I have a backlog of half written blog drafts. So it appears that my blog is going to be confined to paying homage to the one’s most dear to me for a while.
As the father of seven wonderful children, obviously I have devoted a great deal of my adult life to cultivating the Farley family tree. After many years of fertilizing (pretty good at that by the way), watering, pruning, and protecting God has blessed Lynn and I with a wonderful topiary. As awesome as the path has been, we could not continue this endeavor forever. Fortunately, God had a plan for that. Grafting!
Unbeknownst to me, the Ichthus Festival (christian music festival/teenage garden center) would bring a multi-colored … spike haired, zebra like stick into the life of our second branch Sarah. Pre-Michael Sarah (PMS) was a country music hating prissy little princess. Somehow the rapid climate changes of Ichthus (Dust, heat, rain, frost …) over three days altered her DNA somehow. Country music, demolition derbies, county fairs, truck & tractor pulls suddenly became a natural part of her life.
My relationship with Michael … grew mostly out of his uncanny ability to show up right at meal time. As we all know, christian fellowship revolves around food and Michael wanted to make sure that our relationship was grounded in our mutual faith. Additionally, he understood the importance of resting in the Lord and would consequently fall asleep on the couch at every opportunity. He always new his purpose in those times of fellowship and proved his faithfulness by never showing up without a bag of ice.
I will always count it a special day when Michael asked for Sarah’s hand in marriage. Good has shown Lynn and I a great deal of favor by providing a warm, loving, hard working, fun loving, man of God to care for our Sarah. On the day they were married, there was no doubt that God had seen fit to continue adding to our tree in a wondrous way. He gladly accepted the mantle of gardener that I placed upon him that day. He has shown himself to be a faithful husband and loving father. I am honored to call him a son and coworker in the family tree business.
Happy Birthday Michael.