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Fathers Day Traditions

The Advocate

Joy Whitlock JOY WHITLOCK:
We don’t really have a “tradition”, so to speak. We usually get together with my sister and her family and grill and spend the day together.

Francesca Battistelli FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI:
My mom and I always make blueberry muffins for my dad on Father's Day. They are his favorite!

Sarah Kelly SARAH KELLY:
All of us kids get together at our house in Rockford, IL, and we all cook my dad a dinner. And my mom gets a break too. My big brother grills out, my sister makes the side dishes and I make the desert . . . cheese cake every time!

Tricia Brock Baumhardt TRICIA BROCK BAUMHARDT (Superchick):
Our dad loves cards. I guess we're a love letter language family. So my dad kept every note or card we've ever given him. We don’t always get to be together since we travel so much of the year, but we always try to make sure dad gets a card from us on Father’s Day. It’s the simple things sometimes that let people know we love them.

Shane Bowers Julian DriveSHANE BOWERS (Julian Drive):
His best advice was to treat people as you’d want to be treated. He’s a beloved and respected man by many. I owe my “half glass full” attitude to him.




Every Father's Day : 11 Top Christian Music Artists Share Their Father's Day Traditions

by Tracy Darlington

Do you have a favorite tradition you and your dad do every Father's Day? You’re not the only one. We sat down with some of today’s top musicians and they shared theirs.

Duncan Phillips Newsboys DUNCAN PHILLIPS (Newsboys):
Make sure I get lots of presents. That's it! (Laughs) No, we don't really have any Father's Day traditions yet. My kids love their daddy, and I'm sure my daughters will love to go with their mommy and buy something, 'cause that's a thrill for them. They're true women in that sense. They love buying stuff. Any chance for a party!

My dad is a definite neat freak! Ha ha. So he always says, “All I want for Father’s Day is a clean house.” So every Father’s Day, we make the house shine for my dad, then just spend time with him and the rest of the family.

Phillip Larue
Talking with my dad in his backyard. There is a small stream that runs through the yard and we will get lost for hours in conversation talking about God, my marriage and so forth. I love him greatly and I feel so blessed that we have walked through our past to get to now. He has become an incredible friend and I can sincerely say that without him, I wouldn't be doing music today. I really look up to him and feel blessed to call him my father.

Ayiesha Woods AYIESHA WOODS:
My favorite Father's Day Tradition is trying so hard to find a gift for our Dad. The thing is, it seems he has EVERYTHING, so we never know what to get him! lol So it has almost become a tradition - "FATHER'S DAY GIFT HUNT!"

Matthew West MATTHEW WEST:
My dad loves sports, so we would always try to catch a ball game. I remember hanging out at Wrigley Field watching the Cubs with my dad on Father's day. I'm a relatively new dad, so I guess we are still building our own family traditions, but with two beautiful little girls, Father's Day will never be the same...

Meredith Andrews MEREDITH ANDREWS:
Ever since I can remember my dad would always say to me, “Meredith, the Lord will only give you what He can trust you with.” We’ve talked countless times about what this means, and I have learned from my wise father that we must be faithful to God in all seasons with what He has given us, small and great alike. Because of my dad’s advice and example, I am more keenly aware of the honor and responsibility I have to carry the Gospel to everyone I meet, to walk in integrity, and to be faithful to my faithful God in all things.

Tracy DarlingtonTracy Darlington is a freelance writer, and her work has appeared in Brio, Breakaway, YS, CCM Magazine, Insight, Susie Magazine, and other publications. She has interviewed countless Christian musicians including Rebecca St. James, Delirious, Newsboys, Leigh Nash, Barlowgirl, Krystal Meyers, Joy Williams, Pillar, Michelle Tumes, and many others. In her spare time she can be found riding horses or listening to music and sipping a Venti 3-shot sugar-free vanilla latte. Visit her online at her blog where she talks about Music, God, dogs and coffee. You can also look her up at Twitter and Facebook.