Tomorrow marks a special day in our family - my dad's 63rd birthday! As I sit here reflecting on this milestone, I am overwhelmed with a mix of emotions. You see, my dad is currently on hospice care. Despite the challenges he faces, he remains the strongest man I know, fighting with every ounce of his being to stay with us. Every day spent together is a precious gift, and I am immensely thankful for the time we have. Time is an invaluable gift, reminding us to slow down, cherish precious moments, and make lasting memories. None of us knows when our time will come, so let us embrace each day with love, gratitude, and beautiful memories.
I feel a mixture of happiness, thankfulness, and a profound emotional weight. The journey we've been on since learning about my dad's cancer resurfacing has been challenging. There are moments when anger wells up inside me, witnessing the pain and suffering my dad endures due to a missed diagnosis. It's heart-wrenching to see the person who has always been there for me now facing immense hardship, with little I can do to alleviate his pain. Despite the overwhelming challenges, I am reminded of the immense gratitude I hold for the time I still have with my dad. Every conversation, every smile, and every moment shared are priceless treasures. I pray that the good Lord continues to give us more time. A lot more time.
I smile as I think about all of our happy moments together. Him and my mom always have my back and keeps me encouraged to be myself. I sometimes laugh about the things we talk about over coffee! One such moment occurred while driving down interstate I10, surrounded by towering billboards. It was during this drive that my dad made a lighthearted comment, planting a seed of ambition within me. Little did I know that his words would become a goal I would work towards with unwavering determination. He told me that I would be on one of those big billboards down I10 interstate one day. He's always lit a spark in me that keeps me going. And you betcha, I'll get there dad! I will always stay true to myself and my gift. If it's all meant to be, it will happen and I know that it will happen in God's timing. That's one thing my parents have always taught me.
I hope you have the best birthday dad. A day full of laughter, smiles, no pain and all of your family right beside you. Happy birthday to my amazing dad who continues to fight and inspire us every day. May he feel the love and appreciation from his family and friends, and may we all cherish the time we have with our loved ones. I love you daddy.
Love, Your baby girl