Remember the Days

We celebrated Father’s day with my husband, Steve, this past weekend.

After a fun day at Gabe’s Challenger Little League Jamboree, my son, Zane, and his wife, Kelsey, came over to our house for dinner. We enjoyed hanging out on the back deck while Steve tended to the grill.

Gabe’s friend Danielle was able to join us too. She’s home from college and about to head off to Korea to teach English.

Father's Day Dinner 2012

There is nothing like the sound of your children’s laughter as they remember stories of their youth.

I come from a family of great story tellers. Each person’s version is unique and it makes for a fun time.

As the weekend wound to a close, I spent the evening combing through old pictures on my computer.

I was reminded how quickly time passes. I realized this was Steve’s twenty-sixth father’s day.

Really? Where has the time gone?

It wasn’t that long ago that Zane painted a big rock in his elementary school class to give to Steve as a Father’s day gift.

It seemed like he became a man in the blink of an eye.

Now Zane is about to become a father himself.

Some days I get frightened that the days are going by too quickly. If not for my journal where I record the memories, I’d forget all that God has done in these days.

But this I know.

The One who made time, has counted every moment as precious.

He has ordained every day before one of them came to be.

He sees me and all my concerns about missing that moment in time and He says, Gigi, focus your eyes on me and I will help you through the times and seasons I’ve ordained for you.

I don’t want to forget.

So I write it down.

I hope you write it down too.

God Bless your sweet memories.

Gigi

Daddy’s Girl

Sunday June 19 2011 9:25 pm | Comments (2) Tags: , , , ,

Today is Father’s Day. I really miss my dad.

I wish I had a photo of me and my dad to post here.

It is rather ironic. He was a professional photographer and was usually behind the camera and not the subject of it’s lens. So we have very few photos.

My dad had seven daughters and three sons.

And each of his daughters felt like they were Daddy’s girl.

I know I was his favorite (but don’t tell any of my siblings).

He not only remembered our birth names, but he gave each of us special nicknames too!

I had three different nicknames: “Poodles”, “A in Arithmetic” and “Little Red Fire Engine”.

Each one had their own special meaning between me and my dad. Precious!

Although I miss dad, now I get to celebrate Father’s Day with my husband and two sons and my daughter-in-law.

I captured the memory on film today when we took Steve to South Lake Union for an early breakfast.

Breakfast at Portage Bay Cafe Father's Day 2011

After breakfast Steve and Gabe joined our friend Joe Sladich and his son Will in the Diamond Club (SCORE!) at the Mariner Game. Thanks Joe!

We also attended the Mariner game Friday night so I bowed out of today’s game in lieu of some time to edit Gabe’s book and to organize my emails. After sifting through so many emails I was wishing I’d joined them at the game!

Since we ate close to downtown, I took the bus home and sent the boys on their way to the stadium.

I had Gabe’s Canine Companion dog Ruth with me because he wanted to give her a break from another Mariner game too. Poor thing.

Our bus driver drove way too fast and slammed on his breaks at each stop.

So Ruth never had a chance to relax.

I didn’t relax all that much either.

The guy behind me was having a fantastic conversation with himself. It wasn’t a one sided phone call. It was the same guy passing info back and forth to himself. Scary!

Let’s just say it was truly an interesting adventure.

I hope your day was enjoyable and that you spent it talking with someone you love….and not talking to yourself.

God Bless Your Heart,

Gigi