Happy Birthday Dad

By Kaiyle Latest Reply 2010-08-10 17:46:53 -0500
Started 2010-08-08 15:04:01 -0500

My father would have been 73 years old today. His body was ravished by complications due to diabetes, but it never wavered his relentless will to fight. His body was confined to a hospital bed and wheelchair, but it could not keep his spirit from soaring. Happy Birthday Dad in Heaven; I love you and miss you. (RIP November 12, 2008)

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Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-08-10 16:02:02 -0500 Report

both of my parents passed away 8 years ago. I miss them all the time!

Wish Heaven had a phone so I could hear your voice again. I thought of you today, but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday, and days before that too. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name. All I have are memories and a picture in a frame. Your memory is a keepsake, from which I'll never part.... God has you in his arms, I have you in my heart!

Kaiyle 2010-08-10 17:46:53 -0500 Report

Wow!!! That's beautiful Ms. Jeannie. Thank you for sharing that with me and everyone. I have no doubt that your parents were quite special because you are the evident product of that.

MAYS 2010-08-10 00:11:14 -0500 Report

I can understand your feelings, I lost my father 18 years ago at the age of 58, my brother a year earlier at the age of 37 and the mother of my sons at the age of 43 two years ago.
When their birthdays come around my heart and thoughts are always on them, keep those thoughts and memories fresh in both your heart and mind and he will live on inside of you ! (Wish him a "Happy Birthday" from me.)


Kaiyle 2010-08-10 04:33:14 -0500 Report

Truly you have such a loving, caring, and triumphant spirit that emits a sense of comfort in countless people you encounter. Thank you, Mays, and I did send word of your birthday wishes to my father.

SanCon 2010-08-08 22:23:47 -0500 Report

Kayla I share your grief, my friend. My father also died of complications of diabetes in 2000. He would have been 74 this year on June 17 and I can't help but remeber him every year especially on Father's Day because over the years there have been many times when his birthday fell on Father's Day. I know that your father and my father now share in the joy of heaven together and I pray that one day we will all share in the glorious reunion. Sister, the hardest part for me is my daughter, who is 20 now, because she still cries today when she sees the lemon cookies that my father loved so much in the grocery store, bless her heart. But I can only remind her as I now remind you that our fathers continue to live in our hearts forever and their memory will never be forsaken. God Bless you Kayla and all the others who have lost a loved one so dear to them to this tragic disease.

My prayers all with all of you today and always.

Kaiyle 2010-08-09 02:23:34 -0500 Report

Thank you my Sister for sharing with me about your lovely father. I am overwhelmingly joyful in knowing that my father is in the company of such amazing people. I know there are things at times we wish we couldn't remember, but when it comes to our loved ones passing, I thank God for the gift of memories.

RAYT721 2010-08-08 20:05:21 -0500 Report

That's truly a wonderful post with a lot of inspiration. I think a lot of us can relate to memories of friends, parents, grandparents and others who have touched our lives, our hearts and our souls. The loss of loved ones is never easy but it gets easier in time because of all of the happy memories you have before our Lord decided to add to his army of angels. Your Dad really isn't gone. He's in your heart where he was, is and will always be.

Diane987 2010-08-08 17:52:44 -0500 Report

My Dad died in May of 2005 after more than 10 years on dialysis. It was hard watching him many times not do what was best to take care of his diabetes but do what he wanted to do. The two never seemed to coincide with each other. You can imagine we had a strained relationship with me doing what I can to take care of my diabetes and and having to help take care of him and my mother all while he was seemingly doing what he could to ignore his diabetes. Be grateful for the happy memories you have of your father, mine are few and far between.

Kaiyle 2010-08-08 22:03:48 -0500 Report

Thank you very much Diane. Truly your words reach the very hearts of people and give them hope.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-08-08 17:21:02 -0500 Report

How wonderful to know the peace that our loved ones are now free from the limitations that disease had bound them in. My Dad is also free he was pre-diabetic but other diseases took their toll on his body but not his spirit.

Kaiyle 2010-08-08 22:10:27 -0500 Report

I appreciate you Graylin. You're right, there is a comforting peace in knowing that my father may have been crippled here but on Wednesday, November 12, 2008, he walked into heaven.

GabbyPA 2010-08-08 15:16:55 -0500 Report

My dad it up there with yours. May they both share the freedom from the disease in the comfort of heaven's arms.

Kaiyle 2010-08-08 15:21:04 -0500 Report

God bless you, Ms. Gabby. I know my dad is in good company with yours because you are an extraordinary human being, and it's a blessing to be in your company.

GabbyPA 2010-08-08 15:26:03 -0500 Report

Dads are always special, and my dad was an incredible man. I am honored to be called his daughter and it is good to know that he has good company there. This post is just dear to my heart for some reason...so glad you started it. Thanks Kaiyle

Kaiyle 2010-08-08 15:35:45 -0500 Report

With tears of wonderful memories in my eyes, thank you, the lovely daughter of an incredible father.