3 years

3 years ago today we met Button for the first time.

At 1.30pm we finally found out that she would be our baby.

At 1.45pm we learned that Dad was making his final journey from this world.

A bittersweet day.

3 years on it’s all a bit easier to bear.  But we still miss Pa every. single. day.

Tonight Ma, Ma and Pa SIL, The Husband and I shared a lovely dinner and raised a glass to our beautiful daughter and my amazing father.

Pa wasn’t perfect…but he was a perfect dad.  And the thought that I return to over and over again is just how very thrilled he would be with his grandchildren.

He would have loved them beyond words.

And they would have loved him back in equal measure.

(I know he was immeasureably proud of Niece Stitches and her family.)

One of the things I think the kids will miss the most is the sense of adventure my Pa had.  I had such fun as a child spending holidays with him in his truck travelling across Europe. I have a store of tales of our travels.

My babies will never have that time with him, and I know they would have loved it.

As would Pa.

But recently The Husband and Pa SIL took the kids for an outing to the local transport museum.

They had a blast.

And I learned something about my babies…

…it seems that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!!!

I have a mental picture of Pa in Heaven with Charlie dog, his best friends, and a large glass of Jack Daniels, smiling approval on these small people whom he never met, but who know him as Granddad Angel and love him nevertheless.

As do we.

We miss you Pa. xxx

PS to Ma.
I know these pics will bring a tear to your eye.  But I also know you’ll understand why I saved them till today.
Love you xxx


14 Responses to 3 years

  1. annsfashionstudio says:

    Bittersweet indeed!

  2. Brigitte says:

    And I bet he was very proud of his lovely daughter ! x

  3. A very moving and honest post – I wish you all well in this celebration of a life well lived and young lives just beginning.

  4. CowBag!! Not just Grandma that you brought a tear to!!! We were all camping at the weekend so spent yesterday nice and busy.xxx

  5. Sue Taylor says:

    Your dad would have been just as proud as you say he would. Dave and I often think about him, his Jack Daniels and his tall tales from the trucking world. We did not know him long enough and we miss him too. Love to all xx

  6. kristinm100 says:

    What a beautiful post. I can’t even imagine how I would manage the extreme joy of a new baby and the extreme grief of the loss of a parent – all at the same time. Really, you must have been in a tremendous amount of shock. And I’m sure your father would have loved your daughter to pieces.

    • PendleStitches says:

      It was a tricky time, for sure. I can’t say I’d recommend it to anyone but you just have to deal with what life throws at you. I’m just glad that Pa knew she was coming home to us before he died. Small blessings.

  7. Lisa says:

    “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away” so bittersweet but one day you will all be together x

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