*Official* April 2011 Release Party Contest

I am absolutely smitten with all of this month's new releases (especially all of the new things for the boys!) and I can tell by the excitement that some of you have shared with me that you are too!  A big thank you to each and every one of you who have joined us tonight during release festivities as well as the last five days of countdown fun!  

To finish up this exciting celebration, we're giving away a fabulous prize package tonight!  Practically the entire April release!  All you need to do to have your chance to win is post an answer to the following question in the comments section below.

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Congratulations, Lisa!  You have won our April "I Want It All" package!  Please be sure to contact Customer Service within 30 days to claim your prize and be sure to provide your shipping information so we can get that package out to you!  And thank you to EVERYONE for playing along tonight!  There were so many heart-warming entries!  Now, be sure to sit down and make a card for that influential male in your life tomorrow and let them know exactly how much they mean to you!  Have a great night everyone!

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  • 1
    Crystal says:

    Naturally, my father. He is a veteran, a great dad, and a wonderful role model!

  • 2
    Sallie says:

    My father, of course. He and my mother gave me the values that I have carried with me throughout my life.

  • 3
    Laura S says:

    My husband. We met when I was still in highschool. He (emotionally) supported me when I went to college against my families wishes. He has been my supporter, cheerleader, best friend and great love for nearly 20 years.

  • 4
    Cathy Weber says:

    My husband has been the most influential figure in my life. Although my Dad is a wonderful man, it is my husband who I can not imagine living without and after 31 years, still laugh with every single day.

  • 5
    Erin says:

    My dad is my biggest male influence in my life, he is my hero!

  • 6
    Amy Smith says:

    My father, of course. He always used to tell me that I was pretty, but that being smart and kind were more important than being pretty. Now I tell my DD the same thing! He is also responsible for my choice in husband. He was the example of the perfect father, and so I knew what I wanted in a life partner. My husband is as good a dad to our kids as my dad was to me!

  • 7
    Cristina says:

    My father, for sure. And now that I’m a parent, I find myself thinking about so many of the things he taught me. He’s the best!

  • 8
    Daniela says:

    It would have to be my grandfather. He raised me and was there for me most of my life. He passed away last year and I miss him so much.

  • 9
    Kelly says:

    My dad…he has loved me with all of his heart all of my life…no matter what!

  • 10
    Jenn Fontaine says:

    My dad! Hands down, he is the most giving, kind, wonderful man. He works hard, plays hard and makes sure everyone around has the best time. He is a role model and I love him to bits!!

  • 11
    Darla says:

    I would have to say my father, so thankful for him!

  • 12
    Christine N. says:

    My husband – he is kind, gentle, honest, patriotic (Air Force), intelligent and the most amazing person I know! Christine N.

  • 13
    Katie says:

    I am totally in love with all of the new releases for the month of April! I can’t wait until midnight!!! The most influential male figure in my life has been my father; he has always been there for me and I know he always will be. When I got down on myself he would always be there to encourage me pick myself up and move on. So thank you dad, for all that you have given me, I love you.

  • 14
    Kim R. says:

    My dad (but of course!). He’s a simple, no frills, quiet, but opinionated guy. He doesn’t express himself well, but that makes the times he does do so all the more meaningful to me….

  • 15
    Jen Barkdull says:

    My husband. He ALWAYS puts family first and is there for me and the kids. Plus whenever anyone needs help, he’s the first to volunteer. He’s such a good man. ā™„

  • 16
    Angie says:

    My husband, his kindness, support, understanding and strength have carried us both thru some very tough years. Love does conquer all…cheesy as that saying is =)

  • 17
    Laura Isham says:

    Oh…..this is such a toss up between my husband and my father. Their personalities are very similar, and I love them both so much. I knew since I was little that I wanted to marry someone just like my dad….and I did!

  • 18

    Oh, by far my Father, my Daddy. Actually he passed away 10 years ago, today. I still miss him horribly, but he is in a better place! Thank God. He worked his tail off to support his family and even while he was dying and very sick he NEVER complained. I am proud he is my Daddy! I LOVE him VERY much!
    Thanks for letting me share that
    Susan

  • 19

    Without a doubt, my husband.
    He makes me such a better person….love him!

  • 20
    jennifer says:

    My husband. he has taught me to be a more positive person. He has been such a blessing in my life. He is a wonderful person and I don’t know what I would do without him in my life!!!

  • 21
    Laurie Hunt says:

    Wow, this takes me back. Mine would be the Supervisor that I had when I was a co-op student during college. He worked with me on not being so negative about myself and really helped me grow self confidence while I worked for him. I still hear his voice in my head today if I say something negative about myself.

  • 22
    Heather J. says:

    My father – he is such an inspiration and I just love him dearly. Heather J.

  • 23
    jamie nania says:

    My father. He is the hardest worker I’ve ever met. The whole time growing up he always worked two jobs and to this day I’ve never heard him complain about work. He’s a great father and a great grandfather to my three children. He holds a very special place in my heart.

  • 24
    Lauren M. says:

    Wow…I have been blessed with some wonderful men in my life, but the one that has been the most influential has been my husband. He makes me want to be a better person, as cliche as that sounds. He is so giving with his time and energy to the boys. He’s such a great dad and an amazing partner. He is a true blessing to me.

  • 25
    Deb Else says:

    My dad was, and is, my greatest male influence. He gave me the core values I passed on to my kids and which I strive to live by every day.

  • 26
    DanelleB says:

    My husband. He didn’t have the greatest of childhoods, but has made a great name for himself. He is someone a lot of people look up to in his profession.

  • 27
    steph zerbe says:

    The most influential male figure in my life is my husband. He makes me WANT to be a better person. He is a quiet, even keeled, no fuss kind of guy. He enjoys his home life, his son and his job. He is never wanting for anything and never gets caught up in drama. He is everything I wish I could be. I love that man!

    And thanks again for a kick-ass BOY release!!!

  • 28
    Sue D says:

    Definitely my dad–he taught me to be the best I could be and always supported my endeavors.

  • 29
    Kristy Smith says:

    Wow… well I’ve been blessed with many really influential men in my life, but the most influential would have to have been my Uncle Chris. I was named after him, and when I was really small I’d visit him in his classroom at school because I wanted to be a teacher. We also sang together for years in our church choir and since he was unmarried and without kids, he was a LOT like a second father to me. He always took time to be a major part of my life, and I couldn’t wait until the day when we could trade teaching stories as I knew I’d follow in his footsteps. Unfortunately, he passed away unexpectedly before I finished college and I never got the chance to share my teaching experiences with him… but I know that he is there for my every day helping to guide me to be a better teacher. =) I still feel our connection and though he’s gone I know he influences my decisions and actions every day and I’m a much better teacher and person because of him! =)

  • 30

    My husband. He is just amazing. He’s so smart and funny and so much more spiritual than I am. He is my rock and I would not make a decision without asking him. He is my soul mate.

    Thanks

  • 31
    Jennifer S. says:

    It’s hard to pick one but I’d have to say my dad. He has taught me how to be a whole person. He has instilled his Christian faith in me and I’m inspired by his story of coming to America. He is a hard worker and has taught me to never give up. I love my dad.

  • 32
    Rachelle says:

    My Dad is the biggest male influence in my life. I was always a daddy’s girl. I followed him around learning how to fix things around the house, build things, work on my car, and hunt. I love that he never treated me different b/c I was a girl. He just let me be who I was, and taught me what I needed to know along the way.

  • 33
    stampinmoe says:

    Believe it or not, it was not my Dad. While he was great… my boyfriend (Now husband) took me to his church as a teenager, and his Sun. School teacher (Denny) ended up being my first softball coach (I joined the church team). To this day I think he played a big role in my life, and I’ve been fortunate to have been able to tell him (although I don’t think he realizes the scope of his role).

  • 34
    Monika/buzsy says:

    It would be my husband. He is my rock and the reason I am who I am. He knows me so well and brings the best out of me… and he loves me just the way I am. :o)

  • 35

    My dad, things have not always been easy between us, but when needed he was there. He would do anything for me or form my family. I love him!

  • 36

    My dad. He encouraged me to play sports and practiced with me for hours on end. He taught me to be tough, independent, and driven. He taught me to speak up for myself and those who weren’t as strong. My dad is amazing.

  • 37
    Hlee says:

    The most influential male figure in my life definitely has been my father. He is truly a person full of love, integrity, compassion…everything that I hope my sons will become someday. There is no one in the world who is quite like my father, and I don’t think there will ever be anyone who could compare to him. He has taught me so much about life and shown me what unconditional love is. My Dad is definitely my hero.

  • 38
    Becky C says:

    My dad. He is so patient, and he can fix ANYTHING!!!!

  • 39
    Sue says:

    My father – he immigrated to the U.S. when he was just 9 years old and had to restart school in kindergarten as he knew no English. His family was very poor yet he became a business owner in the U.S. and gave my mom, brother and I everything we ever needed in life. He was really an amazing man and I miss him every day.

  • 40
    Jen R says:

    I’m going to have to say my dad. He’s fun, caring, and the reason why I love heavy metal and rock & roll music!

  • 41

    This would be my dad for making sure to share his love of music and talent in music down to each of his kids in different ways.

  • 42
    Kelly says:

    Easy answer – my dad. It started when he coached my softball team as a kid. Lots of teaching life’s lessons! The one lesson that comes to mind is the whole team player attitude and boy has that served me well.

  • 43
    Deanne Rehmer says:

    My father. He was a very hard worker during some very difficult times. Even though he did not have a lot of education, he was interested in learning about just about everything.

  • 44
    Amy O says:

    Well that would have to be my husband. He is an amazing man, and I feel privilged to be a part of his life everyday. This question has reminded me that I need to go tell him that I love him right now. Thanks!

  • 45
    Noreen says:

    My father. By his example he showed me how to be the kind of person I wanted to strive to be. He was always there for us.

  • 46
    Susan T says:

    My father. He died 5 years ago and I still think of him every day. He was kind and compassionate and the most giving person I have ever know. It makes me smile knowing that of piece of him lives in me. Thanks for asking and the chance to win. I would be nice to win this month in the honor of my beloved father.

  • 47
    Deanne says:

    My husband…his laid back attitude helps me keep my type A personality in check

  • 48
    KariLynn says:

    My dad was for me. He was an entrepreneur who worked extremely hard his whole life. I have my strong work ethic and warped sense of humor from my dad. I miss having him in my life. But so glad that he was my dad.

  • 49
    Michele L. says:

    Without a doubt my father. Mainly because my entire family is made up of females. He’s just always been there for his three girls, whether it was a ballet recital, or he would take us fishing in the summer. He was tough on us but for all the right reasons. Now that I had a little girl, he’s always there for the little princess too!

  • 50
    Kathy McEntyre says:

    It would have to be my dad. He is such a wonderful man. He taught me all of the right things in life. He is 83 now and still going strong. I love him dearly. My wonderful husband is right up there also. I can’t imagine my life without either one of them.

  • 51

    I would have to say that my husband has been the most influential male figure in my life. We got married at 24 and we have grown together but, he has really been a strong, supportive and PATIENT husband. I couldn’t ask for more. He’s the bomb!

  • 52
    Jennifer T says:

    Hands down, it’s my Dad. He always said we could do anything we set our minds to and has always been very encouraging.

  • 53
    Bobbie says:

    My husband. Supportive and a great daddy!

  • 54
    Kendra says:

    Definitely my dad! He’s so humble and real and not afraid to show emotion! I know a lot of men hate to cry…or show any emotion for that matter…in front of other people but my dad is not like that. He’s always telling me how much he loves me and how special I am and it’s so nice to have someone like that in my life! He’s so supportive of everything I do too. You can never hear it enough right?! He’s shown me how to show the same love toward other people in my life!

  • 55
    Jan in Tucson says:

    My son has influenced my life more than even my wonderful husband and great father. I’m so inspired to achieve more and be a better person because of him and I thought these roles would be in reverse. Thought I would inspire him to achieve more and be a better person. Gotta love a kid like that…I DO!!

  • 56
    Rachel B says:

    I would have to say that my dad is the most influential male figure in my life. He is the one who always tries to show me how to do what is right, even when it is hard. He helps me when my husband is busy and loves to help with my kids. He is an inspiration!

  • 57
    Beth B says:

    My dad has been the biggest male influence in my life. Before he died, he said that he had NO regrets. How many people can say that – after 81 years?? That is the way he lived his life, and I hope that in the end, I can say the same thing.

  • 58
    Julie Learned says:

    My father has been my greatest male influence. He was a provider, a family man, a loving dad all around. I’m very proud of him!

    Julie L.

  • 59
    Karen P says:

    My Dad by far has been the biggest influence in my life. I was Daddy’s girl from a little girl until now. My Dad just pasted away in January on my birthday. I really miss him but know he is up in heaven enjoying the reward he so earned.

  • 60
    Jen Arkfeld says:

    My good ol’ grandpa! He’s now gone, but he was the only male figure in my life for 18 years. He was kind, a great friend, a caring man, and a wonderful husband to my grandma! Makes me teary just thinking about him!

  • 61
    Cindy Boney says:

    I would say it’s been my husband. He has done many things for me such as giving me a backbone to stand up for myself, believing in me, encouraging me to strive for my dreams. All the while, he has selflessly denied himself some dreams of his own. I’m blessed to have him.

  • 62
    melissa says:

    My father. He’s the best! Nothing more can be said!

  • 63
    Kara says:

    My dad has taught me so many things. Now that I’m grown up I realize how many things I do just like him. He’s so wonderful and I’m lucky to have him. Too bad it’s too late to call him and tell him this. Tomorrow…

  • 64
    Dana W says:

    unfortunately i haven;t had any. My father hasn’t been much of a dad. While i have a grandfather still here and one recently passed, who have been in my life, i wouldn’t say they have influenced me. The only one who really has is my mom, she has always and i know will always be there for me and has help guide me along!

  • 65
    Melissa Sibert says:

    My dad has truly been the most influential person in my life. He is a great man of integrity, faith, and honor. He is hard working and has always done a good job of providing for my mom and I when I was growing up. I am blessed to see the wisdom he is getting to pass on to my two sons. He was always the role model I wanted my potential husband to be like when I grew up. I married a wonderful man who is also a man of integrity, faith, and honor, and is wonderful with our children.

  • 66
    Kim Heggins says:

    My father…he has been gone about 25 years now but I always remember all of the good that he taught my sister and I.

  • 67
    Karen says:

    My husband, who has been my best friend and biggest supporter for nearly 40 years in addition to being a fabulous father!

  • 68
    Teresa says:

    My father who has worked hard to provide for his family since he was a little boy and lost his father. He’s the one who has never, ever given up on me and taught me to laugh and enjoy every single day! He has never wanted anything for himself other than to see his family have all they need. Thankfully I found a husband who holds these same values and is passing them on to our children.

  • 69
    Kathy Mc says:

    WIthout a doubt, it would have to be my Dad. He taught me so much about right from wrong right up to the day he died. The most important value he reiterated over and over again was this: When applying for a job, always consider the benefits as they are so very important, especially insurance. How true and valuable is that? Funny thing is my husband is so very much like my Dad was in so many ways ~ so very influential to my life!

  • 70
    Mary M. says:

    That would be my boyfriend because to me there is no man more wonderful than him.

  • 71
    Karen James says:

    My husband. He takes me as I am and makes me feel like he is the lucky one in our relationship. He’s made me believe I am good enough.

  • 72
    Babies- Beth says:

    Without a doubt and no questions asked: my dh. He is the most compassionate, nurturing, funny, sexy sweetheart I have ever met. He talks politics and tell bad jokes in one sentence. He volunteers in the community, and keeps our house going. He does the groceries and fixes the cars. He brings to work the things I have forgotten, and kisses me when he hands them over. He tells me to enjoy my day and means it- he asks me when I get home if I enjoyed the day, and listens to me if I have to tell him I did not. I could keep going, but I think I reached my character limit, lol. I don’t have to win anything, I already have him, and that is all I need.

  • 73
    Meghan says:

    Without a doubt my husband has been the most influential male figure in my life. I am a better person for having him in my life!

  • 74
    Susan P says:

    That’s a tough one. My dad of course was a huge influence in my life for my first 25 years. He taught me to laugh at myself and have fun. Then, once I got married, my husband has taken over that role as my greatest male influence. He has helped shape me to be who I am today. We got married at 18 and 19 and have been married over 35 years now – I can hardly remember not being married to him. Two wonderful men! I am blessed. šŸ™‚

  • 75
    ValerieC says:

    It seems cliche but, definantly my Dad. What an amazing man he is! He’s my hero, my best friend, my mentor, and my rock. I see or talk to him everyday. My daughter has been sick for many years now and my Dad picks up the slack with my other children. I could go on and on about my Dad. I love him so very much!!!

  • 76

    My husband. He is strong, kind and completely mild mannered. It amazes me to see how much he can get done quietly and calmly especially since I’m the opposite!

  • 77
    Priscilla from California says:

    My father was the most influential male role model in my life. He taught me the values I have now and I’m proud of them.

  • 78
    Ericka says:

    The most influential male figure in my life by far has been my husband. We started dating at 18 (we’re now 32). He pushes me harder and believes in me more than any other person I know. He loves me unconditionally.

  • 79
    Nita says:

    I would have to say my grandfather. His deep rooted faith, love of family and music are all very important to me as well. Now, he is well into his eighties and he is just delighted when the extended family comes together for a celebration. It makes my heart smile to see him so happy with his family.

  • 80
    Debbie says:

    My father has been the most influential male figure in my life (followed very closely by my husband). My father is sort of a rags to riches kind of guy. He was born in a shack to a sharecropping father and mother. He is 78 years old now and has had successful careers in the grocery and real estate business. But he is still a kid at heart. You should have seen his hat at last year’s Easter bonnet contest!!

  • 81
    Kelly in Canada says:

    Absolutely my dad. I am the first born and while my dad would never say it out loud, there was always an unspoken suggestion as I was groing up that my dad had hoped I would be a boy. When that didn’t happen, my dad took it in stride and taught me everything I know about sports. He took me to hockey games, football games, the golf course. By the time I was a teenager, I could talk intelligently to any male on the planet about sports. I impressed a lot of guys that way and I have my dad to thank!

  • 82
    Deb C says:

    That’s kind of a toss-up. When I was growing up it was no doubt my dad. He worked so hard to give us all of what we needed and a lot of what we wanted.

    But now, I’d have to say my husband. He’s the most selfless man I’ve ever known. He’s a fabulous, generous, loving, amazing husband and just the best dad I could have ever imagined to our children and grandchildren. He rocks my world.

  • 83
    Lisa F. says:

    Absolutely, without a doubt, it would be my husband! I love him with all my heart. He is a great father, a great man of God, and a wonderful, wonderful husband. He has taught me so much and is so supportive of me in so many areas of my life.

