A Tribute to TJF

In honor of Father’s Day, I thought I would share some bits of wisdom from Thomas Joseph Foran – Hometown: Pampa, Texas; DOB: 8/16/1954; Favorite pastime: reading, eating green pea salad, and wearing “Big Red”

Not quite sure what he's modeling - but he does it well.

TJF Wisdom #1 -6

Stay Hydrated ~ I can’t tell you how many times my dad has downed a Dasani water bottle (until the bottle pops), released this satisfied breath of refreshment, and said, “It’s important to stay hydrated, Jourdan.” This even goes back to the times when I was little and was the one to bring a glass of water outside while he was mowing the lawn. He would down the entire glass in a matter of seconds – and continue on with the weed-eater.

Read ~ Always have something to read. My dad is a huge history buff and always has some book going regarding Civil War, Custer’s Last Stand, Julius Caesar, or even the War in Iraq. He is a very well-read man and always usually knows about what is going on in the world. He knows the facts and establishes his opinion regarding the facts. If he doesn’t know something, he says he doesn’t know. He keeps up with current events and informs his family of the happs going on in the world. There are all sorts of books and magazines around my parents’ house and I’m pretty sure my dad has read most of them – not counting Country Living or Real Simple magazines.

Keepin’ It Real ~ This is a phrase my dad picked up from who-knows-where. He says it after he uses “Dad Humor” or embarrasses my sister and I in public.

You’re Never to Old to Find Your Calling ~ Over the past couple of years, my dad has been key in establishing a Men’s Ministry at FBC in Amarillo. I remember when this first started out, my dad was anxious and excited about the possibilities. I don’t think he had any idea what it would turn into or what an incredible impact it would have, not only throughout the church, but really the entire Panhandle. Through this Men’s Ministry, a group of men – young and old – minister to the inmates in the prisons around Amarillo. These are high-security pavillions with some pretty hefty occupants. The women in his life – Mom, Ali, myself, and lovable Schnauzer Emmy Lou – tend to worry about what happens within the cinder block walls, but nothing really phases my dad – except when the count is off and he has to stand guard…He has found his calling and whether it’s listening to an inmate in solitary confinement as a Chaplain or fixing breakfast out at the Canyon for a Saturday morning men’s event – I know he feels a sense of peace that God is still moving and working in his heart and his life.

Stand Up for What You Know is Right ~ When I was in high school and struggling with making sound decisions, I remember walking into the kitchen one morning, after a long night of arguing with Dad about what I should and shouldn’t be doing. On the kitchen table was a note from my dad wrote on a napkin. All it said was,  “Philippians 4:8 – ‘Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.’ ” I still think about this.

Some people think we are alike.

Some people think we are alike.

The Power of Three-Hole Punching ~ Organized. That’s one way of looking at it. I actually bought my dad a three-hole punch for Christmas one year. He hole punches everything. He would send me car insurance information in college that he had three-hole punched for me. Dad, I hate to tell you this, but I’m pretty sure I just put those documents in my glove box. If I ever have a question about car maintenance (I’m driving The Tortoise – previously owned by Tom Foran) – he says, “Look in the notebook.”

I, on the other hand, find invoices from car repairs crumpled under the seat with Sonic receipts. But! I smooth them out, fold them up and put them in the glove compartment. It’s baby steps everyone, baby steps. Just me becoming “youier.”

(I may add to this post as time goes on – love you Padre!)


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Katie
    Jun 22, 2010 @ 21:26:27

    Great post/tribute J$…Happy Father’s Day Uncle Tom, keep it real.


  2. Ali
    Jun 23, 2010 @ 09:31:59

    Welp, I’m officially obsessed with Your blog. I nve thoroughly enjoyed every entry (most likely because I’m involved in some form or fashion). Way to go, Jo. I love you and the blog! See you in 2 days!!


  3. Ali
    Jun 23, 2010 @ 09:35:38

    One note of advice to add: Finish Well: Dad always encourages me to not give up just because something is almost over, but to push to the finish and do my best to the end.


  4. Dad
    Jun 23, 2010 @ 16:19:39

    Jourdan, I feel very honored that you chose to use me as the subject of a blog. Having a little trouble typing with a solid knot in my throat. I will love you eternally and look forward to seeing you this weekend.


  5. Joshua O'Dell
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 07:54:22

    All fantastic things to learn from TJF. I’d like to add another TJF Wisdom Tidbit. #7-Sing loud, especially when harmonizing on some TV theme songs. #8-When playing Red Dot always hit the ball as hard as you can.


  6. jennym
    Jul 13, 2010 @ 12:13:05

    i laughed. i cried. wonderful.


  7. Emily Davis
    Nov 12, 2010 @ 14:51:44

    My favorite of these is about the men’s ministry! Clint is involved with Kairos, which is a prison ministry, and it has been incredibly life-changing for him, and hopefully for those he’s ministering to. I didn’t realize FBC had expanded their men’s ministry so much, that’s awesome!

    These are really great. Obviously I haven’t read blogs in a while & am catching up, but I’m sure your dad was very honored by this dedicated post 🙂


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