10 years ago today you left because it was your time. Of course we weren’t ready for you to go, but God needed you more.
Since then many things have changed and I’ve grown up. But some things haven’t changed, and those are the things you taught me.
Learn: Never let age, lack of money, stress at work, demands at home, or the obstacles of life prevent you from learning. It is NEVER too late to follow your dreams and educate yourself to get that degree. You were 49 when you graduated with your first Bachelor’s and planted the seed in me that I too need to continually learn. Good news dad – I’ve got 3 Bachelor’s, 1 Master’s, 1 teaching endorsement, and working on another. Got to keep the flame of learning alive!
Read: The only way to get smarter is to read. You preferred business and leadership books and I’m slowly starting to see the value in those same books. But the most important book that you ever read was the Bible. It provides numerous stories that cover an array of topics that no self-help book ever could. I prefer to use my Bible app these days, but it’s still the same Word.
Dream: Never let lack of money or status keep you from dreaming. It’s the best way to set goals for yourself and work towards them. It’s also the best way to
waste spend precious family time. Tours of model homes every Saturday for fun? Sure. Dream big and you did. And we got there too! Now I get to dream with Ryan.
Create: Take the time to think outside of the box. Refurbished, refinished, salvaged, made from scrap, built by hand. Creative and artistic. I only aspire to be half as inventive as you.
Sing: Sing every day and for every reason because music provides the words when there are none. You taught me to love music in every sense of the word. You gave me my voice and are with me every time I sing.
Love: Let the walls down and love. Love with reckless abandon.
So you see, life has definitely changed, but not the important things.
The ten year mark doesn’t make it any less painful without you. Luckily I have
mom, Zach, and now Ryan when I just need to cry or laugh about a certain memory. I love and miss you.
Always your little girl,