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30 November 2005 @ 12:07 am
A happy and sad day all in one...  
Today would've been my Dad's 78th birthday... :( And though I miss him every day, somehow days like today are generally more difficult for me. In looking for the picture that I posted below, I went through an old family album last night that I haven't looked through in a few years and as I did, I realized something... Instead of being sad that he hasn't been in my life for the past 14 years, I should just be happy that he was in my life for as long as he was. Some people don't have great relationships with their fathers and some don't have fathers at all, but I had a great one, for 21 years... So though today may be a sad day, I've realized I should probably look at the brighter side and just feel extremely blessed that he was in my life at all...


Taken when I was 4 years old


On a much different note, today is another anniversary of sorts... Eight years ago Mark & I brought home a little fuzzy creature from the pet store. We had no idea at the time that she would bring so much joy into our lives or that a little thing could have such a hold on our hearts. Eight years ago, Sydney dog was introduced to us and we were never quite the same again (nor was our house - or carpet) ;)


Almost a week after we brought her home... What a tiny little thing she was!! :)
 
 
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karmastyx: heart by unknownkarmastyx on November 30th, 2005 10:47 am (UTC)
Awww Sheri. I just couldn't imagine not having my dad around. I like your outlook about it, but it doesn't mean it's easier. I'm very glad you and your dad had a wonderful relationship while you could. I just love that picture of the two of you. You look a lot like him in certain features. He should be so proud to have raised a caring loving person like you. By being the person you are, his legacy lives on through you.

I also think that Sydney is blessed to have you and Mark as pet parents. She was and still is a cutie.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2005 02:24 am (UTC)
Laura, your comment made me all teary! Thanks so much for your beautiful words. :) Big *HUGS* to you!
kenna_clairkenna_clair on November 30th, 2005 12:22 pm (UTC)
Gosh you were such a tiny cute little thing. With such long beautiful hair!

I think it's wonderful how you are able to see the bright side of things. You're absolutely correct in thinking of what a wonderful dad you had for 21 years!!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2005 02:25 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment and your sweet words, they definitely meant a lot to me! :D *HUGS*
the36thchamber on November 30th, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC)
Adorable pics Sheri and I feel for you, I kow you miss your Dad. I am trying to convonce myself to remember the good times I had with my Uncle in hopes that I won't just break down but it's tough. Do your best and miss him yes, but remember the good times. Um, why do I feel like I just sounded like Yoda?
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2005 02:33 am (UTC)
I'm sorry Doug! I know it must've been hard for you to comment on this because of your uncle. :( I hope you're doing okay. :(

And your post did remind me of Yoda, to tell you the truth! Thank you, wise Jedi! ;)
the36thchamber on December 2nd, 2005 02:57 am (UTC)
Actually your post was quite helpful to me, it helps to talk to people who know how you feel... thanks :)
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Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2005 02:34 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your sweet comments, Sue! I love the pictures of your furry babies, they always make me smile. :)
_stay_gold on November 30th, 2005 03:54 pm (UTC)
Awwwww.... adorable pictures!!! :) *hugs*
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2005 02:35 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Andrea. Big *HUGS* to you, too!
photodiva02 on November 30th, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I hope that today isn't too rough for you. We can't get over how much Sally has grown since she came here to live.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2005 02:37 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Sue! :) And they do grow up so fast!!
Arjaycrazyarjay on November 30th, 2005 04:41 pm (UTC)
Sydney is adorable in that picture. Of course, she's adorable in every picture I see of her! :)

I hope things aren't too rough for you today. *hugs* I still miss my grandfather, and he passed away when I was 11. Be glad for the time you did get to spend with your dad. :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry about your Grandfather, Robert - you two must've been very close. :( I am thankful for the years that I did get to spend with my Dad, though. :)

Thanks so much for your comment and THANK YOU and Laura for the beautiful photo card I received in the mail today!! :) I loved it - Chewie looked so cute in it!! :D
Arjaycrazyarjay on December 2nd, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)
We were close....and he's still in my heart, as he will always be. :)

