Tribute To My Father

Tribute to my dad

This is a tribute to my father which is long overdue.

        Thank you for your unconditional love and patience, it has carried me through a lifetime of heartache, change, and growth. Those values and morals you insisted on teaching me, did come back to me as I matured and grew, as you adamantly believed they would.  They helped to make me the woman I am today.

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       Thank you for pulling me in your arms, sheltering me, and making me cry. I hate to cry, it never changes or fixes anything. You always said, they make me human, not weak. I miss the strength of your arms, the steady beat of your heart while I laid my head on your chest and drew comfort from you. The deep rumble in your chest as you comforted me, stroked my hair, and discussed mistakes good and bad, there is no such thing as a mistake if we learn from it. You did not allow me to wallow in self pity, made me face that change comes from within, you  tore down any walls that I built and stood in front of me while I spread my wings.

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     You grabbed hold of me after we buried  a miscarried daughter of 7 months , we named her Margaret. The anger and betrayal that a  loving God you raised me to believe in could take such a beautiful child away, while you once again wrapped me in those strong arms, made me cry, reminded me of your love for me, and lectured me for ever questioning “the Man upstairs”. You taught me forgiveness and  understanding , nothing is black and white. I have never met another man like you, I wish I had said I love you more.

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       Time is a fragile thing, and there is never enough time to say and do all the things that we want to.  While I viewed your broken body, confirming who you were for some nameless stranger, I realized there were no more tomorrows. A chapter in my life closed while I held your cold hand, thick black string holding your precious face together. Even in death you taught me another lesson. You fought to stay alive until the bitter end. And that lifetime of lessons, forgiveness and love, slowly began to form again. forgiveness for the woman whose mistake took your life, strength to help the rest of the family move forward, the courage to hold my head high, be proud of who I am, love my own children with unconditional love.

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     I am learning to let go of my children as they have become adults, believe I have taught them the things that you  taught me, believe some day they will reach for the strength, courage, values, morals that were taught while they were young, believe they will be fine while they spread their wings and make their own families. I was blessed and so fortunate to have you, I have met far too many who have never had someone like you. I can still feel your love for me reaching from the grave.

Kissing Dad

    Thank you Dad for being the Father that you were. I still love you, miss you, and look forward to the day we may hug again. I cherish those memories that you built, they have carried me through some rough times. And I thank you God, for the time you gave me with that dear man, and forgive me for selfish feelings when you took him home. I understand you had more purposes for him than just me.

 Your humble and loving daughter,

Until we meet again in God’s love and grace.

-Lovely Thoughts Admin-

Three little girls with cancer Inspires thousands with their message of Hope

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Please meet Rylie, Rheann and Ainsley who are all fighting childhood cancers
A heartwarming photo of three young girls from Oklahoma who are fighting cancer has inspired thousands of people after it went viral online.

Above is the picture, showing Rylie, 3, Rheann, 6, and Ainsley, 4, was taken to raise awareness of childhood cancer.
It shows the girls, who had never met before the photo shoot, hugging as they unite in their battle to beat the disease.

The owner of Scantling Photography in Bethany rallied the support of two children’s clothing boutiques and Goodger Photography to provide everything she needed for the photo shoot.
She said: ‘I wanted to capture something that would speak a million words in a single portrait. Bringing awareness to childhood cancer holds a special place in my heart.’
The cause is particular poignant for Ms Scantling, whose stepfather Larry is fighting off stage 4 lung cancer. Her close friend also lost her one-year-old to leukemia.

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The photographer has certainly achieved her aim, with the beautifully shot image under the banner ‘Sometimes strength comes in knowing you are not alone’.
Ms Scantling told Mail Online: ‘When we took these photos I knew they would be a big hit because of what they represented but never in a million years would I have imagined all this.
‘I am so deeply honored that so many around the world have wanted to share their story and that it is touching so many lives.’

She added: ‘I can’t tell you how many emails and messages I have received over the last few days just telling me how much the photo meant to them.
‘It’s a dream come true to have my photo be such an inspiration and to be reaching people all around the globe.’
The young girls who posed for the photo had never met before but Ms Scantling said they quickly became good friends.
On the Scantling Photography Facebook page she wrote: ‘I have never met 3 more beautiful little girls in my life – full of spirit and so happy and strong.’

last day of chemo
The youngest of the girls, Rylie, has just beaten kidney cancer; Rheann is still battling the rare form of brain cancer she was diagnosed with; and Ainsley is in remission from leukemia.

Fighting spirit: Rylie has beaten the kidney cancer she was suffering from
All smiles: Rylie smiles in a sweet photo before she found out she had cancer

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Determined: Rheann has undergone months of radiation, countless rounds of chemo and five brain surgeries

Strong: The adorable blonde was only four when she discovered she had cancer

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Will to succeed: Four-year-old Ainsley, who has leukemia, refuses to let her illness stop her

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Playful: Ainsley, pictured before cancer was diagnosed, is in remission for leukemia

Their families love the photos and have been overwhelmed by the reaction to them on social media.
Rylie’s mother, Bridget Hughes, told News 9: ‘When you think of cancer, you typically think of adults of having cancer. I’m glad that people are seeing that there are a lot of kids out there struggling and fighting.’
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