Friday, January 20, 2012

So Deeply Thankful

The past two weeks have been surreal. My sweet dad, who means the world to me, had a massive heart attack. I have struggled with whether or not to mention it on the blog, but it has been one of those weeks that has become pivotal. Everything that happens is now defined by "before the heart attack" and "after". 

My dad is alive and recovering and words cannot express how thankful I am that he is still with us. I try to be constantly aware of how precious each moment is with our loved ones, but struggle, as we all do, in the midst of  the daily chaos and stress that we all face, to cherish each moment. Life is so very short and every day that we have been given, is a true gift. 

My dad doesn't read my blog, but if he did, I would tell him how much I adore him, how thankful I am to be his daughter and I pray for many many more years with him. I would tell him that he is the reason I chose a kind, loving man to marry and the reason I wanted children -- so that I could strive each and every day to be the kind of parent he has always been to me. 

To all of my dear friends that may read this, your prayers and support have meant everything to me. And to everyone please take today and every day forward to cherish your loved ones.

God bless you,


Melissa said...

My prayers are with you and your family. I hope his recovery continues to go well and that you have many, many more years to come.

My Interior Life said...

Hooper, what a beautiful message. We should all take time to cherish those dear to us. You obviously love your father very much, and I'm sure this was just a reminder of how much. He's in my prayers for a continued successful recovery. Thanks for sharing this important reminder with us. Take care.

Hope Sloan said...

Hooper, I had no idea about your dad. I am so sorry for what your family has been going through. I will definitely keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you too for the reminder that life is so precious. We all need to be reminded each days. Lots of love to you, your mom and especially your dad. Hope

Dee at The Carlton said...

I follow your blog & send prayers to you all for strength at this difficult time.

As you say, we must all remember to let our nearest & dearest know how much we appreciate them.

Prayers for your dad's safe recovery


bluehydrangea said...

Are you trying to make us cry?? Too sweet!! I bet your dad will read this post! Or maybe your mom can read it to him!! So glad he is doing better!! XOSissy

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with you and your dad. Spend as much time with him as you can and tell him how much you love him and how grateful you are for him. And hugs are mandatory!

Karen Thompson said...

Hooper -- Oh, my gosh! I am so sorry to hear this about your cute Dad -- I will definitely pray for him and your family. You are an amazing person, a wonderful neighbor, and a very good cook! I've been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of your kitchen -- now it is my turn to return the favor. I will call y'all -- much love to you, Karen

Dorothy Crowder said...

Been thinking about all of yall! So glad he is on the mend. Keeping everyone in our hearts and prayers. Your Dad is one of the sweetest people I know! Lovin' the blog!

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