Saturday, June 14, 2014

Fathers and Faithful Followers



Happy Father's Day and all good wishes for a special day blessed with time to enjoy, relax and reflect. 

This day has me missing my own dear Father,
 but I know he is safe in the arms of our Lord and I can forever hold close his wonderful memory.

God blessed me, not only with a dear devoted dad, but a wonderful beloved husband, 
who is an excellent father as well.
 To this day, I gives thanks to the two hero's in my life.
 First my Father and then my own Best Guy!!

Best Friends my dad and I, right from the start.

Sharing a laugh and fun times.

Our Christmas holiday tradition to visit Santa together.

Always working on a project for our home.

Retiring after 33 years with the Ford Motor Company.

Teaching his grandson, my son, how to do wood working.

Just as My Best Guy has always worked and built our life and home.

Sacrificing to go back to college while working, raising our family and graduating with two degrees.


And a proud and faithful Father when our son graduated from college.

Just as my dad was so proud of him and the wonderful way he has always taken care of our family.

Showing him, his son in law, 
his Fatherly care, knowing his dad passed away when he was only 15.
While my dad  would not begin to try and replace his father, he filled an emptiness in his heart.

Below is my hubby on the left and my father on the right.

With all made possible by the grace of God and HIS faithful direction. 
Two wonderful men blessed from above to be Fathers and Faithful Followers of God.



The above picture is December 1997, 
our last picture together with my dad.
He would pass away 10 months later, my dear mother lived only 22 months longer.

 Life changed completely from that point on, 
but the love and learning's will stay with us forever, 
as we are so thankful for the memories that sustain us, till we all meet again.

Happy Father's Day to the great men in my life and to the greats in yours.


Blessings and Blue Skies Be Yours

Love,
Celestina Marie

39 comments:

Blackberry Lane said...

This is a heartwarming post. I enjoyed your family photos so much. May God bless you and your husband this special weekend.

The religious writer said...

What a beautiful post! Enjoy this special weekend with your wonderful husband and the precious memories you hold of your dad. Hugs to you.

Sola Scriptura said...

Sorry.. the Religious Writer comment was actually from me, I was signed up on my husband's blog profile.
~ Lauren

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

A warm and beautiful read and photo story this morning dear Celestina. I especially related to the photo of your dear father working on a home project with a pipe in his mouth. My father was a genius in the garage, and with his pipe always sending what looked like puffs of ideas into the air, as I observed his creative spirit. Dad's can be this way....protective, builders, problem-solvers, nurturers in a different way from moms, and unforgettable.

Have a marvelous weekend with your husband and son! Anita

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Beautifully said. Isn't it great to have those cherished memories! Have a great weekend!

Shelia said...

Hi Celeste! Oh, what a heart warming post about the men in your life. I'll be missing my Daddy too but I'm sure he's already met up with yours in heaven! We're really blessed to have had Godly fathers. Your hubby sounds like a wonderful man too and how proud of him you must be.
Hope you're doing well, sweet friend.
Shelia ;)

Valerie-Jael said...

A wonderful tribute to the fantastic men in your life, that is really something to be thankful for. Hugs, Valerie

Jan Tanis said...

What a loving post! I enjoyed the photos you shared too! Memories fill the void when those we love are gone.

Hugs,
Jan

Nancy said...

Beautiful Post Celeste. I wish I could put into words what sustains in my heart. Isn't it wonderful though to be able to celebrate such wonderful memories with Thankfulness and Gratitude!

Have a Wonderful Week end Celebration my Sweet Friend!!

Huggs, Nancy

FABBY'S LIVING said...

No wonder you are so pretty my friend and that's cause your dear dad is so handsome! Your son looks like him. Yes, I lost my hero 18 years ago and I remember him always and miss him so much to this date. Have a wonderful Father's Day sweet lady, along with the father of your children too.
FABBY

Kelly M. said...

touched my heart!! so beautiful , thank you for sharing!

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

A wonderful and beautiful post. I wish all the Fathers out there a Happy Fathers Day.

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Dear Celeste -
What wonderful photos! And such sweet memories. This was a great post and a terrific tribute to both your Dad and to your sweetie!

Happy Fathers Day Mr CMD!! Have a wonderful day.

Blessings, Edie

Laurie M said...

beautiful words beautiful photos, a wonderful tribute to wonderful men,

The Polka Dot Closet said...

You have had some great men in your life!!! My Dad was always really proud of me and I thought of him a lot as I was doing the Flea...I know he was cheering me on from heaven. Wow, what if you COULD come for the next show...I am thinking 2 days next June, but right now I am to tired to think of it lol!!

Carol

Donna said...

What a wonderful post and tribute to your dad, as well as your hubby and son. I think you must have inherited your dad's talent to build and design:) I loved seeing your family photos. It sure is hard losing parents, but you are right, one day we will be reunited. Both of your parents would be so proud of you.
Big hugs to you, hope tomorrow is a special day at your house!!

