My Dad <3

24 Feb


Charles Michael Taylor, Sr. // July 10, 1959 – February 18, 2017

My dad passed away on Saturday. For those of you who did not have the privilege of meeting him, he was truly the greatest man I have ever known. I could not have asked for a better father to lead me through life and teach me how to treat people (and show me how to expect to be treated by a man), nor a better love story and ultimate relationship goal than the one he had with my mom. We are absolutely devastated by this loss, but also so incredibly thankful to have had him in our lives for as long as we did. He will truly, truly be missed.

My dad was an absolute badass and he excelled at pretty much everything he did. He was a business owner, a top salesman, a photographer, an incredibly skilled gardener, and could cook you the best fucking steak you’ll ever eat. He was also a distance runner, and when I say distance – I don’t mean 5ks, or even marathons. He regularly ran 500ks (unassisted, I should add) and even qualified and ran the Barkley (if you’re not familiar with this one, there is a fantastic documentary about it on Netflix right now that I highly recommend) – running was his passion, and his favorite races were the craziest ones he could find. The man loved to talk, loved to help people whenever he could, and never met a stranger. He loved to play pranks and is 100% where I get my terrible potty humor and love for butt jokes from. When I was a little kid, he convinced me he could pick up the house and I totally believed him.

Even with his cancer diagnosis, my dad was a fighter who would not be beaten down. He powered through multiple major surgeries (including rescheduling one so that he could run that damn Barkley marathon), chemo, radiation, and endless rounds of hospital and ER visits. I think of him like a blade of grass – no matter how many times he was knocked down, he always bounced right up again. He never once complained, not even when things were at their worst – he was always positive, upbeat, and lived his life to the fullest up until the very end.

The outpouring of support that I (as well as my entire family) have received since last week has been incredible and the sheer amount of comments, messages, phone calls, and texts has been a little bit overwhelming. I can’t possibly respond to all of you, but I do want you to know that I read every single one of them and they were all truly appreciated. To see the impact that my dad made on so many people – both ones he personally knew in his community, and people who never got a chance to meet him but were still inspired by him nonetheless – has been very comforting and has helped me deal with my grief. I really can’t articulate how special this man was – not just to me and my family, but to anyone who had the honor of knowing him. It is an incredible privilege to be the daughter of such an amazing man. There is no doubt in my mind that he loved all of his children and grandchildren, and he was so proud of all of us.

Love to all of you. We will miss you, Charlie T ❤

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182 Responses to “My Dad <3”

  1. cdokun February 24, 2017 at 11:03 am #

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you. ❤

  2. Brenda February 24, 2017 at 11:09 am #

    Someone told me once that atoms never dissipate; they only rearrange. Since we are all made up of atoms, this confirms to me scientifically that we will all unite on a different plane and dimension. Sharing this as from the description of your Dad, he may certainly smile at this comment. Death is not an ending, just a temporary separation. Take care and sending you lots of healing energies.

  3. Kelly February 24, 2017 at 11:10 am #

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  4. jjdyson February 24, 2017 at 11:12 am #

    Oh Lauren, I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s easy to tell your dad was special, the look in his eyes gives it away.

  5. Kim Shaw February 24, 2017 at 11:14 am #

    He sounds like the most incredible person, I’m sorry he is gone so soon, your description of him reads like the most wonderful obituary ever.  

  6. LinB February 24, 2017 at 11:15 am #

    I am so sorry for your loss, Lauren.

  7. Liz Deluhery February 24, 2017 at 11:16 am #

    God bless you and your family! I’m so glad you had that great relationship with your dad. I think he must be very proud of you.

  8. Dawn February 24, 2017 at 11:21 am #

    So brave and admirable of you to write all this Lauren when it’s all still so raw for you and your family. I lost my dad when I was in my thirties too. I’m sure you’re dad will be proud and happy that part of him lives on in you xx

  9. FabricHoarder February 24, 2017 at 11:23 am #

    Your words are so full of love – sorry for your loss!

  10. lloubb February 24, 2017 at 11:24 am #

    ❤️

  11. vinthillvintage February 24, 2017 at 11:30 am #

    My heart aches for your loss. May you find peace with these beautiful memories that you have shared and the many more in your heart.

  12. katzeflieg February 24, 2017 at 11:32 am #

    Reading your post made me cry…
    I feel very sorry for you and your family.
    Looking with the eyes of an outsider to the beautiful picture of your dad, I’m sure he will always be with you because your faces are looking very similar…
    Best wishes and compassionate thoughts from Germany, Lauren.

  13. Kathryn D February 24, 2017 at 11:37 am #

    I am so very sorry for your loss. May you find strength & comfort in the warm and loving memories of your Dad. Beautiful tribute. With heartfelt sympathy-

  14. Heather Myers February 24, 2017 at 11:41 am #

    Oh my, Loren. Condolences to you and your family. Remember, love survives!

    • Heather Myers February 24, 2017 at 11:43 am #

      I apologize for name misspelling, Lauren.

