Danita Whyte and Siblings Share Letters They Wrote to Their Father, Daniel Whyte III

Foreword by Meriqua Whyte

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

My husband and I have been married for over twenty-five years now. The Lord has blessed us with seven wonderful children. I can truthfully say, that in our twenty-five years, my husband has taken his God-given role as head of the household and as husband and father seriously. He has also taken God’s command to bring up our children in “the nurture and admonition of the Lord” seriously, realizing that they will only be with us for a short time.

He has prayed for each of our children since the time of their conception, and has read the precious Word of God to them since birth. He has often times given up his time so that he can spend time with each of the children. He has showered praise and encouragement on each child and has balanced that with discipline when needed.

Three things that stand out in his life and that he has been consistent in living out as a father are:

1. His never ending love that he shows daily to our children.
2. His striving to live a godly life of obedience to God before them.
3. His remaining faithful each day to his God-given role as a father.

The letters contained in this book are some of the many spontaneous letters written by all our seven children to their father from a young age. (My husband and I never asked the children to write these letters. These letters truly came from their young hearts.) In these letters they show their love and appreciation for him as well as for the life lessons he has taught them and is continuing to teach them each day. We trust that these letters will be an encouragement to you as well, even as they have been to my husband.

I thank you, dear, for taking your role as father of our seven children seriously, and for remaining faithful to this task all these years. Thank you also for being a great husband to me.

I love you,

Meriqua


Introduction

Father’s Day is a very special day for fathers and their children. Unfortunately, it only comes around once a year. On this day, fathers are recognized and honored by those who love them the most — their children. However, in my opinion, fathers should be honored and celebrated every day of the year. Fathers who choose to stay in the lives of their children and who help to improve the lives of their children should not just be honored on one day, but every day.

One of the best ways to honor your father is to write him a letter or a card throughout the year. You can share with him what you are doing from time to time, how your day is, how school is going, or anything that is on your mind. Your dad, just like our dad, will love to receive a letter from you. It means a lot to him and he will be very appreciative that you took the time to think of him.

Below are some of the letters my siblings and I wrote to our father over the years.

–Daniella Whyte, age 18


June 15, 2003

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, PAPA!

Any man can be a father, but there is nobody like mine.
It takes two eyes to see, sometimes glasses or contacts.
It takes two ears to hear, sometimes hearing aid.
It takes two to write a letter.
But it only takes one to be a father.

Now we have come to your 13th Father’s Day. God has helped us in so many ways. We have come a long way since I was born. You have done very good this year. I love you very much!

Fathers are special in so many ways. They lead you, train you, and even punish you. But you still love them. And you make them have the best Father’s Day ever. Happy Father’s Day!

To a very special father,
From Danni
To Papa


June 18, 2006

Happy Father’s Day!

Dear Papa,

I love you very much.

I am glad that you are my father. You are a great father.

Thank you for all that you have done for me throughout my life. Thank you for teaching me and training me in the right way. Thank you for loving me and caring for me. And thank you for rebuking and chastising me when I am wrong. Thank you for being a great father and for setting a great example for me. Thank you for not buying me a lot of material stuff, but for always making sure that I pray and think, for that is what is most important. I just thank you so much for being the great father that you are.

I will always take care of you. I love you very, very much. Happy Father’s Day!

Love,

Danni


June 15, 2008 – Happy Father’s Day!!!

To the greatest of fathers
on this Father’s Day
I want you to know
That I’ll love you always.
-Danni

Dear Papa,

I am glad that God has allowed us to see another Father’s Day together. I am also glad that we were able to get the wonderful dearpapa.org website up so that we can help other people honor their fathers. This has been a truly awesome week.

You are the greatest father. Thank you for everything that you have taught me and done for me down through the years. Thank you for not letting us go astray and for letting us help you in the ministry. It is a blessing to serve God with you. Nobody deserves a greater Father’s Day than you!

Have an extremely blessed Father’s Day!

I love you!

– Love,

Danni


December 19, 2006

Happy 27th Spiritual Birthday!

Dear Papa,

I love you very much.

I am glad that you have reached your 27th spiritual birthday. That is the most important part of a person’s life. God has used you mightily over these many years.

Thank you for praying with us every day and reading the Bible with us every day. Thank you for teaching us what is right and biblical and for keeping us on the right track for our lives. Thank you for making sure we obey God’s Word.

