Happy Birthday Daddy-O

Annelise and I took my dad out for a birthday breakfast at IHOP the other morning. He turned 67 on Tuesday! I have so enjoyed seeing him in the role of Pappo to Annelise. She adores him, and vice versa, so there's is the ideal relationship.

I puttered around the other day looking for pictures for this post. Every time I open up the photo box I am underwhelmed at the quality and quantity of pictures from my childhood. Of course, I am thankful to have some, but I wish they were better. If you looked through the box, you would think we only took severe candids of Christmas, my birthdays, a few other family events and some puppies. It's rather pitiful. Obviously, photography wasn't their thing.

I digress. We celebrated my dad's birthday. And I took a nice picture. There.

Here is a little collage I had fun fiddling with :

Here are a few tidbits about my dad:

He grew up with 6 brothers and 1 sister, he was the second to the youngest.

He married my mom June 30, 1961. They were married 22 years.

He became a widower at 42.

He is a true Mr. Fix-It. He can build or repair just about anything.

He has always enjoyed restoring old cars. He rebuilt a 1936 Ford and a 1957 Thunderbird.

Because he was a teenager of the 50s, I grew up listening to a lot of be-bop and what is now known as classic country. Hank. Johnny. George. He has no comprehension of rock and roll after, say, 1965. I think the Beatles caused some disillusionment for him.

He kept cows and horses on our back property when I was a child.

He bought my mom a goat one year for a surprise. Isn't he romantic?

I was an only child and of course, a girl, so I had to cross gender lines occasionally.

I helped him shingle the roof of our garage (that he built). He tied a rope to my waist in case I slipped.

I knew my tools.

He nicknamed me HotRod because I blew out a piston when I was helping him work on our car. In my defense, he told me to give it some gas.

He walks at least 3 miles just about every day. I keep encouraging him to walk a Half Marathon and he always says maybe.

He has always had a thing for motorcycles.

He was married to my stepmother Ruby, for 21 years. He became a widower again at 65.

It is even a shade sadder to see him in his retirement years, after a life of hard work, alone.

He stays busy though and even has developed new interests.

Take the pies. He bakes pecan and oatmeal pies like no one's business. His new thing is to make individual pecan pies. Cute. And tasty too.

One of his oatmeal pies

My dad has always been a constant presence in my life. In a movie or TV show when I hear a dad ask his daughter how her car is running or if she is current on her inspection, I just tear up because I know that is how tough guy dads show their love for their daughters, you know?

I love my Daddy. Yes, I am a grown up, but he is still my Daddy.

Happy Birthday Daddy!


  1. Sweet post and pictures. How blessed you are. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss my dad.

  2. at least he cares about your safety... rope to the waist, that's all it took back then...ha

    and he is no where near alone! he has you!

    he seems like an amazing and happy man who has lived a good and full life with so much more ahead of him.

    Happy Birthday!

  3. Ok, the wedding picture of your mom and dad totally looks like the one of you and your dh you posted a while back. SO CUTE! How sad that he has been a widower twice! What a sweetheart. I'm glad you are there for him. What a lovely post!!!

  4. I have tears in my eyes now. He sounds like a wonderful man. Happy birthday!

  5. Wow, what a special relationship you guys have. He sounds wonderful.

  6. LOVE the photo of Daddy and A! Blow that one up, sister!
    He is a precious Daddy, just like mine, and he is blessed to have YOU, Holly!

  7. I love your Dad, too, Holly. He is such a sweet man. Happy Birthday to Daddy-O!

    I loved the photos, especially the wedding picture.

  8. happy birthday to holly's daddy! he is a great man!

  9. This is so sweet, Holly! What a comfort you and your sweet daughter must be to him. Great post!

  10. Holly,
    What a sweet post! By the way...you look just like your Mom!
    I don't think I have seen a picture of your mom and dad together...how sweet!

  11. That was so sweet. He looks so kind in that first picture. He must be a real trooper too to be a widower twice.

  12. I stumbled across your blog and just had to leave a comment...

    Your Dad looks like such a sweet man, yet fragile...and it was so sweet of you to write this post about him. Looks as if you two have a wonderful, loving relationship.

  13. Great Post~ What a lucky girl you are- what a lucky guy he is!! Happy Birthday Holly's dad :)

  14. Happy Birthday to your Daddy-O. I hope he had a great day and it looks like his 2 favorite girls made it happen. I hope I get to meet him someday!

  15. Great collage, Holly! My dad is the one who does the "parent" type things for me (as opposed to my mother) like bringing food after my surgery, keeping my kids when they're sick so I can go to work, etc.

    I will do a must-do disney post for you soon. Have you ever been? The breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table is a MUST. It begins booking exactly 180 days out at 8 am and sells out within minutes. If you are planning on a December trip, find out exactly 180 days before and call in a reservation! It is $39.99 person but worth it. We did 4 character meals and that was the best one! There is also a Sleeping Beauty tea at the Grand Floridian that I have heard is THE BEST. Some of Luci's classmates have done it but I found it priced way out of my range - $215 for mother/daughter tea. I'm just not willing to spend that much for tea and scones, I don't care if Sleeping Beauty is serving it or not! I have been to Disney World 4 times - twice with kids - and the character meals are a must.

  16. How sweet, Holly. I loved reading things I don't know about your dad.

  17. He sounds like a great man, Holly! I think it's wonderful that you took some time to think about the memories and special times. Hot Rod, huh? Hee hee.

  18. Such a sweet post....your dad is so sweet! I loved your pics, too! Your Mom is beautiful....just like you. I know she is so proud of you.

    Love ya!

  19. what a great post about your dad! and what a cute picture of him with a!

  20. Wow! You are lucky to have such a sweet dad- what a treasure!

  21. A girl needs her dad, and that's the truth. I loved reading all those factoids; you're a lucky daughter :)

  22. This is a beautiful post...what a way to honor your Dad.

    :( I get sad thinking about my parents alone as they get older, too. Funny how the roles reverse at a certain point and we worry about them.

    Anyways, a belated happy birthday to a wonderful man!

  23. Aww, how sweet! I really enjoyed reading about your Dad.

    My Father-in-law is writing his life story and we've been enjoying reading it.

    My Dad has been talking about writing his for years. That would be really neat!

  24. Two years late, but I just read this and teared up.


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