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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Wordful Wednesday-Bravery



This week my Katie Rose turned 11, without her daddy. Honestly it was a wonderful day, the smile on her face was wide, the twinkle in her eyes were bright, the burden on her heart was lighter. She was a brave little soul, a strong little soul and I was so proud of her.


Katie struggled the most in the beginning with Duane's cancer. She would have dreams about one of us dieing and leaving her alone, it broke my heart. As Duane's time here on earth came to a close she puddled, again breaking my heart. Her pleading with Daddy to live forever, writing letters to encourage him, covering his chilled body an hour after he had passed away, all actions of a little girl not ready to let him go, none of us were really.


Letting go of a loved one hurts, especially when your 10 and it's your Daddy, but Katie has this incredible love inside of her. A love of Duane, a love of life, a love of her Father in Heaven, and a love for herself. All of these qualities of love has created a strong, brave 11 year old young lady. She has found a smile again, a giggle, a twinkle that I was so afraid would be dimmed. Love is the building block of her strength, she holds close to her heart memories of her Daddy, silly things, like how he used his spoon, how he used his tickle monster voice, how he tucked her in at night.


I'm sure that Katie never imagined that she carried such a powerful emotion inside of her. Her bravery strengthen by love and a special gift from our Father in Heaven will carry her through the lifetime worth of birthdays without her Daddy.
Thanks Seven Clown Circus for hosting Wordful Wednesday's!

13 comments:

Kimber said...

What an amazing little girl you have.

Simply AnonyMom said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I was touched by this post. Your daughter sounds amazing.

Hootin' Anni said...

This just tears me apart...so sad, yet such a brave girl!! It's so hard to have such a sad part of our lives like this.

My Wordful is all about three ships that went sailing across the seas to discover America. And they're all here in our city. [replicas that is]

Come on over for a blog visit, I'd love to have your company today.

blueviolet said...

That was absolutely beautiful. Happy Birthday to Katie Rose!

Brenda said...

That is such a touching picture!

Doublebanker said...

Usually it helps to share...sorry for the loss!


My WondWed post

Life with Kaishon said...

This made me sad for Katie. She is very brave indeed. God has something special in store for her!

theresa said...

Your Wordful post left me wordless. God bless you and your amazing family. The word "amazing" get tossed around casually a lot...but you, my friend, are amazing. Every day I am humbled by your strength and love for God and your family. I'm so glad Katie had a memorable b-day. Sounds like a tradition was started!!!!

Sam_I_am said...

I lost my daddy 2 months ago and I'm 25. I don't know how I would have handled it 15 years ago. She's an amazingly strong little soul.

Lisa said...

That picture is almost too much to bear. It speaks volumes. Heavenly Father must have some pretty awesome things in store for you guys for him to be preparing you in such a tough and dramatic way. Does that just really P@#% you off sometimes? I think it would me. You are awesome. Your kids are awesome. I love ya!

Jennifer P. said...

Love to Katie and you always.

If Katie ever wants to know what it was like to grow up without a Dad and still come out alright, let her know she can write to me any time!

Twisted Serenity said...

Your post really touched my heart. God Bless your hearts! You have a very amazing daugther!

Life with Kaishon said...

I prayed for you today. Your husband was a wonderful man.