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WOW - Your dad must feel good about himself after reading this!
It's a really fantastic, heartfelt, thoughtful, well-written tribute.
Isn't it wonderful to love and be loved so much?
I'm sure you all do, but treasure every moment.


Wes, this is a lovely tribute to your Dad. You are indeed fortunate to have the chance to get to know him as a adult and to be able to talk with him about the deeper things of the heart. Your children are fortunate to have such a loving and attentive Grandpa to teach them about flowers, trees, and the sky above. And your Dad is fortunate to have this chance to be such a wonderful Grandpa and Dad and to be able to show the love that, for some, seems so hard to express. So beautifully and honestly written--wonderful!


Happy Birthday to your Dad! He sounds like such a wonderful person--you are as lucky to have him as he is to have you.

And, in that photo? I think he looks like Ricky Nelson. Or perhaps his brother--was it David? Nelson. Really.

Meghan Trout

Beautiful. What a blessing. Happy Birthday to a great man!

Sara Short

What a nice tribute to your dad. Happy Birthday to him.


What a beautiful tribute to your Dad! You are both so blessed to have each other and may you cherish every day you have together.

Shannon Hodgins

Oh Wesley, how wonderful your words are. Tell the people you love them, and what you like about them while they are here...... I wish I had told my Dad more of the wonderful things while he was living, and not while he was dying. I cried when I read your post because you had the guts to do it, and in such vivid and wonderful words.

And tell me when you guys are hiring as durn, I'll apply in a heartbeat. Getting to work with TWO folks like you AND live in the mountains......way cool. Shannon

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