  15. spastickitty February 24, 2017 at 11:47 am #

    I’m so sorry for your loss!! Sending you warm thoughts and hugs.

  16. Bonnie February 24, 2017 at 11:53 am #

    This is a beautiful tribute. I’m sorry for your loss.

  17. Becky February 24, 2017 at 11:55 am #

    Oh, Lauren, I am so sorry that you have lost your dad. When I lost my dad, I realized that I had lost my last source of unconditional love. It is devastating, but you are right, you were so very lucky to have had him for your dad. My dad was a badass, too, and being raised by him made me tough and resilient. So I will be thinking of you and hoping that you are able to find comfort in the fact that he loved you and would always want you to be happy. He will always be there inside your heart, and thankfully, your head, for as long as you live.

  18. Jane February 24, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

    I am positive that one of the great pleasures of his life was seeing you grow up into a kind and creative person. A person who makes her own clothes, isn’t afraid to take solo trips (who doesn’t seem to be afraid of anything, for that matter), and has friends and admirers all over the world. His spirit lives in you.

  19. Juliana @ Urban Simplicity February 24, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

    Memory eternal! Your dad sounds like an amazing person, and I’m so sorry for your loss.

  20. RLL February 24, 2017 at 12:12 pm #

    You did a pretty darn good job of articulating how special he was. I did not know him and I don’t really know you, but I could feel the love and loss oozing out of your every word. My sympathy to you and yours.

  21. Linda Nelson February 24, 2017 at 12:12 pm #

    So sorry for your loss. No one ever loves us like our parents. Sounds like a cool man, and way too young. Peace.

  22. bethnegrey February 24, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

    (had to wait for the tears to stop to comment… 🙂 ) Dear Lauren, I don’t think there’s a more difficult time in life than losing a much-loved family member. My dad passed over 16 years ago and there’s not a day I don’t think of him with wonderful memories, love, and thankfulness. From your heartfelt tribute to your dad, I’m sure the coming years will bring you the same. Love, Beth

  23. Aubrey February 24, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

    His service was just incredible. What a man.

    • Alexandra February 24, 2017 at 12:41 pm #

      I only know you through your sewing blog, but you should know that your creativity and passion for making is a tribute to your amazing father. I’m very sorry for your loss and wish you peace during this sad time.

  24. Karrie February 24, 2017 at 12:35 pm #

    I’m so sorry for your loss :(((((((

    I lost my 29 (only sibling) baby sister to cervical cancer on Aug 7, 2010. I was 31 at the time.

    It was 18 months of up and down. It hurts so much. It has taken a lot out of my life, and I self medicating and lost my job as a RN and I have been in recovery a week before she passed. I became interested in quilting then sewing, as something to go to pass the time. Time slowed afterwards and my family seemed to split up, and it seemed like I could not connect to my loved ones. I was angry they were able to go on and I couldn’t.

    I’m so glad you have sewing and the community right now. Finding the quilting, then sewing community saved and changed my life. There are actually tons of people that are super loving and supportive!!

    I can tell by looking at him, that he is an awesome guy. I can tell by the energy he gives out.

    One thing that helps me, is knowing that my sister is always watching and looking out for me. I don’t feel stupid talking out loud to her and I’ve seen some really crazy signs when I’ve needed them. (Like telling her I wish she was here and hearing very rare songs on the radio that mean something between us but were never played on the radio.)

    I’m sending you some love and healing energy to you and your family. I don’t have a lot of words to say. Just that I know how much cancer sucks and my common love of sewing. I know it may sound strange, but if you ever need someone to talk to, I’m always a good ear.

    Hugs 💜 Karrie Smith

    Sent from my iPhone

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    • mcdonaldmawson February 25, 2017 at 2:10 am #

      Many hugs from the UK. Your dad sounded awesome, and he’s clearly inspired many aspects of your own life and personality. Lean on your family and friends, including us in the sewing community; we will support you. And that will give you strength to support your Mum and siblings. Much love xoxox

  25. Murielle February 24, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

    Reading this post about your wonderful dad made me cry. Yes, you can be proud of being the daughter of such a great person. All my thoughts are with you, dear Lauren.

  26. Anonymous February 24, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

    Laure

  27. Kit February 24, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

    What a wonderful testament to your father! My prayers are with you during this very sad time. Kit

  28. tomatoworm February 24, 2017 at 1:08 pm #

    RIP Charlie T. You will be missed as surely as you are loved.

