Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Legacy of my Father

This is absolutely one of my favorite photos of Dad. The gentleness and love are so abundant (: Today is my Dad's birthday. He passed away a few days after his birthday three years ago and I can't believe it's been that long. It seems like yesterday we were talking on the phone about politics, church happenings, favorite TV shows and life in general.

We didn't have the best relationship, but I was gifted the blessing of a Father who had a heart for change in the later years of his life. Click here if you'd like to read our story of restoration.

He loved his grandkids and they loved him so. Jacqueline has Dad's same creative spirit. For Christmas one year he made an art box for her which included tons of supplies that any crafty girl would love (: Then each Christmas after he would add items to the box that he had collected the year round. It was so fun to go with him as he was on the hunt for new supplies.

Christian has the same gentle spirit as Dad. That gentleness can sometimes be consumed in the rough world we live in, but the way these two would reach out to the heart of others is something to see. Christian so cherished the times Dad would play games with him...especially UNO (:

There are favorite books that Andrew and Matthew love to read before bed. One is a book given by Dad. Even though these little guys only knew him for a short period of time, he made quite an impact. They love to hear the inscription Dad wrote in the beginning of the book and it's just not the same without it (: They know he's in heaven, watching over us and loving us still. Happy Birthday Dad...you're missed more than you'll ever know (:



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13 comments:

  1. happy birthday to your dad! i'm sure he's smiling down on you all.

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  2. what a beautiful post...Happy Birthday to your Dad. May your wonderful memories light your day today.

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  3. Happy birthday to your dad! Blessings to you and your family.

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  4. Such a loving, touching post. Happy Birthday to your dad, sweetie. My dad will be gone 3 years in November. I also miss him more than words can say. xoxo Paulette

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  5. Hi Michelle! I just realized that I wasn't a follower even though I have your blog on my blog roll!! So you have a new old follower!! I just went back and read your father's day story. How beautiful God is when we allow Him to work in our hearts!! I have experienced something similar with my mom (I did a mother's day post) and it does mold our character. Luckily, like you, I was open to healing and we had a good relationship until dementia set in. Thanks so much for sharing. Time goes on and I am shocked that it has been 23 years since my dad passed away. I still think of him often. I feel your pain!

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  6. Sorry about your loss, but so glad you have sweet memories to help carry the legacy on. Have a great day
    Missy :)

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  7. What a sweet story, I lost my dad 12 years ago, and even though that's a long time, sometime it seems like yesterday. It is so great when we can repair relationships with people we love.

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  8. What a wonderful tribute to your dad! Not only is God in control of the Universe, but He is also the great Healer of hearts.

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  9. Such a beauty-full post! What a blessing it is to be able to rebuild your relationship. The bond with a child and their parent is so precious and it shouldn't be taken for granted.

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  10. You have nice memories to cherish, even if the beginning wasn't all you wished it had been.

    That first picture is wonderful.

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  11. Beautiful loving tribute to your father! I had a similar relationship with my dad and will always be eternally grateful that we had special years together before he died.

    What a special daughter your dad had!

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  12. Hello~Thanks for the visit.I enjoy meeting new friends.So I thought I would stop by for a visit myself.

    What a sweet post.Your Daddy lives on through you and his Grandchildren, he is always with you.Happy Birthday! ~Cheers Kim

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