Friday, March 6, 2015

Hometown Memories: Remembering A Very Special Man

“There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want
to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go.”
- author unknown -

I’ve been thinking a lot about my dad lately because he’s missed so many milestones since cancer claimed him in 2007, particularly in the lives of his granddaughters. He would have been so proud; nothing was more important to him than his family. He was an exceptional husband, father and grandfather; loving and kind and patient. And he left behind a lifetime of heartwarming memories.

Proud papa holding his first child.

I’ve spent the past few days looking through old photos and reminiscing about days gone by. And I am once again reminded of just how lucky I was to have had him as a father. After he died, my mother said to me “Don’t ever forget your father. He was a very special man.” Indeed he was. And he’ll never be forgotten. His memory is etched in my very soul.

Loving grandpa hanging out with his first grandchild.

Wishing you all a beautiful weekend.

40 comments:

  1. That is so beautiful Girl, now i see where you get your good looks, and looking way too young lol lovely memories, thanks for sharing them

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    1. Thanks, Lorraine. He was such a great man. I'll always keep his memory alive.

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  2. My mom had also cancer, and I also lost my dad too soon. I'd like to share my post "Why I'd Like to Think I Did Not Lose My Mom to Cancer" maybe it'll inspire and encourage you as well...

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    1. Thanks for sharing this. I will search for it on your blog.

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  3. Awe it's so tough to lose a parent no matter how old we are. I lost my Dad about a year and a half ago and I think about him often. Hugs to you!

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that! It's tough losing someone you love.

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  4. Your dad did a great job in rising you, where ever he is, he must be really proud of his girl.

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    1. Aw, thanks you, Richard! That is very kind. He was always proud of me; my number one fan :)

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  5. what a beautiful post Martha! he does sound like he was part of creating a very wonderful family

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  6. Oh how sweet with the pictures! He seemed indeed like a wonderful man, husband, father, and grandfather. I'm sorry he was taken so early from your family. I am thinking you will never forget him and you will make sure his memory lives on through your children.

    betty

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    1. You bet, Betty. I'm keeping his memory alive. He was such a good man.

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  7. I love that last photo! May he rest in peace.

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    1. Thanks, Christine. He was very loving with his kids and grandkids.

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  8. Who is remembered, lives. Great post, Martha!

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  9. What a lovely tribute. Sounds like you had a wonderful father.

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  10. It is very thoughtful and kind of you to share about your dad with us. Those are very nice pictures. It surely brings a loving memory of him.

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    1. Those photos make me smile. They remind me of all the wonderful memories he left us with.

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  11. Very sorry to hear, Martha.

    We should all make the most of each day. Carpe diem xo

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    1. You bet, Wendy! Enjoy every moment of every day. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are well. Miss you in blog land!

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  12. Your father lives on, Martha through the family that he loved.
    This was lovely, thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Absolutely, Jim! The memories we leave behind is what we're remembered by. And he left behind wonderful ones. We all miss him, but it was his time to go.

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  13. It's good to sit down and bring back memories of those we've lost. This was a very nice tribute to your Dad.

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    1. It sure is. They leave behind very special memories that we can remember them by.

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  14. I lost my father when I was seven. I still miss him

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear that, Adam. That is much too early.

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  15. So sorry he's not here today. That bit sucks.

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    1. It sure does. He's missed so many things. At least my mom is still here to enjoy them.

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  16. Lovely photos of your wonderful father. Very precious photos which will always bring wonderful memories.

    Best wishes

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    1. Absolutely, Joseph! I have so many wonderful photos of him. I like to look through them now and then to remember special moments.

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  17. So very touching Martha
    Beautiful photos
    Loved this post!

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  18. What a nice post about your dad. I'm sorry he is no longer here with your family. *hugs*

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    1. Thank you, Jen. That is sweet. He was a great man and we miss him.

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  19. Memories are golden and so glad you have the pictures to look at time to time.

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    1. Photos are such a wonderful way to keep the memories of our loved ones alive.

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  20. It looks like he was a very happy, family-oriented man. Must have been wonderful to have him as your papa.

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    1. It sure was, Bethany. He was a wonderful papa. Thanks for stopping by!

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