  • 84
    penny p. says:

    I wasn’t close with my father and have no brothers so would have to say Ray. He is a coworker and is like the big brother I never had but always wish I did!

  • 85
    Leigh Ann R. says:

    A mentor, who taught me so many things, really helped shape my world view. I’m the person I am today because of all I learned from him.

  • 86

    My dad is the most influential person in my life. Despite a hard childhood, he migrated to this country and has lived his life to the fullest. He always has a happy disposition and makes SO many friends everywhere he goes. He’s the social butterfly that I can never be. He’s the best daddy in the world!!

  • 87
    Anna Adamiak says:

    Without any doubt, my father. He is the most kind, hard working and full-of-integrity person that I know.

  • 88
    Gabriela says:

    Great question! I have a great father, simply wonderful. He is kind and generous, smart and sweet, he is the perfect human being. He showed me what kind of man I should marry and how I should be treated in life. I am lucky to be his daughter.

  • 89
    Kristi Lewis says:

    I want to say my dad but honestly, it would have to be my great grandfather. He was such a righteous and Godly man and I learned so much about, well, everything. He saved me from drowning when I was young and used to make me sugar toast while we watched The Peoples Court after school. It was quite an emotional time for me after his passing during my teen years. He is still greatly missed.

  • 90

    It has to be my father who left China all on his own 66 years ago at the age of 16 to come to North America and struggle for a life of his own as well as to make money and sponsor his entire family to this continent. Growing up, my father worked nights to support his family while taking care of my sister and I during the day when my mother worked. All of my best childhood memories are of things my father did with us. He’s been through so much, struggled through adversity and is a cancer survivor. My father is a truly amazing man and I really look up to him. I love him to bits.

  • 91
    nancy l. says:

    It would be a tie between my dad and the pastor of our church when I was a girl. My dad had (has) a chronic illness that left him hospitalized for a lot of my childhood. Our pastor stepped in as my ‘other dad’ when he was needed. He and his wife incorporated me into their family and treated me like one of their own when my dad was unavailable. My own father was a hardworking man of integrity who led by example. He was and still is my hero.

  • 92
    jamie nania says:

    My father. He is the hardest worker I’ve ever met. The whole time growing up he always worked two jobs and to this day I’ve never heard him complain about work. He’s a great father and a great grandfather to my three children. He holds a very special place in my heart.

  • 93
    Dawn says:

    My Dad – we butted heads a lot when I was growing up, but now that I am older I truly appreciate how hard he worked (sometimes 2-3 jobs) to make sure that I could go to college (something he was not given the opportunity to do). I would not be where I am today without him!

  • 94

    As much as my father has influenced me in many wonderful ways, my husband is the man who, more than anyone else, has made me the woman I am today. I just wouldn’t be the same person without him in my life!

  • 95
    Suzanne says:

    My dad. Whether it was through what he said or what he did, I always knew that I should aim high, that I should give 100%, that I should stand by my word, and that I would always have a place I could call home no matter what.

  • 96
    Kris says:

    The Pastor of the church we first attended as a newly married couple influenced me greatly. He mentored both my husband and I and was the most gracious person I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing

  • 97
    Cindy S. says:

    My husband. He is a wonderful father and husband. šŸ™‚

  • 98
    Sandi says:

    My dad, well stepfather really, because he married my mom, and made an instant family for me and my sister. He treated and loved us like we were his flesh and blood. Even after he and my mom had two more girls, I always felt like I was his first kid. šŸ™‚

  • 99
    Jenna Hipps says:

    My dear husband has been the most influential in my life. He is a great example to me and is a great support in my life. He has helped me to be a better mother, daughter, and friend. I truly would be lost without him.

  • 100
    Cara Booher says:

    My husband…from the very first date we had. He always supports me, makes me laugh and puts me and our daughters first. He is a wonderful father and my best friend. I am lucky to have him!

  • 101
    Becs Attwood says:

    I guess this is going to be a pretty standard answer, but definitely my husband. He is such a great example of a decent, hard-working, man that is so rare in this world. His support, and his unique view of life, gives me the confidence to face the world every day.

  • 102
    nina says:

    My father. Although we have certainly had our differences, I know that he instilled his love and respect for nature in me, and I hope to do the same for my 2 boys!

  • 103
    Connie Gregoire says:

    Without a doubt, my wonderful father. My mom died when I was ten and he took over raising three children. He is the kindest most thoughtful man I know. He has and always will be an example to me.

  • 104
    Shawn Wenrich says:

    I had an outstanding manager several years ago that truly changed my outlook on my work life. He came in to work early every day, he always had a smile for everyone and he was truly dedicated to the company and the customer. I credit him with helping me get the right attitude to achieve the progress I’ve made in my career and my successes.

  • 105
    Dawn says:

    My stepfather has been my greatest male influence. I am who I am because he is who he is.

  • 106
    bridgette says:

    My father. We named our first son after him, and then the middle name of my second son is my father’s surname. He taught me to hold my own, to take care of myself by teaching me how to change my own oil and a flat tire, and that men can like window shopping (we didn’t have much money growing up), baking, and chick flicks too.

  • 107
    Kristen says:

    I met my husband when I was 19 and we have been married for 13 years. But the first 19 years, my father taught me so much. How to treat others, the importance of hard work, and to make family a priority. He made me the person that my husband fell in love with. These 2 men have shown me who I want to strive to be…(my grandfather was awesome too!)

  • 108
    Kim H says:

    Definitely my dad. He taught me that it was ok to question things, including authority, as long as I was respectful and was willing to accept any consequences. He taught me to speak up for those who couldn’t and to respect others’ opinions and beliefs. He supported me in everything I did, regardless of whether it was what he wanted me to do. He has been gone four years now and I still miss him every day.

  • 109
    Betty Sue says:

    My step father was the male with the most influence in my life. My real father died when I was eight and my step father raised me as his own!! He taught me so much and then he taught my husband and children so much. He is not with us now but he will always live in our hearts!!

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    Candy says:

    My dad! He’s been gone a year, and I miss him every day.

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    Becky says:

    My brother. He always pushed me to be better and I really respect him.

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    Linda W says:

    Absolutely my maternal Grandfather. My parents and I lived with my grandparents. Dad traveled for his job so often that Grandpa was my father figure. He supported me in everything, from school work to music to art. After his death we found a scrapbook and journals filled with all sorts of things about me. I will always treasure them. And by the way, he was a printer. That’s why I love the smell of ink!

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    Susie says:

    My dad is the best! He would do anything for me and loves me unconditionally!! Love ya dad!

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    Lisa says:

    The most influential male in my life was my dad. He was always there for me whenever I needed him. He always taught me with love. Since he is in Korea, I can’t meet him often, but I miss him so much and wish to see him one more day. Thank you for the chance to remind my dad tonight.

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    Nancy Wolff says:

    That’s easy, my husband. We were childhood sweethearts and after 45 years he is still my sweetheart. He’s the best husband, friend, father.

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    Paula I says:

    That’s easy…my father in-law. He is the most gracious, caring, loyal and honest man I’ve ever meet. He showed me the true meaning of being a Dad and the head of a household. He led by example and was a great role model for this three sons and two daughters. In a time when only the men worked, he worked long and hard to allow his wife to be able to stay home with their 5 children. Many times after long days, you’d find him in the driveway working on the family car doing all the repairs himself because money was tight. You would never hear a negative word or complaint from him, he was just viewed it as being his responsibility and did whatever had to be done. He was and still is, so very kind, polite and upbeat. A true gentlemen. I thank him for the great job he did with his children and for giving me a great man that I get to call my husband.

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    Sandy Vincent says:

    My dad first, then my husband. My dad taught me to love reading and passed down his creative genes…he is honest and hardworking, with a kinda gruff exterior, but he’s a marshmallow inside! My husband is by far the best hubby a woman could ask for. He is kind, loving, hardworking and very supportive in all I do. I’ve been blessed with two great men in my life!

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    Cheryl SD says:

    My father was the most influential man in my life. I feel so blessed to have had such a loving and happy man for my father. He was always ready to lend a helping hand or a listening ear. He touched so many people with his down to earth everyday goodness. His spirit lives on within me, even though he left this existence nearly 15 years ago. I love you Daddy!

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    Sue in Grapevine says:

    My husband; by marrying him I entered a whole new world. Not just different expectations of how life would go in a family where EVERYONE went to college & had more opportunities, but a life filled w/a greater sense of honor & what constitutes proper behavior.
    I am a better woman for having married him & I like to think that I have brought him joy & acceptance that he never knew before.

  • 120
    Laura Boyd says:

    My grandfather. Even though we lived in different countries, I always felt very close to him. Even though he is gone, his down to earth, hard working, family and friend loving nature will always be with me.

  • 121
    Ellie A. says:

    The most influential male in my life was my grandfather. He just passed away to Lung Cancer last month. He showed me that no matter what you have to laugh & feel blessed for what you are handed in life. That we will have pain but if we have faith our Lord will give us the strength we need & feel more love because of it. He gave me the love of being curious, that if I wanted to know how something was done to find out the what’s and hows I remember one of the 1st gifts he gave me when I was little was a set of encyclopedias & he would come over on the weekends and quiz me on what I had learned. I miss my granddaddy but I hope to continue to make him proud and pass down what I learned from him to my children.

  • 122
    Gina Kozuch says:

    The person who had the most influence on me was my Dad, sadly he died when I was 15 but he left me with so many great memories and values that are a great part of my life today, and I miss him dearly

  • 123
    sandygail says:

    My daddy! I could not ask for a better daddy. He is so patient and kind and helpful and takes care of my mom. She has become disabled and he does so much for her. He is just the best!

  • 124
    mLaehn says:

    My husband. I met him when I was 17 and now 21 years later, we are married with 2 beautiful girls. He has been my rock besides a great supporter in all areas. I wouldn’t trade him for anything!

  • 125
    Tricia Dee says:

    The most influential male figure in my life is my best friend – my husband of 34 years. We have worked together, played together, laughed together and raised five children together. He’s a great partner, father, and the love of my life!

  • 126
    Cassandra says:

    My father definitely – he is the most calm rational person I know and always able to give the right advice when asked.

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    misse336 says:

    My father has been the largest influence on my life – he instilled the values and helped shape who I am today.

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    Colleen K says:

    My dad! He has always been there for me, even if he lives 3000 miles away! He even taught me that you are never to old to follow your dreams. He ran a marathon when he was 70 years old (2yrs after fighting cancer!)I ran my first 5k this year with him by my side. šŸ™‚

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    Amy Gutknecht says:

    My dad… He was very strict when I was a kid and I wasn’t always happy about that. But now that I’m a parent myself, I understand that you do what you think is best to keep your kids safe.

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    sharon williams says:

    My husband! We have grown up together. We have been together 43 years and he has always been there for me. He encourages, supports, tolerates, and is honest with me, but most of all we laugh together and still have dates. He is my best friend.

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    Donna C says:

    My husband (and his father) who both have taught that if you have to err with people, to err on the side of grace and compassion. It was not a value I grew up with but they have shown this grace in remarkable circumstances and have left an impression that has changed my life. They have taught our 2 sons the same grace and I am so proud of all the men in my life.

  • 132
    LorraineN says:

    It’s got to be my father – who luckily is still alive after having had a stroke nearly 20 years ago.

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    Karen B. says:

    My father and my husband. Both in different ways, but both in good ways. They have taught me so much. I love them both!!!! I also learn a lot from my sons – they are awesome, too!

  • 134
    Sandy D. says:

    Although there has been many (including my awesome father), the answer to this question is my Uncle Ken. He’s my godfather, my uncle and my mother’s “lifesaver.” He gave her one of his kidneys! He taught me so much about life, and sharing and hope and fun! I strive daily to live the life of purpose that he has modeled for me over the years!

  • 135
    Connie Fisher says:

    My Dad – we didn’t have much growing up, but we were happy and extremely loved. He taught me the value of a dollar and how rewarding hard work can be. He was a good example for all of us to follow.

  • 136
    Lynne Phelps says:

    My dad is the BEST! He is my hero. He is brilliant and brave and there for me. I am so, so proud of him and so grateful that I had him to look up to when I was growing up! Now he is a best friend as well as being my father!

  • 137
    Kim Ross says:

    My Dad certainly has been my biggest male influence. He has passed on his love of country (as a veteran), love of family, love of food, and love of adventure. We’ve had some great times and have lots more to come, I hope! šŸ™‚

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    Linda Suarez says:

    My dad, for sure!
    Love him loads!

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    karen q says:

    After 31 years of marriage, I would have to say my husband. I have spent more of my life with him than with anyone else. He has been an excellent father, a wonderful friend and the love of my life.

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    Teresa Blue says:

    Definitely my dad! He was a physically disabled man who never failed to provide for his family. He’s been gone 35 years now…he passed away at the young age of 41. He taught me to never give up or stop trying because of obstacles that are in the way.

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    Colleen C. says:

    My grandfather was the most influential male figure in my life. He was such a kind, caring, gentle man. He filled the void when my dad left and helped my mom, me and my brothers in any way he could. He helped raise us and he was my hero.

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    Deanna says:

    Clearly my dad, strong silent… when he spoke you listened!

    I also had a boss when I was 17 who was amazing and really recognized my potential which meant a lot!

    Great question!

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    Martha D. says:

    My husband. He works really hard, is a great dad to our three kids and is always there for me. Not sure where I would be without him.

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    Deb Griffin says:

    My husband without a doubt! He’s taught me so much through his example of love and patience. He’s a hard-working, kind man who continually points me to the Lord!

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    patty from california says:

    My husband. He works very hard to support our family. He helps to hold our family together as the past few years have been difficult due to our given circumstances. He is always so generous and has our best interest in mind.

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    Lou says:

    I don;t think I could choose just one person….I’ve been surrounded by males all my life. A great, hard-working Dad, 3 brothers, a loving husband and also the most amazing Father-In-Law! I am LUCKY!
    Love this months release as usual šŸ™‚
    oxo
    Lou

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    Toia Stevenson says:

    My Dad! He always believes in me when I don’t believe in myself. He has taught me to always speak from the heart and to live life to the fullest!

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    Dee in N.H. says:

    The most influential was most likely my Dad but I like to think it was my son. He has taught me so much about life and living. The three granddaughters that he gave me have just continued those everyday lessons.

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    Janet says:

    My dad is the most influential male in my life. Ever since I was a little girl, he’s taught me everything. Because of him, I can shoot a gun, cook, fish, and I’m an okay carpenter!

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    Amy G says:

    My father passed away when I was 6 and I really do not remember him. So I would have to say that my husband is the most influential male in my life.

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    Terri E. says:

    Just one? Okay my Dad would be the first, my Grandpa Freeman and my hubby are close seconds!

    It’s a good life!
    Terri E.

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    julie coit says:

    my father is the greatest influence in my life, he was when i was a little girl and he still is today, he has cancer now and i am awed by his courage.love you daddy!!!

  • 153
    Julia Ryder says:

    Well…my husband. We have been together 21 years (Since I was 16) and he is my rock.

  • 154
    Kelly M says:

    My dad. He is an amazing, strong and smart person. He is currently fighting cancer and his attitude through all of this has reinforced everything he taught us for all these years. I’m so grateful to have him.

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    Jo Ann Mooney says:

    I can’t decide which one was and is the best influence in my life. My Dad was wonderful and you could count on what he told you always. My husband is so wonderful to me and never has anything but good intentions and kind words for me. I love them both so much.

  • 156
    Wendy H says:

    My husband is the most influential man in my life. He has so much patience and kindness that I can’t imagine being without him :).

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    Kit says:

    My dad. He’s a tough guy but gentle when he needs to be. His great work ethic and love for yummy home cooked meals inspires me everyday. Best of all, he remembers all the birthdays of the important people in his life without any prompting.

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    Lee Cockrum says:

    My Dad, he is a great guy, always kind and a wonderful family man.

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    Jojean says:

    I am definitely my dad’s daughter. The best dad and granddad! Without him I wouldn’t have my sense of humor or work ethic. And there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for his family.

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    Tanya Patterson says:

    My daddy. He was honest, a hand shake was as binding as a contract. He helped everyone. Became a christian at age 72 but lived the live long before that.

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    Cindyj says:

    My dad. He passed almost a year ago and I miss him terribly. He was definately the most influential man in my life. I learned so much from him, and I’ve started to really realize just how much he taught me since he’s been gone. I’m very grateful for the time I was able to spend with him.

  • 162
    Anna Was says:

    Hands down my Dad. He always worked tirelessly to support our family and he continues to share his influences with my kids. He is one of a kind!

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    Linda says:

    I would have to say my father. He is a veteran and a wonderful role model. He helped make me the person that I am today, and is also helping pass on those traditional values to my two boys.

    Linda

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    Dana Klinkner says:

    My husband! He is a regular example to me of integrity, hard work, love, grace, and selflessness. I’ve learned so much from him and I’m SO blessed to have him in my life!

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    kathleena says:

    My father has been the greatest male influence in my life. He passed along his work ethic to me and I strive to meet his example every day. He also has an unquestioning faith in God and that has been huge influence in my every day life.

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    carol j (krillsister) says:

    My grandfather was the most influential male person in my life. He was loving, patient, and full of life. He was a symbol of goodness and instilled the values I have tried to pass on to my own family.

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    Kathy H says:

    Definitely my husband! He led me back to the Lord when we started dating. He is loving, patient, kind and truly my better half. He supports me in this paper crafting hobby completely; he’s my biggest fan. We have been married almost 32 years (in Sept.) and I cannot imagine my life without him.

  • 168
    Lori Campbell says:

    My husband by far had the biggest impact on me. He was my absolute best friend in the world and was the yin to my yang (so-to-speak). I’m analytical, he was spontaneous, I was a saver, he was a spender. He taught me that life could deal one blow after another but that you always have the choice to laugh or cry…and he ALWAYS chose to laugh. He took such great delight in making everyone else happy. I can’t count how many times I would wake up in the morning and have a single rose or gerber daisy on my night stand. He was the person who could light up a room with his smile and his dimple.
    He passed away suddenly on September 14th/2010 at the young age of 38 and I miss him terribly but as teary as I am writing this, I’m so delighted that PTI chose to feature the special “boys” in our lives this month!

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    Patti Bolechala says:

    My husband of 26 years, my Dad died the year we got married. My husband is everything to me, and always builds me up in everything I do.
    He would give me the world if he could. He is my best friend.

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    Wendalyn says:

    That’s easy it’s my dad. He is the most laid back person I know and never rushes to any decision. He thinks everything out. I only remember him yelling at me once while growing up and it was because I made my mom mad. I wish every male could be just like my dad.

  • 171
    Susan P. says:

    I would definitely say my dad is the most influential male in my life. He’s always been a great role model with his work ethic, honesty and the way he raised myself and my siblings.

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    Barbara T says:

    My Dad, whom I miss so terribly.