Linda Young said...

What a loving tribute to your wonderful Dad, and your good husband. It is such a blessing that they had a good relationship and it's so nice to see photos of them and your fine, handsome son. You have a very special family. Happy Father's Day to your hubby. Blessings! Linda

Linda Young said...

What a loving tribute to your wonderful Dad, and your good husband. It is such a blessing that they had a good relationship and it's so nice to see photos of them and your fine, handsome son. You have a very special family. Happy Father's Day to your hubby. Blessings! Linda

living from glory to glory said...

Hello, So very sweet and it touched my heart! Thank God for men with honor and skill and the desire to grow and bless their children!
I enjoyed the pictures so much!
It is like seeing each others heart!
Blessings, Miss Roxy

Deborah Montgomery said...

Such a sweet and heartwarming post! Beautiful family photos. enjoy Father's Day with your husband tomorrow!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

A lovely post, Celeste, and very nicely said!

Heaven's Walk said...

Such sweet memories, so beautifully shared, Celeste. This will be my first Father's Day without my dad. Heartbreaking and very difficult for me....but I am so blessed to have a husband who is just as loving and caring to his own kids as my dad was to me. God is good....all the time.

xoxo laurie

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

AMEN !
I love this Celeste. A very endearing post. You have been blessed with a loving Father. I miss my Dad too. I also was a daddy's girl.
I wish all of you the best Father's Day,
Be safe, And May God Bless you,
Marie Antoinette
PS Will call soon,lots to tell

cynthia lee designs said...

Beautiful post!! This is the first Father's Day that is a little bit harder for us. My FIL has dementia and his health has been slowly declining over the last several months...but we are going to cherish this one while he still remembers us.
hugs,
Cindy

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Celeste, what a beautiful tribute to your father and husband.
Your pictures were so special and I can see where you get your creativity from.
Have a special Fathers Day with your husband and son - God Bless.
Mary

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

What a touching post, Celeste! This is a lovely tribute to your father and husband! I am blessed to still have my dad here today- at 95 years old! Mother left us way too soon- 24 years ago. I know your day will be very special with your husband and son! Wishing you many blessings!

Dorthe said...

My dear Celestina Marie,
A beautiful post about the love you and your father shared, and the love you still share with your husbond.
Two men of biggest importence in your life, both filled/ filles your life with happiness.
A lovely tribute to your dear father.
Dorthe, xox

Jody and Stan said...

What lovely words to describe your dad. He was a very special person and father. I miss my dad too and will be forever changed by him. Thank you so much for sharing your story and wishing you and your family a very Happy Father's Day!
Hugs,
Jody

Haddock said...

Wow.... love those old pictures.

chateau chic said...

This is such a lovely tribute to your Dad. What a wonderful example of godliness he was to you and your family. And it's truly a blessing to have such a faithful husband as well.
Mary Alice

Laurie Ritchey said...

How beautiful this post is, Celestina. I love all of the old photos, and I love your heart-felt words about your husband and your Dad - both such handsome men. How wonderful that your Dad could be a father figure in your husband's life, and how wonderful that your son was able to be taught lessons by your father. laurie

Laurie Ritchey said...

How beautiful this post is, Celestina. I love all of the old photos, and I love your heart-felt words about your husband and your Dad - both such handsome men. How wonderful that your Dad could be a father figure in your husband's life, and how wonderful that your son was able to be taught lessons by your father. laurie

Denise said...

Such a precious tribute, bless you.

1CardCreator said...

What a tender tribute to all the men in your life, you have captures some special moments to share here. ~Diane

lynn said...

lovely fathers day post, celeste:) enjoy your week!

Patti said...

What a beautiful post, Celeste! And the pictures are awesome! It's so fun looking at old photos.

I still have both my parents. They are 74 and 77 (just turned) and in good health. I feel so blessed to still have them, as so many of my friends have already lost 1 or both of their parents.

Have a great week.

Love,
Patti

Red Rose Alley said...

Celestina,
What a wonderful post this is honoring your beloved father and husband. I smiled when I saw the old pictures of your dad. I have always thought that the black and whites were treasures. Your husband graduating got me thinking of dear Jess this last weekend when she got her Masters degree in Teaching. You are blessed with such a great family. And I understand how much you miss your dad, as I lost mine about 25 years ago. They are always with us though. I enjoyed looking at your past pictures. It was a treat for me, as I love pictures.

Have a blessed week, Celestina.

love,
~Sheri

Red Rose Alley said...

ps If you want to see my post about my dad, you can check it out if you'd like (June 11, A Father's Day Story). You are one of my dear blog friends, so it gives me pleasure to share it with you.

love,
~me

Weekend-Windup said...

Sweet memories of your father and you! Have a nice day!

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..