Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Special Day

"Some people radiate a bright light meant to illuminate the lives of all who know them."~Mama Hen
February 10th was the day God called my Dad back to heaven. It was a very difficult time for me and although thirteen years have past, I am still working on how much I miss my Dad. As I am sure you can tell already, my Dad and I were very close. There was not a day that I did not talk to him at least once. He was a very special man who had the power to brighten anyone's day. He believed that each day should begin with a huge smile and a happy "Good morning!" When I was younger I did not understand how special his optimistic view on things was. I now know that he went through plenty of his own battles and challenges each day, however, we never knew it. He walked around as if something great just happened. He instilled in us from a very young age that we should not let a day go by without saying thank you to God for everything we have been blessed with. He was kind, would give the shirt off his back, never let success go to his head, and loved his family above all. We buried my father on Valentine's Day, which I found very appropriate. He was filled with love and deserved to go on such a special day. I miss him more than words can say. When I am deep within thought or sad from time to time, Little Chick will say, "You miss Granddaddy mommy? I miss him too." I wish that my daughter could have known him, but it is clear that I have kept his memory alive in the fact that she misses him too. On this special day which also falls upon Thanksgiving Thursday I give thanks for my family and for having been blessed with the most incredible Daddy ever!
My Dad visiting me when I lived in Mexico.
My Daddy teaching me to ride my bike.
Daddy taking me to an amusement park.
My Dad dancing while cooking hamburgers.
My Dad was always dancing and singing, trying to make us laugh.
I love my Daddy!
Helping me with my homework.
We wrote notes to each other all the time! Here is one from my Dad.



30 comments:

  1. Male figures are so important in our lives. I am glad that you & your father had such amazing times together and that you were able to have those memories captured by a camera. I think it is incredible that your daughter misses her grandfather, though she has never met him. That is a testament to how he still lives on, changing your and her life even now.

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  2. Such sweet pictures, such a nice story. God bless him, he's watching over you and little chick for sure!

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  3. Awww,... those are such a sweet sweet memories to have and cling on to! Rest assured he's watching after you guys from heaven!

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  4. that is the sweetest thing I have ever seen. How special and I am sure you do miss him. It is a lesson to all of us as parents that even when we are dealing with life we still need to put that smile on and love our kids well. It sounds like your daddy was an example here. Enjoy remembering these things of your dad today. So sweet, I love the pictures....

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  5. Don't you just feel for the people who've never had a father to look up to. I am so sorry you lost your father, but you have such happy memories of him, as I do of my dad, and such loving times spent together. You were so blessed to have him in your life. It is wonderful that you're passing that on to Little Chick.

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  6. I can only imagine what a roller coaster tomorrow will be for you. There is no doubt how close you and your dad were. From the way you talk to him to the love that comes through in pictures. You have kept his memory alive with Little Chick and I'm sure she feels like she knows him! She'll be sharing those memories with her children one day. Hang in there tomorrow! I'll be thinking of you!

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  7. You and your Dad look so much alike. Even though so many years have passed this must be a tough time of year. It's wonderful that you have all the pictures to show Little Chick and stories to help her get to know him!

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  8. Great photos and what a wonderful tribute to your wonderful dad!

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  9. What a great man. And I agree, this is such a great post/tribute. :)

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  10. I know how you terribly miss your dad, like what I feel today. I also written a post now for him. It wans't his death anniversary but I just suddenly miss him. Your Dad is really great.

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  11. That was extremely touching. The way you describe him seems to be describing you to as well. His legacy is living on through you and your sweet little chick! Hope you're having a good day ((hug))

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  12. Aw, you've blessed my heart with this beautiful tribute to your Daddy. I had a wonderful Daddy too and this reminds me just how blessed we are to have had them in our lives. *hugs* Candace

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  13. you have me in tears. what beautiful words about your father. the bond the two of you shared is something to admire! how beautiful. LOVE the pictures, I felt like they told a story all in themselves and he seemed like such a fun guy :) ALl of those memories will be in your heart FOREVER. Valentine's Day means MUCH more to you than any of us, and I will think of you this v-day knowing you are missing your Dad. What an amazing man. (( hugs )) to you, Mama!