I'm glad it got there safely! I haven't had much luck with the post office delivering things lately....they lost TWO birthday cards I sent to Laura this past summer. :P
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Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2005 02:46 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Rachel. :) And I have to agree that dogs bring so much joy into the world, they're the greatest! :)
kathyselden on November 30th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC)
Just know I'm definitely thinking of you today. :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2005 02:46 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, Ashley - you're so sweet!! :) *HUGS*
With a spark: Michi: Paw in handconchispa on November 30th, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
Awww, what a bittersweet day is it for you! (((hugs)))
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2005 02:47 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks so much for your comment and the hugs. *HUGS* back!
ex_angeldove677 on November 30th, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC)
Wow, both pics are GREAT!!!!! Your daddy is wonderful. And, you look so good w/ that long dark hair. I love the dark color on you. You look great on highlight ones too but the dark ones are my favorite. Anyhoo, Sydney is such a cutie!!!!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)
Thanks for your sweet comments, Angela. :) And I can't even imagine that my hair was ever that dark! I look back at old pictures like this one and it doesn't look right for some reason. ;) Thanks so much for your comments.
Care: bear hugs by karmastyxcareleswhisper on November 30th, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC)
*BIGHUGS* to you Sheri!!! I'm sorry. I wish there was more I could do to make you feel better. You have such a great outlook. Like my sister said, your dad's legacy lives on through you!!! *hugs* That picture of you two is so very precious.

Sydney looks so tiny there. :) That picture is too cute! Sydney is such a precious gift!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2005 02:51 am (UTC)
Thanks SO much for your comment, Carrie and for always being such a great friend. Your comment made me teary (in a good way.) :) And we do feel very blessed that Sydney is in our lives. :) Big *HUGS* to you and thank you for all your support. :)
msgrumpybearmsgrumpybear on November 30th, 2005 11:08 pm (UTC)
*hugs you* Both pictures are precious. Sydney was tiny, but adorable! I hope today isn't too rough for you. I know it's hard losing someone who you are that close to.

When I feel sad about my grandparents who I was really close to, I think about all the wonderful times we had. One that amuses me is I remember the time we went to Barcelona, Spain and my grandparents wanted to sit on the balcony overlooking the Med, and the waiter tried to talk them out of it but finally they took us over there, and it overlooked a beach (most people there sunbathe topless) and of course my grandparents were like never mind! My grandfather had a couple of books he wrote, and there is one that family tradition dictates comes out every holiday and special family event (like weddings, birthdays, etc) as our way of remembering him. It's a book he wrote about toasts.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2005 02:57 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your sweet comments, Laura! And THANK YOU and Robert for the adorable Christmas Card we received in the mail today! It's such a great picture of the three of you!! :)

I'm so sorry to hear about your grandparents - but so interesting to hear what an amazing life they led! Memories are ultimately the things that make me feel better when I'm missing a loved one. :) *HUGS* to you!
I'm so cool too bad I'm a loser: (sarah) the dogaudienceawaits on November 30th, 2005 11:27 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry about your dad... I am so incredibly attached to mine, I can completely imagine how you feel even just thinking about him. :(

And Sydney is such an adorable puppy. I love puppy photos! My dog was so precious when she just a baby!
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2005 03:04 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Gill. I love all your photos of Sarah, she's such a cutie! Don't you sometimes miss those puppy days? :)
Sabine: Mickisabine10 on November 30th, 2005 11:48 pm (UTC)
Big *hugs* to you and please be sure that you are in my thoughts.

I definitely understand your feelings and I feel for you. I'm very glad that you are, although it's a hard day for you, able to see the brighter side, too.

And thanks a lot for sharing the photos. They are wonderful. I love them. :)

I send good thoughts and love your way, Sheri.
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2005 03:05 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for your comments, thoughts, and hugs, Sabine! You've always been such a wonderful friend to me! Big *HUGS* to you and please give some to Micki and Garry too. :)
Tonydudepower1982 on December 1st, 2005 02:32 pm (UTC)
Ironically enough, I had a dream last night that my family got a bunch of puppies, and it made me think of Sydney.
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2005 03:06 am (UTC)
Haha! You're so cute, even your dreams are adorable, Tony!! :) *HUGS*
karen: why did you leave us? stewart and carellwakedistracted on December 1st, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC)
Aw, Sheri, those pictures are both so wonderful.

I'm so sorry about your dad. :( I think part of what makes you feel that sad is tied to the wonderful relationship that you had. I have that same kind of relationship with my dad, and I can't imagine what it must be like when you lose that. Loving people that much makes missing them so much harder. :(

*HUGS* ♥
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2005 03:09 am (UTC)
Karen, your comment was so beautiful that it made me teary... Thanks so much for your sweet, thoughtful words and your *HUGS*. Big *HUGS* to you too!
Blancheblanche on December 1st, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
sorry you're missing your dad, Sheri. Great pics. You are so cute, and Syd, too!
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2005 03:09 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for your sweet comment! Sydney was such a little puff ball back then! :)