Monday, May 2, 2011

Daddy

Sometimes life brings things your way that you don't understand and are not  quite ready for.  During the past two weeks, life brought me just that very thing.  Today I said Good Bye to my Daddy for the last time.  For sometime now my Dad has been struggling with COPD.  He gave us a scare last Summer but somehow bounced back with renewed strength.  My Dad was a very strong man and most of the time it was easy to forget just how sick he really was.  But on April 14 he told my Mom that he was just not feeling right and maybe they should make the trip to the hospital.  During the week's stay the doctors were not very encouraging with their reports but my Dad remained strong and we were able to take him home on Good Friday-- just in time for Easter. We had a wonderful visit with him enjoying his favorite do wop music, laughing and reminiscing. 
He was such a proud Pap Pap and he loved his boys so very much! We were also blessed to have him with us to celebrate my son Alex's 20th birthday.

That evening we watched one of his favorite movies, "Return of the Pink Panther".  He had watched it so many times over the years that he was reciting the lines before they were even spoken.  We laughed at all the funny lines together as a family.  I am so thankful that this night will be the last memory Alex will have of his Pap Pap.  Three days later on April 29 my Dad's lungs became to tired to carry on and he went home to be with his Savior.  So today we said Good Bye........




Today we cherish the years together and the memories we hold in our hearts....









There is something special about a little girl and her Daddy.  Even though I am not a little girl anymore that something special remains.  I will miss the way he called me "Meems" I will miss his stories, his laughter, and his smile.  I will miss his hugs and kisses.  I will miss watching him fill with pride as he spent time with my son. I will miss how he enjoyed just hanging out with my husband.  I will miss his "I love yous"


Even though I must say Good Bye for now I know it is not forever.  Because my Dad, on April 17, accepted Christ as his personal savior I know that we will  see eachother once again in heaven.  But until that day I will hold tight to the memories I have and to the assurance that my Daddy loved me very much.  

14 comments:

Manù said...

Today you make me cry!!
Bye bye to your Daddy. R.I.P.
It seems he was a beautiful man in his youth! I thinhk he has been a great man and a wonderful fhater....
Please accept my condolences.
Brace up!!!
Manuela

Janet King said...

Dear Mimi,

I was so sorry to learn of your dad's death. Suspected something was up; you haven't been posting. Father-daughter relationships are previous and special. You are a wonderful woman and a wonderful daughter; your dad will always been in your heart. God give you comfort,strength and peace in the days and weeks to come.

Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord, and may light perpetual shine on him.

You and your mom will be in my prayers.

Janet

Heidi said...

Dear Mimi,
I'm sorry to hear of your father's death. The news of his entry into eternity with Jesus is comforting to you, no pain and all glory. Praise God. But meanwhile, here on earth, I do hope you find comfort from family and friends, as well as the preciou pictures and memories. {{{{hugs}}} ~Heidi

Janelle said...

So glad I checked in with you today, Mimi. You've reminded me of saying goodbye to my own dad nearly 10 years ago -- and, you're so right... there's just something special between a little girl and her daddy. But, what really brought me to tears was the fact that such a short time before his passing that your dad accepted Jesus as his Savior. What a precious gift that is, obviously for him... but for you as well. So, I'm crying sad tears for you... but happy tears, too. Hopefully that makes sense. Hugs and prayers from me to you!

Country Dreaming said...

A very beautiful tribute to your Dad. I am soo sorry to hear of you loss and am sending prayers and blessings to you and your family.
Keep all your memories close to your heart.

Melinda

Shirley said...

Mimi, I am sorry about your dad. It is hard to understand, but god gives us the strength to let go. We have all of the wonderful memories of our life with them. You did a beautiful tribute to your dad. Hugs and Prayers Your Missouri Friend.

Debbie said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Dad. He is in heaven now and will be your special Guardian Angel! You and your family have my deepest sympathy.
In Christian Love
Debbie

Mimi Sue said...

Oh so sorry to hear about your dad Mimi! It sounds like you had a wonderful childhood with him. You are so very lucky to have such great memories. I love the pictures you chose for this post. Looks like he had a happy life. It is such a comfort to know that he is with our Heavenly Father and his pain and suffering is at an end. Our prayers are with you and your family. Give your mom a hug from us. Mimi

A Bee In My Bonnet - Leslie Anne said...

How wonderful that your Dad accepted the Lord into his heart! What a blessed relief it has to be for you to know that you'll see him again. He looks a lot like my Dad did in the younger photos, and us kids and our children called our grandfathers Pap or Pap Pap as well! You've blessed me this morning with this, even though I know you'll miss him every day. Leslie Anne

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Dear Mimi,
Bless your heart. I'm sorry to hear that your daddy passed away. It's such a hard thing to say good-bye even though you know they're so happy to be relieved of their tired, worn out bodies.
I sure enjoyed reading about your dad and seeing all the handsome photos of him. I can tell you and your family were very proud of him.
Blessing to you and your family. Now you have a special angel watching over. : )

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Mimi, I'm just getting caught up on my blog reading, and am so, so sorry to read about your Dad's passing. What a beautiful tribute. I know how difficult this is for you and your family, and I hope you've found comfort and peace in your heart, and in your memories as well, that no one, or nothing can ever take away.

Scrap for Joy said...

This was such a lovely tribute to your Dad, Mimi. I'm glad you had some time to make even more happy memories toward the end. You are a loving daughter and your Dad was proud of you!
Rest in God's Eternal Peace, Bill.
xoxo

Chele said...

Mimi, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

~chele

Wendy McDonagh-Valentine said...

I'm so sorry about your dad, Mimi. Losing a parent is so, so sad. I can tell by your post that you adored him. I lost my dad five years ago and I can still cry at the drop of a hat when I think about it. I'm so glad that your son has such good memories of your dad's last days. He'll have that to hold onto forever. What I've learned thru all of the loss my family has suffered the last few years is that they are still very much with us. Look for signs from your dad and acknowledge them when you receive one. He'll keep sending them. To this day, my father lets my sisters and I know he's still around. It's so comforting. God bless you and your family. I'm sending you a huge hug!!! XOXOXOXO

~ Wendy

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