Keep up the great work for the Lord! I pray that you live a very long time and see many more spiritual birthdays.

Love,

Danni


Dear Papa,

Happy 45th Birthday, Papa!

I am glad that God has allowed you and us to see your next birthday. God is good!

You are a great father. I hope that God will let you live a long time. Thank you for taking care of me. Thank you for teaching me and helping me to be good. Thank you for loving me and for all that you have done. You are the best father ever.

I will continue to pray that God will bless all of your books and that He will bless your ministry.

I love you very much.

Danni

BEST DAD

My Papa is big,
My Papa is strong;
My Papa is loving,
All the day long.

No matter how old or how sick
he may get;
I will always love him –
Just like that!
-Danni


Happy Father’s Day!

I love you very much!

MY FATHER IS:

good and wise,
tall and strong,
he does not lie.
he teaches truth
and righteousness –
he does not tolerate
any mess.

he watches my steps
so I won’t go astray –
and because he loves me
he shows me the way.
my father is the
GREATEST!
he is one of a kind,
and I’m so glad
that he is MINE!
-Danni


March 27, 2005

Dear Papa,

I love you, and a very Happy Easter!

Thank you for taking me to the office with you and teaching me the Bible, Greek and English Grammar.

I am glad that Jesus died on the cross for our sins to save us from Hell, so that we can have everlasting life. We need to go and “throw out the life line” to those who do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. We especially need to help those people who are less fortunate than we are.

“Ye are the light of the world…Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in Heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).

HAPPY EASTER!

– Daniel IV


October 22, 2006

Dear Papa,

I love you.

I am very sorry for my bad behavior this past week. But, I want you to know that I want to do what is right – not what is wrong. Paul said it best: “…for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I…For the good that I would. I do not: but the evil which I would not, that do I” (Romans 7:15, 19). I will keep on trying my best to do what is right, and dedicate myself to this task. But I will make sure that I will not do it in the flesh, but in the spirit.

I think, the more God does for us, the more we should do for Him.

Sincerely,
Love,
Your Son,
Daniel IV


October 24, 2007
Dear Papa,

I love you.

I am glad that you made it back safely from Scotland. While you were gone, we were working hard and praying for you. I am also glad that the trip to Atlanta went well.

While you were gone, I retook my New Testament test and made a 100%. I also finished the 5th grade, and I have to take a few more tests.

Keep up the great work for the Lord.

Sincerely,
Love,
Your Son,

Daniel IV


December 25, 2007

MERRY CHRISTMAS

What Gift Would God Give?
God would give
The gift of love.
Because He gave
His only Son.
To save us from
a world of woe.
And prepare for us
A place above.
-Daniel

Dear Papa,

I love you. Merry Christmas!

It is amazing that for 2,000 years, the focus of this one day of the year has remained the same–the birth of Jesus Christ. And I am thankful that God sent His only Son to die on the cross for our sins, so that we can have a home in Heaven.

Thank you for being a good father and for leading our family in the right way.

I think it is good that we do not do a lot of commercial things for Christmas, lest we lose the focus of this day. And I think that God would rather have it that way.

I hope that we will enjoy many more Christmases together as a family.
Sincerely,
Daniel IV


March 30, 2002

Happy Easter, Papa!

Dear Papa,

Happy Easter! This Easter is a very happy one for this family. We remember the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We should be happy that Jesus died for our burden of sin. If He did not die for our sins, we would always be tormented by them. I am very glad that Jesus came to save us.

I am glad that you are a good father.

Keep up the good work for God.

Love,
Sincerely,
Your Son,

Daniel IV


HAPPY 27th SPIRITUAL BIRTHDAY

Dear Papa,

I love you.

I am glad that you have reached your 27th Spiritual Birthday. God has blessed your 27 years in the ministry.

Thank you for leading me to the Lord when I was seven. Thank you for teaching me from the Bible and showing me the right way to go.

God will continue to bless you as you continue to work in His ministry. I know that one day I can follow in your footsteps.

Love,
Sincerely,
Your Son,

Daniel IV


Dear Papa,

Happy Father’s Day and I love you lots!

I am glad that I have a good father because many kids do not have good fathers to take care of them. Thank you for teaching and training me in the right way. I will do what you say to do, always.

I would really like to be a missionary when I grow up and help a lot of people and lead them to the Lord. I am glad that you are a missionary and help a lot of people. You are the best. Thank you for being a good model for me. I will always take care of you. Thank you for everything you do. I will be like you and serve God all of my life.

