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.

9 comments:

Chris H said...

Heartfelt sympathy sweetie.... and may this Christmas be a time to rejoice and remember how much he was loved by all of you. {{{BIG HUGS}}}

Alexandra said...

Sending positive thoughts your way...

Ann(ie) said...

I'm crying with you my friend. I am so very sorry that you lost your dad so young. I have been thinking about you and your mom every day.

From this day forward he'll be with you. He'll be by your side, cheering you on, all through life.

I love you guys. I'm here if you need me.

xo,
Annie

Colleen said...

I wish there was something I could do or say to make it better, but I know I can't. Just know that someone all the way across the country is thinking of you and your family right now during this hard time.

Anonymous said...

ah cheryl I am so sorry....I have been worried about you. My mom died almost 10 years ago now, I was also with her in the last moments. it's hard but i know they go to a better place. ~Nichole

stick shaker said...

I'm very sorry to hear this Cheryl. But what beautiful words you had to write....if there is anything I can do, let me know....I'm thinking about you. xo

smartypantz32 said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Oh, honey. I can't tell you how sorry I am. My heart goes out to you and your family. What a beautiful post to honor him...

otter said...

That anonymous one was me.

Hugs,
otter