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My Dad Passed Away 23 Years Ago Today

I was in Germany. My ex-husband was in Saudi. I was 16 and all alone, in a foreign country, living – what felt like – millions of miles away from home, when I got the Red Cross call, telling me my father had just passed away and that my family needed me to come home to see him before they laid him to rest.

I’m not good at writing posts that have any “sentiment” behind it, so I’ll just keep my boggled up thoughts to myself…but I will share one of my favorite pictures – of him – with you…

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I miss him dearly, but I can’t be sad for very long because on this very same day – 12 years ago – we were gifted with Carlton; our very amazing addition to the family.

Happy Birthday Carlton…we love you sooooo much!!!

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Here’s hoping you guys stay safe as I just learned of that huge “catastrophic” ice storm passing through Georgia, NY, Boston and so many other Southern states – please be safe…keep us posted on how you’re doing, when you can.

Love you all…

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About the author: Living in South Texas, Barb is wife to a taxidermist and mother to three outrageously rambunctious kids (ages 10, 11 & 20) and their cute dogs, Jager and Louie! Barb spends her day’s blogging, chatting with friends on Facebook, tweeting, sharing far too many crazy pictures on Pinterest & Instagram, and most importantly…trying to catch a cat-nap when she can. Her favorite drinks are Coffee and Unsweetened Mango tea from Sonic. Barb – through Blogfully – shares her personal insight on the products she tries, uses, hates, and loves. She lives to travel, enjoys reading, can crochet a mean afghan, and is told she makes the best chicken salad sandwiches ever!

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  • renee

    I’ve probably told you before, but I’m sorry about your dad. I know your relationship with him was difficult. I lost my dad in 2009 and my husband lost his just this past September. Dads sure do bring out those mixed emotions, don’t they?

    • So sorry for the delayed response Renee…partly sad, partly busy and partly tired (from work and everything else lately).
      My condolences to your husband (and you), for the loss. It’s definitely a hard thing to go through…even after decades after. Dads most definitely bring out those mixed emotions – no doubt. I’m just glad I’ve come to grips with it after all these years (as far as I know). Maybe all the “happy pills” I’m prescribed help me out more than I know – LOL!
      :) Hope you’re doing great.
      ~ Barb

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