Saturday, January 10, 2015

Celebrate life

Today my father in law would have been 59 years old. It breaks my heart that he is not here to blow out the candles on a birthday cake this year and celebrate another year of life on this Earth. I miss him so much. Leading up to today, I've been thinking a lot about him and a lot about life.

As we get older we seem to roll our eyes at the number of candles that seem to be accruing on our cake. We wish we were younger, we wish we could go back in time to when we were skinnier, life was simpler or we didn't have gray hair. But this is not the mentality we should have.

We need to celebrate each candle, each year we have on this Earth.

Terry made the most of his time here with us and I look forward to the day when I can hug him again and hear his laugh. Today is going to be a hard day for us because we so badly wish he was here. I know tears will be shed, but I also want to smile. So I'm going to tell Aiden funny stories about his grandpa, hug my husband and family a little tighter and be thankful for the time we had together celebrating life.

11 comments:

Kayla MKOY said...

Such a sweet post Allison! Thinking of you guys today!!

Stephanie F said...

Big hugs! What a great way to remember him on his birthday.

I agree that each day is a gift which we should be thankful for.

Wishing you a peaceful day.

Carrie said...

This made me tear up! Hugs! Such great advice.

Betty said...

What a beautiful and true post! Thank you for the reminder. Thinking of y'all today.

The Lady Okie said...

That picture is so awesome. Good reminder that we are not promised any more days on earth and to soak them up.

According to Jax said...

Xoxoxo! Thinking of you my dear!

Katie said...

Sending you and Drew's family extra big hugs today! Those stories and memories will be so special for Aiden to grow up with :)

Susannah said...

What a beautiful way to remember your father in law!

Brittany said...

This is beautiful and so true. I know it's easy to lose sight of it when you're hurting, but it's so important to remember and cherish the time you had together. I'll be thinking of you, Drew, and the whole family today!

Amy - A Desert Girl said...

Yes, yes, yes. Every year should be cherished! Right around the time my dad died unexpectedly in 2011, I heard a quote that was something along the lines of "Do not regret growing older; it is a privilege denied to many." That really stuck with me.

Thinking of you guys and hoping you are telling Aiden tons of stories about his grandpa.

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Oh sweetie, I'm so sorry for the pain of this day. I love that you are so intentional about telling stories to Aiden about his grandfather. That's something we hope to do someday with our kids too so they will know what kind of man raised their daddy. *hugs*