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    Audrey T. says:

    My husband. He is a wonderful father and husband. He has strong family values, is a wonderful provider and always keeps our boys and myself as his top priority. He served our country proudly in the US Marine Corps, and that honor, pride and discipline shows in him every day. I love him with all of my heart and am so blessed to have him in my life.

  • 174
    Isabel Z says:

    The most influential man in my life has been my wonderful husband of 24 years. He has been my biggest supporter and is always there for me. He makes me laugh and brightens my days. He is an amazing father to our three children. I am blessed to have him in my life.

  • 175
    Renee Lynch says:

    My Daddy.
    He taught me that life isn’t always perfect…
    but we stay true to ourselves and never take the easy way out.
    This explains my answer much better than I can right now…
    http://itsapatchworklife.blogspot.com/2011/03/first-man-i-ever.html

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    Sue Plote says:

    My younger brother…he is an incredibly kind, generous and loving man. He understands what is truly important in life and always puts family first. Even though he lives across the country we talk at least once a week and visit each other at least twice a year. We never part without telling each other that we love each other. He’s amazing!

  • 177
    Sarah Fisher says:

    My husband. He has been been a wonderful influence on me and has been wonderfully supportive in everything I do. There are days I can’t function without him.

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    Marcia Truslow says:

    My father. He had a tough upbringing, was put out of his home at age 18, put himself through M.I.T. and graduated in 1932. Where did one find a job in that Great Depression? He did. Started at the bottom and ended up owning the company. He was brilliant and wise. I learned values from him that have held true for life. I’m now in my 7th decade and am so appreciative all that he taught me.

  • 179
    Kathy V. says:

    The male figure that has influenced me most in my life would be my husband. He always encourages and supports me in any thing that I hope to accomplish. He’s always with me, beside me and behind me. I love him for everything he does.

  • 180
    Ginny Schleich says:

    My husband. He is the kindest, most patient, smartest, funniest, most loving man I have ever met. He always puts me and our boys first, no matter what and he is what I want my boys to be like. He supports me in whatever I do and encourages me to “give it a try”. I can’t imagine my life without him.

  • 181
    catlover6 says:

    Without question, my Daddy! One of the most patient, funny, understanding people I’ve ever known. Daddy taught us (I am the youngest of 6 children) right from wrong and taught us to stand on our own 2 feet. He taught me how to change a tire, change the oil in my car and how to make killer dishes in the kitchen. He’s been gone for more than 20 years, but I can close my eyes and see him and hear his laughter! How blessed I was and am to have had him in my life!!!

  • 182
    Tamara S says:

    My husband. He has been the person I have turned to for advice, encouragement, & strength for the last 37 years. He has always allowed me to be me & supported me in all my endeavors. He is a man of great integrity. I have been truly blessed to have this man in my life.

  • 183
    Peg says:

    my dad is my biggest male influence in my life. His is the standard I measure all men. He was honest, a veteran, a hard worker, but still knew how to have fun.He taught by example but was a man of few words. He is my hero. I miss him.

  • 184
    Heather Pickle says:

    Definitely my husband. I lost my dad when I was young. My husband and I have been married since I was 17 and I am now 41. I am who I am because of him! I thank God every day for blessing me with such a wonderful man!

  • 185
    Jen G says:

    My dad has been and always will be the most influential man in my life. He has held me and helped me through the darkest moments in my life, and he has supported me in everything I’ve ever undertaken. He has shown me unconditional love every day of my life. He means the world to me.

  • 186
    Katie Renz says:

    The most influential man in my life right now is my husband. He is my rock in a situation that could be debilitating for many people. He keeps me going every single day especially the hardest ones when things seem the darkest.

  • 187
    Melissa Ladd says:

    My dad is the most influential male in my life! He has taught me many varied things and I am always grateful for his support!

  • 188
    Angie Cortes says:

    That would most definitely be my dad. He came into my life when I was nine and has been there for me every step of the way. His actions taught me to seize every opportunity and to love unconditionally!

  • 189
    Kim Palmer says:

    without a doubt, my dad!! He has always been there for me no matter what. He is perfect in my eyes and am so blessed that I get to call him “my” dad.

  • 190
    regan says:

    definately my Grandpa…he was always so sweet and tender and would do anything for his family…I miss him dearly

  • 191
    Anne S says:

    That’s a tough one – either my Dad or brother. My Dad – because he was always there for me growing up, and my brother because I just love watching his dedication to his kids!

  • 192
    Rhonda M. says:

    My dad is the most influential figure in my life. So patient and kind. He instilled the morals and values I have today. I love spending time with him and cherish every memory we make!

  • 193
    D Golly says:

    I’ve got to say my dad. He knew me better than I did. I miss his guidance and humor.

  • 194
    Keva Brown says:

    Hmm…I’m going to say my Dad. My parents are divorced and I grew up with just my mom, but I don’t think my Dad and I could be any closer than we are. We talk/text daily and are so much alike! He’s a wonderful, smart, and witty man and I just love the person he is.

  • 195
    Ruby says:

    This would have to be my Uncle… when my Dad died when I was 12 he was there to provide great support. Although he already had his own large family he included me in all activities. He was also there to walk me down the aisle when I was ready to start my own family. He was always there to help me with any problems I had. I lost him about 5 years ago and I still miss him. I just can’t image how I would have survived my teenage years without him.

  • 196
    leisha says:

    The most influential male in my life would have to be my husband. In the (almost) 14 years we’ve been together, we’ve been thru some unbelievable, I-don’t-wish-this-upon-anyone moments. He teaches me to have grace and forgiveness. He pushes me to draw nearer to God. He makes me a better person. (and, he indulges my PTI addiction!)

  • 197
    Vickie Johnson says:

    My husband of 32 years is my best friend. He is so supported in all I try to do. He is a great father, and now a wonderful PawPaw to our 5 year old grandson, who calls his PawPaw his “buddy”! My heart still skips when he walks into the room. I am truly blessed.

  • 198
    Laurie W. says:

    My dad for sure! He worked so hard to take care of us but always made sure we had fun and learned new things! He is such a great guy and I am lucky to have him!

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    PeggyS says:

    The most influential man in my life is my husband. He is a wonderful Christian man that is a great example for me and our children.
    As a side note, it would be great to win something special on my BD. Thank you for the opportunity. This has been an especially great release as I have two sons and my husband. May PTI continue to provide wonderful products for many years to come.
    God bless,
    PeggyS

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    hilary says:

    Hands down my husband and beset friend who has been with me through thick and thin since I was 16… Love that guy.

  • 201
    Diane Jaquay says:

    Without a doubt my husband, David! He is the wisest, kindest, most loving man I’ve ever known, I thank God every day for bringing him into my life!

  • 202
    Lesa W. says:

    My Papaw Jake was my greatest male influence. He was a great Christian man who taught me how Christians should live daily. He taught me not to be afraid of hard work and how to make even hard jobs fun. I truly miss him.

  • 203
    Ted says:

    Finally an easy Release question! My step-father who I call Dad is my hero. Being a father to a son that isn’t his has to be selfless. Add to the fact that he is strong in his Christian faith has allowed me to see the model of a good man. šŸ™‚

  • 204
    Karen Ramsey says:

    My Dad, for sure! He was always there for us and it was from him that I got my artistic creativity. He was an awesome wood crafter, crocheter, rock table maker and he could make a mean macrame wall hanging. And he had the most wonderful, big laugh. He has been gone for six years and I still miss laughing with him.

  • 205
    Lori Cullen says:

    Without a doubt, my father. He is the man who loved me first and taught me how to love. I cannot imagine my life without him.

  • 206
    betty lou says:

    My Daddy died of cancer when I was eight, so the men in my life became my granddaddy and my mom’s brother, Uncle Don. When Don was a teenager in the 50’s, he contracted polio and has been in a wheelchair my whole life. He has never let his disability stop him from doing what needed to be done or what he wanted to do. His wife, also a polio victim in a wheelchair, and he had a family and were VERY active in their church. His life has been very full and an inspiration to me and my family. Uncle Don has been a big influence on my life and the lives of many other people!

  • 207
    Courtney K says:

    my grandfather – the most honest and hardworking person i have ever known.

  • 208
    Dana Gerdes says:

    My Dad! He loved me unconditionally and I always felt he was proud of me. He taught me to love God and others by his wonderful example. He was a blessing and inspiration to me!

  • 209

    My daddy, most definitely. All my life I knew he could do anything, and at 61 he has yet to prove me wrong. He works so hard and never forgets to thank his Savior for the blessings he receives even when times are really tough and the blessings seem few. I’m incredibly blessed to have found a man to marry that is a lot like my daddy.

  • 210

    The most influential person in my life was my grandpa. He was the kindest man I ever knew… he was respectful, friendly and never had a negative thing to say about anyone. When I was little, I thought all grandpas were just like mine, I was so lucky. I wish he would have been here just a little longer so I could tell him how much I appreciated him and how much of a difference he’s made in my life.

  • 211
    Amy G. says:

    Oh my goodness, what an easy question! My daddy is most definitely the most influential male in my life. He has shown me what it means to love unconditionally; he has taught me to maintain a sense of humor and to laugh often; he has given me a wonderful model of strong work ethics. And he loves my little boy every bit as much as I do. Definitely a top influence in my life.

  • 212
    annheidel says:

    My father, most definitely. He didn’t just tell me how to live, he showed me every day by his example. He’s the best dad in the universe! (I may be a little biased.)

  • 213
    Nicki Scheck says:

    My dad, of course! He has been soooooo supportive of everything I do! In my eyes, he knows everything! Any time I have a question about something, I know I can get a great answer and great advice from him. He is always willing to make time for me. He is also the MOST generous person I know, always putting others first. A true gem of a dad! šŸ™‚

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    Josiane says:

    My daddy – even though he did not finish 2nd grade, he worked 7 days a week to provide for our family. I was so proud of him when he started English as a Second Language classes a few years ago.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Lisa S. says:

    I was always “Daddy’s Girl”. I often shadowed him on our family farm. He was patient with me and I always felt so valued by him. He’s been gone from my life for almost 30 years but the lessons he taught me and the love he showed me are still constants in my life.

  • 216
    Jill A. says:

    My Father. He is a great dad. We grew up on a farm (4 daughters)–god bless him. He has taught all of us values and respect–too enjoy life–yes I would say my Father

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    Tara says:

    Wow thats a hard one. Until adulthood, I wasn’t all that close with my dad, who suffers from PTSD from his service in Vietnam. In his absence, my two grandfathers and three uncles combined would be my greatest male influence. I always said I wanted a husband who was all of them rolled into one – and I think I found him! We celebrate our 10th anniversary this year, so I think he’s pretty awesome too!

  • 218
    Kristy says:

    I was raised by my grandparents and my Papaw has always been my number one fan! He thinks I am the smartest, prettiest, and most talented gal on the planet. I know better, but it sure is nice to have someone who loves you that much! Now I have the pleasure of watching him with my children.

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    Mary says:

    Would have to be my husband. My dad died when I was a young adult so I have spent more time with my husband than my father and he is a really wonderful human being. Someone I admire and look up to.

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    kris says:

    Definitely my husband. We have a child with special needs and it can be very challenging at times. But my husband is always hopeful, loving me and our child, for who we are. He prays and points us in the right direction (to Him) when things get tough.

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    jeni barbas says:

    My grandfather who was married for 60 years to my grandmother, who could fix anything, who loved sports, and was kind to all he met. He was such a important figure in my childhood and I miss him so.

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    Nancy says:

    My father was the most influential person in my life. He built boats, he grew grapes and made wine, he flew planes, he taught me photography, he fixed everything. He had two daughters and no sons. Growing up in a time when women were somewhat suppressed, he always made my sister and I dream large. He passed away 27 years ago, and I still miss him.

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    Karen U says:

    My husband! He brings out the best in me. He sets a wonderful example of integrity and balance in life. He understands me and accepts me as I am. He is a wonderful hands-on father who always shows patience and love.

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    I would have to say my dad. He is a great dad, always there for us growing up. He took me all over with him, he did the laundry- which made me look for a husband who would help out around the house. He definitely shaped the way I see many things.

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    Shelly says:

    My father died when I was three. I never really had a good male influence in my life until my husband came along….15 yrs. later! We married young,learned & grew up together and we’re still together 41 years later. He taught me unconditional love, trust and has always been there to encourage me every step of the way. There are not many left like him and I thank God every day for blessing me with this wonderful man.

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    Sheila says:

    My husband…he has always been so wonderful and always taken care of us. He has always tried so hard to help me feel better about myself and help me become a stronger person. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him and he will always be the biggest influence on my life.

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    Chrissy K says:

    My Dad. He wasn’t raised in a home where his father spoke about his feelings or emotions and never heard his father tell him he loved him growing up. So he decided that his kids would never experience that. He told me he loved me and was proud of me every day growing up. Even in high school he would come in to tell me goodnight and tell me again he loved me. Now I am married and have kids of my own, but every time I see my Dad he gives me a big hug, tells me he loves me and is proud of me. I am so blessed!!

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    Christine Rogus says:

    I have to say that my son’s are the most influential in my life. Although my husband is right up there with them. Both my son’s challenge me everyday to be the best I can. One has mild Autism and he learns differently than my other son. It is so AWESOME to watch them each learn different ways, but I have to tell ya, it was very difficult to get my mind to learn how to help teach my son. He is amazing and has blown his goals sky high. God has taught me so many things, I thank him each day for my life.

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    mandy says:

    I have a lot of great male influences in my life – my dad, my husband, even my 2 young sons – but the one I whose influence I try to be most consciously aware of is my grandfather. He really had one of the most gentle souls I could imagine. There have been manyt times since his recent passing that I have really realized just how special he was, and hope I can instill the same values in my family as he did in his.

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    Julie says:

    Without question, my dad. He is the kindest, gentlest person I know. He has been a wonderful father, father-in-law and grandfather. He is the original ‘Mr. Mom’, growing up with both my parents working full-time, my dad always pitched in…laundry, cleaning, cooking…he did it all! At 81 he is still doing it all–my mom is very lucky! I am so blessed to have him around and living in the same city. He is the kind of man I hope my sons become.

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    laurlynn says:

    Of course my father, for many reasons.

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    scrapthat/dolly says:

    I’d have to say my Dad. After my Mom passed away he and I got to be very close before that he worked shifts so I didn’t really “know” him all that well. He moved me to BC where we had alot of family and he really got to be my “Best Friend” Just before my Seventeenth Birthday he passed away and I really miss him not only as a father but a friend too.

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    BeverlyBL says:

    My dad, because he was kind, gentle and honest.

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    Nicole says:

    My Grandfather. He always treated my Grandmother like a queen and although he was strict on rules and what you did, you could tell he did it because he cared. He did so much to give back to the community and lived and absolutely amazing life.

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    Katie {choc0holic} says:

    Without a doubt, my dad. He had a rather severe heart attack a little over a year ago and I was faced with the thought of losing him much sooner than anticipated. Because he lives across the country from me, all I could do was pray and hope. I also spent a great deal of time reflecting on all that he has done for me, all that he has taught me, and all that I would be left without if he were to pass away. Fortunately my prayers were answered, he is now a ‘bionic man’ of sorts, and I’ve been able to enjoy him for this past year. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to show him my love over this past year.

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    elena says:

    my daddy – he really did live the values he wanted to see in his kids.

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    jaime aldridge says:

    Hands down…my dad. I feel blessed that I get him as my dad. He is my biggest supporter. He is always there to lend a hand. He is always there to listen or laugh with. He is a kind, generous, helpful, hard-working, down-to-earth kind of guy. He’s a real man’s man but has cried with me on certain occasions! He is a christian but can tell the dirtiest jokes!! He never has anything bad to say about anyone. He is modest and gets embarrased if anyone says good things about him. I can fill a book with all of my wonderful memories of him growing up and teaching me how to ride a bike to how to change the oil in my 1st car. I am so grateful that he’s my dad and my girls have him as a papa. Thanks, Nichole, for doing a masculine theme this month!

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    Diana Ferralli says:

    My dad. He is no longer with us, but I remember as a kid, he always took the time to explain things. He was strict, but you always knew where you stood. As I started to have kids of my own he seemed to truly enjoy his time with them and he appreciated each of their different personalities. He gave all of us standards to live by.

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    Mindy says:

    My dad has been the most influential man in my life. He is always so smart & taught me so much about being strong, but always in a quiet, understated way.

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    Carrie D says:

    My father in law, my dad was not part of my life much and when I met my husband I felt that I also gained the father figure that I was craving.

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    CrazyCurl says:

    Definitely my dad. The way he lives his life is a great example to me.

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    Mel Tallman says:

    My step-father was my positive male figure i looked up growing up. It wasn’t until I was an adult that understood and had a relationship with my dad. But having my step-father around during my teen years really helped me realize what a father-daughter relationship should be. Understanding this importance of this role, it was very important when I was looking for a step-father for my children.

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    nori says:

    my dad has had my greatest influence especially in my work ethic and business life. the principles he has instilled in me has helped me to excel professionally. šŸ™‚

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    My husband is. He is kind, loving, patient and a wonderful role model for my boys!

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    Lauren S. says:

    My dad is the most influential male figure in my life. Of his four children I am his only daughter… and I am definitely closer to him than any of my brothers. We have always had a special bond. I feel extremely blessed to have had such a great relationship with my dad. He has taught me so much, and helped to mold me into a woman he could be proud of. :o) Love you Dad!

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    Dianne Johnson says:

    My Father was my greatest influence. He was larger than life, and the most generous person I have ever known.

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    MA says:

    My Uncle, who I took care of before he passed on, was the kindest and caring man. My father died when I was ten and Uncle was always there for me. He always had words of wisdom that hold true to this day. His motto: “we” are here to help others no matter how big or small it is.

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    Amy Zwierz says:

    My husband is my greatest male influence. He loves me unconditionally. Through my good days, bad days, through my crazy days he is always there, supporting me. No one has ever done that to me.

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    For me, that would also be my dad! When I just turned 16, my mum had a brainbleed and from then, she had to stay in a caring home, paralized on one side and loss of speaking and mixed emotions. My dad has always stood by her, and me! He visits her every evening, brings her home every Sunday, and he is just sooo sweet for her! I truly admire that, not all husbands would have done that, for already 17 years!!! He’s very selfless and caring and I love that! And, running the home then, with just the two of us, we have become very close! So, sorry about the long story šŸ˜‰ but without a doubt, the answer to this question. Is definitely; my dad!
    Hugs, Wendy

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    Marge Sexton says:

    My husband has been such a great inspiration in my life. He taught me what Love really means. He loves me, He loves our family, and most importantly, He loves the Lord; and it is evident in his everyday life. He also supports my stamping habit…never complains about what I spend, or the time I enjoy stamping and girlfriends. We have been together for 36 years, and I love him more everyday.