Thank you for being a terrific dad. Happy Father’s Day to a terrific father!

Love is a moment that lasts forever. – Julie Whittey

Sincerely,
Love,
Danita


December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas to You and a Happy New Year to all the World!

Dear Papa,

I love you very much.

For this Christmas I wanted to write something very special to you that would hold lots of meaning to tell how much I love the holiday season and why I’m glad we live in America to celebrate it, and that I’m glad it’s Jesus’ birthday and all. I couldn’t think of anything very big or smart or special like a rhyming poem that could tell about Jesus’ birth. Perhaps I should just say that I’m glad I know what the Holidays are truly about – not movies or foods or presents or trees or Santa cookies – but more about Jesus and family and love and giving and sharing. I am glad that you have always been able to celebrate Christmas with me and that is the most important and best thing to me in the whole world, better than any movie present or visit from Santa because it is most truly not about that. Each and every Christmas day should be special and be made memorable and taken to heart to be the very best because it could be our last one and togetherness with your very own family is the greatest thing of all – no matter how imperfect we may be. But we should always stay together through all our troubles and remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. I love you best of all.

Jesus gave with His whole heart, so should we every season.

– Much love,

Danita


Heureux le Père un Jour!
(French for Happy Father’s Day)

Dear Papa:

This has been a very good Father’s Day weekend because I’m so glad we got the DearPapa.org site up. It’s the best ever. Thanks for all the things you’ve taught me, especially about God and how things go in this life, but also other things like taking us out to see Prince Caspian and buying the LOTR (Lord of the Rings) trilogy and the French book. I will truly learn French very well.

We say this kind of stuff in our letters all the time, but I know that I am forever indebted to you because of all the things I’ve learned that I wouldn’t otherwise know if I grew up somewhere else. You have always been with us, and we are blessed to have such a great father. One day I will understand all the things you teach us and become everything I should be. I know now that it’s very important to communicate and that we should tell others what we think about them while they are here with us because anything can happen.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
– L’amour
(French for ‘Love’),

Danita


Joyeux Noel!
(French for Merry Christmas)

Cher (French for “Dear”) Papa,

I love you so much and Merci (French for thank you) for being such a splendid father to me. I am so glad that we have come to another Christmas and very close to a New Year. 2008 has been really great and I have learned a lot of new things, Merci for teaching me the right things and even if they were things that I didn’t want to hear I know that I will be a better person for listening to them.

This Christmas has also been one of the best because we went and helped other kids who were sick in Parkland City’s Hospital and even more important than buying for ourselves is giving, which is what Christmas and Christ’s birth is all about. I remember all the good times we have had this past year and will never forget them like going to the theater and Six Flags and bringing home my pet frog and books and ice cream to eat.

But even more important than all that is remembering all the times you took us walking around the park, spending time with you and talking about life and all the things we love to enjoy. I know that the year of 2009 will be even better, for when you live for God, wonderful things do truly happen.
– Love,
Danita


Dear Papa,

I love you so much.

This year has been a very good year. God has really, really blessed us this year, but I know that we would not have gotten so much done if it was not for you leading us and training us in the right way throughout this whole year. Thank you for always being here for me throughout this whole year and for spending time and talking with me, especially on my birthday. Thank you for listening to my stories too, and for going back and forth to the eye doctor to get my glasses. And thank you for praying and reading God’s Word with our family every morning and evening.

I will always, always take care of you. I’ll love you forever.
– Sincerely,
Love,
Danita, Danyel E., and Danyelle

P.S. “There is no remedy for love but to love more.” – Thoreau

“Joy is the echo of God’s life within us.” – Josphe Marmion


Dear Papa,

I will remember everything you have told us this past week. When we get older, we will thank you even more for all you have done for us. It may be kind of discouraging right now but I think that you will be proud of us when we get older. Still, I will try to do my best when I am young and learn all I can about life, that way, you can be proud of me even more.

Thank you for taking us with you to the Narnia movie. It was great. I enjoyed it a lot.

I love you best of all.

– Sincerely,
Love,

Danita


Dear Papa,

Happy Father’s Day! I love you.

Thank you for giving me a great birthday on yesterday. I enjoyed all of the things that we did, but most of all I enjoyed being with you and my sisters and brothers.

