My Father-in-law is a great man. He is celebrating his 70th birthday this month…thus the family trip to Disneyland. At a time when he truly could have said, “come hang with me in Phoenix and watch me get old”…instead he said, “let me meet you in Disneyland for a couple days and follow you around”. That’s how great of a man he is. Dave is pictured here with his wife Glenice and his daughter (my hot wife) Brenda. Dave is a retired Sr. Pastor of 30+ years. He has built a bunch of houses with his own hands…and built up even more lives with his own life. He is a man of few words, yet when he speaks…you listen. Dave is a man of wisdom. I seek his wisdom in areas that I need council. Even though Dave comes across as soft spoken…he carries a “silent strength”. I recall Brenda sharing about how he used to say (when they were kids), “You ought not do that”…and that meant…”you’d better not do that” and they knew he meant business.
On Saturday night we all had dinner together inside the California Adventure park. The environment does not speak of a quiet and intimate dinner…yet we were able to go there. As the theme park dinner went…it started with a bunch of discussion and walking…and I mean a bunch (at least 1 hour). Then, we arrive at a warehouse that takes our order, charges more that they probably should, give us the food, send us to the condiment island, then outside to eat. Even with all that, the dinner was priceless. As we were talking through dinner and enjoying our time together…we decided to do an Impromptu Affirmation Circle lol….I think that’s a really funny title I just made up. I announced that since we were celebrating Dave’s 70th birthday, we should go around the table and share what we love most about Dave. So, here is a couple points made from my memory:
loran: I love that Dave said yes when I asked to marry Brenda
brian: I love that Dad encouraged and played sports
glenice: I’ve known Dave the longest. I love that he gave me Brian & Brenda
brenda: I love that Dad takes care of his health
roxi: I love that I see Dave in my kids
jared: I love that grandpa likes to play with us. I love that grandpa does tea parties
joel: I like the way grandpa pulls off that haircut
brooke: I love that grandpa likes to play sports with us
drew: I love that grandpa plays me hard in tennis and beats me
julia: (she loves everything)
As we wrapped up the love fest…Dave decided to share. He went around the table and shared how grateful he was for his family. He is grateful for his wife, kids, kids spouses (who he considers his kids…that’s cool), and grand kids. He’s thrilled that we are all serving the Lord and teaching our kids to serve Christ. He said, “that’s a big deal to him”. Roxi & I discovered that we are sparks….we brought some “spunk” into the family….I think that’s good?!? yea!
As the people who love him the most sat around sharing thoughts about him, he knew that we loved and respected him. Isn’t that we we all strive for? For the people who know us best, love and respect us the most?
Dave & Glenice are great people. I call them “lead with” people. You know, the kind of people that you’re not afraid to lead with in a conversation. You know, when I meet someone that might also know Dave & Glenice…I lead with…you might know the Pearsons? I married thier daughter. I don’t even give the person a chance to tell me what they think of Dave & Glenice because I know what I think. Conversely, if you are not sure what someone might think of your acquaintance…you might say, hey, do you know so & so? then wait to see what they think? There are very few people in life that I consider “lead with” people….Dave & Glenice are 2 of them.
I’m glad that I have people like Dave Pearson around me to challenge me daily to be a better dad, husband, christian, pastor, and person. Happy Birthday Dave!