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    Lindsey Larsen says:

    Definitely my Dad. He is incredible in every way – compassionate, spiritual, charitable, funny, loving, etc. He traveled a ton when we were kids, but when he was home, he was home-he spent all the time he could with us. I love everything about him!

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    Heather Mills says:

    At the risk of sounding like everyone else, my father has definitely been the most influential male in my life. He was the principal and main teacher at the small Christian school I attended and was also my basketball coach in high school. I just couldn’t get away from him. : ) The person I am is most definitely largely because of him and his guidance. Thank you for a fabulous release and all the chances to win such great prizes.

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    carol h says:

    My dad was my greatest male influence. He lived in a household of women–four daughters–but he was always there for us and was always supportive even through our teenage trials and tears.

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    Nancy Ludwick says:

    My Dad–he loved me and made me feel so special–not a day goes by that I don’t miss him!

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    Gail W says:

    This one made me realize I need more influential men in my life. The only man that I truely know is my husband. We married young me 18 him 19, and will be celebrating our 30th anniversary next year. Yes we have had our ups and downs but I do know that he will always be there for me. I don’t tell him enough how great he is cause he knows it. hahahahaha If I win he will be so surprised that he is my most influential man in my life. Ok even if I don’t win I will tell him. wink wink

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    Dawn S says:

    It would be my dad first, followed very closely by my husband. In fact, my husband is very similar to my dad in so many ways. Integrity would be the first word I would use to describe both of them. Both are men of great integrity and that is something I admire so much!!

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    Dotty says:

    It would have to be my dad. He taught me to be a strong and independent woman and to work hard for what you want. He was a very special person and I miss him dearly.

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    Kristin says:

    I have to cheat a bit, because I’ve been lucky to have two. In my childhood my grandaddy was the most amazing influence. My dad wasn’t around at that point and my mom’s dad was a wonderful man. During my adult years my dad has stepped in and fill that role in a completely fantastic way. I’m a lucky and blessed woman.

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    Crisanne D. says:

    My father is an amazing man and has taught me so many things. He is a huge influence in my life. I also learn so much from my husband. He is the man I rely on. He teaches me so much about patience, hope, love and faith. I am a much better person because of him.

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    Lee says:

    Definitely my Dad. He is such a wonderful, hardworking man with great values. What a great role model for me. He is also my friend, mentor and running partner…always there to encourage me.

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    Natasha says:

    My dad is. He has taught me some great values and is always willing to help out with anything I need.

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    Trinka King says:

    I have many men in my life that I believe are influential in my life. I cannot pick just one. Each and everyone of them have taught me something that who has made me who I am.

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    Leora says:

    This one is easy…my dad for sure. He taught me how to live by living his life and letting me watch. He taught me to sing in the shower (however badly), to be compassionate and to take a real interest in the lives of those around me. My dad had the biggest hands and I miss them so.

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    AnneH says:

    Without a doubt it would be my late husband. My Mom and Dad divorced when I was in the third grade so I did not have the support of a father. We were married 39 years when he passed away. That was 16 years ago and I still miss him. My husband was a great father, supporting and loving husband and he was a patriot. He lost a leg in Vietnam and he never complained but kept on going. He made me feel like I was the most important person in the world.

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    LouAnn says:

    My father. I was blessed with a wonderful father. The lessons that he and my mom taught us growning up have lasted.

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    Krishna G says:

    My six year old son. He is high functioning austic, as of yet does not eat solid foods. I’ve been reading a lot over the last several years how life is a mirror, it has made me release that I don’t like to eat food. Part of that is that I don’t have much of a sense of smell, and so food just doesn’t taste good to me, and I am just realizing, that I don’t feel good when I eat. I am now having tests done to see if I have celiac disease. Without him and the challenges we are going through together, I would never of taken a look at myself like that. And his unconditional love is AMAZING!

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    Kari Bell says:

    that’s a toss up between (1) my father who was my protector, my role model, my coach, my comedian, & my cheerleader and (2)my husband who is patient, kind, giving, hard-working, honest, & makes me a better person. i love them both so much!!

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    Denise says:

    My dad… he has Multiple Sclerosis and has lived a life of great difficulty but extreme grace. His kind heart has touched so many people, but his strength has been an incredible example for myself and the parent I want to be for my own children.

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    My husband, is the most influential man in my life. Although my dad is wonderful, it’s my husband who influences me and makes me want to be a better person everyday.

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    Paula says:

    my son – I only have one child and he has taught me things that no one has made me see before. he is now 23 yrs. old and I am sad that I don’t have that little boy in my lap any more, but it hasn’t kept him from teaching me new things everyday. I love him –

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    Good thing my hubby isn’t going to be reading this one, ’cause my Daddy is my greatest male influence. (sweet hubs is a close second).
    Daddies are every little girl’s first love, and mine was no exception. He called me “Katydid” when i was younger, and I still smile whenever I think of that. He taught me the value of hard work and honesty, through example, not by lecturing. He’s my “Daddy”, and I love him. šŸ™‚

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    Deb L says:

    That’s easy!! My Dad has been the most influential male figure in my life!! He had two daughters and were our biggest cheerleaders and supporters growing up!! He also taught us how to build and fix things, too, so we could be independent!! He showed us how a real man acted, and still does!! He was so influential that I married a man very much like him!!

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    Angela Person says:

    My grandfather, he was always patient with everyone. He was a Englishman and a World War II survivor and saw the good in all people, and with all he lived through I admired him greatly,.

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    laura j says:

    My father has been the greatest influence in my life! He is such a kind and generous person and has always been a person that I have looked up to and respected….what a lucky daughter I am!

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    Olendia says:

    My Father. He was a very responsible person, with strong beliefs and strong personality. He loved us all very much.

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    Cynde says:

    It is definitely my Step-Dad. He married my Mom who had 3 children. He already had 4 of his own that he had custody of (that was back in the 60’s) Which was saying something about him already. He raised us as “His” children. I will forever and always Love him as “My one and only Dad”. He truly put the time in for all 7 of his kids.

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    I have not had many positive male role models in real life. I would answer your question with ‘my father,’ but not in the way you expect. He represents the example NOT to follow, the I do NOT want to be, which has been hugely influential instrumental in making smart choices and helped me to become the person I WANT to be, and am today. I know I probably need a happy answer to win, but I am an honest person, but this is the truth. I am constantly inspired by the wonderful role models that my husband and so many of his military colleagues are, their morals, their service, their sacrifice, their strong family values and their humility. Thanks for a chance to win a beyond-generous prize package of goodies that I would be happy to use to create wonderful cards for the Operation Write Home Program, rather than my father specifically, and all of the beautiful and inspirational projects you and your remarkable design team have created for us all week long.

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    k.,m. says:

    I am so fortunate to have several people who have influenced me. But, my oldest brother was most influential in my life. He was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder that progressively worsened over the years. He was always in great spirits and very concerned for me and my family….even during his most trying times. Eventually this hideous disease took his life…..but he taught me how to die with dignity. He is loved & missed beyond measure.

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    christianne says:

    I’d have to say my husband because he is a great example to me of patience and of reaching for goals. He is always setting and working for goals that he sets for himself. He is amazing.

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    Melanie says:

    My husband is my rock! He lives by the truth regardless of the cost. We are childhood sweethearts and have been married for 37 years.

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    wendy mcgaffey says:

    Well that is an easy question…I grew up from the age of 7 without a father, not having any male influence for most of my life made me skeptical until at the age of 16 I met my soulmate…we have been together for 31 years and married for 25…raised 3 children and now waiting on grandbabies…my Husband definitely has been the most influential man in my life

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    Lisa Kobza says:

    My dad…hands down. He is always there when you need him. He has worked so hard for the family. I remember that he always coached the various sports teams when my brother and I were young while travelling a LOT for his work. He used to take red-eye flights so that he could be at the practices. It is only now that I realize how tough that really is. He is truly a blessing to anyone lucky enough to know him.

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    Sandye Curry says:

    Without a doubt, it was my father. He let me know that I could do anything I chose to do. I always knew I had his love, his support, and his blessing. He was a wonderful man.

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    Kathy Hering says:

    My dad… he has influenced me the most. He has taught me valuable things about life and money. Now I’m passing these things down to my own family.

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    Ann says:

    My husband! He is one of the most encouraging and loving males in my life. He loves me and our son unconditionally, even though we all are not perfect. He is always caring and has been a great example and leader in our family.

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    Debbie says:

    Without a doubt, my husband. He has always supported me in whatever I do – without complaint and although he is not perfect, he’s the best for me and our two grown children. Our neighbors and friends love him too because he is always there to lend a helping hand. Oh, and he loves to give me PTI gift certificates for all our gift-giving occasions – probably because he hates to shop, but nonetheless it’s a win win situation!

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    Jasmina says:

    My father. He is a hard worker and always supports me. But then again my husband is like that too. I’m really lucky šŸ™‚

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    Laura :) says:

    Definitely my father. He showed me how he wanted me to live and gave me the values that I now want to pass on to my childern

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    Carol says:

    My husband….it is completely awesome in every way!

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    Donna K says:

    my dad of course. I’m was lucky to have had him in my life for 52 years. I still miss him so much.

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    Deb says:

    My pastor while I was a student at the University of Florida. My father and grandfather passed away when I was only 3 so I did not have any major male influences in my life growing up. My pastor is the father of 10 beautiful children. He showed me how a man can live a life of honor and respect. He loves his wife and children and the ministry that he is called to at the University of Florida.

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    Barbara M says:

    My husband. The everything in my life! We have been married 32 years it was the right choice:)

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    Jamie Greene says:

    My Husband. We have been married 15 years now and have 3 beautiful kids. He is in the Military and was stationed in the city I lived in when I was in High School. We got married shortly after I graduated, which might not have happened without his support when I was going thru a really tough time in my life. He is a hero to me and to our kids.

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    Heather says:

    My dad…his lessons on life, integrity and self respect have stuck with me forever!

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    Donna Simpson says:

    It has to be my Dad. He has passed, but he was such an important person in my life. He was the kindest and most honest person that I know of.

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    Suzi says:

    My Dad. He is just like Atticus Finch! Kind, loving, diplomatic, moral but not religious, educated, a sure shot with a gun (only when he had to hunt for food as a kid) fish with a stick and string, make 50 different kinds of paper airplanes, cook a gourmet meal and explain anwers to any question you ever asked in a way you can always understand no matter how complicated the subject! I wish I was more like him!
    Cheers
    Q!

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    Abi Paine says:

    An old friend of the family (surrogate dad!) was paramount in my growing up.. He offered me such excellent advice, and even now, I find myself thinking what would he tell advise me to do, if he were here now. such blessed memories and so thankful for having him in my life..

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    K. Craig says:

    It may be cheesy and cliche, but my dad. He was my coach for summer sports, helped me train for track, told me “all those cheerleaders are just catty b’s” when I didn’t make the squad my senior year, cried when I graduated h.s. and college and is still the person I call when I don’t know how to do something or what to do in a situation even thought I’m almost 30. He may have not finished college, but he has more worldly experience than anyone I know.

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    calliezant says:

    My Dad…for the strong values that he taught and lives for his family.

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    Pamela says:

    that would be my dad, he was a great parent, father, husband, grandfather and veteran. Always proud of his family, his work and his values. He taught me many things, some at the time I didn’t want to hear, but you know he did always know best. Today was his birthday, he would have been 89. Happy Birthday Dad, love you and miss you.

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    Kimberli Sarsfield says:

    My dad! He has been a perpetual source of motivation, inspiration and the most supportive and understanding dad a girl could ever hope for.

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    Jennifer D says:

    Grandpa! He adored my Grandma and always treated me like I was the most special girl in the world. I miss him a lot!

    Thanks for the chance to win… As someone who grew up with only brothers and gave birth to a son, I could make good use of this month’s release!

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    My husband is by far the most influential man in my life. He challenges me, supports me, makes me laugh and sets my heart pounding. After sixteen years we still can’t wait to be together again even if he’s only gone to work. He’s an amazing father and a wonderful leader at work. I’m a lucky woman.

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    Sharon Holden says:

    That’s a hard question. My Dad was a wonderful role model, hard worker, good person, would drop everything to help out a friend or acquaintance and never had a bad word to say about anyone. When he passed away 11 years ago my Grandy (Mum’s dad) did his best to fill my Dad’s shoes by being a Father to myself & my brother and a Grandfather to our kids. Sadly we lost him a month ago. Both were the most wonderful family orientated Dads & Grandfathers a girl could hope for and both are so dearly missed and their memories cherished.

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    My husband! His patience and caring nature keeps me grounded and makes me feel loved on a daily basis!

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    Bonnie Ditto says:

    My husband. No question about it. He has been everthing I dreamed of in a spouse. He is a super dad. He makes me strive to be what he thinks I am.

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    Karen Osborn says:

    That’s a toss-up. My husband and my Dad have both contributed to much to my life. My Dad, for the unconditional love he has shown me, and my husband, for his ongoing love, support and help with life’s ups and downs. He is my inspiration and my soft place to fall. I dearly love and thank God for them both.

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    Erica Meier says:

    That would have to be my husband. He balances me out very well and helps me see things from another perspective.
    Can’t wait to see the new release! Everything looks so wonderful so far!

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    My dad! He’s strong, hardworking, honest, determined, intelligent—truly a fantastic role model!

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    Sandi D says:

    Hands down it is my husband. His steady, unwavering love and support of me and our family has never wavered in our 30+ years together. His support gave me the self-confidence I never had growing up and he is everything a person should be: kind, giving, patient, and humble. I am a better person because of him.

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    By far, my dad. I have followed him into business, have his sense of humor, and have learned from him how to deal with all the ups and downs life throws at you. He has always stuck by me and given me the greatest advice.

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    Paula says:

    My husband. I know that I am a better person because of him.

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    :Linda Friend says:

    My father is my greatest male influence. He is always willing to help and expects nothing in return. He has been a real blessing in my life.

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    Glenda J says:

    My hubby – he encourages me and boosts my confidence all the time. He’s been an amazing influence on who I am today.

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    Banu H says:

    I would have to say my DAD. He has taught me the most important lessons of life and he has this wonderful outlook about life that he has taught me as well. We share a very close bond and it is great. He has inspired me with many of my creations.

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    My dad and my hubbie. My dad taught me what commitment to family means and my hubbie reinforces my dad’s lessons to both of us each day as he supports our little family of four. I am lucky to have such fine examples of a “good man” in my life and in my girls’ lives.

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    milkshake007 says:

    My husband has got to be the most influential male in my life. He is an amazing person with so much energy and intelligence. And the wit that guy has….lot of laughter going on at this house. I’ve become a better person with him in my life.

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    sg1925 says:

    My grandfather would have to be the greatest male influence in my life. He was so amazing at all different subjects in school and helped everyone when they needed it. He was truly an amazing person!!

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    Chris S says:

    Definitely my dad. He lives his values every day, and quietly showed all of us kids how to be good citizens, neighbors, and friends. He had three daughters before he had a son, and taught all of us important things like basic auto maintenance. He also set the bar very high for our future spouses by being a wonderful husband to my mom.

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    Alisha says:

    My father, my husband, my Bishop, and my Savior. All have had profound impacts without which I would not be who I am today.

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    Jenny J. says:

    Would have to say my dad. Everything that I am, I owe in large part to my dad…my strong work ethic, loyalty, going the extra mile for someone, the list could go on and on!

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    Cindy Otto says:

    My dad is my greatest male influence in my life. He was a Major in the Air Force and his military discipline inspired me to always do my best. His strong faith always encourages me to place God first in my life. He is a fair, honest, and faithful man, who I aspire to be.

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    It would be my husband because he lives what he believes. If you would ask me what words would describe him I would say – selfless, servant, humble, meek, kind, gentle,and loving. I am so blessed to have him as my husband and I am thankful our children have him for their father! Thanks for the opportunity to share – now I need to let him know šŸ™‚

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    Tanya says:

    My father for sure. Growing up my dad worked part time delivering mail on a rural route and before i started school i went with him. He packed a lunch and made a bed for me in the back of his truck. He was always done his route by early afternoon so we would spend the rest of the day together – planting a garden, cutting wood etc. We live across the country from one another now and I miss him so much.

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    Betsy Schumann says:

    My husband is my most influential. He is my best friend, voice of reason, and awesome father to our three daughters.

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    My husband has been the biggest influence in my life. Though we are opposites in character, guess that is why we complement each other so well! He has shown me the way many a times and helped me grow as a person!

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    Gladys says:

    my dad! he is the greatest influence in my life!

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    Lorus says:

    Definitely my husband. He is my other half, he keeps me grounded when I fly too high and pushes me to have fun when I’m working too much. He loves me and our children in a way that helps all of us remember to value ourselves and still manages to do a little laundry or dishes to help out. I love that man!

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    Missy says:

    My dad has been the most influential man in my life. He was always kind, loving, wise, funny, and generous to all of us kids. There are so many qualities I love about my dad that I was so fortunate I found in my wonderful husband!

    Missy

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    Cassie K says:

    this is a hard question as it hasn’t been just one. There’s my own father, but there are also two other men who have influced my childhood. These two t men (and their families) were are family when living in MS and the families helped each other with everything, including raising us kids. To this day I still refer to them as Mr.”so and so” as the sign of respect that I was taught with.

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    Loricabo says:

    My dad was (and is!) the most influential for me, with my grandfather a close second. Both of them instilled a deep sense of honor and responsibility in me and helped bolster my self-confidence. They are also my biggest cheerleaders and I am so grateful to have had them in my life.

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    Irma Castaneda says:

    My dad — he loves me unconditionally and is always there for me.

  • 333

    Well…my father was one of the most amazing men in my life that inspired me to be who I am today. He taught me the importance of working hard to get what you want…and that family is #1 priority above all else. I would be very blessed to be even half the person he was, always helping everyone out without expecting anything in return šŸ™‚

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    Cindi Loizeaux says:

    It is a pretty even split between my father and my husband. Dad certainly gave me my core values and shaped my beliefs as a child and I treasure that and miss him so deeply since he has gone. My husband has helped refine my values and given me insights as a peer and friend that have nutured me as an adult. I am so very fortunate to have had such wonderful loving men in my life.

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    Cindy Lee says:

    My Hubby! He has pushed me to do things I would normally back out of, loved me through thick and thin, wild ups and bad downs and gone along with some of my crazy ideas. Plus he’s an amazing Dad to our girls. Twenty three years on Saturday! Yeah!!!

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    Margaret Peltier says:

    My Father continues to be the greatest influence in my life – his work ethic when we were growing up – working 3 jobs so that we had what we wanted – but every weekend he took us somewhere – the memories are the greatest – it wasn’t always easy and to this day we all struggle but always have the memories to look back on and know that anything can and will be accomplished as long as we put our best foot forward and work hard! He has since retired and had a stroke that has impeded his short term memory but the long term memory remains – it is hard to see such a strong man age and his health fail – he can’t remember what he had for breakfast this morning but he can remember 47 yrs ago – the day I was born!

