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Happy? Birthday

(Originally published on Wednesday, June 13, 2007)
I just had to mention—if for no other reason than to try to get a little bit of this selfish grief for my loss of Natalie’s earthly presence off my back—I also have to suffer another birthday, today. (No flowers, please!)
I think I shall, henceforth, swear off Father’s Days, entirely; wish I could do the same with the annual reminder of my advancing years. And, Anne, if you tell any of these young ladies how many, you know what’s going to happen on November 12!
Meanwhile, my amazement over Nattie’s outreach continues to grow. As the subject hadn’t come up in several months, I had neglected the server logs for this site. I finally ran them last night, and to use a Nattie-ism, “It blew my socks off!” On June 7, 1,027 people visited NattieRoseWrites.com. I am sorry she can’t tell you how much she appreciated each one of you…so I will try.
Thank you very much!—Nattie’s Daddy
PS: Angie, Cheryl, Cynthia, Heather, Joanne and Valerie—You and your companions are part of Nattie’s W@H family, and we were more than grateful to have you represent the rest of your sisters.
Mark—We all appreciate the effort you put forth—along with cousins David (North Carolina) and Laurie (also members of John’s family from Florida and Texas)—to attend. Your musical contributions, as well as your dad’s, couldn’t have been more appropriate. I do hope we have a happier reason to meet the next time.

Posted by: Stacey at June 13, 2007 03:13 PM
Oh, I’m so sorry… Know that we are all thinking of you and praying for you today and this coming weekend.
And we promise not to speculate on the number on your driver’s license. 🙂
Posted by: Jojo at June 13, 2007 03:39 PM
Happy Birthday Natties daddy. Praying for you all. Cathie Jo (one of the 11 Wah girls)
Posted by: Cathie Jo at June 13, 2007 04:40 PM
Happy Birthday. I’m praying for your family.
Posted by: N. Vasillis at June 13, 2007 05:43 PM
Well, if Nattie were here, she would tell us how old you are so we could all snicker at you. 😉 Happy Birthday!
Posted by: Heather at June 13, 2007 06:07 PM
Happy Birthday, Uncle!
Posted by: cousin mark at June 13, 2007 06:31 PM
Happy Birthday Daddy!! And know that Nattie has whooping it up in heaven for you today and for you this weekend! She hasn’t forgotten her daddy…
Posted by: StephanieG at June 13, 2007 07:24 PM
Well, on November 12, by most standards I’ll qualify for senior citizens’ discounts, and you will always be my older brother. But that’s all I’ll tell. 🙂
I hope the well wishes brought at least a smidgen of pleasure to your day.
Love ya’
Posted by: Anne at June 13, 2007 08:03 PM
Happy Birthday, Nattie’s Daddy. I miss your girl a lot. I’m happy my friends were there to tell you how much we loved her.
Posted by: Pattie at June 13, 2007 08:36 PM
Happy Birthday —
I will be thinking of you and praying for you at this time each year — I know what it is like to have your own birthday remind you so painfully of a dear one you have lost. I was born on my favorite Grandmother’s birthday and now since her death 3 years ago, May 15 still has an empty to it.
Posted by: Maria at June 13, 2007 09:25 PM
I have been praying for you today. I will pray for you on Sunday as well.
Posted by: Dawn at June 13, 2007 09:46 PM
I wish for you, this particular birthday, many moments bathed in the sweetness and comfort of the Savior. Each birthday brings you that much closer to that glorious reunion with your precious Natalie Rose.
Posted by: vickig97 at June 13, 2007 09:50 PM
well I will say happy birthday anyway, because I for one am glad you are here to be this connection for those of us in the far reaches of the world (or at least the continental US).
I know this one is a hard one, but hopefully, even though the missing won’t be less, the enjoying will come easier.
God bless you!
Posted by: Dana at June 13, 2007 09:59 PM
I 2nd what Dana said, and that goes for those of us over here in England too!
Posted by: zoe at June 14, 2007 09:30 AM
Happy Birthday, Nattie’s daddy 🙂 I’m glad you are continuing to post – and thank you for sharing that AMAZING number of visitors to Nattie’s blog on June 7th. She touched a lot of hearts, that Nattie of yours – and I think she’d be smiling that you are continuing to blog her blog. *hugs* to you on what I know must be a bittersweet day.
Posted by: Wendy at June 14, 2007 10:05 AM
Happy Birthday Nattie’s Daddy…if I were there I’d give you a big ole birthday hug and a thank you for being a loving daddy to your Nattie.
Posted by: Cynthia at June 14, 2007 10:54 PM
*iii*Happy Birthday*iii* Nattie’s Daddy!
Just seeing this site updated on my bloglines makes me happy!
I know this weekend will be hard, know that I am continuing to hold you all up in my prayers.
Posted by: Cheri at June 15, 2007 10:02 AM
Happy Birhtday Natties DADDY! we are praying for you and your family
Posted by: Pat at June 15, 2007 10:51 AM
I also know that empty feeling — having been born on my Daddy’s birthday. With him gone now, there’s that Daddy-shaped hole in the birthday remembrances.
Posted by: Joy at June 15, 2007 04:25 PM

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