My American Daddy

Cara Dumaplin, Founder

May 25, 2017

My sweet 15 month old sat perched upon her daddy’s shoulders. She enjoyed waving the miniature American flag, but it had no meaning for her like it did for her father. It was on this day that her daddy could proudly stand and say, “I am an American”.

As I snapped this picture, I remember looking into my baby girl’s eyes. Her bloodline told a beautiful story of America. Oh we had decorated serviceman on my side of the family. One of my grandfathers served this country as pilot in the Air Force during World War II while another served in the Philippines. Furthermore, my father served as an officer in Vietnam. On my side of the family, Ella’s bloodline was filled with those who were willing to give their lives for freedom in America.

Meanwhile, the other part of her bloodline told a completely different, yet equally beautiful story of those willing to give their all. You see, there was a family living in the Phillippines farming a sugar cane field and raising seven children. They resided in a home without running water or electricity and used an outhouse for a bathroom. The wife, a mother of seven, made the heart-wrenching decision to leave her children in the Philippines, with her husband, to work as a nurse in the United States. She knew if she worked ten consecutive years she could petition to the US government to allow her family to come to America. This sacrifice brought her joy as she knew her seven children could make a beautiful life if given the opportunities available in The States.

This amazing woman was my husband’s mother. Imagine with me the courage (and tears) it took to kiss your seven kids goodbye to go work in a foreign country. You would have to believe with all of your heart that you were making the best decision for your family.

After that dedicated Filipino woman worked 6 days a week for 10 years as a nurse in American hospitals, the American government approved her husband and seven children to enter this country. She continued to work as a nurse as she watched six of the seven children become successful- two doctors, two nurses, one US military sergeant, and a police officer.

Can I tell you about my mother-in-law’s last conscious day on this Earth? She watched her 7th child graduate from the Police Academy and then she passed from this world into Heaven. She literally lived just long enough to watch all seven become successful adults who serve their fellow citizens.

Now, look at that sweet baby girl upon her daddy’s shoulders. Her lineage literally gave all for her life here in America. That’s what Memorial Day is all about.


To the daddy who met his baby at 4 months of age because he was off fighting for our freedom… we honor you.

To the mommy who kissed her babies goodbye to go serve in a foreign land…we honor you.

To those who have gone before us to give us this amazing lineage…We honor you today.

But, can I take it one step further…
This is for the dad who gets up each morning and goes to work,

To the mom who is on her 5th load of laundry and still has more,

To the dad who missed his daughter’s soccer game because of a conference call,

To the mom searching for a private room at work to pump for the 3rd time today,

To the dad who rushed to make it home before bedtime,

To the mom who drops her babies off at daycare and the one who gave up her career to stay home…

You have no idea the legacy you are leaving behind. It may not be fully recognized for generations to come, but you are making a difference in this world. Keep Going!

Cara Dumaplin

Cara Dumaplin


Cara Dumaplin is not a blogger. She is, however, a mom to four kids who keep her laughing daily. Although she swore she would never date a doctor, it is with joy that she admits marrying her husband, a pediatrician, was the beginning of a crazy-amazing life together. (Albeit, she has had to learn to forgive him for constantly feeding their kids Pop-Tarts for breakfast.) A registered nurse with 18 years experience, Cara’s eyes light up when she discusses her passion of educating, encouraging, and empowering new parents.  Follow Taking Cara Babies on Facebook or Instagram for helpful baby sleep tips, successful infant sleep stories, and a glimpse into this chaotic, yet blessed life. For more blogs by Cara, you can click HERE.

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