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    Linda Edwards says:

    My husband… loving, strong, supportive, caring, selfless. Our son said it all when he told me “I can’t imagine growing up without this man in my life.”

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    Colleen says:

    My hero – definitly my dad. His unconditional love and support have always kept me going. I strive to pass on even some of what he has taught me to my boys.

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    Lindsay says:

    My dad is a great example of a provider and cares for my mother and his family very much!

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    paula laird says:

    This is hard! I want to say my dad and my husband but am going to say my sons. They influence every aspect of my life, from what groceries we buy, to what I watch even when they aren’t around, to my thoughts on politics and religion. I love my dad and he instilled so many good things in me. I adore my husband and he has definitely made me a better person. But it is those muddy little angels who influence me the most.

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    Lee Anne says:

    Oh my, what a question. At first thought, my dad comes to mind. He once told me we were soul-mates. He was wonderful and fought a brave fight with cancer, but we lost him in July. Then, of course, my wonderful husband, who still influences me even after his death last month. I’m a downer, I know – but those are two of the best men that ever walked the planet. I know…everyone will say that about their own dads and husbands, (but mine really were!)

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    Vanessa says:

    My Husband! We met while I was still in high school. He supported me during college, establishing my career, and becoming the woman I am today. I cannot imagine what my life would be like without him. He is always there for me and helping me in any way possible.

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    Anemone says:

    Without question – my Dad. Technically I suppose, he is my stepfather, though I’ve never thought of him in that way. . My father died before I was one and my mother remarried while I was still small. He has been the most fantastic dad – taught me more than I can say. If I had to boil it down to one sentence, I guess I would be that he has taught me how to live.

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    CarolLynn says:

    My husband–I met him over 28 years ago at my first duty location in the Air Force. I was 18 and my first time away from home and living in a foreign country. He taught me so much about life as we grew together as a couple–he is definitely the reason for my success today.

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    Steph says:

    my father would have to be my greatest male influence. He is an incredibly hard worker and I think those traits have passed on to me. Although I only see him on the weekends, he is truly the best male role model I have had in my life.

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    Kate Marrs says:

    I would definitely say my Dad, but my brother’s mean a great deal to me as well. I learn so much from them everyday!

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    Jennifer G. says:

    My step son, who lost his biological mom when he was a small child. He reminds me everyday that life is too short not to enjoy every moment.

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    Lori Y says:

    My dad has naturally been the greatest male influence in my life. He has been a wonderful father and taught me so many life lessons. I am proud to say that I have married a man very similar to my father and he has also had a great influence in my life. I am blessed to have such kind, wonderful men in my life. And am so happy that my kids are learning from both of them, too.

  • 349
    Mindy W says:

    Definitely my husband, because he complements my personality. Where I am weak he is strong ;-). (…And he let’s me order PTI stamps every month!!!)

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    Janette Childs says:

    My husband most definitely. He is the calm to my storm, and is the one person that truly understands me. He makes me constantly want to try a little harder and be a little better.

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    Jan Knapp says:

    My dad – the best in the world! Just a couple of weeks until the first anniversary of his death. I miss him like crazy. He was the father of three girls and we knew he loved my mother beyond measure. His face would light up when she came into a room. He was a wonderful grandfather to my children and my sister’s children. He taught the boys to shoot and drive and how to use tools. He taught us all how to be responsible and good citizens and how to recognize what is important in life. He was my hero.

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    Kelly Braund says:

    That would for sure be my Grandpa. My dad was never a big part of my life and my Grandpa filled that part of my life beautifully. He was an amazingly kind, hardworking, fabulous man who I was lucky enough to have in my life until a few years ago. I am so lucky we got to live a block away from them while we started our family and that he got to meet all three of my kids and show them just a peek at how special he was.

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    MJ (good_day1214) says:

    I was raised by my phenomenal single, working mom. Sure I had uncles and male cousins, but none were really role model- types when I was growing up. I’d have to say that the most influential male figure would have to be my DS. Living for a person other than yourself teaches you (maybe *tested* would be a better word!) so many life lessons: responsibility, patience, resilience, fear, pride, utmost joy… He keeps me grounded, helps me strive to be a better person, and try to live as a good example for him.

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    Linda E says:

    My father has been the greatest male influence on my life. He passed away 13 years ago this week and I always feel that there was so much more I could have learned from him.

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    Allyson says:

    My Grandfather. I grew up with a father who worked hard, but was so obviously absent from real family life, and I’m afraid I never really developed a great relationship with him, though we do keep in touch here and there. But my Grandmother and Grandfather really picked up the slack and gave me that sense of stability in life. I am so grateful for him and all the love and kindness and encouragement he has provided for my life – especially spiritually. Thanks for the fun release week and the opportunity to win! I am excited to snatch up some fun products and get busy stamping. šŸ˜‰

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    Myrna H. says:

    I would have to say my PaPa. He always wanted a daughter, and only had sons. He taught me so many things – like how to hit my thumb with a hammer! He explained to me that once I hit my thumb with a hammer (not very hard, I do admit) that I would know how much it hurt, and I would not do it again! Then he taught me to hammer nails, use many types of tools, pour concrete, you name it – all the stuff girls are not supposed to do. This taught me that there really are no limits on what we can or cannot achieve – that limits are artificial creations, not absolutes. I cannot think of a more important life lesson.

  • 357

    I would definitely have to say my father. Throughout my life I don’t ever remember him raising his voice to me or anyone. He is kind, funny and loved by anyone he meets. He never taught any of his five children to think like him or believe what he believed but taught us each to think for ourselves and to think well. He never got angry with anyone and is only able to see the good in people. He taught us that it is okay to laugh and okay to cry. I have never heard him boast or brag. He is 83 years old now and I treasure every moment with him and I value every lesson he ever taught me. I love my dad.

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    sarah says:

    definitely my husband, daniel šŸ™‚ next week we will celebrate 20 years since our first date, and from that moment he has made me a better person. he keeps me calm, helps me to see the positive in all things, makes me laugh even when i don’t want to, and genuinely completes me!

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    Michelle Caldera says:

    My husband. I didn’t have a father to grow up with, and it has been so wonderful to see my husband be such an amazing father to our children, especially our daughter. Gotta love that!

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    Maureen L says:

    My Uncle Bill … even tho he lived 3 hours away, he always made me feel special every time I saw him. He gave me a connection ot my dad after he died.

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    Alison says:

    My grandfather, who I miss every day.

  • 362

    My husband has been my best friend and my cheerleader for over 35 years. He’s also been a great father to our 2 sons. My father died when I was 20, and certainly was important to me, but my husband has influenced my whole adult life.

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    Shelly says:

    That would have to be my dad. He has not only taught me everything I know, but he has lived his life by example. I love his gentle, wise and loving ways…he is truly a blessing. If I can name another influence, it would be my husband. Again, another man who lives life with integrity and always with the best interest of others at heart. I love them both so much!

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    Mary H says:

    Dad. For being tender when I needed it and tough when I needed it, loving me no matter what and encouraging me to do anything I wanted. Definitely my hero!

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    Stephanie W. says:

    What a great question; I am torn between my Father and my Husband. On the one hand, my Dad has always been there for me and was always a great example of how to live. My Husband now pushes me to be a better person and for us to be better people together. We are expecting our first child in less than a month and the little things we are doing to ensure we are going to be good parents and working together has been such an amazing journey. I know he will be a great Father too. Thanks for a great release!

  • 366
    Cherrie says:

    My husband. We met when I was 15 and we have now been together for 30 years. He has been a wonderful father and husband through all the ups and down of life.

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    Michelle P. says:

    My husband is definitely the most influential man in my life. He supports me in everything I do and is always my rock! He has taught me patience and how to watch our daughter grow up with a smile on my face. I’ve always been a go-go-go type of woman, but this sweet man showed me how much more enjoyable life truly is if you slow down, smell the flowers, and watch from the sidelines as your child grows and matures. He’s my everything!

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    Sandra B. says:

    Definitely my husband. He’s always been there for me and supported me through everything. He’s a hard worker and a great father to our two daughters.

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    Sheryl B. says:

    My husband is very influential to me. He is very loyal and hard-working and I can always depend on him, whatever I may need!

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    Amanda M. says:

    My Dad. He has worked so hard for his family and I’ve never heard him complain. He’s a fine example of a family-oriented and generous man.

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    Susan Rob says:

    Ny dad, for his kindness, patience and love of life.

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    Sara says:

    I would have to say both my husband and my son have been the best and most positive male influences in my life.
    My son is my first born and has definitely changed my life for the better. He has taught me to be a better person and still teaches me something every day.
    My husband has been my rock and my love and has supported me through some of the most difficult times in my life.
    I would love to win this month’s release because I know my son would love the train!

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    Becky P. says:

    My dad. We had a rough start when I was in school, but after I graduated college, we became friends. He is a man of integrity, he is very generous and he has a kind heart. My dad is not perfect, but he has taught me to be an honest, hardworking person who can provide for my family. I hope I can pass those same lessons on to my children.

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    Hannah Mize says:

    I would say that my father was the most influential male in my life for developing years and gave me perspective on who my mate should be. My husband is wonderful and fulfills my life. He truly is my other half.

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    see mary stamp says:

    The most influential person would be my husband of 27 years. He lives by a very strong ethical code, which can make waves at times, but is really admirable in these days where it seems like anything goes. He has an amazing work ethic, and he makes me laugh.

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    My father, he is a man of few words but once he speaks everyone listens.

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    joy says:

    Like a lot others, my dad was important in my life, but my husband has been the most influential in my life. We have been married for 43 years, raised 3 wonderful girls and have 7 fantastic grandchildren. We were high school sweethearts and really just grew up and matured together. Life without his influence would be difficult.

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    Gretchen C says:

    My hubby is my biggest fan!! He always inspires me to try new things~even when I doubt myself he cheers me on šŸ˜‰

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    Janis says:

    Hands down, my dad. He taught me by living his life, infusing in me high moral standards, how to respond when the world treats you poorly, how to live within your means, etc. Sadly, I lost this great man to leukemia 11 years ago and there are many times I wish I could chat with him again.

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    Erica M. says:

    I can’t narrow it down to just one. My dad, my papaw and my husband have all been very influential in my life.

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    Ann says:

    Definitely my dad. He taught me to be strong and gave me the same opportunities my brothers had, including work as a commercial fisherman which put me through college. He taught me the value of hard work.

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    Alice Roushia says:

    By far it has been my Father. My Father has gone thru tremendous pain of seeing 2 of his children die and is wife, my Mother. He has shown me that you must believe in God Almighty because he has a plan for all of us. He has gone thru cancer, 2 heart attacks, open heart surgery, 2 hip replacements, and 1 knee replacement. He is 82 and plays golf at least 2 to 3 times per week. He is always there to talk to and make sure that I am okay. He worries about me. He taught me values growing up and He has shown me that love is one of the greatest gifts of all, he was married to my Mother for 51 yrs. He always taught me to save what I can for later on in life because you never know what will happen. He is my FATHER and I Love him.

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    Vera Yates says:

    My brothers are the greatest make influence in my life. The way they stay true to themselves, their commitment to the family, and their generous hearts inspire me all the time. They show me what good men are. They are my rock.

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    Mary says:

    My husband who is my best friend and my greatest blessing in life. It is hard to believe that after 35 years of marriage we still call each other during the day just to say “I love you and I miss you.” When I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year he went with me to every appointment and was so supportive.

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    Donna Garvin says:

    I would have to say the most influential man in my life is hands down my HUSBAND. Growing up my father was never at home. My husband turned my world upside down in a wonderful way. We have been married for 31 years and have had our ups and downs during those years. But I don’t think I could have a more thoughtful and wonderful man in my life. He has been in my corner cheering me on every single day and I can’t imagine my life without him.

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    danielle says:

    My father is my hero. I’ve always looked up to him, but when I started my own family I realized just how much my father had taught me. He taught me so many essential things that make me who I am today and I am so lucky to have him as my Dad.

  • 387
    Lisa Alonzo says:

    This sounds sort of depressing after reading the others, but I don’t feel that way about it. I would have to say my father, who is now deceased, but not for the reasons most would think. I did not look up to my father, and never found him to be a very likeable person. We never had much of a positive relationship while I was growing up and he was killed when I was just 18. That was a long time ago, but from him I learned the kind of person I never want to be, or be with. Today I have one heck of a husband who is also a great dad to our 2 kids! I couldn’t have chosen any better, and I know that my children will always see their dad in a completely different way than I saw mine. In some strange way, I suppose I can give some of the credit for that to my father….

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    Susan Bennett says:

    My husband. We got married very early (pre twenties) and have grown up together. A wonderful man to me and my children for many blssed years.

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    katevdp says:

    I have been lucky to be surrounded by wonderful men in my life. But, as with most others, my dad has been the biggest and most positive influence in my life. He breaks a lot of the stereotypes of men – he is gentle, kind, talks a lot & loves to socialise. He has taught me more about unconditional love than anyone. More than 40 years ago, my mum was diagnosed with a mental illness – but for those 40 years my dad has stuck by her, helping her, shielding us during the ‘bad’ times and providing us all with a wonderful, happy, carefree family life. He is truly amazing.

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    jamie nania says:

    My father. He is the hardest worker I’ve ever met. The whole time growing up he always worked two jobs and to this day I’ve never heard him complain about work. He’s a great father and a great grandfather to my three children. He holds a very special place in my heart.

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    Cassi says:

    it would have to be a family friend, who has always been a like a father to me. he always challenged my thinking, and helped me to gain appreciation for multiple perspectives.

  • 392

    That’s an easy one. My Dad. He was a very creative and gentle man. I loved working with his tools. When he was in the hospital, my Mom said I could always bring a smile to his face and brighten his mood. I miss him alot, and wish I learned more from him as an adult before his memory began to fade. He was a musician his whole life, and taught music to hundreds and hundreds of kids in Harford County, MD.

  • 393
    Diane says:

    My husband has been the most influential male figure in my life. He is an encourager to so many – myself, our children, at work, and in the community!

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    Susie Nam says:

    My husband. We have been together through thick and thin. Through everything, he has been an encouragement and great support. A wonderful father to our kids and a great example of a man with integrity.

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    Tania J says:

    My dad… who told me I could be anything I wanted to be!

  • 396

    My husband. He’s been there for me when things have been really rough over the past couple of years.

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    Donelle U says:

    My dad was the most amazing person. Quiet and dependable, caring and kind, I miss him so much! He passed away 12 years ago shortly after I got divorced. My wish would be that he could meet my husband now and that my kids would know what an amazing grandfather they had. I miss him every day.

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    Anthonette says:

    I would say my dad. He has been a great role model. I love the advice he gave me as a child: “just do your best”. That advice carried through many tough times. I give my own son the same advice.

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    Pat says:

    The most influential male figure has been my husband. I grew up in a divorced family and didn’t get to see my dad very often and didn’t have a close relationship with him growing up. It wasn’t until I met and married my husband that I had a male in my life everyday that ended up becaming my best friend and someone that is always there for me. He is the male figure that I missed out on while growing up. He supports me in all the crazy crafting project that I create and makes me smile everyday.

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    Barbara says:

    My older brother was a selfish man addicted to drink and drugs until he found God. Watching him transform into a loving and devoted husband and father has been so inspirational that my own desire to follow God was sparked.

    While it’s painful to watch someone you love struggle with addiction, the joy you feel in seeing them rise above it is awe-inspiring. My big brother is one of the most important blessings in my life. I would be lucky to marry a man like him.

  • 401
    Dee Rose says:

    My husband is my greatest male influence. My dad passed away when I was a child and I grew up without any influential male figures. No matter what, my husband has always been there for me and he has filled the hole in my heart from my childhood. He means the world to me.

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    Ang says:

    that would be my husband. He is the first person in my life to love me unconditionally and that changed my life. He is also a fantastic father.
    Ang

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    Kirsty says:

    The greatest male influence is a former boss who taught me most of what I know in the field I work in.

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    Linda Klatch says:

    At the risk of sounding goofy, I’d have to say my husband. He has been so supportive through so many things, and he makes me want to be the best I can be!

  • 405
    Debbie says:

    My Dad, he taught me everything from the proper way to clean a paint brush to how to change a tire.

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    Sheri says:

    Oh gosh! My Dad, of course! He and my Mom taught me how to love and what to look for in a husband…and how to parent my own daughter. I miss him every day.

  • 407
    Miki says:

    Hands down, my Dad! He fought to gain custody of my sister & I and raised us both on his own. I’m so thankful for him everyday with the sacrifices he made for us.

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    Julie E says:

    My father has been the greatest influence on my life. My father has been battling a disease the past decade that has completely changed him. I wish that my children had the opportunity to know the father that I grew up with, from playing baseball to taking my sister and I on roller coasters, he was full of laughs and jokes.

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    Marilyn says:

    My father was the most influential man in my life. He taught me everything from the social graces to how to handle a farmer who was irate over the price of his fertilizer bill! I worked with my father for 27 years in the family agribusiness before he finally retired and let me lead the company. I learned everything about the company from him, along with a lot of astute business practices. My father has been gone for almost two years, and I miss him each and every day.

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    jen watkins says:

    My husband. I am incredibly lucky.

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    Nica R. says:

    My father has been the most influential male in my life so far. Although, while growing up, there was no way you’d ever hear me say that! I used to think he was the meanest person in my life! He just had so many rules and chores and criticisms for me that I thought he didn’t want me to ever live my own life! But now, I am soo very grateful for everything he did for me. I finally realize that everything he said and did was just for my own good so that I can eventually live my own life. He put me through college, which helped me to become a more independent and confident woman. And now that I’m newly married with a second child on the way, I feel more than prepared to start building a life with a family of my own.

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    Robyn says:

    Definetly my father! He has been a very hard worker all his life and has taught me so many things! Humility, hard work, love, service, determination, patience and so much more! I have truly been so very blessed to have him as my father. And now, to have the joy of raising two boys of my own…I hope they will learn the same things from their fabulous father and their grandpa!

  • 413
    Amy Kolling says:

    I would have to say my husband. He is such a hard working, thoughtful, sweet person and is such a great dad! I don’t know what I’d do without him……we celebrate our 15th anniversary this year!!!

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    MicheyMoo says:

    My dad. Bless him, in all his imperfections he has loved me the best way he could. We’ve been through some tough years together but I now turn to him as a confidant and friend and we’ve managed to successfully put those “bad days” behind us. His strength of character and compassion are traits I now admire most about him. Greast release Nichole and DT – I’ve loved the eye candy this week. xx

  • 415
    Beth says:

    My father. He was my closest confidant and advisor growing up. He read everything and actually used the English language. He has been gone for a number of years now but his kindness, his love and his wisdom is always with me.

