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My Daddy

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything.  That’s because my world has been turned upside down. 

A little over four weeks ago, my dad passed away unexpectedly in his sleep.  Ever since then, nothing has been the same. 

My dad was my rock.  He was my friend.  He was my daddy.  He will always be.  But I miss him terribly.  He was such a huge part of our lives.  I love my dad more than I could ever begin to describe. 

It’s been  4 weeks now,  and I still feel lost and terribly sad.  The sadness is purely selfish.  I’m thrilled for him.  I know where he is.  I know that I’ll see him and be with him again.  I know tme-and-dadhat death is not the end and that I can be with my family for eternity.  However, I’m so sad not to have him physically here anymore.  Someone told me that we never mourn for those that have passed, we mourn for those of us left behind.  It’s so true. 

I wanted to take a little bit of time, and talk about my dad a bit. 

My dad’s world revolved around me and the kids.  His family was his life.  Growing up he always put me first and was always there for me when I needed him.  There are countless examples of this, but I remember on one particular occasion, I was in preschool.  Some kid slammed my pinkie in the hinge part of a door and I was in some serious pain.  I remember getting some ice from the teacher, and then looking up and seeing my dad there.  It seemed like it has only been a couple minutes since it had happened.  My dad was at work at the time, but dropped everything and drove as fast as he could to come get me.   On another occasion, he came to the rescue when I lost my favorite blankie.  I have wonderful memories of going out to Lake Mead with my dad.  No matter how much he wanted to fish, he always made sure to pull the boat up to shore line so I could go collect sea shells and rocks and other fun things.  We spent a lot of time outdoors when I was younger, as my dad loved to fish and hunt and camp.  We stayed close, even as I was a teenager.  My dad was always someone I felt I could talk to and go to with anything.  He wasn’t always happy about what I did, but he was always there for me and always loved me.  After I got married and had children, my dad was a wonderful grandpa.  Trips to grandpa’s house with the boys always started off by visiting the garage and playing with tools and learning something.  He loved to have the boys come over and they would build things and work on all kinds of projects together.  And the girls just melted his heart.  In talking to family and friends, he would constantly be talking about the kids.  He took such joy in all of them.  He was a huge part of our lives. 

My dad was incredibly talented.  As a young child I remember sitting next to him and watching him as he tied flies for fly fishing, or worked on a fishing rod, making it look completely amazing.  He also was an extremely skilled woodturner.  The things he made on that wood lathe were absolutely incredible, including intricate baby rattles for each of the kids.  My dad was also the one anyone called if they wanted a picture frame made, or shelves made, or anything fixed. 

My dad was also a very kind and gentle man.  He was a great example to everyone who knew him. 

I’m so grateful for the time I did have here with him, and I’m so grateful that he is my dad.

You can read the obituary here.

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Aimee

I wanted to take a moment and talk about a wonderful friend of mine, Aimee, who passed away today, surrounded by family and friends, after loosing her battle with Cystic Fibrosis.   

Aimee and one of my daughters

She and I have been friends for about 13 years, after we met in high school.  We’ve had some awesome times together, full of fun and laughter.  But, with Aimee, it was always that way.  She always had a smile.  Aimee was one of the most warm and caring people I’ve ever known.  She was usually more concerned about other people than herself, even when she was sick.  Her heart was so big and full of love to give.  Aimee was also a rebel and highly opinionated.  She wasn’t afraid to tell you what she thought.  But, I think that’s why she had so many people that loved her.  Aimee was an aunt to my children, and a dear, dear friend to me.  She was also a wonderful daughter and sister, and to Aimee, her family was everything.  While it saddens me to think of life without her here, I am comforted and delighted with the knowledge of where she is now, and the amazing memories I will carry with me forever.

 

Mike also wrote about Aimee on his blog.

You can read Aimee’s obituary here.  It appears in the July 23 issue of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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A friend directed me to this wonderful tribute to President Hinckley. It was done by Glenn Beck, a conservative talk show host who is LDS.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPaZ65FDBAA

Very touching!

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President Gordon Bitner Hinckley, Prophet, Seer, and Revelator, and President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away tonight. He was surrounded by loved ones and died of “causes incident to age.” He was 97 years old. He lived a life worthy of the highest glories of God. He has now joined his Heavenly Father, his beloved wife, and the prophets of old.
I joined the Church in June of 1996, when I was 14 years old. I immediately loved President Hinckley. Such a sweet and wonderful man that I have come to adore and admire. Whenever I heard him speak, I could just feel the Spirit so strongly and you could hear in his voice and see in his eyes an amazing outpouring of love for all of us. He genuinely loved all the members of the Church, as well as all mankind. He was inspiring. He was an active and strong leader. I couldn’t believe how much he was constantly doing, even in his 97 years of age. I’m sure his strength was given to him from the Lord. He will probably best be remembered for as the “Temple Prophet.” In a span of just a few short years, he more than doubled the amount of temples to over 120 worldwide. He was also known for his book Way to Be! He outlined some important things we need to “be,” like be clean, be honest, be smart.
He was an amazing man, and left an incredible legacy, and I will miss him.
Here’s the article from the Chruch’s website.

