A Tribute to My Dad

Sunday, June 20th, 2010
This Father's Day, I wanted to share how much my dad means to me.  

Eric and Wendy pose for a pictureFor as long as I can remember, my dad has made it clear that the family is important to him.  Dad chose to work at home so that he can spend more time with the family.  He welcomes us at all times of the day to show him a craft or a test grade and he works hard to make sure that we don't feel like a nuisance but that we understand that he values our attention.

God has given my dad a passion for teaching.  Everything is a lesson, and it is rare that I walk away from a conversation without learning something.  A couple of days ago, while setting up a pantograph for my mom, he was excitedly explaining to Kelly and me the device's historical use by President Thomas Jefferson.  Family dinners are so much fun - especially now as Amy and I are approaching voting age.  We are often discussing or debating something, whether it be our stand on a political issue, or a historical fact, or how our government works.  Dad encourages us to pay attention in school by eagerly listening to anything we share - especially about history or physics.  It is not uncommon that we find ourselves the teachers and our parents the students!  Earlier as he was helping me with some technical aspects of a blog post - he took some time to teach me how to understand some of the code that he was entering.  Dad also practices what he preaches.  He not only tells us how important education is but he proved it to us by going back to get both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree!

He is also one of our biggest champions.  In robotics, he is such an encouragement and is always a ready "sounding board" for any idea I have.  Dad inspired me always push myself toward a new level.  Whenever I show him a new pop-up card or knit creation, his enthusiasm means so much and I believe part of the reason why I love to make any of them is because I love the excitement he displays when I show it to him.  I also love working part time in his company because of this enthusiasm.  He is excited about his work and his enthusiasm causes the rest of us to become excited, as well.

Dad has always dreamed big and inspires us to dream big as well.  When I set the goal of getting our robot team to the nationals he did everything possible to encourage me.  Extra meetings were scheduled and he helped me get tutorials and meet people to answer programming questions.  Even when our team didn't make it, he taught me that I should not let that defeat destroy my dreams or goals, but instead accept it and move on.  As I begin the road to college , Dad has been a wonderful counselor, teaching me the lessons he has learned throughout life.

Dad, thank you for your enthusiasm!  Thank you for cheering me on in everything I do.  Thanks for working hard to support us and for "rescuing me" from all those spiders!  I love you and am so thankful that God made you my dad!

Discussion/Comments (7):

A Tribute to My Dad


You are amazing! Thank you so much for how hard you work - you are such an encouragement to me. Thank you for all that you do to support me in my musical endeavors (and for teaching me about MIDI and how I can apply it). You are a wonderful blessing and I love spending time with you - especially when you are teaching me something!



Posted at 06/20/2010 8:52:58 byAmy Mack

A Tribute to My Dad


I love you a lot! Thank you for helping me follow my dreams in fashion designing and my music. I I am glad that you are my Dad!


Emily Danielle

Posted at 06/20/2010 9:00:45 byEmily Mack

A Tribute to My Dad

Eric, I am blessed to have you as the father of my children. Thanks for pampering me when I was pregnant, changing diapers in the middle of the night, being an educational role model, being a man of tremendous integrity, and for continuing to be my boyfriend. I love you, Sweetheart. Happy Father's Day!

Posted at 06/20/2010 9:11:02 byKathy Mack

A Tribute to My Dad


Thank you for encouraging me by coming to all the shows I do. Thanks for praying for me every day. I love how you come and look at my artwork and encourage me when I make my jewelry. Thanks for being my Dad! Happy Father's Day!


Posted at 06/20/2010 9:34:30 byKelly Mack

Wow! A great start to my day.

To my Mack ladies, this is very sweet and I am humbled by your kind words. I take my responsibility as a father seriously and your mother and I are committed to your education as well as your character and spiritual development. Each of you is an answer to prayer and your mother and I thank the Lord for you daily. Love, Daddy.

Posted at 06/20/2010 18:39:19 byEric Mack

A Tribute to My Dad

Eric, you are a wonderful model for godly fathers everywhere.

Have you considered writing about your experience as a dad for publication in a wider venue?

As a former pastor, I'd love it for the men in my church to have your thoughts and ideas to consider.

Posted at 06/21/2010 7:17:16 byDavid Dougherty

God gets the credit

God gets the credit. I'm just a fallen guy, born again and now trying his best to live according to His Word and teach my children to do the same. The thought of sharing my experience beyond this blog is intriguing, but I have my hads full right now. Perhaps when I'm older, have a few more gray hairs, and have more experience to share... Thanks for your kind words, David. Grace to you. - Eric

Posted at 06/21/2010 17:26:40 byEric Mack

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