Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day, not JUST for Fathers

These black & whites are my dad & me
the dad with Mercedes, my youngest
She's now 20
Below that, my dad & stepmom
with my kids , Steve, now 37 , Nicole now 27 and Mercedes now 20
the one grandson Zachary ( first born)who is almost 15 now and me.

Please click picture to enlarge..they are GOOD photos
My dad as a baby the one on the left
His dad holding him, his mom holding him

Memories of my dad

Visiting his dad's bait shop before we went fishing. The smell of the earth just reeked out of the shop, with worms, crawdads, fishing lures, gear and minnows.

Summers fishing in Minnesota & fishing on the lake at night. I would bait my own hook and usually could get it off the hook after catching.

I loved fishing, dad loved it

raised me to enjoy it. He took his grandsons fishing. My son, Steve loved it,
they'd eat cold beans and fish into the evening. If you knew my dad & the opportunity came up, you'd go fishing with him .
We would go to the drive in and dad would let me play
before the movie started. He would even come and push me on the swing..

He loved to garden and he
made Sunday roasts for us. He took me to church whenever I wanted to
go. I never heard him say ONE curse word.

I loved the smell of his pipe
and an ocassional cigar. He wore house slippers, loved to snack on
popcorn in the evening. He loved Johnny Cash.

I miss him..and wish we'd
had more time to make more memories.

In the end, Dad's memories left him, he didn't know me and he died of the effects of Alzheimers and Parkinson's Disease on Aug. 5, 2008.
My dad raised me to be kind.

I know my dad is in Heaven, I hope remembers now, all those good years we had.

In memory of my father

William Eugene Cleaver

See ya in Heaven daddy!


  1. Lovely post sweetie....... I hope your memories of your Dad bring you joy!!!!
    Margaret B

  2. Great pictures and a great tribute to your father ...

  3. Thank you for sharing your sweet memories of your father. I am missing mine especially today too.


  4. This is the day of tributes to the daddies we loved so much.
    xo bj

  5. Deena,

    What a beautiful tribute to your Dad. I have one for my father today as well. All of the photos are lovely. Thanks for sharing.


  6. Very lovely memories of your dad, Deena. I know he loves you even more today. I'm sure this was hard to write but precious anyway.

  7. What a nice tribute to your Dad, I miss mine today, too. The pictures are wonderful and it's so good that you have them to remember him by.

  8. Oh he will dearest, he will remember. What a loving tribute. I was very touched by your words.

    Deanna :D

  9. beautiful tribute dear deena.....we celebrated with joy today....matt's first father's day!

  10. This is a beautiful post today about your father. You are lucky to have such great memories. ~Natalie

  11. i am sure your dad always remember you,i can feel how much you loved him, you are still lucky than i am, my dad died when i was 4 years old so no much fond memories of him, but i know he loved us too. kindly give my greeting to your hubby HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

  12. OOHH what a beautiful post!! The photos so precious!! I hope you had a lovely day!!

  13. Oh my .... tears... I miss my dad too.... he left me in 84....

    What a beautiful and loving tribute to a wonderful man... how do I know he is wonderful? He had you...


  14. Lovely photos Deena. So wonderful to look at them, but also remember to shut your eyes and take a little walk down 'memory lane'. I often relive happy memories by 're-enacting' them... Many hugs, Andrina XXXXXX

  15. How very touching Deena, I lost my dear Dad when he was only 67 and I was just 30, he had the biggest influence on me of anyone I have ever known, he was the gentlest, most caring person, and taught me to always put myself in others shoes and never to be judgemental. I miss him so very much.

  16. What lovely memories of your father, Deena--thanks for sharing those!


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