Friday, April 01, 2011

be sure to say it

As we bury my precious father-in-law today, I'm glad that I made sure to say the things that should be, and needed to be said while he was still living. While I can't get through saying them out loud this afternoon, this is what the Pastor will read for me. There is so much more that was said between us that I could write, but he already got to hear them.

Dad - What a gift to have spent the last 23 years as your extra daughter. In your last months, as you and I talked, I’m glad I got to say these things to you, but I need to say them again.

  • You taught me so much about what love really looks like. What a treasured gift that is for me.
  • After my own Daddy passed into heaven, you never tried to take his place in my heart, but you always filled the hole in that place with extra love as a good father should.
  • You taught me to enjoy the simplest things in life and to take joy in them. I’ll miss our Swan Reports and think happily of you each time I see them soaring overhead.
  • Red is still my favorite color, too.
  • We will continue to take care of each other with all the love we have.
  • You made me laugh each time we were together, even up to your last day. I loved your twinkle-in-the-eye grin.

I love you and miss you so much, but know that heaven is your glorious home now. We will see you in a little while. Find us a great spot for a good long talk in the sunshine.

...may there be mercy and comfort in knowing that we said it all...


Karen :) said...


Carrie said...

May he rest in perfect peace until you see each other again.

love to all

Eleanor said...

I'm so happy for you all that you left nothing unsaid. What a gift.

Karen said...

What a sweet tribute