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Congratulations to our first prize winner, Jason Ward and our second place winner, Steve Melton! Please contact us via email (fresyesnat at gmail dot com) to claim your prizes! This entire group is so worthy of an amazingly Happy Father’s Day. Thanks for setting a great example gentlemen – and may you all find joy in this day.
Well hello and welcome to the last week of Spring! Spring. Bet that word had already slipped your mind when we bravely faced a few 106-108 degree days last week! But, honestly, this Spring has been quite mild for Fresno and I personally enjoyed it quite a bit. I hope you did too! And now, moving on to something else I hope you’ll truly enjoy…
Last week, I asked for nominations for wonderful Fathers who are so deserving of a special Father’s Day gift from us here at FresYes. And, as always – you delivered some really great submissions and stories about the things these amazing men taught you. Please take the time to read the nominations below, then select the nomination you would like to see win one of our awesome prizes using the poll at the bottom of the page. Be sure to share this link via Facebook, email, carrier pigeon – because all of these men deserve lots of votes!
As a refresher, our fabulous Dad-centric prizes include:
- First prize – $50 gift card to Herb Bauer AND a four pack of tickets to enjoy a Fresno Grizzlies game of his choice
- Second prize winner – $25 gift certificate to Tioga Sequoia Brewery
And, our nominees (you will quickly see why I ask you all to vote, I could never choose! I need your help!):
“I would like to introduce my husband, Joe Coates for the nomination of some of the best lessons I have learned from a father, son, brother, husband, a good man. Joe and I met at work back in the late eighties. He was a counselor and I was a work evaluator. I at the time, admired his easy going presence and ability to relate and address the clientele’s needs we served. He had the largest and toughest case load but never showed stress or burn out known for the position.
Two years later, in 2012 we married on Father’s Day. It couldn’t have been a more perfect fit since my kids already called him Dad. His love for them has been the biggest blessing and I couldn’t have asked for a better Step Dad for my kids! But that isn’t the only reason I am nominating him. This past year, despite all the odds against us given my health, we celebrated the birth of our beautiful daughter. It wasn’t an easy pregnancy and the delivery came with risks because of my prior brain surgery. But once again we beat the odds and delivered a healthy baby girl. This year we will celebrate Father’s Day for the first time with our baby girl! There are so many reasons this year is special. So many things we have to be grateful for. So many miracles have been given in our 5 years together. But given all this, the most important lesson he has taught us is that it takes so much more than DNA to be a Father. During my pregnancy I wondered what it would be like for my older children to have their Dad have a “biological” child in the house could make them feel left out, but the exact opposite happened. He has not wavered in his love for my older children. In fact, he has worked hard to make sure the older kids feel just as loved as our baby girl. He has shown us all that DNA didn’t change how much he loves them. Even though my older kids’ Dad is a great Father, Jason has shown them that he loves them just as much.
The tears flow as I type this. There is no way I could ever convey just how grateful I am to my husband for all he has done. I am grateful that he has taught us all that love for your children has nothing to do with mere DNA. Love is a decision. Love is a gift. And most importantly love is what binds a family.” -nominated by Amy Ward