Tribute To My Daddy

Tribute To My Daddy

The man who truly loved more than he did anything else.

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I didn't count on my dad to be on time for anything. I counted on him to show up.

He was late for so many things and I just learned to expect it from him, but he always showed up. I can remember multiple occasions when I had choir performances: I would already be on stage, and I would see my dad quietly sneak in and sit in the back still dressed from working that day. I know he was pretty self-conscious about not being able to shower first, but he never let that stop him from hearing me sing, or any of us sing. He himself was not gifted in the singing department, but he just thought that us kids had the most beautiful voices.

I knew my daddy was extremely proud of all of us and everything we had accomplished. So many people have told me how much he talked about and bragged about all of us. I know we were very special to him, and he was special to us.

There were times when he made sure I always had money for my lunches out with friends, even if it meant he had to work a little harder or work a little later to make it happen.

He often would go without just so that we could have something we expressed to him that we wanted. I can remember days when he would come back from Burger King or Subway or McDonald's or literally wherever with food for all of us but himself.

He truly would go without just so that we wouldn't have to.

That's who my dad was. A pure soul.

He loved his whole family very much, and he never stopped showing us just how much. He made sure that those he cared about were doing okay, and he never stopped checking in on people. He was always there to help in whatever ways he could.

I never had to worry about not being able to open a jar or bottle because this man was strong enough to open them all. I'm still not sure what my sisters are going to do when they see a bug in the house now. He was the only one man enough to tend to business when it came to killing critters. He would always ask me what I was gonna do if I ever lived by myself and didn't have him around to kill a bug for me.

I would tell him that I'd just have to call him and wait until he came, to which he responded to with a chuckle.

I can say that I will miss hearing him laugh, I'll miss hearing him talk, I'll miss having him there to hug, I'll miss having him, period.

My daddy was definitely a lifeline for me and one of my biggest supporters. I'll never stop missing him.

Here's the thing about my dad though: He may have been late to a lot of things, but I know for him he always believed that everything happened at the right time, just like it was supposed to. He showed up on his time, and for him, his time was always the right time. Even if other people didn't feel that way.

He would always tell me everything is going to happen just when it's supposed to, And I really want to believe him.

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My boyfriend and I just hit the year and a half mark of dating, even though it seems like we've been together forever. Over the months, we've taken many pictures together... from football games, to his track meets, to holidays. Although we may have a lot of pictures together, I definitely have a lot of candids of him in my camera roll. If you've been dating your partner for as long as I have or longer, then you'll probably notice you have these same pictures in your photos as well.

1. The awkward first photos together

We laugh at these now, especially this one. Why am I so pale compared to him? It was July! And also, we noticed not to long ago that I was sweating under my arms and his underarms were sweating on me... what a great first time meeting!

2. The ones for VSCO

Every girl who has a significant other posts them onto their VSCO. VSCO is like Instagram, but more has more aesthetically pleasing pictures and there are no "likes." The pictures that include my boyfriend on my VSCO ranges from him holding a bunny to him holding my hand while we went ice skating.

3. Them sleeping

I have so many pictures of my boyfriend sleeping (I promise it's not as weird as it sounds), I just think he's so cute when he's fast asleep while cuddling with me.

4. The embarrassing ones they want no one to see

He's going to kill me when he sees this... but we all have those embarrassing Snapchat pictures that we start to send each other because we've gotten more comfortable with one another.

5. The ones for Facebook

The good looking pictures so you can keep yours and his family updated on how you two are doing. I took my boyfriend to a baby bird meet and greet since he loves birds and has one for a pet. I posted this cute picture of him and his new friends on Facebook so my family can see our adventures together.

6. Old pictures

One of the best parts of dating someone is finally seeing their old pictures. Although, sometimes they may make you cringe... like the one I posted above of my boyfriend after prom in his sophomore year of high school.

7. Their accomplishments

My boyfriend pole vaults for his college and he's really good at it. He just went to division III nationals in March because he qualified! I'm always at his meets so I make sure to get him on video in case he or anyone wants to see. I always try to snag a picture with him too because I'm always so proud.

8. The straight up ugly ones

He sure knows how to make me laugh. And I know he's going to be mad at me for this one too but I think it's a talent that he can do that with his stomach! Sorry, Adam, I promise I still think you look good when you send me these snaps for the most part.

9. But you have the hot ones too

He may be funny and sweet, but he is pretty good looking too. I know us girls keep some attractive pictures of our S.O.'s so we can remind ourselves of what a great looking partner we have.

10. FaceTime screenshots

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