David's Reformed Church Congregation

David's Reformed Church Congregation
Congregation of David's Reformed Church, Montgomery Co, Ohio, Circa, 1900

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Note from Daddy


Today's Treasure Chest Thursday post is a very personal one and I sincerely debated about whether or not I wanted to share it. If you have view my previous "treasures" you will see that my treasures are mostly photographs or trinkets; memories of my loved ones. Today's post is no exception. The card pictured is a thank you note from my daddy. When he was turning 60 years old, we talked about throwing a surprise party for him. A few people thought it would be better to wait until his retirement at 65, but we decided we wanted to go ahead and do it for his birthday. I am so thankful we did, because 3 years later, we lost him to pancreatic cancer and he never got to have the retirement he so richly deserved. Surprisingly enough, we actually were able to surprise him and we all had a wonderful time. Thankfully, we have it all on video so my children, who were 3, newborn, and unborn at the time, can see how many people loved their grandpa and what a special man he was. A few days after the party, my husband and I received this card in the mail from my dad. I always recognized his handwriting, so I knew right away it was from him. It was highly unsual for dad to send us anything because mom was the person in the family that did all the "card sending", but dad wanted us to know how much the party had meant to him. Everytime I read his note, I feel the tears filling my eyes and I thank God that we decided not to wait for his party. It was a night that Daddy loved and that we will never forget!

15 comments:

  1. So touching! Thank you so much for sharing your very personal remembrance.

    ~Regina

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  2. Thank you, Regina. I was going through my files trying to decide what I wanted to post today and his card just stood out to me today.

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  3. I know just how glad you are that you didn't put off the party because pretty much the same thing happened to us. Decided at last minute to have a surprise 73rd for Daddy, thought about waiting to do it better but went ahead with it. Abt. 70 people came, Daddy had a great time and he died before his 74th.

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  4. I'm so glad you decided to post this. I'm a great procrastinator and this is a good reminder not to put off showing appreciation or even a chance to spend time with family. Your dad certainly had a lovely smile.

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  5. What a lovely remembrance! A treasure, indeed!

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  6. Thank you for sharing -- I have similar feelings this week about my dad who attended my wedding in Oct. (we were going to put it off until it was more affordable, doable, etc. then decided to go ahead) & who is now doing less well in his battle w/cancer.

    We should never hesitate to celebrate w/the people we love, whether in big occasions or in small gestures & everyday "I love yous" ... :)

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  7. I am so glad you followed your heart and decided to share this note from your dad. It is obvious how precious this is to you - I have a letter, written by my Dad and sent to me almost 30 years ago. Thank you for sharing - Cindy

    P.S. I think your blog is terrific!

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  8. That really is a true treasure! Thanks for sharing it with us, Lori. :)

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  9. What a great post... had tears in my eyes too. You can sure feel the love going both ways in that card. Thanks for sharing it.

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  10. Thank you Karen! My brothers and I were indeed blessed with wonderful parents who showed us unconditional love mixed with just the right amount of discipline! :)

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  11. Thank you Cindy! I can't tell you how much your kind comments meant to me!

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  13. I love your blog and have awarded you the Happy 101 Award. You can pick up your award at Heritage Happens http://heritagehappens.blogspot.com/2010/01/happy-101-award-from-becky-at-grace-and.html

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