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Sunday, January 25, 2009

In Memory OF My Dad 1935 - 2008

This post is a bit difficult for me to do but I am hoping that it will bring some healing.
I have kept this blog to pretty much business stuff but thought I might share a little bit of my personal life here.
My father passed away this past November 7th. He was a man that never really showed the love he had for his family. He was quick to anger and I am my father's daughter in that respect, but I am working on that issue :)
He didn't give much praise, in his younger years he partied a bit too much, but he did work hard for his family. Through his and my Mom's hard work, we were able to have a "cottage" home by beautiful Hardy Dam as well as a home in Kentwood. He loved the woods, gardening, hunting and fishing so this home away from home was his paradise.
Now, as a young girl, I hated it that we had to go "up North" as we call it in Michigan, every weekend. I was never going to move "up there", it was too sticksville for me, LOL.
Well, after I met my husband in 1985 that all changed and guess where I moved, yep, "Up North" only 2 miles away from that property we spent every weekend and every summer at.
I wouldn't change any of that for the world now.
We've recently moved to Wyoming but will be going back home sometime, after all, my father made me an "Up North" girl :)

It funny how you think of your parents as immortal. I never gave the thought of my Dad dying much real thought, you just always think that they will be there.
One thing I would like to tell everyone is to tell your loved ones every chance you get how much you truly do love and care about them as you never know when it may be the last time.

Thanks for taking the time to read and show you, my memories of my Dad. Just click on the green play button to listen and watch the video :)


Amanda said...

Oh Lisa, Sweetie, that was a beautiful feature on your father.
I enjoyed watching the video you put together.
You are so right, we think of our parents as immortals and that they'll "always be there".
It makes me want to call my parents and grandmother right now, but it's 11pm there, so I know they're in bed! I might give them a slight heart attack if I were to call them now!
Again, you are so right about always telling your loved ones exactly how you feel, and express how much they mean to you anytime you get the chance.

Thank you for sharing that piece of your personal life.


~~Sew Happy Designs~~ said...

What a wonderful tribute to your Dad, with a loving video and, you're right, always tell the people you love how much you care. You just never know what tomorrow brings. Thanks for sharing..

BeadedTail said...

Lisa, what a wonderful tribute to your dad. I had to turn the sound off because I'm sitting here with tears running down my face. What a great reminder of how to never take our loved ones for granted. Thank you for sharing your memories of your dad.


Anonymous said...

Lisa...Beautifully said!!! Thanks for sharing!!

*big hugs*


Chris said...

Big Hugs Lisa! You put together a very beautiful tribute to your father. I hope it brings you some peace. Losing a parent is one of the hardest things to deal with. My dad's been gone 9 1/2 years.

Now where is that box of kleenex?

Love ya!

MamaJody said...

A beautiful tribute. I hope it helps to bring you peace.

myminimocs said...

i'm so sorry for your loss - i think what you've written was absolutely wonderful and it has truly blessed me this morning thank you for sharing that with us.
may peace & joy be your fill in life!

Ozarknana said...

What a wonderful blog..and such a wonderful message for everyone. Reach out every single day and let those you love know it. I'll call my Mom in Michigan this morning. We too have a place "up north" in Gaylord...I always considered it my "weekend home" as we were there every single weekend! Memories are a wonderful thing..keep them close.

Sock Monkey Jungle said...

Oh Sweetheart what a touching tribute to you father,its very difficuilt to compile something like this,words are hard to find and so very difficuilt to try to express,you did him proud.Take peace in the Lord sweetie and continue to love and cherish your mum and enjoy each chat and each visit,i know she means the world to you.Sometimes men cant express what they feel or because of upbringing just dont know how but im sure he loved you hun,how could he not you a beautiful person with a heart of gold i know and so does Ken and you friends,family and yes the dogs lol! You know they arent gone,they are still with us,i believe they are with us you just cant touch,i hope you heal in time and can think of the good things and the good times,learn to forgive,not forget,just forgive and continue your life which is filled with love all around you,God Bless You and i wish i could just hugg you and your beautiful soul ! Pass those tissues Chris lol!! Love ya hun xxxxxx