Monday, August 04, 2008

Happy Birthday, Dad!


Wow, where to start? I think about my dad every day, but it seems lately I have been thinking about him even more. I was able to go to the temple with Jeff on Thursday night and that is where I feel the closest to him. I also thought about him a lot during my triathlon. I know he is the first one I would have called when I finished. I also know he would have told me he was proud. I sure miss my cheerleader!
I am trying to simplify my life so I can just enjoy it as he did. Today would have been his 57th birthday. It is still hard to believe he is gone. We had his favorite dinner (spaghetti- see what I said about simple!) and we talked about some of our favorite memories of him. I hope I am always able to keep his memory alive with my children. My goal is to pass on the amazing legacy he left with me and my sisters and my brother. He was an incredible man of strength, integrity, compassion, and of course humor! The main thing I want my kids to know about my dad is how kind he was. He never had a bad thing to say about anyone. I am doing all I can to follow that example. I miss you and I love you, Dad. Thanks for everything!

5 comments:

Ranell said...

Beautiful post, Kelly. Good for you for keeping his memory alive for your children. I'm sad for you that he is gone, and I'm a little sad for me that I didn't get to have an earthly father that was anything remotely like him ... and of course my deadbeat, criminal dad is still alive and kicking at 67! Life is so unfair.

John and Rachael said...

I loved your post Kelly. I know that after someone passes away you get over the initial grief, but then you have all the little reminders that sometimes sting. It's been 10 years and sometimes I still get a little sad when my Mom's birthday rolls around. You are doing the best thing by still remembering him and telling your children about the wonderful man that he is.

katie said...

Kelly, I hope you had a great day with your dad. I have a feeling he was not far from you and the kids either. What a wonderful promise we have in Eternal Families.

Hugs. I think you are doing great job about helping them know and love him.

Jadie said...

That was so touching, Kelly. I know he is proud of you because from your description here, you are very much like him. I do not doubt that he is still very much your cheerleader.

Emma Giles Powell said...

beautiful tribute. My mom passed away a few months ago, and it hurts so much to know my kids will have no memory of her, especially living so far away. It's really had a negative impact on my relationship with my dad, like how you fight with your family before they leave so you won't miss them as much! I loved the living tribute to your mom, so important to do!