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    Kendall B says:

    Hands downs, no question about it, my husband. I was blessed a thousand times over to have him in my life!!!

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    Karen says:

    No hesitation on this question, as many others have mentioned … my Dad. My father was always available for us … took us skiing, skating, toboganning, swimming and camping. He ALWAYS put us first. Sadly he passed away 6 years ago, but I think of him, with love, every day.

  • 418
    Donette B says:

    My dad is…He is all that is good and kind with a core of strength. He has MS and cancer and I’m continually amazed by his strength, courage and determination to live each day to the fullest.

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    Denise O says:

    This is a tough one. I would have to say my father and my grandfather. I didn’t get to see my grandfather all that often as he lived out of state, but when we did visit, he made me feel special. There was a bond between us and I miss him terribly. My dad always made time for us and always did things with us that he knew we wanted to do. He encouraged us to be ourselves and to speak our minds. He adores my kids and that makes him a wonderful grandpa too!

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    Steph says:

    I am a blessed woman. I have had many great men in my life, a father that adopted me and made no difference between me and his biological
    daughter thus paving the way for her and I to be close. A grandfather that taught me that the answer to everything can be found in the Word of God. An uncle that is like a brother to me and three men that have been spiritual father and Pastors in my life. But the most influential man in my life is Leon. There is nothing like having a man in your life that begin his morning by praying for you and regardless of how busy his day is when I am having a bad day he drops everything to make sure I am ok. Once he found out that I was a minister that had stepped down from ministry due to life situations he prayed and encouraged until I decided to fulfill the calling on my life and that is why he is the most influential man in my life.

  • 421
    Beverly says:

    My dad was the greatest man I have ever known. He was one of my best friends and I miss him terribly. He taught us the value of hard work, sometimes working three jobs to support the family. He taught us the best thing we could use in life was common sense. He taught us to love God. He taught us how to love. My folks had nine children and we are some of us senior citizens now and are still close as ever. He also taught us to love our country. He was in the Phillipines in WW2 and would never talk about his experiences but as bad as they must have been, he was the most patriotic man I ever knew. He was just the BEST!

  • 422
    Karen Smith says:

    MY EX-HUSBAND@@!! Sometimes for better, sometimes for worse… I have grown into a much more capable and independent person now that I am on my own but I have to admit that I have learned a lot (the hard way) from him. On a sweeter note, my two sons influence me in a much nicer way and I thank God for their presence (and my daughter’s, too) in my life.

  • 423
    Whitney Moss says:

    My dad of course, but my Grandpa was a huge part of my childhood and I have so many wonderful memories of him. I also use many of the life lessons he taught me everyday.

  • 424

    I love my dad–all his gruffness and bluff hiding a heart of gold. One story about him–se were all out in the forest cutting firewood for the first time ever and things didn’t go so well. So, right in the middle of things, I said “Dad” and he gently told me “not right now, Jennie” without any impatience even thought he was so frustrated trying to get the stuck wedge out of the tree. He took another 30 minutes to get it loose, then first thing he did was turn to me and ask what I wanted. In his shoes, I would totally have forgotten about my child. To this day, he feels terrible, though, because I just wanted to tell him he was standing on my foot. It didn’t hurt much and I am so, so impressed that he was patient with me and remembered me at the end.

  • 425
    Ally V. says:

    I would have to say my husband. I had no real father figure growing up and he shows me how a father should love and provide for his family.

  • 426

    My dad has been the most influential for *most* of my life. I am much more like him than I am my mom. He has always been a wonderful role model–hard-working, patient, tender, creative and supportive. For the last 10 years, however, I would have to say my husband has been more influential. Having him in my life truly makes me a better person! He inspires me to work harder, be more organized, be frugal (to a point!) with my/our money, and he is my biggest supporter in everything I do. He truly is my soulmate and the love of my life!!

  • 427
    Teresa Brada says:

    My step-dad tought me what a father was supposed to be.He loved me as I was his own. Growing up, my real father was an alcoholic, and not around much.I do thank god that he did quit drinking about 20 years before he passed,and I finally got to know him.

  • 428
    Debbie says:

    That would definitely be my father! He was the most loving, kind and giving man and I miss him every day of my life. He had such a positive effect on everyone he knew. Wonderful release this month, gals!!

  • 429

    My dad. He has been there for me through so much, I am so thankful. He always has funny euphemisms to say for everything. I used to think they were so dumb when I was a kid, now I love them!

  • 430
    Nomoney56 says:

    My father was my greatest male influence. Susan

  • 431
    Jessica ML says:

    My Dad, he showed me that any problem can be solved with a level head, that love can be shown in many ways, and that having someone that you can count on in any situation is the most important trait in a person.

  • 432
    Stacy says:

    Definitely my dad…an all around amazing man who I am still very close to. I was definitely a “Daddy’s Girl!”

  • 433
    Lesa says:

    My husband has shown me what an important role a father has in parenting, and he inspires and influences me everyday.

  • 434

    My father for sure. He is honest, loyal and committed to everything he does. He has always been a great example to me and someone I still go to for help in so many situations. He is a wonderful man.

  • 435
    Kim Dalton says:

    My Grandfather, actually he was my step Grandfather, but he was the gentlest,kindest man ever. He was a carpenter, and I would spend hours in his shop, playing with all of the wood “scraps” and making houses and doll furniture. He happily let me play while he worked. When I was 3, I was in a bicycle accident, needed a skin graft and other stuff, he made me crutches that were just my size! I miss him and think of him often.I’m sure my desire to craft started right there in his shop!

  • 436
    Anna says:

    My husband is my male influence. He encourages & supports me in any of my endeavors especially when it has to do with crafting. But, my greatest male influence is my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He inspires me to a better human being.

  • 437
    Stacy Simpson says:

    My grandfathers were wonderful men and my Dad is great (he is technically my stepdad; he adopted me when I was four and treated me like I was his own child). But I have to say the most influential is my husband. He truly is my rock; always calm and always there for me and our boys. He is my biggest supporter.

  • 438
    Janice M says:

    Definitely my Dad who passed away five years ago this month.I learned so much from him and have him to thank for my love of reading.

  • 439
    Kelly says:

    My dad continues to be the greatest male influence in my life. He set the bar high for my expectations of what a husband and father should be. Funny how we don’t tell them that – we just assume they know! Thanks for the opportunity to share!

  • 440
    LeAnn says:

    Hands down my husband. He is truly a man of character, integrity, and strength. It amazes me even 11 years later. I sometimes just watch him in awe at how graceful he moves through life. He is amazing!

  • 441
    Jen C. says:

    My husband…he’s always the calm to my storm…my life is so much better because of him.

  • 442
    Helen F. says:

    I have to say the most influential male in my life is my husband. My dad is a wonderful man and father, but my biggest cheerleader and supporter is my courageous husband….love him deeply forever and a day!

  • 443
    Maureen Plut says:

    I would have to say the most influential male in my life has been my son. I had him young and raised him by myself (with the support of my family). I have always loved him unconditionally and have strived to be the best mom for him šŸ™‚

  • 444
    Kris says:

    There are 3. My father and my husband are way at the top but the most influential was a little guy under the age of 5! I babysat him from nearly day one of his life and at times felt like I was his mom. He taught me how to be patient, how to teach and how to be the mom I am today. A lot for such a small person!

  • 445
    Linda says:

    My father has definitely been the greatest male influence in my life. His grandson
    picked him to be his best man because he taught him how to be the best man he could be. He taught me how to be the best person I could be. I miss him!

  • 446

    I adored my father here on earth, but
    I also love My Heavenly Father with all my heart.

    If not for His love, where would I be today?
    It is He who has given me all things to enjoy, including my earthly father, who passed away 15 years ago.

    Thanks for letting us share tonight!

  • 447
    Samantha Johnson says:

    My most influential male is my husband….. he is all that i am not and hope to be, patient and calm in times of trouble , a great cook , awesome grocery shopper( i’d come home with cookies and nothing else) and he is the best dad .

  • 448
    Marjorie Henseler says:

    My husband… he is the best person I know at accepting people as they are, without expectations or judgment. By his example, he helps me be a better person.

  • 449
    Laura Fitzgerald says:

    My father…. he’s a truly fair man, and he taught me a lot. He’s not scared to show his own weaknesses or to help others conquer theirs either. It’s very refreshing for someone to actually tell me the truth, even if it is something that is hard to hear.

  • 450
    LaceyNB says:

    My husband is a great influence on my life. He is able to face almost any situation with positivity and respect. He is the kindest person I’ve ever met and I can’t imagine living my life without having met him.

  • 451
    Susan Ward says:

    Jesus, I’m influenced everyday by what he has done for me and how he has given his life for me. I’m becoming a catholic on Easter weekend and I’m influenced everyday by what he has done for me.

  • 452
    Deepa M. says:

    The most influential male role model I had is my dad. He led by example, and showed me that living a life with integrity and honesty and staying true to yourself is more important than worrying about what others think/say/do. I get my exemplary work ethic from my father as well, and I take it as a true compliment when my mother laments that I am “my father’s daughter”! My paternal grandfather is another good role model, but living on the opposite side of the world meant that our interactions were less frequent. Thank you for dedicating this month to the important males in our lives!!

  • 453
    C Burke says:

    My father was. He was a person of great character and was a good example of how a husband should treat his wife. He loved to learn and to have fun too.

  • 454
    Diana says:

    I would have to say my husband. My Dad was wonderful, but my husband has been the center of my being as an adult and has taught me ‘every thing I know’…..at least HE thinks so šŸ™‚ LOL

  • 455
    stampyblock says:

    I love my father and he is a wonderful man but the most influential man in my life is my husband. He makes me dream more then I ever would have for myself. He gives me confidence and strength all while giving me so much love and support. I have never known anyone that works so hard and cares so much. He is amazing and I really need to tell him all of this today, I haven’t said it in a while. (Married 13 1/2 yrs)

  • 456
    Sherry says:

    My husband for sure. He is a wise, supportive and loving man. Couldn’t live without him!

  • 457
    lynne says:

    My grandfather was the most influential in my life, and since his passing I have come to learn how many lives he truly touched. His belief in giving, guiding and the goodness in all around him are the example he left me, and the one I hope to leave my children, and grandchildren.

  • 458

    Definitely my dad. I admire his patience and strength. I strive for these qualities as a parent that I experienced as his daughter.

  • 459
    Catherine J. says:

    I would have to say my father. He was a hard working man that gave his all to his wife and kids. He may not have been given all the opportunities in life, but he definitely made sure that his kids had them. He encouraged me to reach for the stars and be successful at whatever career I chose in life. He passed away 10 years ago, and I miss him so so much. Even though he has still motivated me to be a very strong woman who works hard and goes after what she wants in life.

  • 460
    Kristie H says:

    My father has probably had the strongest influence but has had a lot of help from other males from my family and relationships. The greatest gift my father gave me is the love and respect he has given me over the years that has given me a basis for the love and respect I have for myself and what I expect from others.

  • 461
    Lynne Osborn says:

    My father instilled so many values in my life. He was the most patient , caring individual I know. It was such a loss in my life to have lost my dad so early in my life. I miss him but value what he gave me.

  • 462
    Mary B says:

    My wonderful husband – we’ve been married almost 26 wonderful years. He comes from a broken home – parents divorced when he was 3, and he had almost no contact with his father until adulthood. Even though he didn’t see a good example of a husband/father as he was growing up, he has been a fabulous leader and example to me and our children. The grace of God has been very evident in his life.

  • 463
    Denise says:

    My dad….. if it weren’t for him, I know that I wouldn’t be the person I am today. AND today I found out he is in the fight of his life. I know he is strong and I know that he can do anything, I just hope that big ugly “C” won’t be stronger. He is a good man.

  • 464
    Karen H. says:

    My husband. He is such a good person, and as cliche as it sounds, he makes me want to be a better person. I must also give a shout-out to my brother – the only male role-model I had as a kid. He and I are definitely of the same mind-set and it was so helpful to have someone to talk to.

  • 465
    Meredith says:

    My husband, no question… he has taught me how to be the person I never knew I could be, and he has always been there to support and encourage me. I would not be the person I am, nor would I be as happy as I am, if not for my wonderful guy! I owe so much to him, and I am so grateful to have him.

  • 466
    Renee redalen says:

    My dad was and continues to be the most influential man in my life. I was 16 when he died suddenly at the age of 45. He taught me so much in that time. I am the only girl having two brothers. My dad and I had the most special father daughter relationship! Even though it was short lived…I had the best, and am so very thankful for the legacy he left behind. Thank you for letting me share!

  • 467
    Karen Murray says:

    My dad…he has always stayed true to who he is and what he believes. I look up to him a whole lot and hope my kids will say the same thing about me some day.

  • 468
    ArlaMo says:

    I’m going to say my husband. I’ve been married longer than I was at home and my sweet husband has made a huge impact on my life.

  • 469

    I am going to have to give my dad the “most influential” title. Growing up, I saw him battle alcohol addiction, fight it, and win. Now after 25 years of sobriety, he has helped countless others on their own journey, still an active member of AA. As a retiree in his 70’s, he keeps busy and is active in his local Rotary chapter. He has a kind and gentle soul.

  • 470
    Dora Mendez says:

    My grandpa because he was always creative and was always thinking of something to invent. He tought me not to be afraid of anything. šŸ™‚

  • 471
    Sue says:

    My Dad of course has been my most influential male hero. He was such a wonderful person; helpful, a good role model and such a stable human being. I miss having him around with his good judgement and caring personality.

  • 472
    peggy says:

    My father was the most influential man in my life. He has been gone almost 11 years but I still can picture him proudly sitting in his wheelchair watching my sons in all their school activities. He was a quiet,kind, happy man. He taught me strong work ethics and ALWAYS a cheese head and badger from Wisconsin!

  • 473
    Karen N. says:

    My dad was truly amazing. His time in my life was 16 short years but his influence is ever present.

  • 474
    Gail E says:

    I was blessed with the most wonderful father, and because of that he has influenced my life greatly. He was a hard-working man of character who put his family first above everything else. Everyday when he came home after a long day at work, he left work at the door and focused totally on my mom and all 4 of his children. My father passed away 5 years ago due to Alzheimer’s and I miss him and his delightful sense of humor daily.

  • 475
    Laura says:

    I would have to say the most influential male would be my husband – we will be married 25 years in August – he has always pushed me to do better because he knew I could. Sometimes he knows if he is pushing too much and backs off and lets me be me!

  • 476
    Amber K. says:

    My husband. I could not ask for a better person to be in my life. He was there for me during troubled times and helped me get through it. I could not imagine my life without him.

  • 477
    Mary Anne P says:

    I have two my dad and my husband. My Dad was a great man. He raised a family of 6 kids of which there was two sets of twins. My Dad and my mom had 5 kids in 3 1/2. He was a dad that helped with the kids, changed the diapers, took all the kids to the park, was the scout leader, made an ice skating rink in the back yard etc. He always worked two jobs and them still had time for his children.

    When we had families of our own my Dad always had a grandchild in his lap. He was so loved by his grandkids.

    My husband Bill has taught me so much. He is able to talk effectively in large groups and will go to bad for what he believes in. He has a big heart and so generous with his time. He is a great dad just like my dad was.

  • 478
    AnneSATX says:

    My honey. He’s inspired me to strive for higher positions at work, & I ended up loving what I do!

  • 479
    Wanda McGhee says:

    My wonderful husband! We got married when I was 16 and after 48 years he is still my “Hero”! Of course…when “Jesus” came into my heart He took first place…

  • 480
    Angela says:

    My Grandpa, no one else even comes close. He passed away last year and everyday when making decisions I remember his words and choose my path carefully.

  • 481
    Robbin Clements says:

    My Dad was a huge influence in my life…. He encouraged me to go to college, get my degree and be very independent!!

  • 482
    Elizabeth S. says:

    I would have to say my father. He was a tough man but he could also be gentle and understanding man. He taught me all the aspects of screen printing and we worked together in that business and that was one of the best times of my life. I sure do miss him. My husband comes in a close second, he is such a wonderful and caring man.

  • 483
    Cyndy Godin says:

    Hands down, my dad. He was a very kind, fun loving, hard working and generous man. Miss him very much.

  • 484
    Chris says:

    My husband… He has been so kind, patient and always there for me and our 5 children (4 boys & 1 girl).

  • 485
    Monica L says:

    My Dad, he gave me self confidence with unlimited learning. He always thought his children could do anything and so I grew up thinking that I could do anything and believe that to this day. I refer to him as Daddy-O and love making cards for him.

  • 486
    Shay says:

    My father and my father’s father because they have thought me through their example responsibility, honor, tolerance and humor. Thank you for the chance to win.

  • 487
    Jennifer S says:

    I have been very fortunate to have had a lot of great men in my life, including my wonderful husband. But the most influential man in my life is my stepdad. He came into my life when I was only 3, so he is really my dad. We have had some really rough times over the years, but we made it through them all. He is an amazing grandpa to my children and he makes my mom happy. He is an amazing guy!! I love him very much!

  • 488
    Samantha Welch says:

    The most influential man in my life is my husband. He is the most wonderful and understanding person I know, and I couldn’t feel any luckier!

  • 489
    Kristen says:

    My husband has been the most influential male influence in my life. He is such a wonderful person, and that makes me want to be better. He is so down to earth and supportive. He changed jobs and moved across the country to support me in my dream of returning to school to get a graduate degree. He is really amazing!

  • 490
    heaney says:

    my partner…he is the everything in my life..just like oxygen..can’t live without him.

  • 491
    Rebecca Mc says:

    The most influential male figure in my life would have to be my husband Sean. Not only has he shown me how to be a better person, he has always supported me, loved me unconditionally, been generous and patient with me….and as much as he is not a crafty person, he tries to show an interest in my hobbies and even stamped and made me an anniversary card last week.

  • 492
    Kerry from PA says:

    My father was the greatest male influence in my life. Sadly, he is no longer with us but his legacy lives on in his children and through the values he instilled in us.

  • 493
    Darlene Melvin says:

    my husband.. he believed in me more so than anyone ever did or has. he has given me the greatest gift and that is to know what true unconditional love is.. i am forever grateful.

  • 494
    Karin says:

    My DAD!He gave me great values as young and has always encouraged and supported me to follow my dreams -which I’m sooo grateful for!

  • 495
    A Brown says:

    My father has been gone for many years. But he was a great dad for the time that I had him in my life. I miss him very much, but he will always be in my heart.

  • 496
    Alyssa Clawson says:

    My father. No question. He sacrificed so much for us growing up so that we would have a better life. He is an amazing man of integrity and hope to raise our kids with the love he shows me.

  • 497
    saral says:

    My grandfather. He was the ultimate family man, always making time for us no matter what.

  • 498
    Nancy Thomas says:

    Definetly my son. I was a young, single mom and we basically grew up together. He has since gone on to be a wonderful father even though he did not have a father figure in his life. It makes me so proud.

