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30 November 2004 @ 10:38 pm
Remembering my Dad and the day we brought the fuzzy dog home...  
Today my Dad would have been 77 years old. It's hard sometimes to believe that he's been gone for over a decade and still - days like today haven't gotten any easier to deal with. :( This weekend Mark & I are planning to go to Punchbowl to visit him. In a way, I feel awful because I don't go to see him as often as I should. During the first year after he passed away, my Mom and I used to go to visit him every weekend, but now we only go on special occasions. :( It's definitely not that I don't think about him or miss him everyday, but I guess to me - he's not there at Punchbowl, he's with me everyday in the wonderful memories I have of him and in my heart... I'd definitely love to visit him more, but the times that I feel the closest to him are when I'm at home looking through old photo albums and remembering good times. :) In any case, today would have been his 77th birthday...

In much more upbeat news, today also has a separate, happier meaning in our family. :) Exactly seven years ago today we brought our fuzzy dog home from the pet store for the very first time. :) Those of you who have been reading my journal for a while will know that the reason I was even at the pet store in the first place, was because I was depressed during my Dad's birthday one year and Mark thought seeing puppies would cheer me up. Well, it did. :)

A little too much, apparently. :) From the moment we saw Sydney in the store, we knew that she had to come home with us. :) And I don't think either of us realized what a life-changing moment it was at the time or that the little fuzzy creature that we were taking home would so completely win over our hearts. :)

While I was looking through a few of my photos for one that I could use in this entry, I ran across one of my favorite Sydney puppy photos. :) It was taken a few weeks after we brought her home, but I think it really shows that even at a very young age, her personality was already starting to emerge. :)

"Can we go home now? I'm SOOOOO bored!"

*HUGS* to you all, I'm off to work on Kevin's site a bit more. Hope you all have a nice evening! :)
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Care: hugscareleswhisper on December 1st, 2004 12:59 am (UTC)
Oh Sheri. :( *BIGHUGS*
Sadly you're right. Those days don't get easier. :(

Today (12/1) would have been my grandpa's 85th birthday.

Sydney looks so cute in that picture. :D
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on December 1st, 2004 01:10 am (UTC)
Big *HUGS* to you too, Carrie! :( I didn't realize your grandfather's birthday was so close to my Dad's! Days like these are always hard when you miss someone. :( Big *HUGS* to you. :(

The funny thing about the Sydney photo was that she actually heaved a HUGE sigh right before it was taken. :)
Kananigirlkananigirl on December 1st, 2004 01:23 am (UTC)
You're right looking at pictures you do feel closer to someone who's passed away. I've done that a lot too. (((hugs)))

The pic of you and Sydney is sooooo cute!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2004 08:12 am (UTC)
Thanks, Rayna. :) And I remember when that Sydney photo was taken, she really did want to go home and was showing her displeasure! ;)
chandra on December 1st, 2004 01:36 am (UTC)
*HUGZ* One day with two special meanings in your heart forever.
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2004 08:13 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Chandra. :) *HUGS* to you too.
karmastyx: Brock made by careleswhisperkarmastyx on December 1st, 2004 01:44 am (UTC)
It's nice that you can have nice memories of your dad. :) You are right about him always being with you, and not at his resting place. :) Hugs to you!

That photo of you and Sydney is totally cute. Sydney looks like she just wants to nap. ;)
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2004 08:15 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Laura. I'm sorry the lat couple of days have been sad ones for the both of us. :( *HUGS* to you too! :(

And the Sydney photo was funny because she heaved a HUGE sigh before it was taken. She's definitely not one to hide the way she feels. ;)
Mrs Beanshuman_beans on December 1st, 2004 04:45 am (UTC)
I remember now that your dad and Fred's dad shared an anniversary of sorts. *HUG*

I love that picture! Sydney is sOOO tiny! And yeah, the expression on her face is priceless :)
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2004 08:19 am (UTC)
Awwww, big *HUGS* to you and Fred too! :( It's been a hard couple of days for a few people on my friends' list remembering loved ones. :(

Before getting Sydney, I never knew that dogs culd have such a strong personality (Sydney's my first dog) I was so shocked that they were so human-like in their emotions. :)
(no subject) - human_beans on December 2nd, 2004 08:43 am (UTC) (Expand)
curlybear on December 1st, 2004 05:36 am (UTC)
*hugs* yeah, anniversaries are fun. :/ Adorable picture of Sydney. Awwwwwwww. :)
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2004 08:19 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Laura. :)
Expresso Maniac: Leilani & Me (5/28/04)expressomaniac on December 1st, 2004 05:43 am (UTC)

aww Sydney is so small!!

