Sunday, October 5, 2008

Missing My Dad Today...

This is my favorite picture of my dad and how it demonstrates his love for his grandchildren. One year before he passed away, I took Lydia and Jack to SLC to visit family and this picture was taken as we were saying goodbye to fly back to Cincinnati. My dad was a good man and he was such an example of strength and perserverance as he battled Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM) and other trials in his life.
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This is me, Lydia and my dad; Lydia was about 7 months old and this picture was taken in that same trip. He passed away in July of 2006. Lydia was named after his mother Lydia Jane Tracy.
You know missing someone after they pass away never goes away, sure you go on with your life but then something happens or you see something that reminds you of them and all of the feelings just flood back. I am greatful for those times because it helps to keep their memory alive for us. My trials may not be as great as his were, but I hope I can handle them as well as he did.
Thanks dad for your example!

8 comments:

Tasha Challis said...

Its been almost 4 yrs since my dad passed away!!! Life does go on, but I am still surprised by the little things that set me off on crying. I have often wondered how your dad was doing. Im sad that we have lost touch. I think we could have been a comfort to each other. I hope that your family now and the family that I am familiar with are all doing well. Lets keep in touch from now on.

Tiffany and hers said...

So sweet Jan. We miss him too.

Can't wait to see ya...

Jennifer said...

It's good to miss those we love. Thank goodness we know we'll see them again! That reunion will bve sweet!

The Davies Family said...

What a wonderful father you have! I'm sure he is looking down on you and your family and smiling proudly for the daughter he raised and who is raising such wonderful grandkids!

Heidi said...

I loved hearing stories about your Dad when we were in Cincinnati and getting to see him that one time. You are one of the strongest people I know, and it sounds like some of that strength may have come from your Dad. Thanks for sharing the photos and thoughts.

Rachel said...

Jan I love the picture of Jack hugging your dad! What a wonderful picture to have.

gantrieb said...

what sweet memories. we are so lucky that we have those to remember and rely on throughout our lives. he seems like a great man who has influenced you and continues to influence you.

Jaime said...

Nice tribute. I love his younger pic, cool hair:) What a trooper, he was an example to us all.