  29. heather February 24, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

    oh, dear… i am sooo very sorry for your loss. i’m so glad you had a wonderful relationship with him. you & yours will be in my thoughts… many, many hugs…

  30. Liz February 24, 2017 at 1:20 pm #

    Best wishes Lauren

  31. Anonymous February 24, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

    Sending you love, hugs and more love. Thank you for sharing this beautifully written and read sentiment. Your Dad was truly blessed to have and love you 🙂

  32. beakie48 February 24, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

    Dear Lauren, I’m so sad for your loss. Since I follow you, I feel almost like I know you and wish I could give you a big hug. Just know that your Father’s soul has gone to a beautiful place to rest. After a time, he will be reborn in a different body. The souls of family and close friends are said to be reborn in different ways but usually together. This is God’s promise of everlasting life. If you read Dr. Brian Weiss’ book “Many Lives, Many Masters”, it will give you a great deal of comfort. I discovered him after the death of my mother three years ago. Your father went too soon. My mother went too soon and she was 93. I, myself, am 11 years older than your father. I will pray for you and your family, plus your father’s soul. Who knows, in another life, he may be your sister or brother. If his rest is brief, he may be back as a grandchild. You will meet again, sweetheart, and it will be lovely. Take care, you have my sympathy. ❤

  33. Staci Flowers Carpenter February 24, 2017 at 1:22 pm #

    Sending you love, hugs and more love. Thank you for sharing this beautifully written and read sentiment. Your Dad was truly blessed to have and love you 🙂

  34. Cindy February 24, 2017 at 1:22 pm #

    I wish I had better words, but I am so sorry for your loss. I know, without ever having met him, that he was a good man, because he raised an incredible daughter. I pray that you find comfort knowing that so many are thinking of you at this time, even if we have never met in person. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  35. MayravB February 24, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

    Delurking to say, I’m so sorry for your loss.

  36. Cathy February 24, 2017 at 1:34 pm #

    Long time lurker. But sending lots of love to you.

  37. Deborah Penner February 24, 2017 at 1:36 pm #

    What a life well-lived and what a legacy he has left through you and your enthusiasm for life.

  38. Heidi February 24, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

    I’m so sorry. Way too young, just a few years older than me.

  39. tialys February 24, 2017 at 1:46 pm #

    A wonderful tribute to your Dad who sounds like a remarkable man. I hope you find comfort in your memories and with your friends and family. x

  40. Phyllis February 24, 2017 at 1:46 pm #

    My prayers go out to you and your family.

  41. hearthie February 24, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    I’m so sorry. Your dad sounds like quite the man.

  42. Sabs February 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm #

    So sorry to hear about your dad passing. He sounds like a brilliant chap. My thoughts are with you and your family x

  43. steelyseamstress February 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm #

    I’m so sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with you. He sounds like a wonderful man.

  44. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 24, 2017 at 2:01 pm #

    Oh, I can never find quite the right words…I AM so deeply sorry for your loss; losing a Dad, and at such a young age, hurts, everywhere. My Dad also passed much earlier than I ever thought he would. Your tribute to your Dad is beautifully expressed. The photo and your words…oh…he really was a cool and interesting man. Again, so sorry…

  45. mzjohansen February 24, 2017 at 2:05 pm #

    Beautifully written!
    The loss of parents is such a huge thing. Give yourself time to grieve. He sure had a twinkle in his eye” He will continue to guide you …

  46. KS_Sews February 24, 2017 at 2:08 pm #

    Oh Lauren.

    I am incredibly sorry for your loss. It was always fun to read stories about your dad. He always sounded like the ultimate cool, laid-back, badass dad. Hugs and best wishes to you as you grieve. ❤

    He and my mom are birthday twins 🙂

  47. Su February 24, 2017 at 2:23 pm #

    So sorry to read this Lauren, your Dad sounds wonderful. Condolences to you and your family.

  48. Trudy February 24, 2017 at 2:39 pm #

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Lauren.

  49. Sunni February 24, 2017 at 2:40 pm #

    Dear Dear Lauren,

    My heart truly goes out to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing a peek into the life of your dad today. I can’t even imagine how hard this was to put into words. Best thoughts going out to you from me!

  50. Lynn Segleau February 24, 2017 at 2:51 pm #

    Dear Lauren,

    What is there to say in the face of such a loss other than I am very sorry. Take care and embrace your fine and loving memories of a great man.

    Lynn

  51. Sandy O February 24, 2017 at 2:53 pm #

    It is my opinion that every child should think that their parent is the greatest. When that is so, the parent has done his/her job. From this and other tributes to your dad, it is obvious he did his job to the nth degree. Never met him, but I feel like I know him through you. Sending you my deepest condolences on your tremendous loss — along with a virtual hug and a nod to potty-mouths everywhere . . .

  52. Pamela Lovell February 24, 2017 at 2:55 pm #

    Thanks for sharing Lauren. Lots of love to you and your family.

  53. Christine Kille February 24, 2017 at 3:03 pm #

    So sorry for your loss. He sounds like an amazing man, a blessing to have as a father and role model. You and yours are in my thoughts.

  54. sevein01 February 24, 2017 at 3:33 pm #

    Thinking of you at this sad time, your Dad sounds amazing, you did him proud, bless you and your family.xxx

  55. Jenni February 24, 2017 at 3:33 pm #

    Sending condolences x the world has clearly lost a wonderful soul xx

  56. izothrive February 24, 2017 at 3:44 pm #

    I am so so sorry for your loss!!! My heart aches for you!
    Love Maria.