hey I got some news to tell you but I'm going to bed now - can you email me at my yahoo address and I'll reply back tomorrow? hehehe
Sheri: Sydney Christmasshutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2004 08:21 am (UTC)
She was really SO tiny! :) I can't believe that I could ever carry her in one hand! :O

And drat! I wasn't really around yesterday at all (fell asleep really early last night) and didn't get to email you! :( I'll do it right now, though. :)
(no subject) - expressomaniac on December 3rd, 2004 03:05 am (UTC) (Expand)
kenna_clairkenna_clair on December 1st, 2004 05:59 am (UTC)
I think it's great that you're able to balance a sad day (father) with a happy day (Sydney)! I can't believe how tiny Sydney was.

I wouldn't feel too guilty for not visiting your dad more often. I'm sure he would understand and would want you to live your life. And I think you're right in thinking that he's with you everyday - he is - and that's way more important I think that visiting him weekly at Puncbowl.
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2004 08:29 am (UTC)
Sydney was so tiny back then! In fact, I could carry her on one arm for weeks after we brought her home. :)

Thank you so much for your nice thoughts about my Dad. :) *HUGS*
ex_tropical548 on December 1st, 2004 07:15 am (UTC)
I'm sorry Sherri. My grandma passed away 3 years ago and around the holiday's its hard, she used to make good dinners and loved her Christmas money.. lol. And I know how you are feeling. My dad's dad died and my mom's mom died and her dad I felt like I never gotten a chance to know them good enough and its hard. So I know how you feel.

Very cute picture of you and the dog, she's precious. :)
Sheri: Sydney Christmasshutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2004 08:32 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother. :( I think the holidays are a hard time for everyone who misses loved ones. :(

Thanks for your nice comments about the photo. :)
BOOM! goes the dynamite!: from thestormmslauren2930 on December 1st, 2004 07:40 am (UTC)
*HUGS* and that is just the cutest picture of Sydney I think I've seen you post. :)
Sheri: Sydney Christmasshutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2004 08:33 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks Lauren! My favorite photos are ones that really show her personality! :)
With a spark: Michi: close-upconchispa on December 1st, 2004 07:53 am (UTC)
Awwwww! (((HUGS)))
Sheri: Sydney Christmasshutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2004 08:33 am (UTC)
Thanks so much. :)
irisheyes77 on December 1st, 2004 07:58 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry, Sheri. This has got to be a very difficult day for you. *hugs*

Don't feel bad about not visiting your Dad - I was feeling the same guilt about not going the cemetery often enough (especially since it's only five miles away) but it's because I know that he's not really there - it's just his shell that's buried there. His spirit, like your Dad's spirit, is with us every day.
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2004 08:36 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Amanda. I think that you especially would know and understand. :( I wish that Punchbowl was only 5 miles away from my house - unfortunately it's clear across town for us. Though I know that's no excuse for me. :P I'm going this weekend though - and I do have to say that visiting him at Punchbowl is always so calming somehow...

Thanks so much for your comment. :) *HUGS*
Shannonbourriquet76 on December 1st, 2004 08:47 am (UTC)
Big hugs, I'm so sorry about your dad.

And I love the Sydney picture. What a cutie pie.
Sheri: Sydney Christmasshutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2004 08:39 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Shannon. It'll be nice to visit him on Saturday - it's been a while since I've been there.

And thanks for you nice comments about the Sydney picture. :) She's a real ham - even at that very young age. ;)
ajayne on December 1st, 2004 10:04 am (UTC)

You are so right in that your dad is with you every day.

That is an adorable picture of Sydney!
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2004 08:40 am (UTC)
Thanks for your sweet comment, Andrea. :) *HUGS* to you too!
Sabine: Maulwurlsabine10 on December 1st, 2004 02:00 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, Sheri. *Hugs* Please, don't feel bad about not visiting your Dad. To me, it's much more important that he is in your heart and your thoughts. Every time you told something about your Dad showed that you loved and miss him. And, you know, I'm glad that thinking of your Dad gives you good memories. :)

I love that photo of you and Sydney. Sydney looks so cute and happy. I'm glad that you found her and that she found you. :)

Please take care, Sheri. Big *hugs* to you
Sheri: Sydney Christmasshutterbug93 on December 2nd, 2004 08:43 am (UTC)
Awww, Sabine - thanks so much for your sweet words, they definitely made me feel a lot better. :) Big *HUGS* to you! :)

I'm so glad that she found us, too! In fact, if we'd left one second earlier from the pet store that day, we wouldn't have seen her. It was fate, I tell ya! :)

Please take care too, Sabine! And please give Micki a *HUG* for me too. :)