Life Anew...

Here in Minnesota, spring has arrived...warm temperatures...life anew.


 We spent much of today in the garden...one really does feel close to God there...




We cleared the gardens to prepare for the new season...
planting and setting out new plants...


 

 Life renews itself each spring...


Last week, my sweet father passed away from myeloma...and began a new life with God.  He was there to teach me to walk, to ride a bike, to meet the boys I dated, walk me down the aisle, and hold my children and my grandchildren.  I have a hole in my world right now, but feel so incredibly blessed to have had this funny, loving, generous man of God as my daddy for nearly 60 years.  I know he is still with me...


As we gathered last week to celebrate his life, it was so good to see so many old friends and our family come together.  All of our lives were made better,  knowing this man...


Life anew, indeed...


Until next time...


45 comments

  1. OMG Linda I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure he will protect you and your family and he 's with you but in a different way. I am so sorry hun, you are lucky you had a good father in your life, I can not say the same for myself. Take care sweetie and keep in touch
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  2. I'm so sorry for the loss of your dear Dad, Linda. I'm glad that you had such a wonderful relationship with him. And you are so right, he's with you now and always will be. I hope you are ok, sending you big hugs.

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  3. Linda, I am so sad for your father's passing. I know you will see him again . I want to send you a hug. The pictures of your dad are really good. I like the one of him and his dog. May God comfort you. xoxo,Susie

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  4. Linda- I am so sorry that you lost your Dad. I know he is in a better place but it doesn't make it easier for you, does it? My Dad has been gone 40 years and I STILL miss him. It is a blessing to have a good Dad. Sending you love and hugs. I know you will smile through your tears as you think back on your time with him. xo Diana

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  5. Oh Linda, I was so surprised to read this news. I am so terribly sorry. I am sure you are feeling very

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  6. Oh gosh, that was not supposed to send yet. I am heavy hearted for your loss. I know that he is with you, always with you. I lost my dear Daddy 11 years ago. I miss him every single day. I feel him with me though. I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers. I am so sorry.
    Love, Kris

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  7. I am so sorry Linda....sending you my love. He looked like a warm and very kind dad, and I can see he ment a lot to you.Loved the old picture of him and the dog, just charming :)

    Hugs and all the best
    from Vibeke

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  8. Linda,
    I am so sorry to hear about the death of your dear father. I will be sure to keep you and your family in my prayers.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  9. Linda i am so sorry to hear of your great loss. It sounds like your garden will be a lovely place to sit and remember all the good times you had with him. Take care and may he rest in peace
    Amy

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  10. Linda, I am sad to hear about the loss of your precious father. What wonderful photographs of the two of you together. Take care and I know your daddy is watching down and taking care of you. Sending you blessings.
    Nancy

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  11. I am so sorry for your loss, Linda. He sounds like he was a wonderful man.

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  12. So very sorry for your loss Linda. You are in my thoughts and prayers. So glad you were able to have some time in your gardens...

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  13. This post was a lovely tribute to your father, Linda. My heart goes out to you and I hope the sun shines on your gardens to help ease the pain of your recent loss. Take care.

    xo, Vickie

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  14. What a sweet Daddy! So sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

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  15. I was just about to comment and tell you that the words on your garden sign always remind me of my father who was a very keen gardener, when I continued to read, and read your very sad news. I am so sorry for your loss. The reason those words mean so much to me is that this is the little quote that my Mum wrote on the card for my Dad's wreath. I feel your pain at this sad time, and even now, tears are flowing for my own loss 22 years ago.

    Sending a comforting hug

    Judi in the UK

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  16. Oh Linda, I am so very sorry. Losing a parent is impossibly hard and I'm sending you hugs and prayers as you go through this transition.

    xo
    Claudia

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  17. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad's passing Linda. You were so blessed to have such a special man in your life for so many years. Know that he's looking down on you and your family from heaven. Beautiful post!!

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  18. You have been in my thoughts and prayers the last several days, Linda. Such a beautiful post. Loved seeing the photos of your dad and I hope they bring comfort to you.
    xoxo

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  19. This lovely post is a wonderful tribute to your father. How very fortunate for you both, to have had each other for so long. May the many, precious memories sustain until you meet again.

