Thursday, December 15, 2011
Happy Thursday, Fashionable Friends!
First, I am so sorry for being a bit MIA these past couple weeks, but last Wednesday was a very critical, stressful and emotional day for my family and me. It al began at 5AM when my mother, sisters and I headed to the hospital to be with my dad who as many of you know is our world! There isn't a person who has crossed his path who doesn't love him from the moment they meet him.
He is the most extraordinary husband, father, friend and person I know and is considered a 2nd father to most of my friends who refer to him as Daddy Ehardt. He is one of the happiest, most positive, smilie, patient, helpful, supportive, genuine, encouraging, loving and thoughtful people I have ever met or known to this day, and I don't know how I got so lucky to have him not only in my life, but as my father!
This past week, I have been beyond thankful to still have him in my life and that my mother, both sisters and I were all able to all be with him for his open heart surgery and the new maze procedure that were both very successful. I don't think I can express how difficult it was giving our last hug, kiss and "I love you" before he was wheeled away. He was smiling, joking, being positive and happy, just like he has been throughout my entire life, before everything and showed more strength and courage than I think I have within my entire self.
Every nurse just loves him and there hasn't been a day since he first entered the hospital a week ago that he was not smiling, happy to see us, upbeat and positive, which truly is one of the most refreshing, reassuring and heartwarming feelings and qualities in the world! He is so kind to everyone and was having fun with all of them, which is quite simply a part of who he is and his personality that everyone just loves.
Even on his weakest and hardest day, in the recovery room after surgery, the nurses kept saying how nice and pleasant he was, even though he was apologizing to them for not having as much energy or being what he called slightly "grumpy," which they all said was anything but the case.
I am also so thankful that he was in such good hands when everything happened, prior to and during his surgery and beyond. As well as at a hospital for this that is rated 4th best in the nation! I have been at the hospital with my mother and sisters each day and I will continue to be by his side with all of my love and support during the many weeks ahead to help do things in any way I can throughout the day and night, as I have been, which is the least I can do after everything he has done for me!
I know I don't normally post things like this, but so many of you have followed me for so long and I consider many of you friends who have always shown such support and kindness! This is a life, design and style blog, so, it fits into the life section and is something I could not be more thankful for if I tried! To me having my dad with us is the best Christmas present a girl could receive and I have asked for nothing more this year than to have my family together!
Thank you again all for your patience and understanding while I haven't been as consistent on this blog or stopping by and commenting on all of yours during everything, but please know how much I appreciate each of you! Be sure to check back tomorrow for a fun and trendy giveaway that I promise will take us back to the fashion part of this blog.
SIDE NOTE: I received news on Tuesday from a friend that someone we know in our circle of friends was tragically hit by a car and died on Monday night, which was harder on me than I expected and caused my heart to once again sink. I say this only to remind everyone how important it is to live each day in the now and never take those whom you love and care about for granted because life truly can be very short! Something that I was reminded of last year and again on two separate occasions this month. My thoughts are with his family and friends and my heart goes out to each of them!