Today marks the 10-year anniversary of my father's passing. I cannot believe it has been 10 years, as I remember the day as if it was yesterday. However, instead of being gloomy that his physical presence is gone, his spirit does remain and he has left quite a legacy - a legacy to celebrate. So, I'd like to share a few reasons to back up this statement.
The beginning... That's my dad on the lower left- he had what I like to refer as a "shit eatin grin" (pardon my language)...even as child! I get that grin from him!
First, there were 2
June 5th, 1954
My Mom is STILL a looker!
Mom and Dad's first Christmas - 1954
Don't let that frying pan fool you - I bet it was all for the camera! Mom was the Chef in the house...except at the grill, which was left for Dad! She is about 5 months pregnant with my brother in this photo.
And then there were 4
I felt it necessary to share this next picture, taken on my 5th birthday. My brother and I (youngest boy, youngest girl) share the same birthday of December 16 - just not same year. And, my oldest brother and older sister also share the same birthday of April 27 - again...same day, but not the same year. And back "in the day", requisite attire for young ladies was to wear matching outfits...even though we were not twins. And the matching "hairdos" followed....luckily I am not sharing those pics! :)
In this picture, I think they are smiling because all four of their children FINALLY left the nest....
This picture is of me and Dad and it was taken about 14 years ago. It's one of the last of the two of us taken together. Boy, was my hair short!
But...from those two people, the family has grown...This was taken at my niece's wedding in July 2014. Four children, Five Grandchildren, and Two Great Grandchildren. .. and...it has grown again.
The most important legacy (in my opinion) he has left is the next generation. The picture below was taken Christmas 2013 - these cuties are my niece's twins - that's Ollie on the left and Evie on the right...OMG so much cuteness! Notice I am holding on to them for dear life...they were tiny - 4 months old!
September 2014 - way too much cuteness in one photo for me!
And this is Gavin - one of my other niece's newest additions - he is now 5 months old and has the sweetest disposition (just like his Great Aunt Patti, as I am sure my family would agree- LOL!)
I miss my Dad - but I will continue to celebrate his life, 'cause it was a life worth celebrating for sure!
Thank you for stopping by today!