My father passed away last month and until now, sitting down and writing a blog post was too emotionally difficult for me.
My father was a brilliant man, a man that gave to everyone before he gave to himself and who was 100 percent dedicated to his family and his purpose and passion of saving children’s lives in his field of work.
Some of my most challenging times in my life happened in college as well as in my 20’s. I suppose that is an age that brings up struggles for many but my father always sat me down during those times, when I was not sure I could actually get through them, and showed me how I could take what I felt were my weaknesses and faults, and turn them into opportunities that would help me flourish, prosper, and thrive even more in this life.
He taught me that hard work is essential, kindness takes us further, and passion drives it all.
Never in my life could I have ever imagined how difficult it would be to lose my father. He was my inspiration, a man that understood the parts of me that no one else understood. He was a huge extrovert and I am a for certain a full introvert and he listened and always honored my entire being. My father loved me unconditionally and I feel that is not only rare these days but not easy. I have made some crazy decisions in my life and my Dad was there every step of the way, encouraging me to continue to step outside of my comfort zone and seek out what I was afraid to explore.
My Dad was the first person in my life to tell me that Eric, my now husband, was the person for me. He knew before I knew:)
My Dad was a gem. We went through so much together in this life and my love and admiration for him will continue to expand forever. He raised 4 children and I will do my best as a parent to raise my children with my father’s favorite attitude on Life: “Live a life of excellency”. He believed in waking up, showing up to your family and your life’s work, paying attention, making a difference, lending a hand, and smiling through it all.
I love you Dad and I miss you every second of every day. You were so incredibly stellar!
Lauren, I love and respect you for everything you do. You challenge yourself every day and that is phenomenal!!! Your family is phenomenal. Can’t wait to see our next chapter as a family!!! Will be incredible!
I am your Aunt Charlotte’s cousin. Your words are beautiful, and I am so, so sorry. Sending love, strength, and Blessings now and always.
Sending hugs. Hard to lose a parent, especially a loving father. May his memory be a blessing.