One Right, One Left

20 Jun

Turkey Trot - November, 2009

Me with the two greatest men in my life. The one to the left – my husband, my best friend, my children’s daddy, my heart. The one to the right – my dad, my friend, my mentor, and now more than ever, my motivation.

This Father’s Day is hard, I’m not going to lie. It hurts. Our hearts are still and will continue to be broken about this huge and very sudden loss. In honor of my dad this morning, we went and did this. It was very special. Gosh, I love my siblings and my mom – their presence gives me strength. Something about each of them makes me feel closer to my dad even though he’s gone.

After this walk of remembrance of one great man, I went for a 5 mile run with the other great man. Ryan and I ran through the town that with every turn reminds me of my dad. While running, I thought a lot. A lot about my dad and a lot about Ryan. This song by Sanctus Real came on about mile 2, and I thought it was so very timely and fitting for the day…

Today, as we continue to mourn, we also celebrate the life that my dad lived. Even though it hurts to push forward, I am motivated to make the most of this one life I have. My dad’s legacy will definitely be remembered and the memories we have with him will be treasured.

Today, I will celebrate my husband – who is such an amazing daddy himself and I love more and more each day. Addi and Kamryn adore their daddy and they have every reason too. He pours himself into them each day. He strives hard to be the best he can be in his role as a father…as he does with any role he takes on in his life. He is a lot like my dad in this way.

I love my dad. I love my husband. Happy Father’s Day to the two greatest men in my life!

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One Response to “One Right, One Left”

  1. Staci Vander Schaaf July 4, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    Traci,

    There are no words to describe how I feel as I read this post. God sometimes works in amazing ways and I think he is definitely working in your family right now. Praise God that through this you are looking for his loving hand to lift your head and heal your sorrow. And even more to awaken your hearts to a closer relationship with Him and the impact that has on those around us. I LOVE Addi’s new lyrics to the song. Absolutely perfect! Thank you father for the sweet words of a child. I love you dearly and if I haven’t told you enough, I am so proud of both you and Ryan and the fruit you are bearing as you “walk through the valley”. Beauty from ashes.

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