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  20. So sorry for your loss, Linda. What a wonderful father he must have been. I love the photos. A very loving tribute.
    hugs

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  21. Sounds like you have some pretty wonderful memories of a pretty wonderful man...you and your family will be in my prayers.

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  22. Oh Linda I am so sorry to hear your Dad has moved on to Heaven, I know your loss and pain.
    This time in our life is so hard to deal with and that hole in your heart won't shrink for a while.
    After 10 years I can just now talk about my Mom and not cry

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  23. What a beautiful post celebrating the man who was your father. It does indeed leave a hole, but I'm happy to see you are filling that hole with loving memories of your dad. I am sorry for the loss of your father. Ann

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  24. Oh, Linda, I am so sorry to hear that your beloved dad passed away. My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow. {{hugs}}

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  25. Linda I am so sorry for the loss of your father. So thankful you can have peace knowing he is with The Lord and that you will see him again one day! You shared beautiful thoughts on spring, God does use the renewing of the land each season to teach us about His renewal. Prayers for comfort for you and your family.

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  26. Linda, I am so so sorry. My heart is aching for you and your family. It is always too soon to lose our parents. Hugs and prayers to you!

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  27. Linda, a beautiful tribute to your Dad. I hope that the memories will soon fill that hole in your heart...

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  28. Oh, Linda I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It's so hard to lose a parent, but the memories with help you through.
    Hugs, Barb

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  29. I am sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. What a wonderful post. There is nothing like knowing we will one day be reunited to those we have lost. What great HOPE that is...Thank you, Lord!

    Blessings...
    ~Sherri

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  30. This is a wonderful memorial to your father, Linda. What a blessing to have a Dad like him.

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  31. Beautiful, your garden and your dad. Though you will miss him while you are still here, it is good to know you will meet again. May our God of all comforts reveal his presence in many ways during this time of sadness.

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  32. Dear Linda,
    What a blessing having had such a wonderful father, and so good you have all the beautiful memories from a long life with him. I know you miss him my dear.
    Sending warm hugs .
    Dorthe

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  33. Dear Linda
    I am truly sorry for the loss of your precious father. You will be in my prayers as you let your heal. Such a beautiful post my sweet friend. Love to you Kate xoxo

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  34. Linda, this just brought
    tears to my eyes -- both
    so sweet and so sad. You
    were lucky, indeed, and
    I am certain he was so
    proud of you and loved
    you dearly! Continue to
    be gentle with yourself,
    knowing that so many
    are keeping you in there
    prayers....

    xo Suzanne

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  35. I am so very sorry for your loss. This is a beautiful post and tribute to your father. Sending hugs and hope for comfort in your beautiful memories. Laura

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  36. I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your father. He sounds like a wonderful person.
    His love is with you always.
    Blessings,
    Patti

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  37. Linda, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. How wonderful that you did get to spend time with him at Easter. He sounds like a wonderful man and you will always have those special memories. Heaven has a new angel. Sending you lots of hugs and prayers. xxoo Dianne

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  38. I was so sorry to hear about your loving Father. Sounds like he was a wonderful gift to have in your life. I am happy Spring is in your neck of the woods now. You will keep busy in your gardens. XO

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  39. May his memory be for a blessing....
    Kari

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  40. Linda-
    Im just reading this for the first time--
    Prayers for you and your family-- as each day passes, I pray that he remains a constant for you. Sweet memories to get you through.
    The grace of the LORD Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
    Pat

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  41. Linda, just found this too! What a wonderful dad you have, prayers for you and your family!

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  42. So very sorry to hear about your Dad! He sounds like he was a wonderful man. Prayers to you and your family. Mimi

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  43. I am so sad for you, Linda. I cried reading this. But, oh, the mixture of sadness and joy as a Christian. You don't grieve without hope. It's so hard to say goodbye to a Daddy.

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  44. Feeling your sadness knowing how losing a parent can leave a hole. Sending hugs.

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  45. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Dad. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

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