Happy 51st Birthday Daddy!

21 Mar

March and April are two of the hardest months out of the year for us. March 19th is our dads birthday and April 9th is the anniversary of his death. This year will mark four years since he passed away from, glioblastoma multiforme, a rare type of brain cancer. Although we wish we could have had a 100 plus more years with him, we always cherish the short 16 years we were able to spend together. We like to remember him for his love for Sheetz XL Diet Pepsis, the way he brought everyone together in a room, his love for his Cabin, his love for our mother, and his love for hunting. He was always thinking about others and staying positive even when the cancer got the best of him. We are thankful he is no longer in pain, but miss seeing his beautiful smile each and every day.

So today we are linking up with Ady from the blog When in Doubt Just Add Glitter, and participating in her weekly theme of Throwback Thursday. We wanted to share with you all some of our favorite pictures with our dad. On Tuesday he would have been 51!

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Our beautiful father
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It’s tradition to celebrate his birthday with XL Sheetz drinks
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The tattoo we got last St. Patrick’s day in memory of our dad. It says “Nothing is worth more than this day”. It reminds us of when we were little and he always made sure we gave him a kiss goodbye before he left for work. He would never leave in the morning if we were angry or upset with him because he always reminded us that we never know what today brings and we can’t leave being upset with one another.
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Close Up

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We particpated in Relay For Life last year in memory of our dad. Our school’s Relay for Life this year is this Friday! IMG_1307
Our Dad at his high school prom
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Why we Relay ❤
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We’re convinced our dad has been reincarnated into a bunny rabbit. They follow us everywhere and even let us get super close to them. The picture below is how close we were to this bunny rabbit! It is EXTREMELY close.
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A lot of our family members have ceramic bunny rabbits in memory of our dad. We dressed him up for our cousin’s wedding. He sat at our table and wore a snazzy bow tie all night.
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His favorite sweatshirt from when he was younger and before he met our mom. We keep it with us always.

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But now we know he’s up above, watching over us and free of all the pain.
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Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear Daddy, Happy Birthday to you!

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5 Responses to “Happy 51st Birthday Daddy!”

  1. Joanna at JayBirds Flight March 21, 2013 at 4:31 am #

    what an emotional and amazing post! Thank you for sharing the story and your strength!

  2. Amy March 21, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    I’m so sorry y’all lost your dad. What a great post to honor him on his birthday! Found you through the Throw Back Thursday linkup.

  3. jennie shaw (@ms_jennieshaw) March 21, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    Wonderful tribute to your dad! And that prom picture is amazing!

  4. ady March 21, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    omg so happy you linked up and i got to read this! seriously the best post ever! you almost had me tear up! and i love those tats especially where they are! great pictures! thanks for sharing! Happy Birthday to your dad! 🙂

  5. Misty March 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    What a great tribute! I love the tattoos. I’ve been thinking about getting one in the same spot.

    I’m one of the co-hosts and just linked up myself. My post is more along the lines of 90s bangs.

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