Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day to Dads Everywhere

Today is special because we remember our fathers, grandfathers, husbands, uncles, and all the other special men who made a difference in our lives.

I consider myself one of the lucky ones who had a father.  Through thick and thin, he was always there. He worked terribly hard to support his family and rarely complained. His life was not a bit easy, either.

My Dad's been gone for 22 years now and I still miss him. Sometimes my mind thinks I see him walking into a grocery store or driving his car down the street. It's funny how a parent's presence is almost always with us, whether he's gone to the other side of life, or not.

Many things remind me of my father---his unending faith in God; daffodils and iris in the spring; raspberries; birds; vanilla ice cream; Groucho Marx and The Lone Ranger; gardens bursting with vegetables; and so many more images.

He said a lot of funny things and always made me laugh.

 He was a simple man who didn't say much but loved a lot.
Before he died, I asked him what the best part of his life was and he said, "That's easy. My kids."

Just thinking about that makes my eyes fill with tears. There's no love like a parent's for a child. Probably no one will ever love me as much as my father did and visa versa. 

Today we also remember our Heavenly Father, who is always there, faithful, and loving His earthly children to the max.

So today, Father's Day,  we will think of our Dads, as well as grandfathers, husbands, and uncles, and, of course, our Heavenly Father, with love.

Many of my own loved ones are on the other side now but in the depth of my soul, I know we'll meet again.


P.S. Okay bloggie peeps, I need your help. The other day I saw some cupcakes made for a baby shower. They had images of babies in bath tubbies and they were SO ADORABLE.

Here's the problem: I cannot remember whose blog I saw them on. I contacted a couple of my bloggie peeps, thinking maybe one of them had the cupcakes on their blogs. No luck. So. If any of you remember seeing those adorable cupcakes, please let me know whose blog has the instructions for them.

 I'm going to a baby shower in July and I'd so love to make them. Thanks, little Sweethearts. Hugs. Susan


Elaine said...

Wonderful Father's Day post. My dad is 85 and still independent, driving and golfing. I know I am very fortunate to still have him in my life. I treasure every moment.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

I miss my Dad every day and have for the 23 years that i have lived without him. But he lives on in my heart.
I am a carpenter's daugther and my Dad taught me so many things that most Dad's don't teach their daughters. For that, I am forever thankful!!


T's Daily Treasures said...

You are fortunate to have such wonderful memories of your father. My dad married a cuckoo head and is living in la-la land. He hasn't spoken to me in 6 years. I did reach out a couple of years ago, thinking that maybe he had a change of heart, but it is not meant to be. Sometimes people are "dead" to us even when they are still walking around on this earth. It is his loss completely that he doesn't have a relationship with me or my brother, or his grandsons.

I didn't see the cupcakes you are talking about. Sorry! Have a great day. Tammy

Linda O'Connell said...

Not all fathers are dads. My heart breaks for my granddaughter who's dad chooses to be out of her life. Sounds like you had a wonderful dad. My dad made me feel special too.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

My dad will be gone six years this September and I miss him all the time. Sometimes I'm like you and I will see the back of a man walking into the supermarket and for the brief moment I think to myself oh, there's daddy and then of course I remember.

LDH said...

Very sweet tribute to your dad filled with special memories of him :)

Sure hope you find that recipe... I'll keep my eyes open too.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

So sweet Susan. I am thinking of my Dad and missing him very much today. Still I am filled with Joy that this is my Son In Law's first Father's Day. hugs, Linda

LDH said...

Hi Susan, It's me again.

I just visited a blog for the first time and you came to mind. She has a Sentimental Sunday and I know how sentimental you are and thought your posts reflected that. If interested, take a peek...

Bookie said...

A dad being gone leaves a hole in the heart that will never completely close.Have a nice Sunday, Susan.

mo said...

Wow! Susan.

Just Wow! I know your father is so proud of this post.

It brought tears to my eyes.

So much love.



Chatty Crone said...

What a sweet sweet tribute to your dad - and he said the best thing he did - raise kids. That is so awesome Susan. You are blessed. 22 years is a long time - you were young!

I saw someone yesterday that reminded me of my dad and he's been gone 8 years now.

Hope you had a nice Father's Day.

diane stetson said...

This song reminds me of my Dad and his harem "five daughters".
You're the end of the rainbow, You're my pot of gold, You're Daddy's little girl, to have and to hold. A precious gem is what you are, you're
Daddy's bright and shining star."
I'm sure HE is a bright and shining star watching over us girls who are now adults from the celetial heavens. Happy Father's Day Dad

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