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Thursday, November 3, 2011

REMEMBERING MY DAD

I just wanted to take some time today to remember my dad. It will be two years this coming February since he passed away, and not a day goes by that I don't have some thought of him.  Going through the year of "firsts" was terrible, but today being his second birthday in heaven, it feels good to be able to remember him and laugh over stories of him (which there are many, trust me!).

For me, my dad was my strength, my motivator, my provider... my hero. He was a firm believer in the motto..."spare the rod, spoil the child", but through it all, I always felt his love.  I'm very proud of the person I am today and I owe it all to him and my mom.  He was a man who lived as though family was the most important thing in his life.  It's amazing what that feels like.
To the man who started it all... my first motorcycle ride (I've shared this before, but here it is again).



And my most favorite picture of all, (probably because it's the last picture I have of me and him together) New Year's Eve 2009.


RIP Papa J - November 3, 1938 - February 20, 2010.
Thank you dad... for all you've done for me. Happy Birthday!

Lady R

7 comments:

motoroz said...

It is great to have photos like that. Thank God for great dads.

bobskoot said...

Lady R:

It's great you had good memories of your past. I am from a broken home and would always envy those who had loving families

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

WooleyBugger said...

Sure, you blogged about him before, there is nothing wrong with keeping his memory alive by blogging about him again when he's on your mind. He was a good man, I can tell by you, and good men need remembering.

mq01 said...

fabulous tribute and celebration of your love for papa j!

Lady R said...

motoroz... I'm very blessed that I had a dad who loved his family and did whatever it took to take care of them. He was a great role model.

Bobskoot... as I said to Motoroz, I recognize how fortunate I was. He was always there for those who needed that father figure and we were very happy to share him. He taught us a lot just by his actions.

Wooley... Last year at this time, I posted a tribute to his birthday while I sat in a flood of tears. This time, I was able to post his birthday tribute with pride and love, and a smile.

Don't get me wrong... the pain of not having him here is still around, but it feels good now to be able to share stories about him... without all the tears.

Even though I miss him terribly, I'm celebrating his life!

Mq01... thank you my friend. I wish he were still here, but his memory will live on in all of us forever.

Webster World said...

Heart warming. You have a love not all have. You are one of the lucky ones to have had a loving family dad. The best of that are those memories.

Lady R said...

Webster... you're so right. The memories are the best. I'm just glad we made some great ones toghether!