Sometimes fate throws your life into turmoil.  During times of turmoil, it’s so important to look for your inner strength even if it’s hard to find.  Lately I’ve been having to dig deep to find that strength, but I know it’s there! 

I recently lost one of the most significant people in my life, my dad.  He was so kind and compassionate, always supportive of me.  He was a devout Christian and active in the church.  I know that he loved his family.  I will miss his off-key singing and constant whistling.  I will miss him rolling his eyes at my antics.  I will miss his words of wisdom.  But most of all, I will miss his hugs.  Words can’t express how much I loved my dad.  I was daddy’s little girl.  And yes, we had our disagreements and I argued about EVERYTHING with him (the teen years were the worst!), but he still loved me anyway.

He always had a great sense of humor and refused to be bogged down by life’s problems.  He always had a smile on his face and kind words for everyone.  He and I had many adventures together.  He taught me how to drive a stick shift (on a 1928 Chevy!), how to fix a toilet, and how to use most household tools for home repair.

So much of who I am today I owe to my dad.  He was an inspiration and I will always be grateful for everything he taught me.  I will always love you and I miss you so much!

Dedicated to the best dad a girl could ever have, Marvin Dieterman 1925-2017.