Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I Miss My Father....


This is going to be a very thought provoking and quiet day for me because 2 years ago today my precious father passed away. I still can't imagine he could be gone. He was a good father and husband and his family meant so much to him. He was always so proud of me... and my brother... and my sons....and his other 2 grandsons and great granddaughter.. and my mom.

In the above picture my dad was about 18 years old and in the army in Finland.










I can still hear his laughter and see the wonderful look on his face when he was laughing. He could always see the bright side of life and would quietly chuckle at some things where someone else might not see it that way. My dad was a hard worker and it seemed he could do and fix anything.







I like this picture of my father and I.








This picture was taken on my wedding day. He was so handsome.





My dad had so many interests and had a real love for life and his family and friends...the cottage...fishing...playing the accordion...dancing...picking berries...he built out cottage to name a few. I've learned, we all have, so much from him and miss him dearly and I always...always will.


He was the most optimistic person and I know thats what always made him better when others I'm sure would have given up. My dad had to undergo a number of surgeries for vascular problems but he always pushed through. A few years ago during surgery while the repair went well there was accidental damage and although he tried so hard for a couple of years, in the end he just had to give up. I think that might be the first time he ever did...he was always so persistant in life, in a good way. I don't think a day goes by that I don't think of him. Memories are wonderful aren't they...something may happen or someone may say something that triggers a memory and brings him back to me.

I love you dad.....we all do....

I hope your day will be lovely and shared with someone you love.... Judi xoxo
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13 comments:

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Judi..a very touching post... I hope you are able to smile some...amid the tears... sending hugs..Susan

Marilyn said...

Ah, Judi. What a sad day for you. Your Dad was a wonderful person and dad. Yes, memories are good. I also lost my Dad a few years ago. There is a void in our hearts now but we have to fill it with our wonderful memories. Take care.

Neabear said...

My thoughts are with you today. You were so blessed to have the father you had. A wonderful tribute to him full of beautiful memories. Take care, Linnea

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Judi, this is such a very loving post. I got misty eyed reading it. Your dad was a very special man, but I'm not telling you something you don't already know. Thinking of you, dear one...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Ruthie said...

Dad's are wonderful. I still miss my Dad after all these years.

That was a beautiful post and tribute to your father. And memories are always so special.

Blessings.

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Yes, indeed a very, very handsome man. You are blessed to have so many good and happy memories of your father.

Blessings,

Sher

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Judi, he really was such a handsome man. I'm so sorry you lost him, but how wonderful that you had such a great man to raise you. This was such a lovely tribute to him. laurie

Charli and me said...

It's very difficult to lose those we love. I'm so sorry. Your dad sounds like he was a wonderful person. When we lose someone we love we are blessed with all of the wonderful memories of them. That's why it's so important to live your life to the fullest surrounded yourself with all of the people you love.

Shelia said...

Oh Judi! I'm sorry for your sadness and I truly understand how you miss your Daddy! My Daddy passed away in December of 1997! Christmas has never been the same.

I'm sending you the biggest hug and know you're in my thoughts and prayers, Dear One!
Your Daddy sounds like a very remarkable man and you loved him and he loved you. There's no greater gift than love!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Julie said...

What a lovely tribute to your Dad, Judi! He sounded like the best Dad ever! I know you miss him. Did he play the accordion well??? That is such a cool instrument!

Judi said...

Thank you for all the lovely comments....

Thenk you everyone for the lovely comments....

Julie, he loved to play the accordion each day and when my parents would go to visit friends or they would come over he would play. I played also. I have a lovely picture of him and me when I was just about 6 or so playing together. I'll have to post that one day.

Judi

Patti said...

I feel your pain Judi. I lost my Daddy when I was only 7 years old and I still hurt when I look at his picture. I am sure you miss him but keep his memory alive and he will always be in your heart. He is with the Lord and what a better place to be. We are sad but they are basking in the glory of our Lord.

Hugs
Friend

Smilingsal said...

I'm so sorry you have this grief, but obviously, you had a super dad.