September 23, 2017

My hero….my dad

fatherI can go on and on about my dad. I could write a novel about his character, compassion, loyalty, selflessness and love. I don’t have any pictures of him holding me as a baby or walking hand in hand with him as a toddler. But what I do have is memories and no one can take those away.

dad2I remember being his Christmas gift one year (I was actually gift wrapped). I remember him making tons of my Halloween costumes by hand every year.  I remember him never missing any of my swim meets or hearing him on the poolside cheering me on. I remember him scolding me when I went against his rules, but then his comforting nature after to talk about things. My dad gives the most amazing and wise advice, not that I always listened, but I love how he gave me the room to learn by mistakes and love me through them. I remember him never leaving my hospital bed side, all 4 times. He did things no father should have to do for his adult daughter. While being bed bound after each accident, he showered me, washed my hair, dyed my hair, shaved my legs, did therapy with me three times a day with tears streaming down my eyes but pushing through because he was there. I remember getting on my walker for the first time 9 months after my first accident (age 19) and taking 3 unassisted steps into his arms. I remember him being my Valentine many times. He has held my hand through tough times, comforted me before multiple surgeries, cared for my daughter when I was physically unable to, being my strength when I had none left, letting me cry when I needed to and telling me to suck it up when he knew I could. He loves me unconditionally, even in my darkest times, he found my silver lining.

father2My dad has not only spoken words of love to me, he has shown them over and over again. I love him with all of me and he truly is my best friend and my hero. The only thing I will probably regret is that he will never walk his baby girl down the aisle or dance with me at my wedding…but he already has taken the first dance of the best thing that ever happened to me…he was my daughters first love and first dance!

best dad

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On the outside I am full of tats and it's hard to find me NOT smiling.... But on the inside, it's ALL titanium, from 3 severe car accidents that should have taken my life (1993, 2000 & 2008)! I am a living & breathing testimony of God's great mercy here on Earth!! And I'm ready to show this world that NO ONE on this Earth can hold me back from living out what God has in store for me!!!