  • 499
    ChrisTea says:

    Growing up an Army brat and moving from place to place, I often only had my brother to play with. Sure we fought a lot, but he is truly one of my best friends. We’ve been on countless international adventures, and no one shares this same history with me but him. Now that we’re married with families of our own, we don’t see each other as often, but the memories will always be there.

  • 500
    Kimberli says:

    My dad is the most influential male in my life – he set the standard for every man who’s ever been in my life, including my husband. He’s an amazing father, husband, and grandfather – I’m a very lucky woman to have him in my life!

  • 501
    Sandy Fullmer says:

    My Dad would be the greatest male influence for me. He raised me to know right from wrong and to live an honorable life.

  • 502
    Harriet Skelly says:

    I’d have to say my dad was my most influential male in my life. He loved me unconditionally, and taught me so much about life as I was growing up. He made me feel like I could do anything I set my mind to and he was right! He has been gone now for 17 years now and I still miss him like crazy!

  • 503
    Leigh Penner says:

    Definitely my dad. He was such a wonderful man who always made me feel loved and valued. He passed away in 2000 and I still miss him greatly!

  • 504

    My most influential male in my life is definitely my dad. He’s taught me so much about life and has helped me so much throughout my life with life lessons. I love him so dearly and wish I could see him more often!

  • 505
    Erin Taylor says:

    My husband. His support, encouragement, love, guidance, trust, and faith in me has been instrumental in creating the person I am today. We have been married for almost 7 years, and they have been the best years of my life.

  • 506
    Kathy A says:

    My Dad of course, I grew up in the 50’s & 60’s and he and my Mom never let us think that there was anything we couldn’t do or be

  • 507
    Bonnie Holitzki says:

    I would have to say my Dad is.
    He treated me like one of the boys lol.
    I taught me how to fix and repair cars so I would never be stranded lol. He also told me I could be anything I wanted to be.
    He is sick and in the hospital now, I pray he will be ok. He has been ill for awhile, but very strong and determined.

  • 508
    Jeni says:

    My Dad. He has always been there for me & now that he has demensia, it’s my turn to be there for him.

  • 509
    Tricia Cuprak says:

    I would have to say my husband. He is so caring and loving. He put our boy and I first in all things. It is amazing to see the relationship he is creating twith our sons.

  • 510
    Mandy kirk says:

    I would have to say my husband. I have never met a more dedicated man to his family and his work. He is a great architect and father to three boys. He works hard and plays hard. He is an amazing man that I am proud to call my husband.

  • 511
    Diane S. (momoffive) says:

    No question about it. It was my Dad. He never said much but when he spoke it was always something you needed to hear. Oh, if only I could be more like him.

  • 512
    Ana says:

    My dad, his the most giving person I know and I love him so so much.

  • 513
    Jennie M says:

    My dad. He has taught me so much, and has been such a bright light in my life. I love him so much!

  • 514
    Kathy Grimsdale says:

    For my entire life it has been my Dad who has always been there for me. However, for the past four years, my nephew Ethan has been a very close second, because he always makes me laugh, and he has taught me what is really important in life.

  • 515
    Allison T. says:

    My husband to be (a month from today!) truly makes me want to be a kinder, gentler, and altogether better person! He is model of love and loyalty and I am so appreciative of the love he shows me!

  • 516
    Sandy Kay says:

    My grandfather – he was everything that you would want in a male role model!

  • 517
    Jodi says:

    My Dad would be my first pick followed very closely by my Dad’s Dad. My Grandpa took care of me in the mornings before school during my early primary years. He was magical to me. He made the best breadkfasts ever, he played school with me (I got to be the teacher) and he loved me more than I’ll probably ever understand. I lost him when I was 10 and I still miss him 34 years later. My dad….is the younger version of my Grandpa. He is always positive, always willing to help, Mr friendly to everyone and makes some mean pancakes to boot. He does lead the life that he expects of me. Works hard, looks for the positive in everyday, plays, laughs and loves every moment.

  • 518
    liz says:

    My step dad has been the most influential man. He came into my life when I was a junior in high school. He’s always treated me like one of his kids and not a step kid. He’s the best with any advice and has always been there if I needed him.

  • 519
    Michelle Mabry says:

    I would have to say my husband. We’ve been married almost 20 years now, and he has made me a better person. He is a wonderful husband, and a great father.

  • 520
    Maureen says:

    My grandfather…he showed that you can deeply love a person and be a family even if technically you are not “blood related”. It is difficult to choose because I have had so many amazing men in my life…dad, brothers, husband, son and even my boss in my teenage years.

  • 521
    Kristi Ferrand says:

    By far it has been my husband! He leads me, which in turn helps me to lead my family. He was & is still truly a gift from God!

  • 522
    Michelle LL says:

    My husband is my greatest male influence…. steady, dependable, hard working, honest, and a loving dad and husband. What more could I ask for?

  • 523
    Ilina Crouse says:

    Most influential male figure? Hmmm…I think it will be my cousin who was very ambitious and fought for what he believed in (and still does).

  • 524
    Kris D. says:

    Has to be Dad. I always tell people I won the Dad lottery. I was always so proud to say I was his daughter and still am today. He taught me everything about work ethic, how to treat people and look them in the eye, and about the importance of a sense of humor. Love him!!

  • 525
    Tonya Dirk says:

    At this time in my life I would definitely have to say my step dad. He came into my life and took on a role that he was not required to do…he chose to do it. I will forever be grateful for that. He loved me, supported me, taught me, and instilled a confidence in me that I would have otherwise never had. Every day I thank my lucky stars for him. I model every aspect of my life after this man, especially my parenting. I couldn’t be prouder to call him Dad.

  • 526
    Chris L. says:

    I would have to say my Dad was the most influential male figure in my life. I just wish he was still around so my children could have had as wonderful a grandfather as I did a dad!

    Chris L.

  • 527
    Penny J. says:

    My brother who is 8 years older than me.

    My father passed away of Leukemia when I was 5 years old and my brother just sort of became “man of the house”. Not sure if that was a role he felt he needed to take on or if that was one my mom made him feel he needed to take on. I think it was more on his part as that is the way he has been all my life. I know my brother would give me the moon if it was possible….

    A take from Tiffany’s set……..My hero…….is definitely my brother!! Even though the set is called My Hero, My Dad.

  • 528
    Jen Adcock says:

    That would have to be my darling husband. He has shown me how to love, how to trust, and how to feel safe, how to laugh, and to feel cherished.

  • 529
    Aussie Emma says:

    My Husband. He has made me a stronger and better person.

  • 530
    Patricia G. says:

    My dad… He was a man of integrity and he taught us by example.

  • 531
    Bucky Katt says:

    My husband, he makes me a better person

  • 532
    Joyce M. says:

    The biggest male influence in my life is my dad. He was always there for me in every way. He was and still is a great role model.

  • 533

    I would have to say my husband. He accepts me for who I am and it doesn’t get any better than that. Tricia

  • 534
    Diana says:

    My dad is the biggest influence in my life. He has taught me so much and has stood beside me with guidance and love. He is my rock and I am so greatful to have him.

  • 535
    Alanna says:

    That would be my dad. He has always been there for me and is a wonderful example. Thanks for all the sets to help me make cards for the men and boys in my life.

  • 536
    Mariana Buces says:

    That would be my daddy, pa like we call him. He always out his family first and gave us a great example!

  • 537
    Lisa says:

    My Dad. Strong in a soft way. Hardworking in a easy way. Loving in a big way. Love with legs. My dad

  • 538
    Kari D says:

    My father is probably the most influential man in my life. He was honest and had incredible integrity. He loved my Mom and liked my Mom….what a wonderful relationship they had. I miss him more than words can say every day.

  • 539

    My husband is the most influential man in my life. We’ve known each other for almost 20 years…we’ve grown up together. He’s my best friend, he knows me better than anyone else, he makes me laugh every day. He’s helped make me the person, woman, mom that I am today and I love him for it.

  • 540
    Bronwyn says:

    my dad.
    he is a very strong and wonderful man…I like to say that we are very alike!
    thanks for the chance!

  • 541
    Stephanie G says:

    My dad. He’s taught me how to be strong, even when things aren’t going well.

  • 542
    Elizabeth B. says:

    Definitely my dad! He has always been there for me, and at 44, I’m still his little girl!!!

  • 543
    Karen says:

    My husbad has definitely been the most influential man in my life. He brings out the best in me always and has taught me so many wonderful things. I couldn’t imagine living my life without him in it!

    Karen
    AUSTRALIA

  • 544
    Meagan Boyce says:

    My father has always been a very positive influence to me. He is one of the most open minded, supportive people I have ever known, and I am proud to be his daughter.

  • 545
    Kathleen says:

    My husband—he has taught me how to love—truly love unconditionally—what a blessing.

  • 546
    Shirley K says:

    My dad has his quirks and things about him, but overall, there are a lot of things I learned from him that were great life skills that I’m glad he taught me.

  • 547
    Kelli says:

    My daddy! He taught me to work hard for the things I wanted….to never give up. He is a great man!

  • 548
    Deanna Jean says:

    My husband for sure. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be half the person I am today. He came into my life right after I finished my chemo treatments for ovarian cancer. He was there for me during some very difficult times in my life. He is my rock!

  • 549
    Angie says:

    I would have to say my wonderful husband. He is my best friend. No matter how hard things are he is always there for me. He is my biggest cheerleader. I love him so much.

  • 550
    Lisa Dolson says:

    My dad has been a huge influence in my life, but my husband has had a wonderful positive influence since we started dating 19 years ago. Love both of those men.

  • 551
    Sheri Elmont says:

    A youth pastor that I worked as staff under for 15 years. His integrity, love for the Lord and His Word have been a major influence in who I am today.

  • 552
    Victoria in Ohio says:

    My Uncle Herbert! what an awesome Godly man! he was always so loving and kind and fun and full of life. I loved it when he would say in his southern drawl- Hi Dawwlin! Howya doin? He was so positive and always credited God for any success that he had. He looked for the good in people. When he was sick and in the hospital he would share the love of Christ with the nurses and doctors- anyone who came into his room. He loved God and loved his family. He died last June at 89.5 years. Still miss him!

  • 553
    Janelle says:

    I’ve been blessed to have wonderful men in my life… my dad and both my grandpas shared twinkling eyes and great senses of humor. Their examples of Biblical male leadership helped me to understand the love of my Heavenly Father, too. What a priceless gift they gave to me!

  • 554
    Yolanda R. says:

    I’m glad to see that so many out there said their husbands. I feel the same way. Don’t get me wrong. I love my dad, but he was not very influential in my life. My kids are so lucky to have a dad that supports them and teaches them so many things that I could never teach them (i.e. fishing, golfing, etc). My husband has been a continuous encouragement and influence to me.

  • 555
    Lisa Stenz says:

    My hubby has been the biggest male influence in my life. He has taught me what it means to love unconditionally. He has also taught me what it means to want to live for the Lord. I am TRULY blessed to have him in my life! *Ɯ*

  • 556
    Cindy Vernon says:

    My dad has been the most influential person in my life. He still is which drives my husband crazy.

  • 557
    Anita Ramirez says:

    It would have to be my Dad… he grew up on a farm with his family placing work ahead of school and he had to struggle later in life as he never completed any schooling.

    He worked hard and provided for his family and did it all without being able to read and write. He made me always remember to work hard in school and learn as much as I could which has help me in my life.

  • 558
    Lori Weinberg says:

    My stepfather. He amazes me daily with his patience, his love, his faith and his gentleness and he is truly the most selfless person I know.

  • 559
    ARLYN says:

    MY DAD, OF COURSE. BEING BOTH ELDEST, WE UNDERSTOOD EACH OTHER. HE HELPED, PUSHED, INSPIRED AND ENCOURAGE ME AS I FACE ALL THE CHALLENGES I HAD GROWING UP.

  • 560

    My Dad passed almost two years ago. By far he was the most influential man in my life. I never have met and Iā€™m sure I never will meet another man like him. He always saw the best in everyone. He never held a grudge. He was positive like no other. He had such a zest for life and the people around him. He was always interested in what you had to say yet always had a story tell. He was so proud of all his children and was sure to let ever one that he met know just how much! I feel so blessed to have had such a wonderful Daddy. I only hope that my son will one day appreciate and feel about me the way I do about my Dad. Hugs to my dearly missed and loved Poppy!

  • 561
    Roxanne says:

    Oops commented in the wrong place! The most influential male figure in my life is definitely my dad although my husband is a close second because he is so much like my dad. Both my parents were working parents but dad always got home early and we would cook dinner together and work on my homework. He is such a great cook and a wise soul, who taught me how to enjoy life, respect others, and most of all accept and embrace others for who they are. Great skills and ideas that I appreciate to this day – and hope to impart to my own son and daughter! What a month – love it all!!

  • 562
    Lori B. says:

    My Dad is one of the strongest men I know. He has had two brothers pass away this week and he is standing tall and helping out doing all he can to support their families.

  • 563
    tracy benson says:

    my youth pastor was a great mentor to me when my Dad moved out of state and my other pastor left. it was a crucial time in my life – I was 16. I will never forget how they helped me.

  • 564
    Maeghan M. says:

    My dad-he immigrated to the US, raised four kids, paid for all of us to go to college, and is an all-around awesome man.

  • 565
    Lizzie Jones says:

    I would have to say that the most influential male figure in my life has probably been my husband. We’ve been together since high school and he has always been there for me. He has supported me and encouraged me in everything that I’ve attempted. I’ve spent the last few years building a business and he has been involved in every step; whether it’s packaging product or giving me design input. I really feel fortunate to have him in my life.

  • 566

    I think I’d have to say my husband is the most influential male figure in my life. He’s always pushing me to be better than i think I can be, always helping me to grow beyond my comfort zone.

  • 567
    Kristen Cohen says:

    My brother is definitely the most influencial male in my life. Despite being diagnosed with Leukemia (23 years ago) he has grown and perservered into a wonderful loving person. He is an inspiration and a testament to what a postive attitude can do for you! šŸ™‚

  • 568
    laurazitzer says:

    I had a teacher in high school that made me want to learn instead of just feeling like I had to learn. That shift in my mental status has kept me a learner to this day.

  • 569
    Melissa D. says:

    My dad will always be my hero and no man will ever live up to him. In my opinion he is a saint. Never fails to put his own feelings and needs aside for anyone.

  • 570
    Carmen M. says:

    My grandpa on my mom’s side. Growing up, my siblings and I used to spend every weekend at my grandparents house. He was a very patient, loving guy, who taught me to be good and love plants. He also taught me to tie my shoes! He died when I was 11 years old, and it makes me sad that he never got to meet my husband and kids… they would have loved each other so much!

  • 571
    Laura Bassen says:

    My husband, too. Been though thick and thin, literallly:) Having five kiddos together, losing parents together, and lately, losing hair together:)

  • 572

    My husband for sure.. My father left when I was young…and died when he was far too young…so I never really got to know or see what a father is like. But seeing my husband with my children is in some odd way having a father myself…what he gives to them, I take and embrace as well.

  • 573
    Jane says:

    the most influential male in my life has been my long term boyfriend. he keeps pushing me to better myself and provides me with all the support that i would ever need without asking for anything himself.

  • 574

    My pastor because he is so wise and he has taught me a lot … I love him for it!

  • 575
    jen shears says:

    My dad- he taught me to always do your best & that perseverence is important!!

  • 576
    Katie Gehring says:

    The most influential man in my life would be my grandpa- he turns 93 years old on Saturday. His sense of humor and calm disposition, as well as his can-do attitude in the face of adversity were tremendous influences on me growing up.

  • 577

    My husband has been the greatest male influence in my life. He is strong, persistent, committed, and passionate – the perfect yin to my yang. I have been truly blessed to glean his perspective on life’s ups and downs and hope I can continue to learn from him as we grow old together.

  • 578
    Christie says:

    My Uncle Jim. He always believed in me and was my biggest champion. Sadly he died 20 years ago and didn’t get to see me get married or have my boys. I know he is smiling down on me and is proud of everything I have accomplished. šŸ™‚

  • 579
    MaryBB says:

    I have been fortunate to have had positive and caring men in my life. My father being the first, but my husband being my constant the past ten years. He is a fabulous father and husband. I don’t think it’s possible to be more loved.

  • 580
    April Z. says:

    My husband – he has shown me unconditional love for 16 years now and he is the most unselfish person I know. He’s also generous smart and a great father. I’m so blessed to have him in my life.

  • 581
    Stacie D. says:

    My Dad! He always treats my Mom with respect. He still opens her car door for her everywhere they go and its been almost 50 years.

  • 582
    Vickie Arney says:

    My dad. Although we don’t always agree, I admire him for his steadfast spirit.

  • 583
    Dana says:

    As cliche as it sounds, the most influential male in my life is my dad. I am always aware of how his example throughout my childhood influences who I am and what I believe today. I couldn’t have asked for a better dad!!

  • 584

    My grandfather was the greatest influence in my life. My parents divorced when I was only 6 months old, but Grandpa was always there to be my male figure hero.

  • 585
    Tanya Boser says:

    I think it has to be my husband. He is the one man I can take criticism from and know that is completely out of love. We have been together since the age of 16- almost 23 years now! We had our first 3 kids by the time we were 20, and have helped each other become better, and individual, people.

  • 586
    miriam says:

    My dad is a wonderful role model. He’s tough on the outside, but fair and loving. And he has a great sense of humor.

  • 587
    D Paradise says:

    My husband; he is my rock. He supported me while I went to college. He was patient, and continued to be supportive when I decided to get my MSW. He is level-headed, tolerant, and light-hearted. He is the best.

  • 588
    peggysue says:

    That’s a sweet question. It would have to be a toss up between my dad or my husband. One paved the way at the beginning and the other has helped me heal from things in the past.

  • 589
    Cynthia B. says:

    My biggest male influence is my dad. Living with my mom, my two sisters and I, he was hopelessly outnumbered and often outvoted. Yet, he always worked hard, he always supported us in all that we did, and his loving example showed my sisters and me what to expect, what to hope for, in a husband and in a father for our own children. He will always be the first man in my life.

  • 590
    Amy Gee says:

    My dad is the most influential male in my life. He taught me early on the value of hard work. He is also very involved in the lives of my daughters (his granddaughters!) and shares his wisdom with them as well. He is an amazing man and I don’t think I tell him often enough!

  • 591
    CiCi S. says:

    My PaPa. He always encouraged me to take advantage of every opportunity – and if there wasn’t one – to make one happen. He taught me to love, to be understanding, to be compassionate and most of all, to live life to its fullest.

  • 592
    Haylie says:

    I would say my father has been the most influential male in my life, since he is so dedicated to his family. He treats every concern of ours as if it was his priority, and he loves us all so much. I really love my dad.

