ATTITUDE IS A LITTLE THING THAT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE. ~ Winston Churchill
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Happy Birthday Dad!
Today is my Dad's birthday - the second one since his passing. The grief and pain I experienced at his sudden death has subsided but there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of my Dad and miss him. The good thing is that with the pain mostly gone, I can now remember the good times and smile. I can think about all the good memories I have of my Dad and not feel overwhelmed with sadness. He was a wonderful father and even though I can't ask for his advice about the current happenings in my life, I have his words in my mind and in my heart - he'll always be with me. If I could, I would thank him for the legacy he's left - his teachings and example still influence my life and probably always will
I thought it would be fitting to post the last family portrait taken of all of us before my parents left on their mission showing my parents posterity. Our family is now too big to fit everyone in the frame. This picture was taken in 2000 and there have been a few additions since then - several grand children and great grand children. At the time, Brad was the only one missing from this picture - stuck in a traffic jam coming home from work and the photographer couldn't wait. Happy Birthday Dad. Your legacy lives on through us and you will never be forgotten.
"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong because at some point in your life, you will have been all of these."
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children...to leave the world a better place...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson