Saturday, February 2, 2013

A Very Special Heart~Gratitude Sunday #5

Back in the 80's when I had two young children and a decorating budget of pennies I was trying to spruce up my home.  At the time the 'country' look was popular and inexpensive to create.  I wanted some wooden hearts, you know those 'squishy' kind for my kitchen wall.  My sweet Dad made me a  heart and painted it red!
It wasn't a 'squishy' heart and it was not perfect but I loved it and never said anything different.  My then husband made me my 'squishy' hearts that I painted Red and Yellow (interesting combo) and they hung on my kitchen wall until we moved from that house.  My decorating style has changed over the years if not my budget (it is still pennies).  Those squishy hearts are long gone, but the Red Heart that my Dad made me has remained.
It shows up somewhere in my home each February and reminds me of the love my Dad had for me. 
We lost Dad way too soon! He was such a brilliant man and it was with much sadness we realized that  something was not right.  He was finally diagnosed with Parkinson's With Lewy Body Dementia.  While not Alzheimer's, this disease does rob a person of memories.  Dad recognized us to the end and for that we are grateful.  He was a wonderful Husband, Dad and Grandfather.  A retired Lt. Colonel in the Marine Corp, a fighter pilot and a computer programmer.  He gave his family so much!  I miss him always! 
So Dad from my heart
To yours
I love you and I'm so grateful for you!
 The wonderful memories I have 
and this special red heart!

I'm joining 

The link for Gratitude Sunday is below! 
I hope you will join in and share what you are grateful for this week!

Wishing You Joy,

Linda





39 comments:

oldgreymare said...

What a love filled post Linda. I too had a Dad like that. We were blessed. <3

Terra said...

How grand that you still have and display the red heart your Dad made for you. That is a family love heirloom.

Susan said...

Semper Fi to your Dad ! What a beautiful memory you have of your father.

Diane said...

What a wonderful daddy!! Mine is a U.S. Marine vet too. We owe them a lot! What a nice wooden heart too-- looks perfect to me!

Jane and Chris said...

A wonderful tribute to your Dad.
Jane x

Susan said...

What a cherished memory and tribute to a wonderful Dad, XOXO

Keetha Broyles said...


Such a sweet story, Linda! It is items like this with a "story" that are always the most important to us and cherished by us!

20 North Ora said...

What a special post. Isn't it wonderful to have things that instantly recall special and loving memories? I have those as I walk thru my home and see things that either Mom and Dad bought me or gave me. It is such a bittersweet feeling. You miss them so much.

Judy

Kathe said...

It's so hard for me this year as we lost daddy on the 18th of February last year. I am trying to focus on the good memories just as you do with your dad Linda :-) I'll have my gratitude story to link up first thing in the morning!

Sharing Shadymont said...

So precious! Beautiful memories you have of your dad!

Maureen said...

Thanks for giving my my daily cry. This is a beautiful post and you are so lucky to have that perfect heart as a reminder of how much you loved and were loved!

Susan said...

Very nice post, Linda. I'm sure your Daddy is looking down on you with pride. Susan

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

So special Linda!! Your Dad sounds like a wonderful guy!! It's the little things that make our hearts melt!

Claudia said...

Okay. Now you're making me cry. What a priceless gift from your dad, Linda. He sounds like a wonderful man!

Thanks so much for joining in this week!

xo
Claudia

Nancy Carr said...

Beautiful! I love your red heart and might be tempted to leave it out year round. My father also had Parkinson's. Thank you for sharing.

Diann said...

It is so wonderful for you to have something as simple and beautiful as that heart to remind you of your dad. I bet you smile everytime you walk past it. It really is all about the little things isn't it! Thanks for hosting and I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Pam said...

What a beautiful post! Your red heart if beautiful in more ways than one.

Rebecca said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful story behind the heart.

Kathe said...

Thanks for hosting Linda. I got my post done early so I could join in.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

What a wonderful keepsake, Linda. I have many wood things that my dad made for me, and I'm glad I kept them. He's since been diagnosed with rheumatiod arthritis and can't do the woodworking that he once did.

I love your simple red heart!

Chatty Crone said...

That has to be the best Valentine Heart you ever received. It is sure special. I am sorry I haven't joined you - but I have been so busy. Ricky just arrived at the airport and tomorrow is the Confirmation. Love, sandie

Jill said...

Beautiful Valentine tribute to your Dad, Linda!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love this post Linda. Thank you for sharing your memories of your wonderful father. I would never part with that sweet heart either.

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

Linda, What a sweet post. I know that heart means everything to you. I am sure he was a special man.

joanne said...

Beautiful post Linda, your dad sounds like a real sweetheart. I'm so glad you have his heart in a tangible way to carry with you always. My hubs was recently diagnosed with PD and I was afraid to click on your link but I think I'll go back and find out more. Thanks.

Lady Linda said...

A very tender and sweet post Linda. I love hearts and your's is very special indeed.
My thanks again for starting Gratitude Sunday. It has become a part of my week now.
Love,
Linda

Jemma said...

Linda,
This is such a touching post, a lovely tribute to your Father filled with so much love and gratitude for him. What a fine man. Thank you!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What wonderful memories of your Dad. I sure miss mine, too. I'm glad we have some special mementos to remember them and happy times! Sweet hugs!

Laurie Ritchey said...

Linda, this post brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful tribute to your Dad. Love your Valentine hearts. laurie

Sarah said...

LInda, this is the sweetest post. The heart your dad made is certainly special. I'd cherish it too!

Cozy Little House said...

Didn't know about your link party. Will try and remember next week. You're lucky to have good memories of your dad. And to have a red heart to remember him by.
Brenda

Linda at French Hollow said...

Such a beautiful sentiment. Thank you for sharing and reminding me how special memories are. Sometimes, they are the only thing we have left of a loved one.

Jane said...

That red heart is very special indeed! You wrote a very loving tribute to him.
Jane

Sally Annie Magundy said...

I love this post! Such a lovely and sweet tribute to your daddy.

Happy week to you!

Lulu said...

You don't realize how special some things are going to become until long after the gift is given. My dad made me some cross stitch pieces that are prized possessions.

Shelia said...

Oh, Linda, how sweet. Your daddy sounds like he was a wonderful man. Love the little heart he made for you!
I saw Jennifer Hudson too. she was great! :)
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

✿Carol✿ said...

Linda, I remember you sharing this heart last year. It touched me then and it touched me all over again now. My Dad was my hero, and I can tell that your Dad was your hero too. Such a beautiful post!

Suzan Sweatman said...

What a beautiful post Linda - I never really got to know mine ( I was 5 when he passed away ) but I love the stories I hear about him to this day and I'm now 53!!!
Love your heart - and what it represents.
Hugs,
Suzan

Haworth said...

This is such a lovely post, Linda, and so heartfelt. The heart your dad made for you is so beautiful.