Monday, December 23, 2013

I Made It Through

First off I want to say a huge thank you for all the comments, thoughts and kind words everyone sent this way. I also want to thank the ones who sent me very heartfelt and personal e-mails. I will respond as time allows. You folks mean so much to me and have been a rock when I have had nothing to stand on. I can't thank you enough.

Well, I made it through the wedding. There were a couple of bumps in the road, but in the end it turned out to be a beautiful event. Talk about being out of your comfort zone, friends let me tell you what, I left my comfort zone at home, locked away.

Some say I sighed  really loud when she said, "I Do." I don't remember doing that but they said it was really, really loud. 

Both sides of the family hugged, shook hands and got to know one another. I'm not saying we will be best buds or anything but at least we all smiled and were nice.

After the father daughter dance there was not a dry eye in the room. I don't even know what song was playing. I offered my last little bit of fatherly advise and we talked all the way through it.

Did she make a mistake, well my opinion is just that, my opinion. If she thinks this is what she is suppose do and she thinks this is the path laid out for her life then I have to respect that and support her.

Hannah knows we love her, and she knows we are here for her if and when she needs us. I made her a promise to be the best grand parent I can be. These two things are who we are and they are what we are suppose to do. 

Sunday morning I woke at peace. I thanked the good lord for the opportunity to be apart for her life, and thanked him for the blessing to have this memory with her. I know there will be many more to come.  

 Sometimes life gives us limes, I say, we need to find the folks that life gave tequella and have a party.

Thanks you all again,


  1. Good job daddy! It could be worse, way worse :/
    Dad's always try to lead us girls in the right direction but sometimes we have to live through something to one day say "you were right dad".
    You and Hannah look great in the picture, she looks so beautiful :)
    You will be a great grandpa! You can have fun with them and send them home to their parents and let them worry about everything else. Ha!
    Have a very Merry Christmas!!!
    Now I have to catch up on your last few posts! I can't believe I have missed sooo much!!!

    1. Thanks Kelly, Yes it could be way worse but it also could be way better. I am taking the good with the bad here and I'm okay with it.
      Thanks again.

  2. I knew you would.Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    1. I knew I would too,
      Same to you stevie, tell the wife we said hello.

  3. An absolutely beautiful photograph. Stunning!

    Congratulations and a Merry Christmas to you all.

  4. The first time I married, my dad could be heard sniffling, trying to hold back his tears. The wedding photos showed his red eyes....And mine. How I wish I had trusted his experience and judgement. I knew he was right, but I was too bullheaded to admit I was wrong. But that's MY story. Hopefully your wariness will prove to be just a dad's normal reluctance to give his daughter to another man. Blessings and protection for both of you and yours.

  5. I'm glad the day turned out nice, and everyone behaved themselves. Hopefully you'll be able to look back on this time, and think whew, they made it! Best wishes for you and your family, Merry Christmas!

  6. Jerry, I'm sure you will be a great granddad, but how about thinking of being a great father-in-law. Yea, I know, but at least they both chose to marry and they could have taken an easier route. You know how unfinished a piece of work a young man is at his age. Help him grow into his new role as father and have a man to talk to and gripe with. He may enrich your life. Sticking my nose in as usual. Julia

  7. Prayers....One day you will have a beautiful grand daughter to hold and to love. Being a mom to 5 daughters, I fear this fear. But, having almost lost one, kind of put things back into perspective.....