Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Happy Birthday, Dad

In Australia today, my Dad celebrates his 73rd birthday.

Happy Birthday, Dad!

One of the hardest things about living so far from Australia is that I don't get to celebrate, in person, special days like today with my family. Still, each and every one of my family members are always in my thoughts and prayers - and on this particular day, my Dad especially.

I've noted previously that my brothers and I are incredibly fortunate to have Gordon James Bayly as our Dad. He is a man of integrity, compassion, and selfless service to others. We experienced and witnessed such qualities growing up in Gunnedah, and they’re still very much part of our father today.

I love you, Dad, and can’t thank you enough for all you continue to be and give to me, my brothers, our family, and so many others whose lives are touched by yours.

For some great photos of Dad through the years, click here.

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Congratulations, Mum and Dad!
Commemorating My Grandfather, Aub Bayly, and the Loss of the AHS Centaur
Remembering Nanna Smith
The Bayly Family - January 2010
The Bayly Family - January 2009
The Bayly Family - July 2006
Catholic Rainbow (Australian) Parents
Coming Out


Mareczku said...

You have such a beautiful family Michael. God has blessed you with each other. Wishing your Dad a very happy birthday and many more happy and healthy years.

Peace, Love & Blessings to your Dad, and also your Mom, you and all your wonderful family.

Phillip Clark said...

All the best wishes and a heartfelt Happy Birthday to your Father Michael! May God grant him many more happy, plentiful, and propserous years upon this earth! :)

Michael J. Bayly said...

Mark and Phillip,

Thank you for your kind and thoughtful responses. I'll be sure to pass them on to my Dad. Love and blessings to you both!