Friday, December 23, 2011

A final honor...

...I'm finally getting some photos off of my camera...here's a picture that was featured in the Tri-City Herald of my dad's procession. I have no idea who contacted them...but I do remember seeing them standing along side the road. The procession was amazing...it had traffic stopped for miles...and there were people standing here and there outside places of business along the entire route from the Hanford Patrol Training Academy (PTA) to the Cemetery. We were told that there we at least 117 cars in the procession. Inside the van where we were, my mom, sisters and I...there were moments of laughter and moments of tears...as we recalled certain memories during our childhood...listened to my dad's favorite songs and most of all just wished we weren't doing what we were doing...the procession was truly one of the most amazing things I have ever witnessed...I always knew my dad was a VERY SPECIAL person and it was evident many people also thought so...
...so many things have changed in the last few weeks...I still wake up just like I have the last 20 months wishing all of this was a dream...unfortunately it's not...I know that my dad is no longer in pain...or suffering...but the pain we are all feeling and the emptiness that is in our hearts hurts more than we want to admit...I know with time it will get better and we will all hurt less and less but right now it seems as if our world is going to stop because he is gone... :'(

4 comments:

Natalie said...

beautiful photo...
and I know that pain, the hole in the chest pain of loosing a parent is beyond horrible (and I'm sorry you are going through this) but it really does get better...slowly but surely it gets better. and I believe your dad is still around you guys to comfort you and give you strength to get through this. love you Renee'

we need a trip to CA in Jan ;)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

That is a great front page caption/article/photo! I know that this month/season/time must be hard for you--I'm so sorry you are going through this. I wish I had more to say--but I know that God is good and that we will meet again in Heaven because of Jesus!!!

Many hugs to you!!!! Praying for peace and comfort:) Merry CHRISTmas!!! Happy birthday, Jesus!!!!!!!! Love ya;)

Margee' said...

The Patrol did a great job honoring him. We all will miss him the rest of our lives.

Emily Pitts said...

My heart goes out to you. Your dad must have been an amazing guy. Hugs to you.