Saturday, May 24, 2008


Today would have been my dad's 81st birthday. This isn't a real clear picture, but he's holding a plate with his birthday cake on it. He just looks so sweet, there! I love his little bow tie! On the back of the picture it says that it was his 3rd birthday. I'm sure my grandmother made the cake. His mother was a terrific cook; she could make a gourmet meal out of practically nothing. My dad grew up during the Great Depression, but his parents did a wonderful job of making his and his brothers' childhoods happy ones. It was tough, losing my dad a few years ago to cancer. He was one of the smartest people I've ever known, and whenever I had a question or needed advice, he was the one I always called first. I miss his smile and his laugh the most, and I miss how he always, always told me he loved me, whether I was on the phone long distance, or visiting with him in person. Happy Birthday, Dad. I hope you're celebrating with a huge party in Heaven today. I love and miss you so very much!


KardKrazy said...

A chapter in our life really does close when we lose a parent.
How nice of you to remember him this way -- that is the most adorable picture!

Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

What a wonderful tribute. I lost my dad in 2006. I was a fix it guy and loved to tinker.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Did you get the rain up there?. I live in the Eastbay and we did some here.

Myrna said...

My thoughts are with you in remembering your dad--what a wonderful relationship you had with him!

Maggie Ann said...

a wonderful post! I enjoyed reading about your Father..the picture is precious, you are blessed!

TiffanyJane said...

What a sweet post for your dad, with fond memories too. That is an adorable picture of him, soooo sweet.

Jeannene said...

"Happy Birthday to your Wonderful Father!!"

Big hugs today as you Celebrate his life. I will check it with you in a few days, my brother's Birthday is today also and we are going to be busy the rest of this weekend.

I hope you all have a fabulous Memorial Weekend Jann!!


Heather Robinson said...

What a very sweet photo and a moving tribute to your father. Thank you for honouring us with memories about him.

Jennifer said...

Happy birthday to your dear dad! Aren't we lucky to have such wonderful memories! I don't know what I would do without mine!!!!

Laura said...

What a heart warming post, Jann.

vintage moon studio said...

Am thinking of you too... thank you for such a dear comment and keeping my own Dad in your prayers ~ xox Deb

Lydia said...

Jann, I love your Dad's picture. He looks so happy and sweet.

My dad also would've been 81 this year, but he passed away too early in 1980. I often think of wanting to ask him for advice in raising my kids.

We have to share the love that we are given-It is a gift. There are many who do not have this most wonderful gift.Not a day goes by that I don't think of my dad. It was very tough on me, so many years ago.That's why we are given these gifts.

You are so lucky to have been so blessed-Lydia