Happy Heavenly Birthday, Dad

Today my dad would have turned 60! The big 6-0! While he is not here on this earth with us anymore, my family and I knew that we still needed to celebrate such a big birthday. We couldn’t decide exactly what to do since it fell in the middle of the work week, and obviously we weren’t going to have an actual birthday party.

My dad loved going to a local Mexican restaurant. He always ordered that same thing every time we went there. It got to the point where one of the waiters knew what he wanted before he ordered. We thought about going to this restaurant, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized it might be kind of hard. With it being such an emotional day, I didn’t think being in public was the best thing.

So, we decided that we are going to order take out from that same restaurant and celebrate at my house. We are going to eat from the same restaurant that he would have chosen to eat at if he was still here today. He ate there on his birthday for several years in a row. We always told them when it was his birthday so that they would make him wear a hat and sing to him. And smear whipped cream all over his face.

We will be able to remember him in the comfort of my home. And of course, we will toast to him with his favorite shot of Jager.

It was such a big loss when he passed away, as you could imagine. So even though he passed away a little over a year ago, it is still extremely hard. This month is hard on the family anyway, with it being the month that my sister passed away. It is also hard since my dad will not be here for the annual Halloween party that he had so much fun with every year. With all of this going on, I think that getting the family together and celebrating his life will be good for all of us.

So here I am, screaming happy birthday to the greatest dad ever! He has shown me what family is supposed to be, and always made everyone he met feel like family too. He went out of his way to make sure that us kids were happy, and he built a relationship with us that I will never forget. And for that, I am so thankful.

Enjoy some lovely pictures that I am sure I have already shared a million times, but will continue to share for the rest of my life.

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