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Monday was such a quiet day. 
The kids played and read, we had no obligations and I lay on the sofa and wrote a weeks worth of blog posts. 
I was so pleased with myself. 
That night I finally booked the flight to visit my high school friends for a girls weekend in Dallas, and I picked out the flights to fly home to see my Dad.
A few hours later, my Dad died.
I thought I had it all planned out, figured out, I thought I had it all done.
and then he died.
I am going to see him one last time today, though he won’t see me. 
I know he is with me.
But I wonder how long I will double over with the panic feeling that I
missed my chance to say goodbye.
It happens the way it is supposed to happen.
I will hold off posting all of those blog posts for a week.
The last time I saw my Dad, he asked me to teach him what
“Pinterest” was. I told him it was where you could keep track of all of your favorite things.
For the next few days, I will do posts about some of my Dad’s favorite things. 
I know I should know better, but I am 100% positive now, 
that I thought my Dad would live forever.

24 thoughts on “Goodbye

  1. Awww… I’m so sorry for you loss Lesli. Thinking of you and hoping your fond memories will give you peace and comfort. I can’t wait to hear about your father’s favorite things.

  2. Oh I’m so sorry. Praying for you and your family during this hard time. What a wonderful idea to post about your father’s favorites. Remembering your fond memories of him will help get you through. Your planning ahead made me think of the verses in James 4:13-15. Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

  3. I truly am sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this time. I am looking forward to learning more about who your father was through your tribute posts.

  4. Lesli I am so sorry for you loss!!! No words will ever lessen the pain of a loss but please know that we are here for you. I pray you find strength and peace one day soon. I too just had a loss and it becomes sort of a mission to organize the heart in a way as it feels broken and lost. God bless you your father rests in the arms of his Maker now!!

  5. Oh gosh, I am so sorry for your loss. I know it’s tough but try not to focus on the not getting to say goodbye part and concentrate on all the good times you did get to spend together. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  6. oh man, there are no words. I lost my dad back in ’96, but just reading your words it all comes back like it was yesterday. My prayers are with you and your family.. so so sorry… Peace be with you <3

  7. Aw, Lesli…this broke my heart.

    I am so very sorry. Life’s timing is ironic. They must’ve really needed him for something important upstairs <3

  8. I am so so sorry, Lesli. I miss my mother and father very much. Think of them this time of year, as they had September birthdays a week apart, with their wedding anniversary right in the middle of that week.

  9. I am at a loss for words but I want you to know that even though you don’t know me you and your family are in my heart and thoughts at this time. I can’t imagine losing my dad and I really do think my parent’s will live forever….. in my heart I know they will as will your dad.

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