my dad

I want to be as open as I can be here- I've shared about my pregnancy, my mom, life, business, etc. Two weeks ago my dad passed away after his brief, but courageous battle with brain cancer.  To say that we are heartbroken is an understatement. 

When he was diagnosed in January, we knew that it was terminal. But had no idea it would happen this quickly.  It happened almost exactly a week after he was released from Carolinas Rehab. He had been doing really well. He was living with me and Dave and we had the best week. I am so thankful for that week and so glad that he was at home with me and not in a hospital. 

I can honestly say that my sister and I (with our husbands and kids) were his whole world. He was a dedicated dad and grandpa. We were always his first priority. I feel so lucky to have had such a wonderful dad. It hurts to know that my twins won't get to meet him and know how wonderful he was, but I know we will have plenty of stories to share with them.

My dad and I have always been close- growing up we had Saturday lunch dates, he always came to my games, we went to Panthers games and UNC games together, etc. I was always a little tag-along with him.  We grew even closer when my mom died 6 1/2 years ago.  I lived with him for about a year after, before moving into my own condo.  We continued to stay close. He had the best time helping me with my wedding. He loves Dave.  The three of us had dinner together just about every Friday night. It was always so fun! I think one of the sweetest things was that he spoiled Poppy. He obviously was always buying his grandchildren birthday and Christmas presents, and he made sure to include my little baby girl! 


I am also so thankful for all of my family and friends. We have an incredible support system. We had friends and family travel from near and far to be with us, we have received more flowers, food, cards than I ever expected/thought possible.  



I know (from losing my mom) that it will get better, but right now it hurts so much. We miss him dearly and will continue to.



  1. Love you! Such great pictures of your dad, he had the best smile!

  2. Oh sweet lady, I am so very sorry about your loss. Sending you hugs, love and prayers.

  3. A beautifully-written tribute. No doubt you were a light in his life. Josephine too. I hate this for you, sweet girl. But your memories will bring you comfort. Big big hugs!

  4. (((((HUGS))))) I wish I had had an opportunity to get to know him. Thank you for sharing some of your wonderful pictures and memories of him with us in this very touching reflection. Love ya Madeline! XO

  5. Reading this breaks my heart. I am praying that God will heal your pain. These things definitely help me to put "What is Important v. Unimportant" into perspective.