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Counting my Blessings

These two cardinals are my father’s work. He loves to carve, mostly birds and other expressions of his love for the outdoors.

I’m counting my blessings tonight. On Tuesday, Dad underwent surgery for a gastrointestinal tumor. I haven’t said much about it, mostly because my father is a private person and I respect that, but now that it’s over and he’s expecting a full recovery, I need to express my gratitude.

Like most girls, I grew up thinking of my father as my hero, always there and always strong. This has been a wake-up call for me, a reminder not to take one precious moment for granted. Dream like you’ll live forever, live like you’ll die today.


  1. Ann Stewart
    September 11, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Your post really touched me. We have a mutual friend dealing with the passing of a father, and the subject has been heavy on my mind. My father is my hero, the man I hold all men to. I can’t fathom… I can’t even say it.

    I am so glad everything went well with your father. I will keep his recovery in my prayers.

  2. Janet
    September 11, 2010 at 10:53 am

    So glad that your Dad is on the road to recovery! Best wishes to him. Cherish those moments and make tons of memories, Jennie (this from the girl who's hero is no longer here, but forever in my heart).

    Dream like you'll live forever, live like you'll die today. – what a wonderful way to live your life 🙂

    (And what beautiful birds – he's very talented)

  3. Anne MacFarlane
    September 12, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Hope your Dad's recovery is smooth and quick!I can imagine how difficult this must have been for you.

    I love those birds he carved.

    I expect my parents to live forever.

  4. Jennie Marsland
    September 12, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Ann, Janet, Anne, thank you. The doctor said from the start that the prognosis was good, but you never know. We just got home from visiting with Dad and he's doing extremely well. He might be able to go home tomorrow. We're just so grateful. I can't imagine losing him.