July 9, 1926 – October 10, 2012

I’ve been meaning to write this post since October 10th.  Has it really been almost a month already?  Time goes by way too fast.

And I miss my Dad.

He fit right in in Texas in his cowboy hats……..

……. and cowboy boots.  Nice legs, Dad.

And I’m glad that he lived near me for the last year and 7 months.  I have very special memories of times together.  There were challenging times and fun times. 

And I wouldn’t trade a one of them.

The gentleman who bought my parents’ Colorado home wrote a poem just for Dad and the program at his memorial service.  In 3 short verses, it perfectly described my Dad.  Dad was always lending a hand with his carpentry skills.  When I look around my own home, I see my Dad’s labors everywhere.  I am happy to be surrounded by the fruits of his labors.

A Carpenter

Bob Gibson was a carpenter,
His hands could shape the wood.
He built his house with love and care,
And shared with all he could.

His work enjoyed by many,
A church he helped to raise.
Family, friends and neighbors
All talk of Bob with praise.

Jesus was a Carpenter
And also built with care
A house for all believers.
Bob Gibson now lives there.

By Danny L. Smith

Love you, Dad!  And I miss you every day……

P.S.  Mom is doing well and has lots of friends at the apartment community where she lives.  I am very happy that she had over a year to get settled and make friends.  And I’m glad she lives near.

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23 Responses to Dad

  1. Pam Barr says:

    Very sweet. Love the pictures, especially the cowboy boots! Your dad had the cutest expressions! He will be missed.

  2. Cyndie in Ohio says:

    What a wonderful heritage of faith and love lived out by your Dad. We are blessed to feel the ripple effects of that well lived life. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Peggy says:

    Beautifully said, Barb and the photos are special! Just keep remembering all the happy times………………….


  4. Bertha Mallard says:

    Loving comments from a very good daughter.

  5. Cathi says:

    What a lovely tribute to your Dad. The photos, the poem and your words are all very special.

  6. Kaye Bowling says:

    Love these photos and how you honored your Dad. I enjoyed knowing him for a short while. We are looking forward to seeing you and your Mom at Thanksgiving.

  7. Ranch Wife says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. I hope that you will fins comfort and peace in the memories. I’m thinking your Dad was quite the dapper character and brought much joy to those who knew and loved him. Sending prayers during this difficult time.

  8. Veda Wilhite says:

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful tribute to your dad that came from your heart. I love the poem and the photos were priceless. Precious memories that are yours forever.

  9. Patty Spinelli says:

    What a BEAUTIFUL tribute to your Dad!!! Very nice post! Big hugs to you and know you are in our hearts, thoughts, & prayers out here in California. Patty


  10. Karen Smith says:

    This is a wonderful tribute to your Dad. Please say “hi” to your Mom for me.

  11. Robin Farley says:

    Barb, again I am so sorry for your loss. It’s so hard to handle the loss of a parent.
    You’re a strong woman and I know you”ll make it through this hard time.
    Love the poem, it’s wonderful!
    Lots of love and prayers your way….

  12. Carolyn says:

    I’m sorry for your loss. The poem is so touching, you will miss him and want to tell him things, but smile, he will be there.

  13. Barbara Callaway says:

    I love the pictures of your dad! You have his eyes, too. He’s surely smiling down from heaven at your wonderful tribute.

  14. Jill Allen says:

    Barb, I am sorry for your loss. What great pics of your Dad. Your life has turned a bit this year but you will weather it. See you at QD someday! Jill

    Sent from my iPad..

  15. Lynn Bynum says:

    Sweet post, Barb

    Sent from my iPad

  16. Judy Linn says:

    Each and every picture makes me smile! Boots and knee socks, eh? It’s a good-kinda-missing-him because he is here with us too! The memorial service was so very special and such a beautiful tribute to your dad and your family!
    Love Y’ll!

  17. Susan Bancroft says:

    I love this post, Barb. I know you miss him so much…he was SO precious! xoxo

  18. LaLa says:

    A very precious posting of a sweet and handsome DAD! Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures Barb! Hugs from California…

  19. Suzie Henke says:

    Dear Barb –

    What a sweet tribute to your daddy. How nice to have had so many friends to love and care for him. And especially for you to be able to have him with you for so long.


  20. To be surrounded by memories and loved ones is all we can hope for. You have been blessed. Your father gave you many things – his smile, his eyes, his sense of fairness and hard work. his devotion and loyalty. I just hope you didn’t get his knobby knees!!! They are cute though! Keep sharing the memories and lessons he taught.

    Love you always, Davene

  21. Dot says:

    Hi Barb, Please accept my sincere condolences on your sad loss. Fond memories, Dot, in England, UK.

  22. Gretchen from Illinois says:

    Sorry for you loss Barb. What a wonderful tribute and love the poem.

  23. JeniceD says:

    So sorry for your loss! This is a wonderful tribute to your dad. The poem is perfect. I love it how our parents can still have fun in their twilight years. The shorts and boots are a hoot!

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