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One year ago today…

…we took Natalie’s ashes to the cometary. But I am growing weary of recounting those sad milestones. If you want to read about that, it’s here.
Still, I can’t avoid noticing one more moment of personal melodrama; we buried my only child on this date last year…and today is “Father’s Day.” Nothin’ I can do about that. I know we all have days of grief…and life goes on.


Although we will never forget Natalie, we slowly become accustomed to her absence. We have resumed the posting of entries from her own writings and observations. We see reminders of her life morning, noon and night–here, there and everywhere–but reality dawns. Our earthly meetings are over.
I am sure others would rather not hear me say, “Natalie loved that book,” or, “The last time I was here was with Natalie…” But I still enjoy reading your assurances that she was a positive influence on your lives. That makes me proud. It makes me feel good. It brings tears to my eyes.
Onward and Upward!
(((((y’all)))))

5 Responses to “One year ago today…”

  1. Wendy Says:

    A difficult day. I wanted to let you know that this blog is still on my Google feeder, and I enjoy reading Nattie’s posts and remembering her. You have every reason to be proud – she touched a lot of lives during her short one. I will be keeping you in my prayers on this tough day.
    I also meant to come by weeks ago and give you a link to my blog where last month I participated in the Remembering Nattie Challenge hosted by Heather. An author donated a signed book for a give away in Nattie’s memory.

  2. StephanieG Says:

    ((((((((Nattie’s Daddy))))))))
    Happy Father’s Day. As painful as today may find you, hold your head high…you have every right to be proud of the beautiful little girl you raised to be such a strong woman for Christ. She was a good mother, a good confidant, and a good friend. You have every right to look at yourself in the mirror today and be proud of the job you did as her daddy.
    I too still have this blog on my reader. I think even if you were to stop posting I would keep it on there…I’m not ready to completely let go yet and I had never met Nattie in person.
    I may have only known her a short time, but I found out quickly just how special a friend she was.
    So Happy Father’s Day…Give yourself a big hug…you deserve it!

  3. Heather Says:

    (((HUGS)))

  4. Nattie's Daddy Says:

    Thank you, ladies, but I deserve no compliments. Nor do I seek any. I do appreciate what influence my own artistic and journalistic interests may have had on her genetic makeup, but she was the one who applied them. I may have shown her how to hold the pen, but she was the one who wrote with it. Her mom may have shown her how to dial the phone, but she called you.
    In fact, it is her other parent who deserves as much or more of the credit than I for the qualiies Natalie came to posess, but in the end, it was up to our daughter to discover her talents and decide how and where to apply them. They were her thoughts, and she chose to share them with you.
    The pride I feel is the same as yours when your son scores the winning touchdown, or your daughter is elected student body president. When all of their cheering friends crowd around, you stand bakc and smile as you share their happiness from the shadows. They did the work.
    To God be the glory.

  5. Liza's Eyeview Says:

    I just want you to know that Nattie’s Blog is still in my blogroll. I regurlarly visit and when I do I say a prayer for you.
    Not only are Nattie’s words blessing me, you are blessing me as well. Your love for your daughter is so touching. You also helped me minister to my friends whose only son passed away:
    http://johnsonsmauiohana.blogspot.com/
    Thank you for keeping Nattie’s Blog. The blogworld is better because of it.

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