Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Blessing # 18 DAD

On Sunday, near 6:00 p.m., Dad finally left us to go to the other side. We are sad to have lost him, but at peace that he is at peace. I am happy that he is no longer in any pain and excited for him to join family members that have gone before him. I have invisioned him many times jumping for joy to be free of pain and to be surrounded by all the people that he mentioned numerous times that he was excited to see and other that he was anxious to meet! I am sure that there were people there that he did temple work for and so ready to thank dad personally for that work. Dad had been super prepared and had all of his matters in order and so we are just following the plan at this point. We call him the cruise director. He was always good at making plans and following through in an organized manner. It has been special to be surrounded by all of my siblings and helping mom go forward with dad's plans. It is definitely bitter sweet. There are moments that we cry, but most moments are spent reminiscing and laughing about happy memories. Mom is an angel who helped my dad through these past years that he fought this great fight. She was always by his side and dong what she does best-taking care of dad. He is going to have to learn to take care of himself without her. He will miss her-I know that for sure! She is being so strong and I love her for setting such an example of strength and enduring to the end. I know that there is more enduing to come-but after watching her this last little while, she can handle it and do so with flying colors.

The viewing is tonight and the funueral is tomorrow morning. I am sure that some emotions will flood our family in the next couple of days. I shed quite a few while I was preparing my talk for the funueral services. I am excited to tell everyone about the amazing man that I know. They will have all known him in their own ways too. I have recieved a lot of phone calls, cards, and e-mails that I have appreciated so much. I hope that I can remember to thank all of you individually. Thank you so much!! I have felt much support and concern from others at this time and it has meant a lot to me. More than I can express.

Dad, I love you, I miss you, I hope that I can be the person that you taught me so well to be. Please watch over our family and build mom a big mansion in that sky! Until we meet again...

Blessing #18 DAD

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7 comments:

Julie Ann said...

What a beautiful tribute to your dad. I think everyone will agree that those of us who love you are grateful for your father who taught you to be such a wonderful person.

Amber said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I LOVE you and good luck with your tribute tomorrow. Isn't it great to be blessed with amazing fathers? I call later to check up on you! LOVE YA!

Mike & Farrah Hansen said...

This is such a beautiful tribute to your dad. He was such a great man. He touched many lifes. I remember all those great lessons he taught us in early morning seminary. Your family is in our prayers. take care and remember He will be watching over your mom, you and family.

Jenni said...

I am so sorry that I couldn't make it to the viewing. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Nicole said...

The way that you talk about your dad makes me feel like I should miss him too - that says a lot about the way you have always talked about him.

Meek Family said...

Becca,
You can tell how much you love and admire your dad. In a strange way it is almost a blessing that you had so much time to say goodbye and let him know how much you loved him. You are in our prayers.

Todd and Amyjoy said...

Becca,
I was just checking in. I am so sorry for your loss. He sounded like a wonderful man. I can't imagine what it would be like to slowly lose a parent but I have lost both of mine and I feel for you. Give yourself lots of time for grief. We all grieve differently but it does take time. I am glad you have such a supportive family nearby and a loving husband. He will help you through.

Amyjoy