye, the person that you are is what has gotten you to this point- to be selected to be interviewed for this honor- so trust that that same person will carry you through this in the right way.” Essentially, he reminded me that I already have what I need to do my best inside of me and that my life has carried me to this point for a reason. I made the Homecoming Court, did not win Queen, but more importantly that all of that is the truth I gained from my Dad that day. This wisdom has carried me through many life experiences, opportunities and challenges and continues to guide me today. Thank you, Dad! I love you!

  4. avatar Marianne reply

    Thank y’all for the challenge to take a few moments to remember lessons from our Father’s. My Daddy was the son of a farmer and it was often feast or famine. He picked cotton as a young boy until his fingers bled and drove fence post with teenage muscles to prove it. He always told me, “whatever you choose to do, work hard”. With a soft spot for those with less, he taught me compassion. Although, the greatest lesson I learned from him was while caring for him as he faced a painful, paralyzing and terminal disease…… to die with courage and faith focusing on the caregivers rather than himself. I love that man! Happy Father’s Day as you spend it loving and remembering your Daddy’s on earth and in heaven.

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