Friday, June 26, 2009

Father's Day 2009

June 21, 2009
Father's Day 2009... A day for Rob! We celebrated him for all that he is........ A WONDER-FUL husband and father. Happy Father's Day Rob... We love you!

I had to post the picture of Ava sleeping on Father's Day morning. She's such a sweet little sleeper. How could you not love waking up to such a perfect site? Ava graced us with her usual good morning cheer and starving belly. So she had her breakfast bottle, several good morning cheezes, a snuggle or two, and she chatted all about her dreams from the night. She makes the sweetest sounding words and stories these days. She is quite the ham in the morning. It is one of her happiest times in the day. You would almost think it is on her agenda each morning to win our hearts over again and again... We remind her daily... She already has.

Since Rob works at the tree nursery and at the farm he doesn't have the usual places like a desk, computer, or work station to show off his favorite people. So the girls and I decided to give him a way to show them off. We gave him a digital photo album that he can keep on his key chain. It is the perfect gift to help Rob celebrate his children and fatherhood. With the smile on his face you can conclude he was happy to have this gift from the girls and I. Now he is never without pictures of the people he holds most dear. We also found him new and fancy pocket knife gizzy. Another perfect gift for "our" outdoor dad. Hugs and Kisses Pa-Pa!

Rob's journey to fatherhood has been a long road as well. He has two beautiful daughters, Elise and Ava, whom he loves with all of his heart. While I generally do not speak for Rob, I think it is safe to say, that the loss of Elise leaves his arms longing for her as well as it does mine. I can not officially speak to the loss of a child from a father's point of view for the obvious reason... I am not a father. However, I do know this day is bitter-sweet for him too. He has done an amazing job handling his own grief and being supportive of me in mine. No two people grieve the same this we have come to know. I believe there is nothing short of amazing watching your husband become a father. Watching the love he has for our daughters warms my heart in a way I can not describe. I know that Rob's heart is big and there will always be a special place reserved for only Elise. Ava is a true blessing to him and our family. The love he feels for Ava and is able to show her will never be taken for granted. He sure loves that little girl.

And with that... I leave you with this photo of Elise, Ava, and Rob having some time together on Father's Day along with a couple poems we hold dear to our hearts.

Silent Foot-prints
We never had the chance to play, to laugh, to rock, to wiggle.
I long to hold you, touch you now, and listen to you giggle.
I'll always be your father. She'll always be your mother.
You will always be our child, the child we never had.
But now you're gone... but yet your here. We sense you everywhere.
You are our sorrow and our joy. There's love in every tear.
Just know our love goes deep and strong. We'll forget you NEVER.
The child we had, but never had, and yet we'll have forever.

The Broken Chain
We little knew that morning, that God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly, In death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you, You did not go alone;
For part of us went with you, The day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories, Your love is still our guide;
And though we cannot see you, You are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken, And nothing seems the same.
But as God call us one by one, The chain will link again

Rob thanks for letting us celebrate you today... You are the best!

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