Today would have been my Dad's 69th birthday. I would give just about anything to be able to put my arms around him and give him a big birthday hug. Not a day has gone by that I haven't thought about him, but on this day, he is on my mind even more.
That picture was taken around this time last year. My Dad wasn't feeling great, so instead of coming over to my house for the weekend, we met my parents halfway at Cracker Barrel to celebrate their birthdays. My dad played with the kids outside on the benches for a while before we went in. It was such a fun time.
Even though it has been 10 months since my Dad left us, I am still having a hard time. I still feel so much grief and guilt, and I miss my Dad so much. On this day, though, I am going to try to focus on the good. I am going to celebrate the man that did so much for me over the years. I am going to celebrate what a wonderful father, grandfather and friend he was. I am going to celebrate my Dad's birthday.
I mentioned to Rylie last week that Papa's birthday would have been today, and she suggested that we still have a party for him, and that is what we are going to do. My Mom is coming up this weekend, and we will celebrate her birthday, along with my Dad's.
Happy Birthday Dad! I love you with all of my heart, and I miss you terribly.
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