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Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

” I have the greatest dad in the world”- i bet every kid’s first hero in his life is his dad, so was mine and still is… The greatest…!! Growing up i was always fascinated by my dad’s command over the society and the position he held in the ministry as well as loved him to death for the love and affection he showered upon all of us in the family. Me and my brother faught over the fact that only one of us would grow up to be like him.


i still remember those days when i was really really young and used to ask my dad to flex his muscles like SUPERMAN- poor dad, he used to, as many times as i asked him- very patiently… that is one big thing i have learnt from my dad- PATIENCE..!! Growing up i still remember the sacrifices my dad had made to provide us everything we needed and wanted. He used to give up his tiny pleasures like buying himself a pair of shoes, a nice pair of pants and everything the men his age had around him- all he wanted was the world for me and my brother and still continues to feel so because we, his family are his “WORLD”. Today as i am on my own feet making a mark for myself i promise- i will offer the world to him. He taught me love for the family and how it is everything a man has to live and fight for and next came anything else, i believe in it strongly being my dad’s son.

Coming from a middle class family, my dad has reached great heights by just one formula- save 10% of your earnings and dont ever touch it unless you are dying. Those little savings add up and turn into a fortune one day. I am on my way there DAD…!! he taught me the importance of savings.

Once his family was taken care of, my dad made sure in whatever little he made- he helped the needy in any way he clould. This taught me compassion towards other human beings and to help other people in any way possible.

The most important thing he taught me was the love he has for his life partner- the one who has stuck with him through thick and thin… through hard times and happiness.. he still considers my mom his backbone.. his pillar of strength… This has taugth me the fact he always used to keep saying- ” A person who treats his woman like a princess only means that he was raised by a noble queen”

LOVE YOU DAD…. i’d be blessed if i could grow up to be half as great as you are…!!


Follow my journey as i blog about something i have learnt from my dad too- Blog about FITNESS. Contact me with any questions or suggestions.

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Bill Belew

Daddy and Christian.

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