Saturday, March 20, 2010

. . . . . . .Birthday Tribute to My Dad

Today is my father's birthday. I cannot buy or give him anything that will demonstrate my love for him. Honestly, I cannot even say the words to adequately describe how I feel about him.

No adjectives can describe the feelings of peace I felt, lying in the hospital, as I would wake up during the day, and see him, STILL sitting there by my bedside. Not one day, one two days, but for 28 days, all day long he sat there, for me. Sometimes he was on the couch. Other times he was on a chair. Other times he was kneeling by my bed, rubbing my aching body. Many times he was getting me food, watering my flowers, cleaning my room or simply silently praying. He read to me, he watched movies with me, he blogged about me, and he demonstrated his love, day after day. He called me and texted me when he wasn't there, and only left long enough to go home, shower, sleep and come back again. He was there to record everything, to take pictures of each moment so one day we could be strengthened by remembering the journey.

Yes, there are times when words just won't do. But perhaps, a few photos will help.





The only gift I can truly give him is to honor him through my actions. Actions that reflect what he has taught me and that mirror my Savior, Jesus Christ. So Happy Birthday, Dad. Though I am far from perfect, I am trying to be more like you and Him every day.

Please join me in wishing this wonderful man and father a wonderful day!

10 comments:

Els Manning said...

may i just say...Happy Birthday father of Jodi. With my best wishes for a great day, and a happy new year! And thank you for sharing your daughter with me, us ... she is such an inspiration to me. And my family. And i know many people feel that way about her. And i know behind every great daughter stands a beaming dad...ha ha !

Tina said...

I've never met your Dad in person, but had a wonderful experience communicating with him through the mail a few years back. Much love and best wishes to a great man!

Anonymous said...

Aren't our dad's one of the greatest gifts we have been given? Happy Birthday Jodi's dad!! We love taking care of your daughter when you can't. Love, Annette

annie said...

Wish him a very happy birthday from us. He is an amazing dad. You lucky, lucky girl.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Von! Jodi's soo blessed to have such a wonderful dad and you're so blessed to have such a great daughter. We should all cherish every day we have with each other. Hope your birthday is one of the best ever!!!
The Bennett's

Von Orgill said...

Thank you, Jodi, and all who have been so kind today...and always! I am most grateful for the blessing of being a father to such a wonderful daughter and to all her siblings. I am most blessed to know so many good people and to be touched by them in countless ways. May the Lord's blessings attend each of you! With love and aloha, Von

wjmom said...

Happy birthday, beautiful father. (And good luck with the new FM at the PCC.)

Anonymous said...

Tell your Dad happy birthday and ask him him how many times he watched Mutiny on The Bounty With Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, Richard Harris (1962) I don't remember the # but it was A LOT. Please post the answer. All the best.

The Hall's said...

It is such a blessing to have a wonderful dad like you do! You should feel very lucky, Happy Birthday Von!

Carolyn said...

Happy Happy Birthday Von!! We wish you best wishes for a super fantastic birthday! Jodi, you are blessed to have a wonderful dad (mom and siblings, too). The Orgill family is an inspiration to us all. Have a great day! Alohas and hugs, Carolyn, David,Andrew, Chelsea & Savannah