Friday, April 6, 2007

A Sudden Loss

Most of you who read this blog already know that last Wednesday I suddenly and unexpectedly lost my dad. All the sadness and troubles I've experienced previously in my life cannot compare to this. He was so young and healthy. He had so much energy and life. I am still in shock. The waves of intense sadness and grief still wash over me. I love him so much and miss him so much. He has left a huge, gaping hole in our family, as well as our church and his office.


I am so thankful that I moved back to Chattanooga in August of 2004. My main reason for moving was to be near my family, but I never dreamed something like this would happen. I am so thankful that I got to spend so much time with my dad, and that he was able to spend time with us. Here are some wonderful pictures of my dad with Connor when Connor was just a year old, at the Hamilton County Fair. As you can tell from the pictures, my dad thoroughly enjoyed showing all the animals to Connor.







4 comments:

adamandruth said...

It really is great that you guys moved back and had that time!!!! I know that you will be forever thankful!

Donna said...

Those are priceless pictures of Connor and his Granddad! What a blessing that he was so happy during the last years of his life here on earth!

Kathy said...

What precious pictures of Connor and your Dad. You will be able to share stories of how wonderful your Dad was with your kids. Show them lots of pictures and tell stories that go with the pictures. This will be a great way for you to remember him and to share with Conner and Noelle what a special Granddad they had. Our family is praying for you and your family.

Tammy said...

Laura, I am so sad for you and your family. Your email brought tears to my eyes. Your love for your dad is so evident in your writing. I read the articles that you sent as well. What a great man he was, not just within the family but within the community and even the world at large, with his mission work. We should all aspire to be like him. Thank you for sharing this experience and your thoughts with us. I miss you up here in Connecticut, but I am glad you are where you needed to be. My prayers are with you.