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Dear Dad: Pop Pop’s Boat

Dear Dad: Caleb got to go for his first boat ride this weekend. Growing up, riding on Grampa’s boat was an inevitable part of summer. We have read, slept, fished, and watched 4th of July fireworks together on that boat, so I have been looking forward to the day when I could share it with…

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Dear Dad: Early Mornings

Dear Dad: We got to spend a night at the lake this week. When I woke up in the morning, there was fog on the lake and the trees were brilliantly colored. I could almost see you out in a kayak, enjoying the silence and peace of the early mornings. Getting up early with Caleb…

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Dear Dad: Grief Is A Journey

Dear Dad: We are in Bolivia for another 1.5 weeks and today Caleb and I are stuck at home because of the blockades all around the city. Keith had to walk to work; it’s an insane, long, uphill walk, poor guy! The blockades have been making me think about my grief journey, though. While everyone…

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Dear Dad: Valentine’s Day

Dear Dad: I’ve never been a huge celebrater of Valentine’s Day; you and mom did a great job of demystifying such a silly holiday. Today just feels different – somehow this “holiday” is making me miss you more than Thanksgiving or Christmas. Every year, you always found the silliest cards and filled them with affirmations…

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Dear Dad: Letting Go

Dear Dad: We are in New Jersey at Grandma’s house for the first time since you passed away. It’s really weird to bring my son to the house where you grew up. I love watching Caleb interact with Grandma (we call her GiGi now); they are best buds and attached at the hip. I cried…

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Dear Dad: We’re Okay

Dear Dad: It’s been a whole five weeks since we lost you. There have been days of wonderful reminiscing and harder days when we’re weepy. But for the most part, we’re okay. We’ve spent a lot of time up at the lake. Our time is spent watching movies, snuggling Caleb, reading books, taking walks, and…

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Dear Dad: Building Your Well

Dear Dad: It’s been one week since you went home to be with Jesus. I’m so very glad you are finally experiencing health and Mom thinks you might even have a full head of hair again! Mom has been working so hard to make the wake and memorial so very honoring of you. It is…

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Dear Dad: I’m Learning To Be Quiet

Dear Dad: I’ve been thinking this past week of all the things you’ve taught me. You taught me to change a tire, the oil filter, and the battery in my car. I grew up learning how to paint trim, cook yummy food, and cut the lawn appropriately for the occasion. You encouraged my curiosity of…

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