Thursday, August 27, 2009

It's been a long, hot & sad summer

My 85 year old dad passed away July 21st and as much as we miss him, I know he's in a better place, he's not suffering from bone cancer any more and my mother can get on with her life now. My dad was a member of the 300th combat engineers in WWII and celebrated his 20th birthday right after the Allied troops landed in Normandy France. He built every house we lived in, retired from Brown & Root at the age of 55 & was a rancher in Giddings, Texas until he died. All 3 of us kids went to college, married and are now professionals, my mother stayed on the farm and will continue to run it as long as she can. I'm proud of my family, they instilled in us old fashioned values, the importance of attending church and being a Christian, a work ethic and responsibility, for example, our animals got fed & cared for before we did and family is always more important than money. He had a wonderful send off, the entire town and most of the preachers attended, food was everywhere and so many flowers & plants we couldn't find Mom in her house after we had all the flowers brought home.