Today would have been my Daddy’s 60th birthday. He passed away 10 years ago, just 2 short months before his 50th birthday.

In April 1996, Daddy was diagnosed with Mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer that is difficult to destroy. After his diagnosis, they gave him 6 weeks to live. He beat the odds and survived as long as he could. On June 1, 1998, he went home to be with Jesus.

Ashley is the only grandchild that Daddy ever got to hold. I’m just thankful he got the opportunity to meet and fall in love with her. It makes me sad to know that my kids will never get to meet my Daddy here on earth, but I pray that we all get to spend an eternity together in heaven some day.

I see so much of my Dad in each of my kids. Zander’s love for art, Ashley’s passion for math and all things “smart,” Jace’s sense of humor, and Lucy’s spit-fire attitude. They may never know him here, but each of them has a special piece of him.

There are so many times I wish I could pick up the phone and call Daddy to tell him about something the kids did. Some days I think he must just look down from heaven and laugh…. especially when the kids are driving me crazy.

Here’s one of my favorite photos that we have of Daddy. He was so sick this day, but Ashley still managed to bring a smile to his face:
I miss you, Daddy. Thanks for all you did for me. I love you!

Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


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    Oh wow, I didn’t remember your father but now that I saw his picture, I do remember him.

    He looks like your boys. And Ashley looks like you and Lucy there.

    Did your brother ever have any kids?

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    Angie Vinez says:

    It’s funny. When Zander was born, the FIRST thought that popped into my head was, “Oh my gosh!! He looks JUST like my dad!!” Had the same hairline and everything! LOL!!

    Adam still hasn’t had any kids, and I don’t think he’s ever going to. Between Gene’s brother and my brother, my kids will never have any cousins. At least I’m doing a good job of giving the grandparents lots of grandkids to spoil! 🙂

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    Drama queens mum says:

    That’s sad. I’m sorry.

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    That’s sad Angie, I’m sorry. My father would’ve turned 70 this year. He didn’t even get to see me turn 10. Today i was telling dh, that when i look at Sophia, I know how my father felt looking at me 🙂

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