  57. Anonymous February 24, 2017 at 3:44 pm #

    God Bless you and your family at this difficult time. He sounds like he was and amazing dad, what a legacy he passes on in you. Having lost my dad last April, I know that you are going to miss him deeply, may your memories remind you of his blessing on your life.

  58. Anonymous February 24, 2017 at 3:51 pm #

    I am truly sorry!

  59. lauraborealis February 24, 2017 at 3:54 pm #

    What a beautiful photo and loving, beautiful tribute! I am so sorry for your loss.

  60. AJW February 24, 2017 at 3:54 pm #

    So very sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is one of life’s saddest milestones. I hope that your memories of your amazing Dad, and the support of your family and many friends, are of comfort to you at this difficult time.

  61. Anonymous February 24, 2017 at 3:58 pm #

    Lauren, I’m so very sorry for your loss. I have enjoyed reading everything you write about , including your Dad, and know how much your family must be grieving for him. Just know that you have millions of people lifting you up with their thoughts, prayers, and virtual hugs.

  62. Lis Stein February 24, 2017 at 4:04 pm #

    Dear Lauren,
    words fail me. I feel with you. I lost my dad when I was six and even if now over 30 years passed, I still miss him every day. After several losses of just thebest people to be around, for me it seems like only the good go too soon. Every word of your post reflects your deep love and respect for this remarkable person that left too soon.
    I wish ou all the best, a lot of strenght. Carry that sparkle and shine that this man truly had in every aspect of your life and he will never be forgotten.
    Sending hugs
    Lis

  63. gayeschafer February 24, 2017 at 4:07 pm #

    It is clear where your inner and outer beauty come from. Such a huge loss. May his memory be a blessing.

  64. fabricplusthread February 24, 2017 at 4:18 pm #

    He sounds like an amazing man who left a wonderful legacy for you all. Once the sadness passes I hope that you can find comfort and joy whenever you think of him.

  65. liz-o-matic February 24, 2017 at 4:34 pm #

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. He sounds like an awesome man and an even better father.

  66. Stephanie February 24, 2017 at 4:37 pm #

    I am so very sorry. Your dad was too young to go – and quite handsome as well! You wrote s beautiful elegy. I agree you were lucky to have him.

  67. Anonymous February 24, 2017 at 4:39 pm #

    Awwwwww Lauren. I’m so sorry for the loss of your beloved Father. Nothing breaks a little girls heart like loss of Daddy. I remember thinking…Oh, this is what a broken heart actually feels like. Its a actual physical feeling. God Bless.

  68. Anonymous February 24, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

    Lauren, what a lovely post. It’s clear that your dad was an amazing human, and the lives of all who knew him were richer for it. I’m so sorry for your loss, and I hope that memories of happy times spent with your dad give you some peace and comfort at this difficult time.

  69. Megan February 24, 2017 at 4:56 pm #

    He sounds like a marvellous person, and you are right you have been lucky to have him in your life. You and your family have my deepest sympathy.

  70. Shirley February 24, 2017 at 5:23 pm #

    You dad would be proud of the love that poured through this blog post of you sharing him with all of us. By the time I finished reading this, I wish I had known him. What an amazing man. I’m sorry for your loss. He will live on through you.

  71. Wrenna February 24, 2017 at 5:25 pm #

    Sending you so much love. What a brilliant soul the world has lost, though of course that light in him shines on through you. Thank you Charles, for all you brought to this world (including the lovely Lauren). My hands are raised to you.

  72. Kathy February 24, 2017 at 5:34 pm #

    He sounds incredible. I really see the resemblance between you and him. Sorry for your loss.

  73. Angela Hickman February 24, 2017 at 5:49 pm #

    Oh Lauren. I am so, so sorry. He sounds like he was an amazing guy.

  74. Steph February 24, 2017 at 6:01 pm #

    So sorry to hear this. What a lovely tribute you wrote. Steph x

  75. Margi Varnum February 24, 2017 at 6:03 pm #

    Oh, Lauren, I am so sorry. Your Dad sounds like a wonderful man. It is so hard to lose a loved one. But you will always carry him with you. My condolences to you and your family. Margi Varnum (From your class at Pintuck and Purl)

    Sent from my iPad

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  76. Inclement February 24, 2017 at 6:08 pm #

    Thank you for telling us more about him. It’s apparent just from reading your blog that you got much more from him than potty humor – your “of course I can do this” attitude, your sense of adventure, even your “multitalented-ness” (very different talents, but still). Love to you and condolences to your whole family. Thank you for your daughter, Mr. Taylor.

  77. sewtherapeutic February 24, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

    What a wonderful tribute! His legacy is apparent in your words and creativity. All love to you and family and friends.

  78. dkswife February 24, 2017 at 6:45 pm #

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Many prayers.