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  14. FROM THE HEART THESE WORDS SPEAK OF YOUR DEEP LOVE AND PAIN AND JOY AND EVERY EMOTION UNDER HEAVEN. HE IS LOOKING OVER YOU AND LITTLE CHICK AND HIS ENTIRE FAMILY AND HE IS RESTING IN PEACE KNOWING YOU ARE LIVING WITH THE STRENGTH HE TAUGHT YOU AND YOU HAVE SPREAD YOUR WINGS OF INDEPENDENCE AND ARE A YOUNG WOMAN RAISING YOUR OWN FAMILY IN HIS IMAGE - WITH LOVE AND DEDICATION. THIS IS A VERY, VERY, VERY TOUGH DAY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND I FEEL IT DEEP IN MY HEART. I WILL BE THINKING OF YOU, FOR SURE!!!!

    Bianca

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  15. This made me cry, I love the pictures. I miss my dad so much too. There aren't even words. xoxo

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  16. What a very beautiful Post. May all the comments and reflections bless you and help you to rest in His love. For he got to see you rise to your pinnacle of MIss CT. Not only representing this state but the chances and hopes of women everywhere!!!!

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  17. Just found your blog through "Along a Widowed Road". Love this post about your dad.
    Sadly, my dad died when I was an infant, so I have no memory of him.
    Also, when you said your dad was always singing and dancing to make you laugh, THAT reminds me of my husband - always "cutting up"!
    Would love for you to visit my blog...

    Dianna
    www.thesedaysofmine.com

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  18. I know the pain you are going through. This tribute and your ongoing messages through this blog are your way to connect to so many people to ease the pain by sharing at this time.
    I love you, Sis. Take care.

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  19. Thank you so much for sharing about your dad. So glad he left such a great legacy of thanksgiving and happiness.

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  20. These are such sweet photos. You, him, and Little Chick all radiate this special light in your photos. Your smiles are contagious and you can almost hear the laughter that you see in these pictures. I'm sorry you had to say goodbye to your dad at such an early age, Mama Hen, but at least his memory is very much alive. XOXOX.

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  21. Beautiful post!

    I lost my dad three years ago on February 5th and anniversaries of his death are always hard.

    So glad you and I both have lots of happy memories to help us through missing our dads!

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  22. MamaHen,
    What a beautiful tribute to a special man in your life.

    I was looking at the photo's and your dad resembles relatives of mine.
    And your dad was a very handsome man.

    God bless,
    Viola

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  23. What a beautiful post. It's so nice that you had a close and wonderful relationship with your Father. Many memories to look back upon. What a handsome fellow he was too!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today to welcome me to the Nestwork. Look forward to connecting :)

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  24. Oh Mama H - The anniversary of a loss is so hard, no matter how many years pass. Those photos are beautiful and your words are so touching. He sounds like an amazing man. Since my brother has been gone for 15 years I always take comfort that I had him in my life for 20 years and I'm grateful for that. Thinking of you...

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  25. Such a sad, beautiful story. I understand and feel your pain. I lost my Mom four years ago and it's still hard. I love your pics. I can't wait to get a scanner and add some to my blog.

    Thanks so much for stopping by Lumpkin and Me. It seems like we have a lot in common and I am looking forward to getting to know you better.

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  26. Thanks for your visit and comment this morning. I love getting to know other bloggers. Java sure makes it fun and easy with her blog hop, doesn’t she? I hope you’ll drop by again.

    I’ve enjoyed my visit here, especially this very beautifully written post about your Dad. I loved my Daddy too and sure do miss him.

    I'll be back.

    Hugs,
    Kat

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  27. How wonderful for you to have had such a great role model. I'm sorry that you have to miss him now, but you will get to meet up with him again one day. You're both an inspiration! Happy to be following you back!
    michelle
    http://www.heartfeltbalancehandmadelife.blogspot.com

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  28. What a rare and amazingly special relationship you had with your Dad. I know how much you miss him and how very sad that he is missing so much of your life too. I ache for you.
    {{{hug}}}

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  29. I got my newest issue of Reader's Digest in today and an article made me think of you. It is entitled "Parenting Without Your Parents" by Dawn Raffel and is about a woman named Allison Gilbert.Her first point is to keep your parents' legacies alive...I think that is exactly what you are doing. I just wanted to stop by & mention the article...you might want to check it out. <3 Katie

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  30. Sending my thoughts and prayers your way. It sounds like you had a wonderful relationship with your dad. I love all the pictures you included, and I could tell just how special he was!

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