Dad’s Birthday was last Saturday. I thought he was either 74 or 75 so I asked him. He said “Yup, I’m 3/4”. So this is him at his 3/4 birthday party.
It’s been over a year now since my sweet Mom passed away. It’s been a challenging year with up’s and down’s. All those “firsts” that everyone warned me about came and went. Yes, the “firsts” are difficult but then I think the “seconds” may be difficult too. I know the big sting will be gone but it’s just never the same.
However, I must say that I have thoroughly enjoyed my Dad. He is an amazing example to me of strength, a positive attitude and continuing to give back in the face of sadness and loss in his own life. He continues to be very involved life- even going to camp as a counselor for 5th grade boys last year. He is involved in Bible studies, being a deacon, visiting hospitals and more. Now he has taken up golfing and is loving that. He adopted two sweet kitties that we had to part with because of my allergies and I think he secretly enjoys them.
All through my adult years I had the closest relationship with my Mom. My Dad was always there, steady, in the background and I honestly have never had a really close relationship with him. I am so incredibly thankful for the time I have with him now. It gives me a chance to get to know this amazing man that has always been my Dad. He makes me laugh, he is caring and kind, I love his wit and wisdom. I am so proud to be his daughter!
Happy Birthday to you, Dad!!
He requested an old family recipe Applesauce Cake that Grandma Brown used to make. I think I’m okay with the cake but when it comes to glaze icing…hmmmm, I need a little practice. I think the next time will be the ticket. It’s supposed to look like a glaze but mine always gets too thick as I get ready to pour it on. I will post the recipe as it is a super yummy spice type cake with raisins and nuts.