Father, I love being with you
Times when we are just simply chatting
just strolling by.
I never know where the hours go by.
When you would forget your duty and demands
and I would forget my little complaints.
Perhaps it’s like this in Heaven,
I would often think.
Perhaps it’s like this when we feel Father’s love.
Happy Father’s Day.

-Unknown

You have always been a great father. Thank you for all that you do. God will richly bless you and reward you. Keep up the great work for the Lord. Thank you for all your encouragement, chastisement, and hard work to make me into the girl God wants me to be; that’s why I am wishing you a Happy Father’s Day to a terrific father.

– Sincerely,
Love,

Danae`


Dear Papa,

I love you very much. You are a great father. I am glad you are my Dad. Thanks for everything you do.

I am so thankful for you because so many other kids don’t have a Dad. I appreciate the times when we can go riding together, eat together, drink slushies and sing along to our favorite songs together, talk together and most of all do something for Jesus like going soul winning or giving money to the homeless and then taking them out to eat at McDonald’s. I am just glad to have a Father like you!!!

Apples are crabby,
Berries are Blue,
Cherries are sweet
And so are You!

I love you best of all.

– Sincerely,
Love

Danae’


MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Dear Papa,

Merry Christmas!

I am glad that Jesus has died for us so that we can have this great day. I am glad that this is the day that Jesus was born and the bright star shone down on the wise men as they traveled to Jesus’ birth. That is why this day is special as we know, it’s not about gifts or the big tree or a colorful lighted up house, but about Jesus and that’s all.

Remember we have to help the homeless on the street so they can have a Merry Christmas, too. Thank you for making this day go well. My Christmas present under the tree is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up with each other.
– Sincerely,
Love,
Danae’


Joyeux Noel!

Cher Papa,

I love you very much.

I am very glad that we are able to see this, another Christmas day together, but I am also glad that we were able to help and give to others. Thank you for all that you have done for us this year and I’m glad that you have graduated from the university and are able to stay home more. We all know that Christmas is not about gifts, trees, or food, but it’s all about the Virgin birth of Jesus, His death, and Resurrection, and the presence of family. Thank you so much for being a great father.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

– Love,
Danae’


Dear Papa,

I love you very much. You are a great father.

Thank you for taking care of me this week. Not much has happened, so I won’t have much to write. I hope that we’ll all feel better soon. I just can’t wait to get back to normal so that we can continue with the ministry work and stay ahead. But I’m also glad that we have this time because we get to be with each other and we rest and recuperate for the long year ahead of us.

Thank you for taking us soul winning. I hope that we pass out 12, 000 tracts this year, and that a lot of souls will be won more importantly. Remember that we have to tithe and give to the people in Africa. Valentines is in a few more days. If we’re feeling better by that time could we please go down to Dallas and give love to the homeless people and take them out to lunch?

I love you best of all.

– Sincerely,
Love

Danae`


Dear Papa,

I love you.

You are a great father. Thank you for everything you do. Church was great today, like it always is. Thank you for taking us soul winning. We also have to tithe to God.

Thank you for buying me the new sneakers. I like them a lot. This week has been a good one; I’ve actually started on my 4th grade work. I praise God that your book has reached the Essence bestseller’s list for February and I hope it will reach the bestsellers list every month.

I’ve been having a lot of dreams lately, like one after the other. But having dreams is fun while you’re sleeping, ’cause it’s like you’re still thinking and imagining while you’re asleep, and when you wake up, it’s okay, because you’re coming out of something else and realize it’s all fake and you’re just waking up into the same situation. On the Lilly book, we’re still using our imaginations to work on it. It’s forming up awesome.

Valentines is in a few more weeks. Could we please go to the library and give love to the homeless people down there by taking them out to lunch and showing them the way to Jesus? Then may we please go to the local orphanage and give out chocolate bags to the poor kids? God would be very pleased to see us showing some love to others who are less fortunate than us.

“Love conquers all.” – Virgil

– Sincerely, Love,
Danae’


Happy Father’s Day!

There’s a Reason we Call you “DAD”

Dedicated to my Papa, Daniel Whyte III, who has been a great father all these years.

Dear Papa,

I love you very much.

