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Little word, but represents so much.

365 Day Project: Filling my Gratitude Bucket 1/365

Dad: Caregiver

Dad: Head of household

Dad: Problem solver

Dad: Available when needed

Dad: Friend to all (and I mean ALL!)

Dad: Achiever

Dad: Fighter

Dad: Loyal employee

Dad: Hard working employee

Dad: Doesn’t hold a grudge

Dad: Honest

Dad: Survivor

Dad: Means Well

Dad: Dedicated to family

Dad: Dedicated-No matter what to family!

Dad: Positive–Not half full but running over type of guy

Dad: Silly

Dad: Fun

Dad: Outgoing

Dad: Will try anything

Dad: Strict

Dad: Don’t mess with

Dad: Loving Heart

Dad: Affectionate

Dad: Searching for love

Dad: Seeing the good in others

Dad: No matter what, seeing the good in others

Dad: Strong

Dad: Don’t mess with his family or….

Dad: Loves my peanut butter fudge

Dad: Disciplines because he has to not because he wants to

Dad: Would do anything for anyone

Dad: Still naive after all these years

Dad: He knows me. I mean he really, really knows me

Dad: Trust worthy

Dad: Listener

Dad: Non-judging

Those are just some of the things I think of when I think of my Dad.

Dad has battled many illnesses through out his life. He has battled those illnesses with a very strong faith in God. He recognizes and is jubilant over his blessings.

One of the things my Dad has been saying for years is “I want my story to be told.”

I need to tell his story.

I am going to use this blog setting to tell his story.

I don’t know when I will tell Dad that I have started this project. He knows I am making notes to someday tell his story. I might tell him tomorrow. I might tell him next week. I will know when the time will be right to tell him.

To give you a quick run-down on the many battles Dad has faced:

  • He is a twin and was born premature
  • He spent a year in bed as a very sick child
  • He tried very hard to stay in the service in spite of health issues.
  • He broke his back
  • He accidently stabbed himself (he was a meat cutter).
  • He dealt with an aching heart from a lost son.
  • He dealt with skin cancer.
  • He received a new heart.
  • He dealt with lung cancer.
  • And now…

    Once again…

    Dad fights another battle…

    Next week he will be going in for Prostate Cancer surgery. The doctors say prostate cancer is an easy battle. Let’s hope they are right. This cancer has grown considerably in the last month. That’s not good. What is good–they caught it! What is good-it can be removed! That–THAT is what we shall focus on for the next few weeks.

    Dad. Dad he is a survivor.

    We tease Dad he has nine lives.

    I refuse to count how many of those nine lives he has used.

    If you choose to read my stories, I hope you will comment if you were able to relate to the story or with any thoughts that came to your mind. I know Dad will enjoy reading those comments (when I tell him about this blog.)

    If you are dealing with your own health issues, I hope you will get inspiration from Dad’s love of God and determination to be a survivor.

    Here’s to Dad! My Mr. Belvedere.

    Thankful for Dad’s New Heart 1/365

    365 Day Project: Feeling my Grateful Bucket 1/365

    This morning I watched the 2011 Pasadena Rose Parade as I have done many times. One float hit home hard as I watched and listened to the commentators. The “Donate LIfe Float: Seize the Day

    donate life logo

    It not only reminded me how precious life is, but it reminded me how grateful I am that back on December 2, 2004 that my Dad was fortunate to receive a new heart.

    The night of December 1, 2004 when we all went to bed we were told by the doctors if my Dad didn’t get a heart that night he would be taken off of the donor list. That night was a bitter sweet blessing–My Dad received his new heart. That meant a 21 year old boys life was lost. As we rejoiced and thanked God for our blessings another family was mourning the lost of their son, brother and friend.

    I will be forever grateful to God and the family of that 21 year old boy.

    Filling my Gratitude bucket–one day at a time!


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