Sunday, February 22, 2009

This is a hard post

On September 23rd, my precious Daddy was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I did not post about any of this on my blog simply because I didn't want to just tell all the world or talk about it a lot on the internet. In October, he had surgery to have it removed. Daddy had radiation and chemotherapy. He fought and fought. He was sooo strong through all of it. It was a very aggressive tumor. After so much fighting, he went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 19th.

I will miss him soo very much. I love him more than I can explain. I will miss calling him at work every day. Daddy was a friendly, sweet, genuine man; a man of integrity and left a legacy that I promise I will live by for the rest of my life. He made a difference in my life more than I can say. His smile melted our hearts. His friendliness and kindness was contagious. He made everyone feel special.

He was the best Daddy ever. Kelly and I will never ever forget the memories we have with him.


Daddy was a precious man.



I loved walking down the aisle with him on my wedding day.




Daddy, we will always love you. I will never forget what you taught me. I LOVE YOU.





30 comments:

Laurie said...

Meredith-
This is so sweet. You know I LOVED your Daddy! Everything you said is sooo true!

Watkins Wackiness said...

Meredith - I know it was difficult, but your post was precious and I know your dad would be proud! I do not know you or your dad, but I will certainly be praying for you and your family! I pray that you find comfort in knowing what a great legacy he has left!

Mary Avery said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your precious Daddy. I'll be thinking of you as you try and get through the next few weeks. I know you'll be holding all of your memories close.

Amanda (McNeely) Vestal said...

Meredith,
I hearts hurts for you. I can't imagine the feelings that you are going through right now, but please know that I am here. For anything.

Amanda

Mike, Kacy & Wells said...

Meredith-

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. You & your family are in my prayers. Thank you for sharing in this difficult time. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you!

petrii said...

Meredith,
I am so sorry for your loss sweet one. I will be praying for you. Thank you for the opportunity you gave me to pray for your sweet daddy. I will be praying for your comfort and peace as you walk the journey of grief my friend. PLEASE email me if you need anything or have a specific prayer request.

I love you girl,
Dawn

Laura said...

I came to your blog from Kelly's Korner. I am so sorry to hear about your father's passisng. He sounded like an amazing dad. You were a lucky girl!

Bethany said...

I'm praying for you and your family, for God's peace and comfort to be upon all of you. If there is anything I can do...please call

Elizabeth said...

I found your blog a while back from Kelly's Korner too. I will be praying for your family through this difficult time. How precious that your parents were recently able to celebrate their 40th anniversary. I am glad you have so many wonderful memories to keep with you.

Kelly said...

Meredith:
I have been thinking of your family so much. I wish I could have come to the funeral. I'm sorry about your dad. I know he was wonderful.

Tony and Amy Talbert said...

What a truly wonderful man your dad was and I feel honored to have known him. I am here for you and God is with you. A song came to mind this morning in thinking about our chat last night and it's called "In Better Hands" by Natalie Grant. I can get you a copy of it if you don't have the cd. The words are amazing. Another song again by Natalie Grant that came to mind this afternoon was "Held". You are loved and we are continuing to lift you all up in our thoughts and prayers.
Amy Talbert

Kelly said...

Hello. You don't know me, this is my first visit to your blog, via Kelly & Laurie.
I am so sorry for your lost. Your Dad sounds like an AMAZING man. Your post brought tears to my eyes. I empathise with you. I lost my Father in Dec. '06. He was a lot like your Dad. I miss him each day more and more. I am still learning my place in the world without my Daddy.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jill said...

Bless your precious heart. I know you are going through such a difficult time right now. Please know that I am praying for you and lifting you and your family to the Lord. Hugs, my sweet friend.

His Doorkeeper said...

Meredith,

Just so sorry to hear about your precious Daddy!
Nothing will ever take the place of your wonderful Daddy but you have been blessed with a great legacy of love from him. You and Kelly are the loving daughters that you are because your Dad showed great love to you two. What a great blessing for you to remember always.

You have my sympathy and prayers. May God give you comfort that only He can.

Hillary said...

Meredith...I'm so sorry to hear about your dad! I have been and will continue to pray for your family. What a wonderful legacy he leaves behind!

Betsy said...

Meredith,
I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I know you will miss him so much. He seems like such a sweet man and I know he filled your life with so much joy and happiness as you were growing up and still today. I am praying that you will feel God's arms wrapped a little more tightly around you as you walk through the next weeks and months. Sending lots of love and hugs to you...

Guy and Julie said...

Meredith- I am so so sorry for your loss. I have been praying for you and will continue to do so. My heart is broken for you and your family.

Kim said...

Meredith,
I came to your blog by way of Laurie's blog. I've been good friends with Laurie for years. I'll be praying for you and your family. I'm so sorry this has happened.

Faith said...

Meredith, I have no idea how hard this is on you. I can tell that your dad was such a special man and I know that you loved him dearly.

I am praying for you!!

Jenna said...

I am praying for you and your family. I am so very sorry for your loss. I'll be praying that God will comfort you all during this difficult time.

Wes and Leah said...

Meredith, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Please know our thoughts are with you and we are lifting you and your family up in our prayers. Please do not hesitate to call if you need anything at all or if there is anything we can do for you.

Stephanie said...

I am so sorry Meredith! I know this is a very difficult time but know the Lord will walk with you every step of the way through your bad days and good. I am praying for your family everyday. Let me know if there is anything I can do. Your post really touched my heart.

Anonymous said...

Hi Meredith,

I came across your blog from reading some of the other wonderful blogs. I am so sorry bout the loss of your Dad. He sounds like a wonderful man. You seem like a wonderful daughter, sister and wife which is attributed to your Dad's wonderful example.

Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

::Preppy Principal:: said...

I just happened to stumble upon your blog and I just want you to know that I am praying for you and your family...I am so sorry to hear of you losing your father...he seemed to be a great man- clearly he left a beautiful legacy!

The B's said...

I found your blog through Laurie by way of Kelly. I cannot begin to imagine the pain and emptiness in losing your father. I cry just thinking about it. Please know I am praying for you. In HIS love - Lacey

Lynn said...

Meredith,
I've enjoyed reading your blog (that I found through Laurie and Kelly) but never commented until now. I feel in my heart that God guided me to your blog tonight. I'm so sorry for your loss. My dear, sweet daddy died from a brain tumor as well, 13 years ago, this coming April 21st. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing a part of you at this most difficult of time in your life. God be with you!!

Megan said...

Meredith I'm so sorry...

I will be praying for you and your family.

Cheryl said...

Meredith, I am praying for you and your family!

Leigh Ann said...

Oh sweet Meredith. I'm so sorry I'm just now finding out your Daddy went home. I have been out of blogging for a bit and I had no idea. This was such a sweet tribute to him, and I have always been able to tell how much you love your parents just from reading your blog. I'll be praying for all of you. Sending you hugs.

sheshe said...

Meredith-
I am so sorry for your loss...when my precious daddy passed away last year, my husband sent an email to our friends that we had "lost" our daddy to cancer...one of my precious friends wrote back to say that I hadn't lost him, I knew exactly where he was...with Jesus!
When she said that, I felt and have felt such peace. He had battled bone cancer and died with such dignity. He is and was such an inspiration as I know your daddy was and is. I just had a dream about him last night...he was playing bridge with my mother in law...and when I asked him if he liked it he said no, but she does....that was my daddy. Have peace that you know exactly where he is..