This is where the cowboy rides away

papa

Last night, on 1/20/14, my step-dad went to be with my heavenly Father and dance in the kingdom of heaven.

He was a true American hero who fought for our freedom.

He was humble and unassuming. His passions were race horses, hunting and my mom.

We sat on pins and needles during dinner because you never knew what would come out of his mouth. He loved the shocked value of his stories.

Boots lined the bottom of his closet. Above them hung a long line of Wrangler jeans. We labeled him our Red Neck.

22 years ago he gracefully stepped in and filled the position of my earthly father and I am forever grateful that even though life wasn’t always a beautiful picture, he made sure it was safe.

He was a husband, a father to me and two of my brothers and a Papa to 9 little grandbabies.

I love you Bob. Thank you for letting me be your daughter, for being my brothers father and for being my babies Papa. Thank you for putting your arm around my husband’s neck and treating him like a son. Thank you for loving my mom exactly the way she needed you to. It’s time to take your work boots off, hang up your hat and relax. Dance with your Savior Papa, we love you.

3 thoughts on “This is where the cowboy rides away

  1. I am so so sorry for your loss. I don’t even know you but I feel like I do and was praying for him last week. I will keep your family in my prayers with prayers for peace for you and yours.

    • Thank you Anna. I am grateful for the prayers. He went to the hospital with the flu and never recovered. He was a strong man and we are completely at a loss. Our family is devastated and can’t wrap our minds around it. I take great comfort knowing that he is with our heavenly Father.

  2. Reblogged this on Candice Curry – Women With Worth and commented:

    Today marks 2 years since I lost the man who stood in the gap for me, the man who allowed me to call him dad when he didn’t have to, the man who took on the roll as my dad when my father no longer could.
    We miss him daily but we also give praise to God for the blessings He has given us since my dad’s passing. God’s plan is never what we expect but it is always perfect no matter what we have to endure through it.

    We miss him but we are thankful for all the time that we were allowed to have him in our lives.

    We love you, Papa.

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