  79. Chill February 24, 2017 at 7:15 pm #

    How blessed you were so have such a wonderful father! So sorry for your loss 😕

  80. gablehaus Jenny February 24, 2017 at 7:17 pm #

    You really had a great Dad, only wish you could have had him longer.

  81. Melissa Borromeo February 24, 2017 at 7:18 pm #

    I’m so sorry, Lauren honey. I have no words, only tears and hugs.

  82. Angie February 24, 2017 at 7:59 pm #

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve followed your blog for a very long time, although I don’t comment a lot, and the snippets you’ve said about your dad over the years highlight just how special he is and how much he means to you. No matter how grown we are, the loss of a parent always makes us feel like a loss little kid. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

  83. Peter February 24, 2017 at 8:09 pm #

    I loved reading this beautiful tribute to your dad, Lauren. The world lost someone exceptional with his passing, clearly. I’m sure he was proud that part of his legacy is you. Hang in there.

  84. goodbyevalentino February 24, 2017 at 8:31 pm #

    I’m so sorry to read about your father’s passing, Lauren. You’ve written a lovely tribute and I know will cherish the memories he has given to you.

  85. Caroline February 24, 2017 at 8:35 pm #

    Sending lots of virtual hugs x So sorry for your devastating loss x

  86. Jbean267 February 24, 2017 at 9:09 pm #

    Thank you for sharing his story with us. I’m so sorry for your and your family’s loss.

  87. Kristen February 24, 2017 at 9:56 pm #

    Positive thoughts to you and your family. Your post was a lovely tribute to your dad.

    Hugs,
    Kristen

  88. Summerflies February 24, 2017 at 10:47 pm #

    My condolences to you and your family. I lost my Dad two days after you so I know what you are going through. My Dad had cancer of the larynx 17 years ago after smoking since he was 7 (orphaned during WWII), stopped smoking immediately and lived another 17 years to see three more grandchildren born (all boys after having 5 daughters and 1 granddaughter he was beyond thrilled), then had asbestosis, prostate cancer and finally dementia. My Dad lived past the average age of most men in Australia and fought TO THE END and died still quite cognisant and able to eat and drink. We are grateful to have had him for so long.

    • Summerflies February 24, 2017 at 10:50 pm #

      Oh sorry I didn’t want to make it about me but wanted to o say, I wished you had your Dad longer…he was way too young.

  89. ANGELA MARMADUKE February 24, 2017 at 10:56 pm #

    He ran the freaking Barkley!?!?!? I bow my head in respect … just wow. He sounds like a great man. I’m so sorry. I lost my mom last summer, the pain is unbelievable.

  90. Jyll cradock February 24, 2017 at 11:58 pm #

    So very sorry Your sadness will be so deep right now , your dad sounded like an amazing person thinking of you and wishing you well.

  91. Michael Theisen February 25, 2017 at 12:55 am #

    I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. He indeed sounds like a total badass.

  92. lisapenrice February 25, 2017 at 1:24 am #

    I’m so sorry for your loss x

  93. Sabine February 25, 2017 at 1:50 am #

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Losing a parent, whatever your age, is devastating. My heart goes out to you and your family

  94. Jennie February 25, 2017 at 2:16 am #

    To say I’m sorry for your loss feels underwhelming instead I will say I’m glad you had the best dad, and seriously, I ran 12 miles on Sunday and nearly broke he sounds like an amazing man who I would have loved to share a drink a chat.

  95. mertxelasierra February 25, 2017 at 2:35 am #

    So sad, Lauren! I am sorry! He is SO goodlooking! How unfair life can be!!

  96. A February 25, 2017 at 2:39 am #

    I am so sorry, Lauren. Fucking cancer. It took three women in my family, all of them way too young (49, 51, and 58). Focusing on the quality time you did have is a good attitude. I had never heard of The Barkley Marathons and just thoroughly enjoyed reading the wikipedia page for it. It’s got an interesting origin story!

  97. Lynsey February 25, 2017 at 3:02 am #

    Your writing is beautiful, you had an awesome dad and I’m sorry for your loss xx

  98. Catherine Williams February 25, 2017 at 3:02 am #

    I would not usually feel right about responding to the loss of someone i didn’t know , but when i saw your dads photo in the Bloglovin email i knew i had to read about him. I am so sorry for your loss, if everyone had a dad like him the world would be a better place. I know how you feel , i lost my wonderful mum two years ago after caring for her for 15 years and i am still not over it.Wherever your wonderful dad is i’ll bet he is still running and playing pranks.

  99. Gillian Ajayi February 25, 2017 at 3:14 am #

    So sorry for your loss, your eulogy was lovely – he was a deeply loved man.

