Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My Greatest Influence

"What an impact one person can have on a life. That is why we should always choose to be as positive and giving around the people in our lives. You never know who you are influencing for a lifetime." ~Mama Hen
Here is the greatest influence in my life - my Dad. I love this picture for several reasons. First, I miss how my Dad used to always put his hand under my chin. Second, He was the wisest person I have ever known and everything he did and said was with such a kind heart and strong compassion. The third reason is that my beautiful godmother, Julie, is standing with us. She passed away in 1994 from breast cancer. When my Dad entered a room he was full of life and he carried a light. Everyone would notice him. His smile was constant and contagious. People were drawn to him and what he had to say. When he talked, people listened with such concentration. He was uplifting, encouraging, and very caring. He wanted to help those who wanted help and he made it possible for people to have a "chance" in life. When my friends needed advice, they all went to him. He was amazing! The amount of lives he touched and lifted up are endless. The greatest life he influenced was mine. I miss him terribly and I thank him very much.
Who has been the greatest influence in your life?

21 comments:

  1. That is such a great picture! Such a beautiful moment and you're lucky that someone captured it!

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  2. What a wonderful picture. Your Dad comes across as a very tender, caring but authoritative person! My greatest influencers have all been women: my mother, my paternal grandmother and one of my sisters.

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  3. I would definitely say my father, mother and grandparents. They were all amazing, wiser adults that guided my sister and me through thick and thin.

    They made our lives beautiful!!

    Bianca www.TheLetsTalkMom.com

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  4. That is beautiful and a very unique picture. What a treasure.

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  5. tears in my eyes as I read...beautiful post Mama!

    What a great, unique picture that captured such a great moment! As I've said a thousand times before, you HAVE made him so proud and he sees you as a mother and I'm sure he's smiling down on you :)

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  6. What a wonderful post Mama Hen! I love the candid shots that you share of your father; they are so beautiful.
    My greatest influence is definitely my older sister. She was like a second mother to me; she took time out of her active life to take me under her wing and help me whenever I needed it.

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  7. I LOVE this picture. We can almost hear what he is saying to you. And you looking up with wide-eyed wonder. Just beautiful!

    Hope you're staying warm!

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  8. Your Dad sounds so special Mama Hen. I'm glad you write these special posts...not just for your memory but for Little Chick. I know she'll learn to love your dad through your wondeful memories of him...Have a great week!

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  9. What a priceless picture! IT captures so many details. It is a beautiful thing that your dad left such a wonderful impact in your life. Praise God for that. IT sounds like he was the kind of man that would be loved by all who knew him! I am so sorry that he is gone. It is so hard to walk this place without our loved ones.

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  10. Powerful photo. Looks like he was very respected, well loved man from the photo alone. I am not surprised that he is your biggest influence, and I am sure his spirit lives through you :)

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  11. Lovely photo! I would definately say My Mum is my biggest influence. Sadly we lost her in 2006 but she remains massive influence to me & My children.

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  12. That is a beautiful photo. It conveys so much. I know you miss your father. It sounds like he was a wonderful man, and there's nothing like a father/daughter relationship. So special!

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  14. That is a wonderful picture. It sounds like he was a wonderful man!

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  15. I can see why you treasure this photo. It's so raw and genuine. I feel very similarily about my own father. There is just something about the role that daddy plays in a little girl's life...

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  16. What a beautiful photo. Your face says it all. Let's see my brother was a huge influence, more his passing and my reflection of his life. My husband and daughter have also had a profound influence in my life - they give me room to see myself; the good the bad and the ugly. Great post Mama and thanks for sharing such a tender moment within your family.

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  17. What a great photo! I love the look on your face, you can tell how intently you listened to your father and how much you valued his wisdom! I hope all is well with you and your family!

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  18. Beautiful photo with beautiful memories!

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  19. Thank you for sharing this special photo and memory with us! My dad was probably my biggest influence, as well. Hope you and your family are doinig well! Candace

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  20. I feel the same way about my dad. I miss him so much!

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