Every year on Father’s Day, families get together to celebrate the important role fathers play in children’s lives. For William Ebert, a resident of Mustang Creek Estates of Frisco, his four daughters are his everything. Ebert, 66, is a retired minister who devoted his life to two families: his church and his actual family. He says balancing time between his profession and time spent home was hard, and although he did his best to be there for his daughters, he regrets not spending even more time with them. Ebert says his favorite part about being a father of four daughters is the weddings because he enjoys the popular father-daughter dance. Today, he wants to share an important message with younger fathers.
“Don’t forget to tell your children and grandchildren how pleased you are with them and how much you love them,” said Ebert. “People tend to take the time they have for granted, and before we know it, our children are grown. That’s why I always tell younger people not to get so hung up with work. There are so many other important parts of our life we need to pay attention to, especially our children.”
Ebert, originally from Houston, has four children and 12 grandchildren. He is proud of the strong relationship he has with all of his daughters. If there is one thing he learned from his father, Ebert says it would be inner strength. He has enjoyed watching his children – and his grandchildren – succeed and prosper, and he believes there is nothing more important than being there for his daughters during their ups and downs, even if it’s in the background.
“Every time our family gets together it’s always such a wonderful time,” said Ebert. “I remember when the girls were little, they always wanted to wrestle with me. We have so many beautiful memories. I am proud of the people they’ve become, and I am happy we still remain very close.”
“One of my favorite things about William is watching him walk around the community to make sure his fellow residents are doing well,” said Sharla Woolley, activity director at Mustang Creek Estates of Frisco. “He leads our bible studies and church services at the community, and we are truly thankful for everything he does. It is heartwarming to watch William when his daughters come to visit. Although they all have families of their own, they still try and spend time with their father as often as possible.”
Mustang Creek Estates – whose mission is to provide seniors with high-quality residential-style assisted living and memory care at an affordable price – has additional locations in Allen, Burleson, Sachse and Keller.