Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Man You Never Knew...


I had this wooden box that looks like a book for a while now. Wasn't too sure what to do with it. I got inspired after Bella asked me questions about her grandpa (my daddy) and why was he in heaven, what was he like, did he love babies? Would he have liked her?" Oh how my heart just sunk. I try to talk about my dad all the time around her. OH how he would have loved her. I see so much of him in her. He would have been crazy about her. I can see it now.
This is another reason I scrapbook. I think about people that have come and gone, all the ones that she never got to meet. The ones that were close to my heart. I want her to somehow feel a connection to them. Especially my father. I was a definite Daddy's girl. I know most girls are. Bella is definitly a daddy's girl. I want her to realise that he was alive that he was here on earth. He played with her cousins and ate at grandma's table. Sat in the chair that is in the living room.
THIS is why I wanted to make this book.
SO she could somehow form a connection, somehow KNOW her grandpa. I know he is loving her from up there today. I know he kissed her a million times before she came here and I AM SURE he told her how to drive me crazy too. That is just how he was haha.
Maybe after you look at this... You can kinda know him too.


Forever in my heart.
September 1937 - August 1995

He had a Wonderful sense of HUMOR.

He believed all Grandbabies should be appropriatly spoiled ROTTEN.
HE WAS VERY GOOD AT IT TOO!

Thing I love about my dad...Hardworking, kind, honest, loyal, trustworthy, fun, loving, protective, dependable.




Meal time was family time. We always ate at the dinner table. We always had a meal too. Not a sandwhich or pizza. Vegetables, meat, bread the whole deal.

The last page is of my dads line of duty award that hangs in Miami Florida in the Policemans Hall of Fame.
HE will never BE FORGOTTEN!

I want his memory and his legacy to live on. I want my child to know what a wonderful man he was. That he died a hero. I hope this album will help her understand a little more who he was and why we all loved him so much.

Happy Fathers day Daddy. I miss you so much!

21 comments:

jan williams said...

Nancy... Damn it, this makes me cry!!!! You have done a wonderful job on this!!! bella will treasure this the rest of her life!!!!!

The Squared One said...

That is just an inredible tribute. You are so talented!

Debby said...

This is just totally awesome

NikJustNik said...

This is just brillant Nancy!!! A beautiful tribute and something very special for Bella!!!

DebW said...

This is the most absolutely perfect tribute to your Dad and a beautiful heirloom for Bella. Ya did good Girl!

Lynn said...

what a beautiful tribute! wow!! this is wonderful. you need to submit this chickie!!! you're books are gonna be bella's favs!

Angela said...

Gorgeous work Nancy (as always!) Thanks for sharing, I'm sure Bella will love this as she gets older.

Angela Ploegman

Jocelyn said...

What a wonderful tribute to your father and wonderful memories for your daughter. Your work is so close to the heart and that makes it all worth it. This was a real tear jerker for me. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Di Hickman said...

precious! love the book! She'll treasure it I'm sure!

Kimmy said...

That's a beautiful tribute album/box...I was wondering things about my randpa that I never met recently....I just did a LO about it last night...your Bella is lucky to have you capture those memories for her. :D

Michelle Sanders said...

So wonderful!

just jenn said...

That's a totally awesome wooden box! It would be a treasure to anyone.

juliaom said...

Love your Father Love Box for Bella. My dad left when I was 5 so I never knew him. There is always a little empty place in your heart.

Julie said...

Wow this is so very special!! This is going to be a treasured keepsake for Bella!

Scrappytbear said...

Oh my goodness that is an amazing thing you have made :) You are so brave to do it too, Im so not as brave as you. I cried and cried...
I know Father's Day is a bittersweet day you want to make special for DH but I just cannot always get my head into it, for missing my own father :( but you've done a wonderful job Thanks so much for sharing this!

Aubree said...

This is truly wonderful. Just reading your inserts made me want to cry. Beautiful job Nancy!!

Kristin said...

BEYOND COOL!

It's Just me...Crazy "T" said...

OMG this is absolutely amazing girl... Bella is going to treasure this for the rest of her life... and your dad is so proud of you!!!
lol
T

RitaS said...

this is an AWESOME project Nancy - what a treasure for you and Bella!

Patti Smith said...

Oh Nancy this is just beautiful....Lord it has brought tears to my eyes because i was a daddy's girl to and i miss mine too...Bella will treasure this forever Nancy...great job....

dutchbird said...

Gorgeous!