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June 14, 2014

‘Covering Home’

Brim’s love reflects through time spent with family

CLAREMORE — On her daddy’s lap, Shaye Brim bats her eyes in hopes of winning over David for some ‘Luke Bryan’ tickets.

With her glowing smile, David’s ‘Princess’ gets her wish.

Meanwhile, in the duck blind, Brady Brim hones his hunting skills alongside his father — the man that taught him everything about gun safety and technique.

It’s that unconditional love that David shows daily to not only his children, but his loving wife and high school sweetheart, Gina, that make Father’s Day special.

Seventeen years ago, on Nov. 4, 1996, David and Gina’s life changed with the birth of their first child — Shaye.

At 11:58 p.m. at St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa, David and Gina welcomed Shaye into the world.

“To say we were excited is a understatement,” David said. “Gina and I were goal-oriented parents that wanted to have a family really bad.”

Shaye’s arrival brought forth a new beginning and a lifetime of happiness for David and Gina.

“She’s always been so giving toward others, and very independent,” David said.

In her father’s eyes, Shaye’s gone from that little girl that sat in the sink of her Fisher Price Kitchen and sang songs to making straight-A’s in Chemistry and following in daddy’s footsteps as a pharmacist.

To say she’s ‘Daddy’s Girl’ ... is something special and even draws a bashful smile from Shaye.

“We love taking late-night grocery shopping trips together,” said Shaye.

And, those country music concert tickets as well as season tickets to OU football games are treasured memories too.

“She’s my little Redneck Country Girl,” David said. “99 percent Princess and 1 percent Redneck. She’ll bait a hook and likes to get dirty.”

Being her daddy, David said, has been a blessing and no greater feeling like it.

“Shaye’s the reason we wanted to have another baby, and Brady was the reason we didn’t have another one,” David said jokingly.

Two years later, David and Gina got the son they always wanted in Brady.

On Oct. 27, 1998 at 10:37 a.m. at St. John’s in Tulsa, David got his future outdoorsmen Brady — who has a promising duck hunting career ahead of him.

“Brady wasn’t just a boy, he was a BIG boy,” David said. “His birth really completed our family and that’s a special deal.”

More outgoing and very witty, Brady loves to tell a story and pester his sister, Shaye.

“The kid’s a mess,” David said. “He loves the outdoors and being on that baseball field.”

According to Brady, though, he gets his love for hunting, baseball and witty personality from his father.

“Dad’s very outgoing and always giving people a hard time ... messing with their heads jokingly,” Brady said.

At an early age, Brady fell in love with the great outdoors after catching a carp that he later filmed to make his first outdoor video on YouTube.

That video, to this day, still brings a lot of laughter to the family, and portrays the funny side of Brady.

Another memory that David treasures about Brady is the kid’s love for mashed potatoes.

“Growing up he was always ‘Tater’ ... He loved his mashed potatoes and gravy. He would lick the bowl clean if we had mashed potatoes.

“If you wanted to get on his bad side, get rid of the milk (to make the mashed potatoes).”

But, whether it’s Luke Bryan tickets, baseball games or hunting trips, David’s one ‘Cool Daddy’ that goes out of his way for Shaye and Brady.

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