“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could ever give another person, he believed in me.”

These words were said by Jim Valvano, North Carolina State University basketball coach, and it would be hard for me to find words that are more true.

Growing up, I’d like to think that I was an even mix between my mother and my father. Some people would say I looked like my dad, others would say I looked like my mother. One day I’d act like my mom, the next I would act like my father. I’d say I was pretty blessed.

As I’ve gotten older, circumstances have arisen that we can’t prepare for, and I’ve leaned on my father quite a bit. I hadn’t realized just how much I depended on him. Worst of all, until was living on my own, I didn’t realize just how much he had taught me, and how much more I still needed to learn.

No matter what happens, I can always count on my dad to be in my corner, and I think we could all agree on that. I can have the worst day and dad will point out something on the bright side or tell me that tomorrow is a new day. He believes in me, even when I don’t believe in myself.

I hope everyone has an opportunity to head out to the Stover Fair this weekend. I’m looking forward to the pedal and tractor pulls. What’s your favorite part of the Stover Fair? If you see me out, don’t be afraid to introduce yourself.

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