You are the best father in the whole wide world. I am glad that you have reached your 17th Father’s Day. I am glad that you were here so that we could celebrate this Father’s Day together. The meal was great! Happy Father’s Day!
– Love,

Daniqua


MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Dear Papa,

I love you very much. I am glad that you are my papa and that we could see another Christmas together again. You are the best father in the world and Christmas is one of my favorite holidays and I am glad to share another Christmas with you and our family. Thank you for everything you do for me and have done for me.

I’m starting to write a story. I wrote a story for you. It’s behind the card. It’s called The Best Christmas Ever. I hope you like it! I love you very much and thanks for every thing.

– Love,

Daniqua


Dear Papa,

HAPPY SPIRITUAL BIRTHDAY!

I love you very much.

You are a great father. I am sooooooooooo happy you have reached your 27th spiritual birthday. This has been a great day. I thank God that you are my father. Thank you for taking care of me, loving me, taking me out with you, and staying by me when I needed you. You are the best father in the world.

I love you very much.

Love, Daniqua

P.S. “Jesus took our place that we might have his peace; he took our sin that we might have his salvation.”

Could we please go to the library?


Dear Papa,

I love you very much. You are a great father. God will bless you. Thank you for taking care of me. You are the best father ever. Thank you for taking me with you last night. Below is something I wrote for you, I hope you like it!

MY PAPA

My papa loves me,
My papa hugs me,
My papa helps me,
My papa teaches me,
My papa takes me with him,
My papa reads to me,
My papa plays with me,
My papa works with me,
My papa writes with me,
My papa colors with me,
My papa loves me and I love him!

– From my heart,

Daniqua


Dear Papa,

I love you lots! I am glad you are my papa.

I am glad that Jesus is our Lord, especially on Easter. I will always obey God and you. Thanks for loving, caring, and teaching me to do right.

I will follow you in the right way. Keep up the good work for the Lord and keep on serving God. God will bless you very much.

– Love,
Daniqua

P.S. Could you please take me to the library?

“I love my father as the stars – he’s a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart.” – Adabella Radici

“A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart.” – Author Unknown


Dear Papa,

Happy Thanksgiving!

I love you. This has been a great year and I am glad that we could see another great Thanksgiving! Thank you for all you have done for me and I am so glad that I have finished first grade! I’ll always remember that you were there to help me through it and teach me on all the difficult subjects which is why I know so much now. Since you have always been here when I’m young, I’ll help you and love you more when you get old.

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is a day to give,
Thanksgiving Day is a day to celebrate,
Thanksgiving Day is a day to look back,
Thanksgiving Day is a day that is great,
Thanksgiving Day is a day to make Indian hats,
Thanksgiving Day is a day to share things,
But most of all it is a day to thank God!

-Love,

Daniqua


Dear Papa,

I love you.

You are a great papa. Could you please draw me a picture?

Love,

Danyel Ezekiel
(age 4)


To Papa

Dear Papa,

I love you very much.

Thank you for chastising me when I do wrong. Thank you for getting my dinosaur book.

P.S. Would you please take us to the zoo and Seaworld?

Sincerely,

Danyel Ezekiel
(age 5)


Joyeux Noel!
(French for Merry Christmas)

Cher Papa,

You are such a splendid Dad and I love you lots. Thanks for buying us the vanilla wafers, the chocolate bananas, the pecan twirls, and those cakes that have lasted for more than two weeks. You are a great, terrific, and the most radiant and humble Dad I know.

Hugs and Kisses,

Hope you had a Joyeux Noel!

Danyel


Dear Papa,

I love you. Thank you for everything you do for me.

You are the best father in the world.

In Buried Treasure, I learned that I should share, just like Francine shared when she finds a valuable old buried coin on the beach.

Love,

Danyel
(age 6)


Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Dear Papa,

I love you very much.

Even though it was cold and rainy outside, thank you so much for taking me and Danyelle to Chuck-E-Cheese. It was so much fun.

I loved getting the prizes, and taking photos with Chuck–E–Cheese was the best part. You care for us so much. One day I hope to take you to a fun place of play.

Love,

Danyel
(age 7)


Dear Papa,

I love you.

Happy Father’s Day. You are a great father.

Love,

Danyelle
(age 3)


Dear Papa,

I loooooove you so very much.

You are the best of fathers. Today is a great day.

P.S. May we please go to the zoo?

Love,

Danyelle
(age 3)


MERRY CHRISTMAS PAPA!!!!!!

I love you.

I love Jesus, too.

I believe in Him.

Danyelle
(age 3)


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