Saturday, January 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Dad!

Today marks what would have been my father's 51st birthday. 
Sadly, he died August 15, 2011 after a long battle with colon cancer.

Me & My Dad July 2010

Even though he is not here, I would like to celebrate his birthday.
This birthday celebration is for the life he lived! The wonderful 50 years he had on this earth.

My Dad

But I don't want you all to know about him for his cancer. 
I want to share with you what a wonderful man he was.

Labor Day 2009

My father was the kind of man who would bring food to a homeless man on the corner of the road, take a lost teenager under his wing, help those in need. He cared about each and every person he met, no matter who they were, or what they believed.
My whole life, I remember growing up with a father who loved me and who loved my siblings, and who loved my mother with his whole heart.
And more importantly, he loved God.



He never let anything distract him from his family or from God. 
He was a man who made sacrifices of things he wanted or needed to take care of us and others.


My Dad doing what he did best.

I have taken a lot of lessons from my father but three stand out in my mind.

Live life with love.
Be selfless.
Respect yourself and others.



So, as I go about my day on January 28, 2012 , I will remember all the birthdays that we celebrated with my father & all the years I had with him.

Happy Birthday Dad! 
Today is a celebration of you!


My Dad's 50th Birthday 1-28-11
I love you Dad.


 Lolli





This year Dad, we are sending your birthday wishes up to Heaven.
(balloon photo source: photobucket)









14 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the follow and most importantly thanks for this beautiful post. Happy Birthday to your dad. What a wonderful tribute! My father is in the final stages of colon cancer. Such a dreadful disease:( Thanks so much for the follow and for the wonderful post, it's uplifting.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. Colon cancer is a horrible disease & I am so sorry that your father is going through that pain as well. I wish you the best. I was lucky to be able to say good bye to my father before he died, which I think made a difference for both my father & I.

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  2. hello. I am a new follower from the blog hop.
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  3. Your dad seems like a beautiful person. I am very sorry for your loss... My grandpa (who basically was my father) also lost his fight with colon cancer. He was a great man. Always remember the good times. That is what they would want <3

    Julie
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    1. Thank you so much Julie! What a thoughtful comment. You are so right, my dad told me that he wanted us to be happy for him & not sad. I am so sorry for your loss as well!

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  4. Dear Lolli

    What a beautiful post you've written to commemorate your father's life! I'm sorry for your loss - 51 is so young. I'm sure that he is smiling down at you from heaven as he reads your words. :-)

    Thank you for joining me at Create With Joy! I am following you back and I hope you'll join me for Inspire Me Monday and my other hops this week - I'd love for you to be an active member of my community!

    Have a wonderful week!

    Ramona
    http://create-with-joy.com

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    1. Thank you Ramona! I would love to check out your inspire me Monday! It's wonderful to meet other nice bloggers!

      Thank you for your kind words, it's comforting to know that he is smiling down from Heaven.

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  5. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. I almost lost my dad a couple years back to a stroke. I know he is looking down on you from above.

    I am a new GFC follower. I found you on a blog hop. I would love it if you would follow me back please. Thank you.
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    1. Thank you Monica. I am sorry to hear about your father's stroke! I hope that he is okay now!

      I will follow you back :)

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  6. What a beautiful post. And this is such a wonderful way to remember your father. Happy Birthday to your dad!

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    1. Thank you Melissa. Your kind words mean a lot!

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  7. What a great post!

    I'm following you back from http://My-CreativeWay.com

    Raychel

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