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10 things I learned from my dad…

One of the goals I set at the beginning of 2018 was to blog all of my photography sessions.  Well…here we are…3/29/2018 and I have yet to blog ANY of my sessions.  But that’s why they’re called yearly goals…right?  Because I still have this whole year to get those worked into my workflow!  In the meantime…I’ve decided to start my 2018 blog posts off with a personal one.

Today would have been my dad’s 70th birthday.  Nothing can ever prepare you for a loss like his.  And even now, over two years and three months later, it’s still incredibly difficult to believe that he’s gone.  A few months after dad had died, I found a note that he wrote me when I was in high school.  And while some of the letter pertains to what I had going on at the time….I found that he had several nuggets of helpful advice that I fall back on even today, and I wanted to share them with you!  

  1. Anticipate what needs to be done and do it, without being asked. See a loaded dishwasher full of clean dishes…empty it. See this bolt…what tool am I going to need to tighten it? Get that tool ready.

  2. Have good morals.

  3. Always treat people how you would like to be treated.

  4. Work hard at any job you have…the payoff will always come, sometimes later than sooner.

  5. Always keep your head up and go for whatever your goal is.

  6. Always keep God in your life. He is always someone you can trust no matter what.

  7. Life may not always seem fair or right, but there is always a reason for it and good comes out of everything.

  8. Be proud of your accomplishments.

  9. Never be afraid to say I Love You to the people you care about. Those 3 words mean a lot.

  10. Do good in school…

Not a day goes by that I don’t think about my dad.  I would give anything to have one more day with him, and I look forward to the day that I see him again.  But until that day…I’ll keep living my life the way he and our Mom taught us to…and do what I can to teach my children these same things!  Happy Heavenly Birthday, Pops!

  1. M J Waggoner says:

    Wow–heartfelt and true. Never got a letter but definitely got the same message…and it’s been almost 14 years and this still brought a tear to my eye–hugs to you!

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