  100. Jo Underwood February 25, 2017 at 3:16 am #

    Your dad sounds like an amazing man and I would have been privileged to have met him. I’ve lost both my fath and stepfather and know how grief is all consuming. Please know that although I live thousands of miles away in the U.K., you have my greatest condolences and sympathies, both to you and your family xx

  101. Ann Marshall February 25, 2017 at 5:06 am #

    So sorry to hear of your Father passing. I send my sympathy to you and your family. My own parents passed quite close together so I know how it feels to lose someone you love dearly. Thinking of you at this sad time. Ann, Herefordshire, uk. xx

  102. Rachel February 25, 2017 at 5:33 am #

    My condolences on the loss of a wonderful man. Your memories and thoughts of him are lovely.

  103. Anonymous February 25, 2017 at 5:58 am #

    Lauren, I’ve enjoyed your work for many years, but never have I felt so compelled to take time out of my crazy days to send you a message. You will carry your sweet daddy in your heart wherever you go. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I lost my father to Alzheimer’s in November. Every morning, I go outside and look at the sky and the birds and squirrels. He always smiles down on me with something cool to look at and remember his goodness. I do the same thing in the evening before I go to bed. I loved your tribute to your father. He must have been a terrific inspiration to you and your family. Take care of yourself. My best to you and your family. xo

  104. Sharon February 25, 2017 at 6:54 am #

    Hey Lauren very long time lurker here and just wanted to say what a beautiful tribute to your dad and so very much of him lives through you. Sending you and your family my kindest thoughts at this time xx

  105. Lisa Poblenz (patternandbranch) February 25, 2017 at 7:00 am #

    I’m so sorry, Lauren. This is a beautiful tribute.

  106. Genevieve February 25, 2017 at 7:42 am #

    God bless you and your fathers soul! He has given you an amazing grit not to mention some darn good looks. I hope you and your family find all the comfort you need when the waves of grief come. <3, G

  107. saganaga29 February 25, 2017 at 7:42 am #

    57 is so young. My dad passed away at 59 from cancer, so a very similar situation. My heart goes out to you. May God give you and all those who mourn him the strength to get through this difficult time.

  108. Shona February 25, 2017 at 7:53 am #

    So sorry for your loss Lauren. Your Dad sounds amazing.

  109. Tomasa February 25, 2017 at 8:31 am #

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I wish I could say something profound and heartfelt that would help you feel better but there is nothing I can say. I understand your grief having lost both of my parents myself. My condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.

  110. DSB February 25, 2017 at 8:36 am #

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Great dads are incredibly special.

  111. Hannah February 25, 2017 at 9:01 am #

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your dad sounds like a very special person, and you wrote such a beautiful tribute to him.

  112. Malia February 25, 2017 at 9:12 am #

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  113. PsychicSewerKathleen February 25, 2017 at 9:42 am #

    He’ll be with you always Lauren – even closer than he could be while here. Watch for him visiting you in your dreams 🙂 or sending you messages through your shared and special symbols. You are so much like him! That’s what struck me in your tribute 🙂

  114. Kaye February 25, 2017 at 9:46 am #

    My heart goes out to you. I lost my Dad to cancer when I was 14. My mother has passed away since. It’s a horrible heartbreak to lose your parents. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  115. Amanda February 25, 2017 at 10:40 am #

    Lauren, I’m so sorry! May you be comforted and feel the love of family and friends through this hard time.

  116. Kelly February 25, 2017 at 11:32 am #

    I’m so sorry. He was clearly such a wonderful person, anyone who reads your blog could see that through your writing! Healing thoughts to your family.

  117. busybea231 February 25, 2017 at 11:50 am #

    I lost my dad a couple of months ago so I know how painful this is for you. Your dad was so young, I am so sorry for your loss.

  118. Judy Cinerari February 25, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

    Lauren, you are never grown up enough to lose your dad. You will miss him every day for ever. He sounds like a good and great man.
    Do not go gentle into the night.
    Rage against the dying of the light.
    Love to you and your family. You were privileged to have such a man in your life.

  119. Chris February 25, 2017 at 3:48 pm #

    I hope your memories of your dad are a comfort to you at this time. Someone said this to me after my close friend died unexpectedly: When someone you love dies you never quite get over it. You slowly learn how to go on without them. But always keeping them tucked safely in your heart.

  120. linynp February 25, 2017 at 4:16 pm #

    Lauren
    I have now words to help with your grief. However I have big shoulders, strong arms for hugs and wonderful ears to listen to your fathers wonderful life. My heart felt condolences to you and family.

  121. racurac2 February 25, 2017 at 4:52 pm #

    so sorry for your loss, I send you lots of ❤️

  122. Myrna Patterson February 25, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

    As one of your other commenters, mentioned, death is only a temporary separation…such a comforting thought. The best of wishes in your time of loss.

  123. Dianne February 25, 2017 at 5:55 pm #

    So sorry for the loss of your dad.

  124. stephsnie February 25, 2017 at 7:57 pm #

    Condolences.

    Anyone would be proud to have lived the life your dad did, and raised a kid who could see it and tell it so well.

    Take care of yourself!

