Monday, August 15, 2011

I will remember you...

A week ago, I lost my wonderful dad. To say that he will be missed every day is an understatement.

Ever since we lost my Mom in 1996, Dad would come to our house every night for supper. It was a given that as soon as it warmed up enough to eat outside, every meal would be served on the deck. All through the summer, until the chilly New England autumn drove us inside, this would be the place we would gather. How I love that man.

This photo was taken last summer. Dad was here for lunch and, of course, it was served out on the deck. This particular day, Dad and I had company. One of our many tame "Chips" decided to join us and Dad delighted in feeding him.

This is dad's favorite seat at the table. I don't think it has entirely sunk in yet that he will never join us again out on the deck. What wonderful memories have been made in this spot. If you look just beyond the railing, you will see a very special addition to our yard.

I am so grateful for, and touched by, the kindness we have felt from family and friends since losing Dad. Do you see the gorgeous wind chimes hanging from the oak tree next to the deck? They were sent last week from my wonderful publisher, Penny Lane Publishing, along with the sweetest sentiment, "To Donna and Family, This wind chime is sent to you in memory of your dad. As you hear the chimes, may you think of a lifetime of treasured memories with him."

What a lovely gift and sentiment. The chimes are gorgeous. I hung them right next to the deck, where so many of our wonderful memories were made. I had no sooner hung them when the most heavenly breeze came through, gently swaying the branches of the trees. The wind chimes immediately started making their beautiful melody and I felt dad right there with me.

Thank you, my friends at Penny Lane. You have no idea how much your sweet words and generous gift have meant to me and my family. I will think of Dad every time I hear these beautiful chimes.

I plan to dedicate another post to my dad so I will be back soon.

I love you Dad,

Donna Doo, Ducky, Little Girl


Lynn @ Painting Thyme Needfuls said...

I so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to your Dad. He will never really be gone as his precious memory will live on in your heart always.

WoolenSails said...

I am so sorry to hear about your dad, but it sounds like you do have wonderful memories of him. What a sweet gesture for them to do and something to remind you of his love, he gave to you and your family.


Michele said...

Donna .... Thank you for sharing the wonderful pics of your Dad. The one with "Chips" brought tears to my eyes. My Dad passed away 12/26/09, also an animal lover and I miss him more than words can describe.
"If only Heaven weren't so far away" ... may God bless you and your family. ~.~

Stephen Hall said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your photosloss.I'm a great beleiver of footprints left in the sand and to look at those wonderful photographs you have a lasting memory, really glad you shared them... i've been reminiscing myself x

Tolentreasures said...

I am so sorry for your loss, what precious memories that you have to keep of him.


Willow said...

Oh real tears in my eyes too Donna. Your father looked so sweet with that chipmunk ans you could feel the love in the post. So sorry for your loss.So glad you had a wonderful dad.

escostva said...

you got a beutiful art

and a kind dad i like him

Gail Wickstrom said...

He always got a kick out of me .. mowing the lawn for an icecream sunday! life was good in those days.. Sorry for your loss he was a great guy..
Gail wickstrom hudson ma 4 lee circle neighbor and friend.

My Little Home and Garden said...

I'm sorry to read of your recent loss, Donna. You were fortunate to have had such a loving relationship with your dad.

In sympathy,

Joanne said...

Oh what beautiful pictures of your Dad, I lost my Dad a very long time ago.and miss him terribly. Beautiful tribute to your Dad. The wind chimes were a perfect gift.
Blessings, Joanne

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

J said...

Just by looking at him I can tell what a sweetheart your dad was. I am so sorry he has passed away, but memories of his love for you are something no one can ever take away.