Friday, March 08, 2013

Lifetime Achievement Award goes to my dad!

I have been gone so long from my blog that I feel like I am quietly slinking back and pretending that I have been here all along. I feel like I have been, as I keep thinking that I need to write about one thing or another. Those of you who are kind enough to keep up with me may recall that I have been in Arizona since before Christmas. I delayed coming back to Virginia because my Dad was about to celebrate his 90th birthday and we were planning a big party. Two weeks before his party he suffered a stroke. It was not a really bad stroke, but bad enough that it jarred us from our reluctance to admit that he was really that old. He has been, for the most part, very healthy and active. The stroke did slow him down, but by the time his party rolled around he was doing very well, thankfully. He is not up to speed on his former energy level, or his reflexes, or his memory for that matter. But he still does very well. We are so grateful for his good health and his wonderful attitude about life. My brother presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award! Isn't that neat?
 My Dad, Jim Winspear, surrounded by grandchildren and greats!
His party was amazing! Family came from all over the country to celebrate with him. We paid him tribute in words and in song and dance. It was so much fun. I wrote more about it HERE on my family blog.

 This is my darling granddaughter Becky (mother of the twins). She is wearing a dress that my grandmother made for my mother when mom was about 16 years old, I am guessing. This is such a darling cotton dress and looks so cute on Becky. So it was made by Becky's great-grandmother! What a treasure!

I have hardly sewed a stitch this year. I am in desperate withdrawal. I worked on a couple small things in January, but left them in AZ. 
I am doing crazy things, like trying to start the microwave with my ATM code, and things like that. I still recognize the improbability of that, but let's face it, I am spacy in the morning. Later that afternoon we went to the Social Security office to apply for benefits. Do you think there may be a connection? I'd like to warn you young 'uns that the years between 45 and 65 go quickly and do not end up with pretty results! But you can find happiness at every stage of life and for that I am grateful. My dad is the best example!


12 comments:

Sue said...

Oh I have tears in my eyes just looking at that precious family photo of your dad's 90th. So precious that your mother honored him with his lifetime achievement award. That is something to ponder in your heart for the rest of your life.

That dress is stellar! I love dresses like this...nice and modest. How cool that your grand daughter is wearing it! It looks so nice on her!

Gypsy Quilter said...

What a wonderful thing that so many family members were able to join in the celebration!

Karen said...

I was wondering how the birthday party went and now I know.

JoAnne said...

It sounds like the party was a great success. I love the photo of your Grandaughter in the old dress. It is so precious!

Kyle said...

What a lovely and special time. A memory in everyone's heart.

Annemiek said...

People mostly honour someone and speak of appreciation at someone's funeral!! What an absolute wonderfull idea to give your dad such an award and tell him how much he is appreciated and loved while he can still hear you. We should do that more while we still can.
And yes, the older you get the faster time flies...

Lori said...

Is that a crown on your pops?! I love it!! My dad will be 88 in a few days. It's hard to believe.
I'm glad I've been able to keep up with you on facebook.

Libby said...

What a wonderful party it must have been. It's not everyone that gets to celebrate such a milestone birthday with so much love and generosity surrounding them!

Quilt Hollow said...

I've been wondering about you. Great looking crew so many blessings!

Kindred Quilts said...

An enjoyable post to read Marcie... what a wonderful picture of your Dad with all his grandchildren and great grandchildren! It doesn't get any better than that! And Becky's dress... just the best, especially the story behind it!

onlymehere said...

What a thrill it must have been for him to have all of you together! Oh, and the idea of Becky wearing that dress made by her great grandmother is too precious for words! I hear you on the getting older thing too. One day I found myself almost putting lotion in my hair as hair gel and actually then putting the hair gel on my hands for lotion! It was a rough start, lol! They're the same size and shape so maybe I'm not as crazy as it sounds but still...I see my future and it "ain't" pretty.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What a wonderful family gathering...so pleased for you that so many came to celebrate with your Dad.