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Dad’s 70th Birthday!

April 24, 2011
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Martin (Butch) Pentland is the best man I know, and last Thursday (April 21) he turned 70!  My dad was born in 1941, the year that Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese.  He was a teenager during the 1950s, and to this day, one of his favorite cars is the ’57 Chevy Bel Air.  He actually had a black one up until a few years ago.  He used to drive it in my high school parade on homecoming day.

Here we are together on Easter Sunday 1992.  I was 6 years old in this photo.  And I’m loving my big bow!

Here we are a few years later getting ready to leave for the Father/Daughter Banquet my school held every year.  And as you can see, another big bow.  Thanks, Mom!

This was before the Father/Daughter Banquet when I was in 6th grade (1997).  My dad battled colorectal cancer this year and couldn’t take me to the banquet, so my good friend’s dad, Jeff Brown, took me with them.  That was a scary year for us.  My dad was in the hospital for several weeks, and I had to stay with different friends for months at a time.  But thank the Lord, he pulled through, and his cancer has been in remission for 14 years.

And he was there to take me to the banquet the next year. 🙂

My dad became a contractor at the age of 16, and I don’t think there is anything about construction that he doesn’t know.  He has been very helpful whenever Steve and I have questions about our rental rehab.  He built the house that I grew up in, and still does some jobs for friends.  Construction is what he knows and what he loves, and I’ve never met someone that was better at it than him.

Here he is with my mom, wearing the sweatshirts I bought them when I visited last year.

My dad had helped build a beach house for some friends, and we went to see it that day, but it was SUPER windy, and sand was blowing everywhere.  I braved the elements for this picture but most of the time we all looked like my dad.


I love you, Daddy!  And I hope you had a wonderful birthday!  You’re an amazing man, and I’m so proud to have you as a father.  I can’t wait to have you walk me down the aisle in less than 3 months!

Love your daughter,

Joanna   XOXO

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Pam Pentland permalink
    April 24, 2011 11:59 pm

    This was precious! What a loving tribute, Joanna! Love you! 🙂

  2. April 25, 2011 8:20 pm

    What a sweet post for your daddy 😀 I loved looking through all your pictures. Happy (belated) birthday to your dad!

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