Friday, May 11, 2012

Sad time in life

Sadly I have to say, my dad passed away Thursday morning.  He fought a good fight and is now at peace. His illness has kept me away from posting, from designing, from writing, from sewing and quilting, and that is ok...I'll get back to it all.
Losing a parent at any time is difficult.  Daddy was one month away from being 93.  He had a really good ride! 
Dad was my 'go to' guy.  If anything went wrong at the house, I'd call for advice. Shortly after, he'd come a knocking, tools in hand.  Even once when my daughter found a giant toad frog, and I do mean giant, in her toilet,  he arrived with a giant wrench to extricate the uninvited frog and sooth a screaming child...and me.  Our hero.
 Mom and Dad with my kids at our annual Halloween Party a few years ago.
Daddy with  my kids at he stadium where Matt played college baseball and home of the Ft. Worth Cats for whom he will pitch this season.  Daddy won't make it to see him play. 
 That had been a goal, you know.
He built stuff, wooden crafts, quilt frames and rug frames to weave rag rugs.  He was very cool. If I could describe it, he would build it.  In fact, keep an eye out for a particular pattern in my new book, (may have to delay publication due to life) in which Daddy answered a question from me, which served to solve a quilt mystery.

Love you forever Daddy.

Until next time,
My best always,


  1. So sorry about your huge loss. You will miss him for sure. My heart goes out to you. I lost my Dad in 2007 -- it's not an easy time but good memories remain.

  2. Cute pictures and a nice tribute!

  3. You are very fortunate (as was I) to have had a wonderful father. There are lots of happy memories for you and your children. Many people don't have that. I pray that you will be comforted.

  4. So sorry to hear about your father. It's never easy to loose a parent no matter how old you are. It sounds like he had a wonderful daughter too. Looking forward to your new book whenever it comes out.

  5. A really sweet tribute to your dad; I'll bet he would have loved it.

  6. So sorry to hear about your father, Betsy. There will be time for quilting, take care of yourself.

  7. Sorry to hear of your loss...sounds like you have great memories to treasure.

  8. My heartfelt codolences - your Dad sounds like a wonderful man. May the wonderful memories help you through this difficult time.
    Ady in Israel

  9. My sympathy is with your family at this sad time.
    What a great man to call your dad. You have wonderful memories of him that I know you will cherish.
    Sleep tight Betsie'e dad

  10. SO sorry for the loss of your wonderful Dad. Hugs and prayers to you.

  11. I am terribly sorry for this loss. It is very difficult to lose a matter how old we are and no matter what. I am glad he lived to be such a good age and that you have some wonderful memories of him.
    Please accept my most sincere condolences.

    Sending hugs to you,

  12. Betsy - so sorry to hear this. It is hard to lose a parent but you have such great memories of such a great dad. Thinking of you and wishing you the best!


  13. I'm very sorry to hear this. May your memories comfort you during this very sad time. Thinking of you.

  14. My condolences, I am so sorry for your loss. I don't know you and hence also not your dad, but what you wrote about him is lovely and sweet. He sounds like a wonderful dad.
    Phyllis (from The Netherlands)

  15. so sorry for your loss. thinking of you in this difficult time and wishing for comfort and peace.
    Dawn in MA

  16. While your Dad may not be sitting in a seat at the stadium, I have no doubt he will be watching Matt pitch. Great Dads live on within us forever; I know this to be true based on 20 years personal experience. My condolences and prayers are with you and your family.

  17. Just wanted to let you know that I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. I pray you and your family are doing well and know God is comforting you during this time.