Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Happy Birthday, Dad

Our dad would have been 83 years old today.   He was a very fun-loving and generous man, always wanting to include others in our family holidays if they had nowhere to go.   Holidays and family gatherings were probably his favorite part of life.   He could grill the most delicious pork chop ever, and I loved Thanksgiving in Arizona when he put the turkey on the rotisserie outside on the grill.   I can easily picture him sitting in his chair in their Arizona Room (screened in patio), watching over the food, and waiting to announce that it was ready.   And he was ALWAYS the last one sitting at the table.

He loved his grandchildren beyond measure and made sure they all felt very very special when they were with him.    My dad had 2 stepdaughters and they loved him dearly.   He treated them as though he'd raised them from their first day, and I know both of them feel very much as though he was their dad.   

Here are the four children he helped bring to this world.   Although the eldest left long before Dad, they have been reunited.   And the three of us miss our dad all the time.    Happy Birthday, Dad.   


6 comments:

Lynne said...

Very tender post Denise . . . which little girl are you, the one reaching . . .

Mary Ann said...

A wonderful post!

Connie said...

You have some wonderful memories to hold close in your heart. Your Dad sounds like a dear and wonderful man . . . I know you miss him, but having him for a father was a true blessing, and he will always be there, tucked away in your heart.
Have a wonderful week.
God bless,
Connie :)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

A sweet post... You never get over missing your parents when they're gone--At least I haven't....

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Sweet post, Sis. Have always loved that photo of the four of us. :)

Mark said...

What a great tribute to your dad, I bet I would have liked to sit in that porch with him and watch the food. Sounds like a great guy, and that photo is classic.

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