  125. Carol February 25, 2017 at 8:28 pm #

    So sorry about your dad. It’s always so hard to give up a loved one. Praying for you and your family.

  126. Pam February 25, 2017 at 8:30 pm #

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your dad sounds like a wonderful man. Be kind to yourself and your family – grief is hard. I lost my dad as a young woman. It’s a great gift to have had a good dad, but the other side is, you always miss him.

  127. Sally B February 25, 2017 at 10:48 pm #

    I’m so sorry you lost your Dad.

  128. Elle February 25, 2017 at 11:10 pm #

    A beautiful tribute Lauren. His character shines through in those passionate/compassionate eyes. I’m so sorry that your dear dad has died.

  129. izothrive February 26, 2017 at 1:44 am #

    I am so, so sorry for your loss Lauren! My heart aches for you.
    Maria

  130. Cheryll February 26, 2017 at 5:45 am #

    Very sorry for your loss Lauren. Stay strong. ❤

  131. susanrotter February 26, 2017 at 6:50 am #

    So sorry to hear about your Dad’s death

  132. Kay February 26, 2017 at 7:37 am #

    I’m so sorry for your loss!

    My hugs and prayers for you and your family.

  133. Miss Celie February 26, 2017 at 8:52 am #

    Every year on the anniversary of my mom’s death, I actually go back to my blog and read comments people left. It feels like the world hugging me a little. I’m terribly sorry about your dad. You love for him shines through. And, I think you’re showing just how strong you are too.

  134. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) February 26, 2017 at 10:41 am #

    So sorry to hear about your loss, what a great dad and treasured memories you have.

  135. smonakey February 26, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

    I’m so sorry to read of your Dad’s passing. My thoughts are with you.

  136. Anonymous February 26, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

    So sorry for your loss Lauren 😦 I’m not religious, but I do believe our souls live on forever and the souls of our loved ones are always near us

  137. esewing February 26, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

    My thoughts are with you and your family, this is a beautiful tribute to your Dad, his love will stay with you forever .

  138. Hélène Martin February 26, 2017 at 7:48 pm #

    I’m so sorry for your loss dear Lauren. Your dad made you so of course he is wonderful. And now that I know he ran 500ks, I wonder whether you may be part superhuman? May he live on in each of your potty jokes! Sending you and his whole family all the good vibes.

  139. AnnieK February 26, 2017 at 8:29 pm #

    So sorry for your loss – and wishing you strength and comfort.

  140. Renee February 26, 2017 at 10:59 pm #

    Dads are very special people. I’m glad that you had a great dad and I wish you and your family the very best memories with him. I am sure he knew he was loved, as you know that you are loved.

  141. Janet Hasselblad February 27, 2017 at 1:17 am #

    I’m very sorry for your loss. Having a dad you love and respect and who loves and respects you is an amazing gift.

  142. upsew February 27, 2017 at 3:56 am #

    my deepest condolences on your loss, and to your family. my own Dad died in February some years ago and nothing was ever going to be the same again – Janet above has put it so beautifully, having a dad you love and respect and who loves and respects you is an amazing gift – this will always be with you.

  143. Sue Wardell February 27, 2017 at 5:20 am #

    Hi Lauren So sorry to hear of your loss. What a wonderful tribute to your father. My thoughts are with you at this time

  144. Elaine Laswell February 27, 2017 at 8:01 am #

    Lauren,

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  145. knitmo February 27, 2017 at 1:47 pm #

    I am so sorry for you loss. Your tribute to your father makes me sad I never got to know him, because he clearly was was a wonderful man.

  146. Kim February 27, 2017 at 3:58 pm #

    What a lovely tribute to your father. My thoughts are definitely with you and your family.

  147. Patricia February 27, 2017 at 7:02 pm #

    Lauren, I am a lurker, and want to say what a beautiful tribute about your Dad. I lost my father recently, and understand how you feel. You will have moments when you will laugh about memories of your father, and times when you will cry. Each day it will get easier. You will never get over the loss of your Dad. It is the new normal. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  148. Jolanda February 28, 2017 at 4:19 am #

    What a beautiful and brave post. Lots of hugs from Holland.

  149. Kelly February 28, 2017 at 7:10 am #

    Oh Lauren, I’m so sorry to hear about this. Sending you lots of love and hugs across the ocean, thinking of you xxx

  150. Pam Bush February 28, 2017 at 8:09 am #

    Sorry to hear this. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  151. sometimessewist February 28, 2017 at 9:15 am #

    So very sorry for your loss. Lots of love to you as you navigate this most difficult of times.