  • 593
    Andrea Reynolds says:

    My dad is awesome! He is so kind and caring and in tune to other’s needs. He taught me to be the confident person I am today.

  • 594
    Emily Keaton says:

    Most influential male figure in my life? Definitely my husband–he’s my best friend!! He showers me with unconditional love. I couldn’t possibly imagine life without him (and anyway, who else would fix my computer when there’s glitch?????)

  • 595
    janet says:

    My husband of over 26 years is the most influential to me. He is a wonderful husband, great dad, and my best friend.

  • 596
    kristyn says:

    My dad! He has a servant’s heart and loves sooo deeply. He is a big softy! And he was the kind of man I looked for in a husband. I am blessed with 2 wonderful men in my life.

  • 597
    pmm says:

    Wow, hard to choose between my dad and my husband! I would probably choose my dear husband though… he has been my best buddy for 32 years. He has been a great dad to our son, and he is a wonderful son and grandson. He gives so much of himself to Scouting too- I am so blessed to have him in my life!

  • 598
    Maggie Wickersham says:

    My Dad was the male with the greatest influence in my life. He gave me the morals and values I live by. He was a strong man who passed away in his prime and I think of him everyday even though he has been gone for over 25 years. He was a special man.

  • 599
    Michelle M. says:

    My dad, he was in an accident that broke his back and he had to relearn how to do everything. It’s amazing that a grown man can handle having the physical capabilities of a toddler without feeling embarrassed or discouraged!

  • 600
    Sara says:

    oh, my dad. He’s shown me what a father should be like and that real men do dishes, laundry, cooking…… He’s the best, no question!

  • 601
    Stefanie says:

    There is no question… My brother has always been there for me when the other male influences in my life disappointed me. I can’t imagine where I would be now without him!

  • 602
    theresa s says:

    Thank you ladies for this wonderful opportunity! For me its my step dad. Although he came into my life when I was 16, that was when I needed someone the most. He’s been a big part of our lives and has never made me feel anything less than his flesh and blood. Love you Dale šŸ™‚

  • 603
    Elaine G says:

    I’d like to say my father but he passed away when I was 5 so I had to grow up without direct male influence in my life. The first person who really made an impact and made me realize who I was and what I was capable of as a person was my 10th grade teacher. He taught me to have confidence, not worry about what others thought and to find a goal in life. Once I knew what I was aiming for, I was able to accomplish it I haven’t stopped since! All thanks to Mr. “L”!

  • 604
    Eva says:

    My grandpa was one of the most influential people in my life. He always had his eye on me…and I was his favorite. he knew when I had been good and naughty! Most importantly he taught me that you should not get mayo on the handle of the knife when you put it in the jar to scoop some out!

  • 605
    Marla J says:

    I’m going to say my father, if only because I’ve been a daughter for longer than I’ve been a wife. It was my father who taught me the importance of integrity, how to give people the benefit of the doubt, and how to budget.

  • 606
    Susan says:

    My dad is the most influential man in my life. He is such a supporting person. He believes in not just me and my dreams but in other people’s too. He’s always there to lend a hand to anyone who needs it. He is the center of our family Even now he’s my favorite fishing buddy.

  • 607
    Maria chillin' in Chicago says:

    My son…he makes me feel like I’m the most important person in the world. He makes me want to be a better Mom.

  • 608
    janie c says:

    The most influential male in my life has definitely been my Dad. My Dad is a very tough-love kind of man but it comes from a really good place. He has six children and is very proud of each of them in very different ways. My dad was the sole supporter of the family. With six children to feed, we never lived in the lap of luxury, but we always had everything we needed and plenty of things we wanted. He always sacrified his needs so he could provide for his children.

    My dad is very opinionated and stubborn and sometimes even crabby, but he is also very generous, thoughtful, loving, and intelligent. Sometimes he drives us crazy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

  • 609
    Steph H says:

    Of course, my Dad. Even though he left us more than 30 years ago, he instilled in his children the values and work ethic that has served us all well throughout our lives. I still miss him every day.

  • 610
    Sheila M Jones says:

    Without doubt – my Dad. He has supported me in everything I’ve done in life and has always been there. He is now very ill and is again in hospital and now it is my time to be there for him.

  • 611
    Taheerah says:

    Without a doubt, my Dad. Not always in a good way when I was a child, but now we are both adults I understand him so much better and can see why he was the way he was. I am truly grateful to now have a relationship with him after all these years and love him immeasurably.

  • 612
    Charmaine says:

    I would have to say my husband. He is my strongest supporter and loves me unconditionally. He sees me so much more differently than anyone I know and often tells me how proud he is for what I have accomplished in life.

    Charmaine

  • 613
    Kathy McDonald says:

    I was blessed to have an amazing stepfather who loved my sister and me unconditionally. His support helped me grow up with confidence, and allowed me a wonderful and carefree childhood. He and Mom were married for 49 years until his death four years ago, and not a day goes by that we don’t think of him and miss him terribly.

  • 614
    Jennifer L. says:

    My husband. He is a wonderful father and very supportive of me and our marriage. So lucky to have found him!

  • 615
    Barb S says:

    Funny, but for me it has been my son. He’s now 28 and I feel that by being his mom, I have grown into the woman I am now. His encouragement helped me go back to school to get a graduate degree. I am very blessed.

  • 616
    tabby says:

    That’s a tough one. My dad has always been there for me. He would do anything for me also. But, my husband is right up there too. They would have to share the pedastool. Which would work out fine because they get along great!

  • 617
    Yvette F. says:

    My brother and my husband! They are been there for me always! Both have great values and kind souls!

  • 618
    Jeannine says:

    that would be my dad, he instilled in us a good work ethic & he always is there to help out family, friends & neighbors. thanks.

  • 619
    ~elle says:

    Although several males have been influential in my life, the strongest male role model is my uncle. He’s remained steadfast through family challenges when others have faltered. Plus, one of my favorite childhood memories is of being lifted up and riding on his sturdy shoulders while he galloped around. šŸ™‚

    ~elle

  • 620
    Kathyellen says:

    My husband would have to be the one. We have talked many times and I appreciate his point of view. I seek him out when I have a conflict to deal with. Although I don’t see his side at first it seems that in the long run he is right. After 32 years of marriage I still love him like the first day we met.

  • 621
    Sue Woods says:

    My Dad is definitely the most influential. He always encouraged me to do my best. He showed me how to look for opportunities. He listened to all my stories and always gave (and still gives) great advice. He is absolutely my biggest fan and makes me believe I can do anything.

  • 622
    Brooke says:

    My Dad. I remember us three kids sitting in the car one day talking about our Dad. We had never opened up like that before and it was an amazing conversation. We are all so proud of him, his career achievements, his ability to have wonderful conversations with people from all walks of life, his sense of humor, his knowledge, the list goes on.

    It’s funny because growing up we were always fighting, mostly because I was getting in trouble for a messy room. But for the last 11 years or so (when I moved out) I’ve treasured every moment with him. We call just to talk and we are incredibly alike.

  • 623
    Tanja S. says:

    My dad has been a great influential figure in my life but I must say my Heavenly Father has been the one who is always ready to love and forgive me and lead on the road of life.

  • 624
    Jocelyn says:

    My husband has been the most influential man in my life…he’s been my rock through the years.

  • 625

    Without a doubt it is my Dad. Without him, I wouldn’t be where I am today. He told me it was love the minute he first laid eyes on me. Thank God because I have no idea how my life would have turned out without his love. It was his choice to adopt me. I felt like he was the one and only person in the world who has ever loved me so unconditionally. He’s been gone 8 years. I still grieve him.

  • 626
    caroline says:

    My husband–have been married 50 years and they all have been wonderful. He is so supportive of what ever I like to do. Even treated all the family to a Christmas at Disneyworld this year to celebrate our 50th anniversary. He holds a very special place in my heart.

  • 627

    My dad was the greatest influence in my life.

  • 628
    Rose A says:

    My son-although he’s only 3. He makes me want to be the best person and mom. He reminds me to have fun and look at the world differently….
    He gives my life purpose and makes me stop and count my blessings when he does something so heartbreakingly sweet..

  • 629
    pegg says:

    Definitely my Father. He is a man of integrity and hard-worker. He built a business from ground up. He worked to provide for our family. I know he sacrificed a lot to get where he is today. And for that, we are all grateful!

  • 630
    Amy s K. says:

    My husband, for all his love for me and our family, and hard work caring for us. Many wonderful years together, with hard times, too, have made me truly appreciate him!

  • 631
    Stephanie W says:

    My dad is my hero. He’s always been there for me and works hard to put me through college.

  • 632
    Kristi West says:

    My husband, for sure. My dad passed away when I was just twelve years old. My husband has been “my rock” for over 15 years now, even though I didn’t meet him until I was 25 and continues to be an amazing partner, father to our boys, and my best friend.

  • 633
    Cara B says:

    The most influential male in my life has been my son. I am influenced everyday to be a better person for my son. I watch his growth and I hope he is watching mine. He constantly surpises me with his insights and his strengh.

  • 634
    lainey says:

    Definitely my dad – he’s always been there for me, no matter what.

  • 635
    Jennifer says:

    The most influential would be my grandfather. He was loved by all and loved all. He was strong in taking care of his wonderful wife, my grandmother. He would play with the grandchildren. He was a spiritual giant. What a man

  • 636
    Fatima M says:

    my brother is the most influential man in my life. we have a large age gap between us but we are still close. my family moved to the US before i was born. as i grew up he was able to bridge the cultural gap that sometimes existed between me and my parents. he also understood that it can be difficult to grow up when your household culture is different from the culture you encounter elsewhere (in school, w/friends, etc). most importantly he taught me how vital it is to help the people in your community and to be civically active. my brother rocks. šŸ™‚

  • 637
    nancy nelson says:

    My Dad. He was a Veteran of three wars, he taught me so many things how to cook, how to use tools to fix thing around the home and more. He passed away 10 years ago and I still miss being able to pick up the phone and ask his advice.

  • 638
    Brenda R says:

    My husband, We’ve been together for 35 years. He gave me a good life. He’s hard working and involved in our community.

  • 639

    I would have to say my Dad! It wasn’t always good stuff, but because of his influence I learned what to do and what not to do. (I hope I have not commented twice, I did try to go back and check and could not find an entry), I think I skipped the word verification after I entered my comment the first time! Sorry!

  • 640
    Julie Batta says:

    For certain my father. He taught me that a man can treat a woman with kindness, be courteous, be sincere, love with all his might and still have high respect and honor for himself as a man. He can be a manly man and still have his soft side. He is a traditional man with traditional values and I hope my boys grow up to be just like him.

  • 641
    Shannon H. says:

    I really didn’t have a father figure growing up so my most influential male in my life would hve to be my husband. He has been an example of strengthn and courage, love and faith, and has shown me through my children what a great father looks like. He is a rock, my rock and my life.

  • 642
    Wendy Beck says:

    My husband. He is a smart, funny, caring man. He encourages my hobbies and makes me want to be a better person every day.

  • 643
    Cynthia B says:

    My husband because he has always believed in me and has always been my biggest supporter. He sees more in me than I do in myself and gives me the confidence I lack. He makes me strive to do and be my best at all times.

  • 644
    Jessica says:

    I’ve been blessed with great men… my dad, my brother and husband. Each have been a tremendous blessing through out my life journey. I love them!!!

  • 645
    mauie says:

    My father. He was far from perfect but I learned most from him that to be true to ourselves is the only way we fulfill our destiny.

  • 646
    Helen says:

    My dad…with my husband a very close second. My dad showed me, by the way that he loved my mother, the way that a husband and wife should work together as a team…with love, with respect for each other, and with a sense of humor. And, lucky for me, I married a man who loves me the same way that my dad loved my mom. Lucky, lucky me.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win such a generous prize!

  • 647
    Laura K says:

    Wow. I managed to be here this month. Ok, my eyes are almost open. Hurray!

    I love my father, I love my grandfathers, but my husband is my hero. He is so sweet, such a good father for our kids, such a good friend for me, and such a good partner. I just love him and try my best to make him as happy as I can.

  • 648
    Keisha H says:

    I would have to say my husband. He has taught me so much. He has a chronic illness and the strength and courage he has is amazing and something I aspire for. We’ve had a long road already in the 3 years we’ve been married, but he is the healthiest I’ve ever seen him. This is all with a great sense of humor. I continue to be influenced by this man everyday. Not only my husband, my best friend.

  • 649
    Barbara says:

    My father. He’s been gone for some time but there’s not a single day that I don’t think of him and something he did or said that has influenced me to be who I am.

  • 650
    Lemur says:

    My beloved uncle because he always made me feel special

  • 651
    Karen says:

    My husband. He encourages me and loves me unconditionally. He has helped me become a better person since he’s been in my life.

  • 652
    Marisa says:

    My dad was an amazing man. He fought in WWII, immigrated to Costa Rica after the war for Czechoslovakia because he didn’t want to live under communism, was self employed all his life and loved his family dearly!

    He was responsible for bringing a filtration system to the water in Costa Rica which helped decrease the infant mortality rate significantly and always wanted to learn new things. He was an amazing father, provider, mentor and spiritual leader for our family. I miss him dearly.

  • 653
    rieca says:

    My dad. There has been no other man who has taught me as much. He inspireds me to be better in every aspect of my life.
    R

  • 654
    Debra B. says:

    My Dad, he always did, and continues to do what is right, and in the best interests of others.

  • 655
    Laurie Dolsak says:

    My Husband. He is so loving and a such a wonderful father and friend. I would be lost in life without him. He truly has been the answer to all of my prayers

  • 656
    Kathy says:

    The male figure who had the most influence on my life, has to be my first born son! Before him, I was just a wife and concentrated on things that really were not that important. After he was born my life and priorities completely changed…it went from school and career to raising wonderful children who contribute to this world we live in…absolutely my son.

  • 657
    Amy says:

    Ah, that’s a tough one. I’ll have to go with my husband, though. He has taught me balance :-).

  • 658
    AmyP (Brunosmom) says:

    The most influential male figure in my life is my dear husband. We’ve been married for 18 years and dated for 5 1/2. He is my soul mate and truly completes me. What more can I say?

  • 659
    laurent says:

    My dad of course! Family always comes first for him so he was and is always there for us.

  • 660
    AmieQ says:

    My grandfather. He inspired me to always be curious about how the world works.

  • 661
    Kelli W says:

    Without a doubt, my dad. He has always worked so hard to get places in life and has taught me to do the samething.

  • 662
    Oralia says:

    My father was a huge influence in my life while he was alive and still is now that he’s gone… but the longer I’ve been married to my husband, the more I have come to appreciate his qualities as a father, a husband, a best-friend, and well, just as a man, as well. Thank you so much for this chance to win the awesome prizes!

  • 663
    Susie Johnson says:

    My dad was my greatest male influence. He has been gone 11 yrs, but I still miss him and remember all the lessons of life he taught me. At his funeral, one man told me that my dad was the purest man he had ever known. What a tribute!!

  • 664

    My husband! He always puts our family first and is a wonderful example to our children. He leaves me with no doubt of his love for me and is truly the one man that I have been able to count on in my life. I have no idea what I would do without him!

  • 665
    Sarah Doyle says:

    hands down..my husband. I grew up with a single mother and I started dating my husband when we were in high school. He was and still is the best man I know.
    Thanks for the chance:)

  • 666
    Ngan R. says:

    My dad has been the most influential male figure in my life, hands down. He was a strong and stoic man, throughout life and until his last breath. Although he was always quiet, he left me with great memories and lots of love.

  • 667
    Tiffaney in KS says:

    My dad has been influential, but my Grandpa Stan taught me so many life lessons. I am grateful to have had both men in my life.

  • 668
    Helen says:

    Wow that is a good question.. that would be my father.. and he would be so proud of my cardmaking skills if he was alive. šŸ™‚

  • 669
    Betty C says:

    My husband who supported me in everything I attempted to do. He was so positive about life. I really miss him.

  • 670
    Jill Kiehna says:

    My Dad of course… He always says ” don’t sweat the small stuff”. Love him to pieces. Thank you for the opportunity to win..

  • 671
    Tammy W. says:

    Definitely my husband – of almost 28 years!

    He served in the Navy for 20 years and retired in 2001 as a disabled vet with a bad heart (he also has an ICD/pacemaker). His medical condition never slows him down though! He works a full-time civilian job now to provide for his family (including his wife’s addiction to PTI!) and drives almost an hour each way to work. He never complains about his health and he takes life in stride.

    He has shown me how important it is to appreciate all the little things in life; and to never give up and always persevere. He encouraged me to go to college, for the first time in my life, after being a stay-at-home mom for over 20 years. I graduated last December with an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education (with a 4.0 GPA too!) I could not have done it without his (and my family’s) support, influence, and motivation.

  • 672
    Liliana says:

    Of course, my daddy! He’s been there for me always. He’s shown me nothing but love. He’s showed me about God and about being faithful.

  • 673
    Colleen says:

    This is a tough one! I had a wonderful dad whom I’m told I become more like every day, but an ex-boss is who comes to mind as most influential in my life. He believed in me and instilled self-confidence that twenty years later I still say a prayer of thanks for.

  • 674
    KelliJo says:

    My Dad! He was a single parent WAY back before it was the norm, he cooked cleaned worked and most of all showed me MUCH LOVE… you see my parent divorced when I was in the 6th grade… 1981…. it was SO not “ok” then and he and I made the BEST of what we had and we had FUN! Always had FUN!!! I DO Love my Daddy TONS more because of WHO and WHAT he is!!!!

  • 675

    My father. He was always there to take me to dance lessons and band practice, came to all my concerts, and birthday parties. I know he would do anything for me.

  • 676
    Kim G says:

    My dad is my greatest influence, he has showed me the way to be strong when there is turmoil in your life. I hope I can be as strong for my husband who is sick, as he was for my mom who had Alzheimer’s.

  • 677
    Valerie H. says:

    My father. He taught me to respect others and to work hard and diligently. He was quite strict with me growing up, but only as an adult did I really appreciate all he had done for me and continues to do for me.

  • 678
    Kirsten says:

    Differently to everyone else I’d have to say my high school physics teacher. He taught me that it didn’t matter what others thought or said, I could still be an astrophysicist (which I am now) and the rewards of hard work and perseverance. A great man, and a rare influence at a school with predominantly female teachers.

  • 679
    Debbie S says:

    My husband has definitely been the most influential man in my life. He lives his life with integrity, honesty, patience and love. He has a very strong value system and always puts his family first. I can’t help but smile every time I see him working with our children, teaching them. He is a wonderful man and my life is complete because of him.

  • 680
    Linda Palmer says:

    My Dad. Because he was patient with me and always made sure I understood exactly what he meant or what he was saying. He had good values and he wanted to make sure I did too. He was loving and kind and always refused to hear gossip and explained to me how much harm it could do others and yourself if you spread gossip. He was just a good man.