I’d like to post his testimony. It is truly uplifting and inspiring.

“I hope that all of you will remember that on this Sabbath day you heard me bear my witness that this is God’s holy work. The vision given the Prophet Joseph in the grove of Palmyra was not an imaginary thing. It was real. It occurred in the broad light of day. Both the Father and the Son spoke to the boy. He saw Them standing in the air above him. He heard Their voices. He gave heed to Their instruction.
“It was the resurrected Lord who was introduced by His Father, the great God of the universe. For the first time in recorded history, both the Father and the Son appeared together to part the curtains and open this, the last and final dispensation, the dispensation of the fullness of times.
“The Book of Mormon is all that it purports to be—a work recorded by prophets who lived anciently and whose words have come forth “to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations” (Book of Mormon title page).
“The priesthood has been restored under the hands of John the Baptist and Peter, James, and John. All the keys and authority pertaining to eternal life are exercised in this Church.
“Joseph Smith was and is a prophet, the great Prophet of this dispensation. This Church, which carries the name of the Redeemer, is true.
“I leave you my testimony, my witness, and my love for each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”
~President Gordon B. Hinckley

April 1, 2006, Sunday morning session of the 176th Annual World General Conference

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A lot has been happening the last week or so. First of all, to address my last post: that horrible immigration bill was defeated! (At least for now.) Hooray!! I’m so glad. Now we shouldn’t see a revisit of that until 2008, so we’ve got a little bit of time anyway.
Next, on Monday night, our sweet little baby puppy died. He just stopped breathing. Adam tried CPR and mouth to mouth to get him breathing again, but it just wasn’t meant to be. We buried him in the backyard Tuesday morning. We were all upset about it, but I think I took it the hardest. I’m feeling better now, but I really miss him.
Here he is with Adam, just 2 days old.

Ok, what else? Saturday, we started laying the new flooring in our house. I’m so excited about it! It looks great! I am so very grateful to our wonderful friends who came to help us! It took 7 hours on Saturday just to do the one room. I’ll have to find some way to repay them all! Then, Tuesday, my dad and Adam got another room done, which took about 4 hours. So now, I think we are about half way done. Oh, I will be so excited when it’s all done.
So, yesterday was Independence Day. I love this holiday! It’s so wonderful to celebrate our nation and the freedoms we all enjoy. I think we often take for granted what we have been so blessed with. There is no better country on the face of this earth. There is no other country where the people are free in thought, religion, work, school, where they live, everything. It is amazing. I know that the Lord had a hand in establishing this nation, and that the founding fathers were truly inspired by Him. It is remarkable to be here, and I wish more people would realize that.

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Taking Comfort in My Faith


On Friday night, my dad called and told me that my great-uncle Nick had passed away. When you hear that, it kind of hits you like, “Whoa! What did you just say?” But then, it hits you, and sinks in.
This was something we knew would be coming, as he had been pretty sick for a while now. But knowing the death of a loved one was coming, seldom offers any comfort to those faced with that loss. I think it may have hit my dad pretty hard, as a matter of fact, and I tried to offer him what comfort I could.
After I got off the phone, I really began to reflect on this. Why was it that I wasn’t so sad? I knew the answer instantly. It’s because I know where my uncle Nick is. I know that he’s not in pain anymore. I know that we can all see him again. This is such a comforting thought. Death is not the end. It’s only part of the journey; only part of the plan. I take such great comfort in that knowledge! What a peaceful feeling to know that this is all part of Heavenly Father’s plan. People mourn and experience great sadness because they don’t have this knowledge. I’m not saying that I don’t miss people, or mourn the loss of having them here with me, I just don’t dwell on it.
When I was 14, my Grandpa died. It tore me apart! I had no idea, at the time, about what would happen to him. I didn’t really believe that was the “end,” but I didn’t know that I could see him and be with him, as a family, again. Shortly thereafter, I learned about the Plan of Salvation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This gave me such joy and comfort; more than I can really put into words! That summer I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Then, when I was 19, my step-dad died, after a painful battle with cancer. I was very sad to not be able to have him in my life anymore. I was sad because I knew that my mom was totally destroyed. But, I didn’t react the same way I did with my grandpa. I knew where Jim was. When my grandmother died the next year, I was again very sad because she wouldn’t be here with me anymore. Sometimes you just want a hug from grandma. But, I didn’t mourn like with my grandpa. I knew where she was. Then, a couple years ago, my other grandma died. Again, I didn’t cry hysterically, or mourn a lot. I knew where she was. And now, while I am sad that he’s not on this earth anymore, I know where my uncle Nick is.
I know that I can be with all of them again! Oh, what joy this brings me! Families are an eternal institution. They are central to the Lord’s plan. We can all be with our families for eternity! What a wonderful piece of knowledge! Jesus Christ loosed the bands of death for all of us. Because of this we will rise again, in a perfected state, in the resurrection! We will have the opportunity to be together forever with our families. This is truly the most wondrous thing!

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