Friday, February 3, 2012

Celebrating In Heaven~

Last September on a Thursday morning my dad called me. We talked about the flood that had covered his place up on the lake. He was about to take a camping trip and he could not wait to leave. He had his menu planned for he and one of his fishing buddies. He loved to cook and he was good at it. He had his groceries bought and his bags were packed. He was so excited about his camping trip.

 He told me the Farmer's Almanac had predicted a bad winter for us. He was wrong about it being a bad winter. But maybe God knew I would need a springtime in the middle of winter this year.  

We talked of gardening~ he loved to garden and was good at it. He did not like winter and was dreading the cold. But he liked to paint and he was good at that too. He would paint pictures during the winter and give them away. I love to cook and paint.

 We had the best talk. I just listened as he talked and talked not much like him at all. He had so much to say that day~ so I listened. I am so glad we had that talk~ for it was the last time I talked to my dad.  I am so glad I just listened~ which is not normal! ha! 

He went out in his yard Monday night~ no one knows why? It was there he passed out of this life and into Glory. He was not a religious man but he had accepted Christ as his Saviour. He never made it to his camping trip~ but took the trip of a lifetime. I so wished I could have said goodbye~ but really I am horrible at goodbyes~ not really sure I could have done it. I guess looking back ~ God knew best. 

He loved to garden~ and would be browsing his favorite seed catalogs by now. I am just sure there have to be big beautiful gardens in Heaven ~and I am sure he has found one to tend. 

My grandmother always said, "You know your parents better dead than alive." Why is that?  It's as if the book has been written and the last chapter has been closed and now you see them more clearly and understand. Maybe it is finally when we realize just how hard life was for them and we give them grace. Never do you understand until the day comes when they are gone~ you can't pick up the phone and call them. You can't hug them and tell them you love them. You just do not realize how very much they mean to you and how much you have always needed them.

I knew today would bring a fresh flow of tears but I am so thankful my dad is in Heaven today celebrating his birthday with his Maker. One day I will see him again~

Happy Birthday Dad~

James 4:14  (KJV)

 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. 
For what is your life? It is even a vapour, 
that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.


Marmee's Pantry said...

I'm going through so much of the same feelings & emotions w/you, dearest. My mom passed on Sept. 17th. My daddy passed suddenly in June '99. I wish everyday that I could hug & kiss them, talk to them, ask them about something or at least call them. you well know... we WILL see them again &, oh, what a reunion that will be!

Love & blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

Patty said...

Thoughts toward you for God's blessing and peace and precious memories of your father.

Sweet Magnolias Farm said...

I'm sure your heart is overflowing with tears of sadness and joy ... What a normal thing to feel considering. I'm so glad you had such a beautiful relationship with your Dad and so glad God gave you that last chat on the phone.. what a Beautiful memory to cherish.

May your day be ever so blessed by the Grace and Joy of our Lord Jesus ..

Blessings .Sara

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Enjoy your sweet memories of your Dad Carrie. What a wonderful last memory you have :)

Have a great weekend Friend!


A Bit of Our World said...

No words just hugs.
Robin from the Roost

April said...

Cherish the memories. Write them down to share with your children and grandchildren. I'll say a prayer for you today.

Susan@FruitfulWords said...

Sorry for your pain. Happy for your memories and hope of meeting up again with your dad. Just prayed you'd have peace and calm in your heart and thoughts.

Quiltingranny said...

This is the most amazing testimony of God knowing exactly what you needed. I believe that sometimes we know we are passing and we make those calls, write those letters and I am so happy you have wonderful memories of this last call!

Debbie S. said...

Carrie, you have no idea how this post applies to my life right now. My dad has been hospitalized since Sept. 19th. He spent 3 months there and is now at home on hospice. I have prayed that God would impress upon my heart, when to be there and when to be at home, as we live 6 hours away (with Houston in the middle) and it's a long, hard trip. I feel such mixed emotions about going and not going. I hate seeing my dad, who has always been strong and a hero to me, laying there in the bed, totally unable to take care of himself and having to have every need attended to. Yet, when I am there, we have such sweet moments together.
I feel horrible for some of the thoughts that come over me sometimes - such as, wishing God would release him from this horrible situation. Yet, I know how permanent that is and though we will meet again in Heaven, I will no longer have him here on earth.
Anyway, thank you for sharing such a sweet story about your dad.




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