Dad is 3/4!

June 2, 2011

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!!

Blowing out the candles on his Applesauce Cake

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.

Karen

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3 responses to Dad is 3/4!

  1. I love Applesauce cake. Looks great. Happy 3/4 Birthday to your dad.
    I had a close relationship with my dad.

  2. What a sweet post. Your dad is an awesome example of quiet strength! You are blessed! Happy 3/4!

  3. I’ve always enjoyed your dad so much.

    Happy birthday, Tom!