October 19, 2007 Myspace blog post

Happy Birthday Daddy!!!

Current mood:cheerful

Yesterday was my father’s birthday. He turned 56 years old. I meant to write this last night but got distracted by a news story and another blog entry. Since it was late and I was tired, I put off writing this until today.

Dear Dad,

Happy Birthday! I am so glad we could all come home yesterday to celebrate with you. It was so fun just to have a regular supper together and hang out and watch a movie together. It has been a long time since the six of us could do that…and now we have 4 more to join the fun! My husband, Brian’s wife, my two kids… It is funny how much things change over the years! I am glad you enjoyed your gifts too! It was fun to watch you open them instead of just handing you a gift bag whenever I got to see you after your birthday was passed by.

Dad, I love you so very much! In a way, I am glad you and mom never had another little girl, because that meant that I got to be Daddy’s girl all by myself! I know that I am not always the easiest person to love…in fact, I know that I have been a source of frustration many times over the years. I am sorry about that! But I am so thankful that you have stuck by me and loved me and supported me in spite of that! No matter what, my dad is there for me! I am so blessed by this.

As I watch you grow older, it is wierd to see you not able to do and be all that you were when we were growing up. I know it happens to all of us! But in my mind you are a big strong man, able to handle anything and everything! I know, you aren’t that old! Yet you already show signs that the years are passing by.

I was watching you at the beach in July. I told Brandy and maybe even mom that someday, when you are in Heaven, that was how I would remember you. Sitting by the ocean, the waves crashing close to your feet, your fishing rod in hand! So happy and relaxed and peaceful! Everything you loved right there with you. So content.

When I was a little girl, you were my hero. I always felt safe and protected by you. It never entered my mind that the world could be a dangerous place…after all, you were my protector and would never let anything happen to me. Unfortunately, that innocence was replaced by reality and I learned that there were people who could and would hurt me. I also learned that I could hurt myself by the choices that I made. And yet, even when you couldn’t protect me from these things, you still loved me. You still supported me. You still did what you could to let me know that no matter what, you were in my corner. Even when I caused the pain or hardship by my own choices, you did not judge me and scorn me. You loved me.

Dad, you are still my hero! You are still my champion! I still very much need my daddy in my life, even though I am now a mother of my own two children. Thank you for being there and loving me. I am looking forward to many more years together. I am looking forward to presenting my grandkids to you!

I hope that Emily marries a man like you someday. And that Andrew grows up to be a man like you are. A man who loves his God. A man who loves his family above all else. A man who loves his wife as best he can. A man who is his daughter’s hero. Then they will be happy in their life!

I love you Daddy! Happy Birthday! Your Jennifer Ann

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