Saturday, December 15, 2007

A Tribute to my Daddy

I was blessed with the best Daddy a girl could ever ask for. My Dad always made me feel safe, and loved. He was never afraid to say "I love you" or to cry. Growing up, we fished, we camped, we scrapbooked, we played games, we made cookies, we laughed, and we went to our favorite restaurants all the time - just me and him. He used to wake me up in the middle of the night to see it snowing. He used to carry me on his shoulders to watch the Disneyland parade. He worked hard so that I could have prom dresses and barbie dolls. He walked me down the aisle when I got married. I miss him so much it hurts.

My dad passed away last Tuesday, and I held his hand as he took his last breath. It was both the sweetest and most awful moment of my whole life. A part of me is gone, yet I know he is happy and in Heaven with Jesus - in no more pain. He was and is a great man who had a great life. I love you Daddy, with all of my heart, Merry Christmas - it won't be the same without you.

I am crying too hard to type much more, so I will leave you with some of my favorite pictures.

My dad with his beloved dog, Molly.

Being nutty on Turkey Day 2006.

Doing what he loved; fishing.

Me holding on to my daddy. I was always doing that.

More comedy, Christmas 2005.