  152. the Garment Farmer February 28, 2017 at 11:54 am #

    awe Lauren, I’m so saddened to read that your father passed. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Thank you for writing about him and sharing him with us–he sounds absolutely amazing and I’m so sorry for your loss. Many hugs and kind thoughts to you. xx

  153. Louise February 28, 2017 at 3:56 pm #

    Oh Lauren, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending much love to you and your family x

  154. Mosulli March 1, 2017 at 4:27 am #

    Whoa your dad ran the Barkley!!!! Seriously!! What a badass indeed! I think he might have been a superhero. I can’t imagine what you are going through. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  155. Michelle Rivera March 1, 2017 at 7:46 am #

    Darling Lauren, I am sorry for your loss, immensely moved by your thoughts and reminded of how precious our time is. I hope you’re able to grieve as you need to, that you feel warmth and know that you are immensely loved. Love to you and your family.

  156. Kristin March 1, 2017 at 11:30 am #

    What a lovely tribute. Your dad indeed sounds like he lived a full, fabulous and bad-ass life. As a dad’s girl myself, I can only imagine the depth of your loss. My deepest sympathies, Lauren. Wrap yourself in all of those good memories.

  157. MEL March 1, 2017 at 6:05 pm #

    Our heart are with you. What you wrote was very touching and thank you for sharing such a personal event with those that you inspire in the sewing world. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

  158. Karen U. March 1, 2017 at 6:09 pm #

    Lauren, I am just now reading this. I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my father at 23 very unexpectedly so I have some understanding of just how hard this is for you. What a wonderful tribute to him you have shared with us. He will live in your heart each day and I believe you all will be reunited some day. From your description, it sounds as if he made the world a better place. I wish you peace!

  159. Hannah T. March 1, 2017 at 8:04 pm #

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Lauren. He sounds like such a wonderful person.

  160. Heather March 2, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

    What a fantastic tribute Lauren! It sounds like your father was an amazing man, and the people who met and knew him were truly blessed because of it. I’m so sorry for loss. Sending you love and strength, and hugs.

  161. lisamaesc March 2, 2017 at 1:23 pm #

    so sorry for your loss!

  162. Michele March 2, 2017 at 3:56 pm #

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  163. Elizabeth Shaum Delfosse March 3, 2017 at 7:53 am #

    I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. He sounds like an absolutely amazing man, and I can tell how much you love him. Those of us blessed with amazing dads are truly lucky people. Big hugs.

  164. sewspinderella March 3, 2017 at 4:44 pm #

  165. Kathy March 4, 2017 at 5:56 pm #

    Heartfelt condolences, Lauren! You are fortunate to have been raised by such a remarkable father, but it makes for a devastating loss. Like your father, you will rise up after this like a blade of grass (when you are ready) — in his honor; in his memory. Hugs!

  166. theknittingarchaeologist March 5, 2017 at 9:36 am #

    Lauren, I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He sounds like he was a wonderful human and made many people very happy. I hope he is at peace and that your family continues to celebrate his life. ❤

  167. Sara A. March 6, 2017 at 5:07 am #

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. i wish I knew you irl so I could bring you soup and spoil you a little. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  168. Carlos Correa, Vogue Patterns March 6, 2017 at 10:07 am #

    So sorry to hear about your loss Lauren. Hope you and your loved ones find peace and strength in the days ahead.

  169. Colleen March 6, 2017 at 11:06 am #

    Oh, Lauren. I am so sorry. I know we can’t expect everyone to live a long life, but we do. His was too short. He sounds like an incredibly wonderful man and one who will be missed like crazy. Peace to all of you.

  170. Juls March 7, 2017 at 6:37 am #

    I am sorry for your loss, he sounds like an awesome father and person. I’m glad you had you had such a wonderful person in your life and he will still be with you where he is now, loving and watching over you and your family. My sincerest best wishes.

  171. Deepika March 13, 2017 at 4:22 pm #

    Lauren to lose ones parent is probably one of the most difficult times in one’s life. Thanks for sharing your father’s life with us. It makes me hopeful that people as kind and special as your dad do exist. What an honor for those whose life he enriched. So very sorry for your loss.

  172. Danica March 16, 2017 at 10:38 pm #

    What can anyone say? The loss of a parent is so difficult. I’m so sorry, Lauren. Your dad sounded like a wonderful father. You look so much like him and seem to have inherited his love of adventure. Grief is so strange and non-linear, it seems. I am wish you strength as you walk that path.

  173. jennifer March 21, 2017 at 9:15 am #

    My condolences on your loss. Loosing a parent is one of the deepest losses we can experience.

  174. Heather (Thing I Make, Plus Rocks) March 22, 2017 at 12:55 am #

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad, but so glad that you had a good relationship with him. I know I’m late to the table, but I hope you and your family are doing alright, and I’ll be thinking about you in the coming days. Losing your Dad sucks – I lost mine in 2006 and I’m still feeling the loss. Remember who he was and what you had together, and it’ll help down the road. ❤

  175. Sherine March 26, 2017 at 5:21 pm #

    My condolences for the loss of your dad, i know how you feel cz i lost mine too many years ago but i still remember it, as if it was yesterday. Hope he will be i a better place and better life.

  176. DOC Boucher June 6, 2017 at 9:57 am #

    Just read about your dad, condolences to you and yours.

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