Saturday, December 19, 2009

My Daddy



 My daddy was born on December 19, 1909.  Yep, you read that right.  Today would have been my daddy's 100th birthday!  He was born in the same town we now live in.  You might be able to tell from the pictures that he had a lazy eye.  His father died when he was young, so he had to quit school at a very young age to help support his mother and brothers and sisters.  During the depression he worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps.  He helped build parks, roads, buildings, and things like that.



My mother moved to NC for work in the mill, eventually my father married her and moved also.  When I was born my dad was already 60 years old.  My mother couldn't have children, so they adopted me.  I was a daddy's girl, I always wanted to do everything with him.  He taught me to drive when I was 10.  He also bought me my first car, a station wagon, when I was 10.  It was pretty funny, because at that time, I really thought station wagons were the coolest.  By the time I was 16 and could legally drive, it wasn't quite as cool, lol!  Since I was an only child, I was spoiled way too much.  They did everything for me and bought me everything they could afford.



 My daddy didn't have a good education, but every night you would find him sitting by his bed reading the Bible.  He had a great faith in the Lord which I am so happy he shared with me.  By the time I was in my late teens, my dad was in and out of the hospital all the time.  He started having to take shots of insulin one of those times.  He was failing, but I didn't really want to admit it.  He died two days before my 20th birthday and was buried on my birthday. I really wish he could have met my husband and my sons.  One day he will, up in Heaven!



Happy Birthday Daddy! 

19 comments:

Mildred said...

These are such sweet pictures Nancy. Your Dad would be so proud of you and your family. I can really tell from seeing your baby photo how much Hunter looks like you.

KathyB. said...

Nancy, what a special man he was and what an impact he had on you just as all fathers should.You were so blessed and I say Happy Birthday to him and you and Praise God you'll meet again.

Cheryl said...

Nancy, I love this post. Sounds like he was a very special man and loving daddy. He may have been 60 when you came into his life, but it was the beginning of wonderful and happy years. I do love your pics and thanks so much for sharing a part of your life with us.

Happy Birthday to him!

Twisted Fencepost said...

What a sweet tribute to your Daddy!
Happy Birthday to him!

Mamas Little Bears said...

Nancy-
what a special post. Your Dad would be so proud of you, I'm sure he is looking down and smiling at you all.

Have a great day.
Blessings-
Rachelle

Wendy said...

Very sweet. Our daddies share a birthday, except mine was born in 1952.

Mommie Daze said...

Oh, Nancy what a sweet post! He sounds like a very special man.

Melessa said...

What a lovely tribute to your Dad! It sounds like he was a wonderful man. And you are right, he will meet your husband and son again someday.

Melessa said...

What a lovely tribute to your Dad! It sounds like he was a wonderful man. And you are right, he will meet your husband and son again someday.

Michele said...

Nancy,
What a beautiful tribute to your dad. Thank you for sharing a little bit of him here on your blog.

Christine said...

What a wonderful post Nancy! I had tears in my eyes reading it. Thanks for sharing. I see Hunter looks like his momma!

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

OH, I can just feel the love for your daddy in your words! I miss my precious daddy so much too my friend. He was 58 when he died.

THanks for sharing this part of your life with us.

Narelle Nettelbeck said...

Your Dad sounds like a really good man, I'm sorry he died when you were still so young. I'm glad you have lovely memories of him :)

Carol said...

Aw, what nice memories you have of your daddy, and photos too. Thank you for sharing them with us. He is very proud of you ya know and watches over you from above. Happy Birthday to your daddy up in heaven, and Merry Christmas to you and yours. Hugs~ Carol

Leslie said...

He sounds like a wonderful man! You were really blessed to have such a great father!

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Nancy

What beautiful memories your have shared with your readers. These memories will last you thoughout your life and be past down to your sons.

Best
Tracy :)

nannykim said...

A wonderful story. It is such a blessing to have had a Dad like that....It is hard when our parents do not get to see our kids! But like you said , it is cool to think of them meeting in heaven.

Tipper said...

Nancy-I loved this post. What a lucky girl you are to have been picked by your parents. Your father sounds like a wonderful person-I'm glad you had him in your life. The way you described him makes me think of pap.

Farm Chick Paula said...

Awwww... that was the sweetest post, Nancy- I'm crying!
Your Daddy looked like a very sweet and wonderful man. (As well as your Mom.) I know you miss them both, but you're right, we will all meet again someday... what a wonderful hope we have.