Happy Birthday, To You…

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Today we are celebrating!

Daddy may be in heaven, but he is still loved and treasured and adored here on earth. Always will be. It’s how his legacy will live on.

He would be 61 years young today.

I want to share Momma’s thoughts on this day. How she is able to find joy on the toughest of days amazes me. It’s proof “the joy of the Lord” really can be our strength if we let it.

Today Momma writes…

Our family has a tradition for birthdays– you are king or queen for the day. You call the shots, from what we eat to where we go, what we do. And most importantly, you control the remote. It’s fun seeing the reactions to what is chosen.

Today, our family will celebrate Doug’s birthday.

He was the greatest man who ever lived, in my opinion. He was kind, gentle, wise and strong; a velvet hammer, so to speak. He was jovial but knew when to be tough. He always chose to see the best in people even when things didn’t go his way. I could count on one hand people he didn’t like, but even then I would have to really think of who it could be.

He was a storyteller. It didn’t matter who you were, your status in life or whether he knew you or not. He had a story to share and he had a way of making you want to hear it!

He didn’t idolize people, never put anyone on a pedestal. I remember him saying, “They put their pants on same as me, one leg at a time.” He didn’t care who you were, he’d walk right up to you if he had something to say.

He also got things done, never idle. He knew the value of hard work and believed nothing is ever handed to you. He could do just about anything or fix anything. It might not be perfect but he would figure it out, one way or another.
In the 42 years we were together I never heard the words “I can’t” come out of his mouth. Wait, I take that back. “I can’t carry a tune in a bucket” was his reply to singing.

But to me hearing him sing Amazing Grace was beautiful.

Most importantly, he loved God and he loved his family unconditionally. He said it and he showed it. He spoiled all of us to a fault, even his cattle.

So today we will celebrate by eating a big steak and chocolate cake in honor of our Patriarch. He would probably watch golf or Lonesome Dove, oy vey…

We look forward to that day when we are reunited. You will forever be in our hearts. We will always love you, Douglas Allen Cole!

~Debra

And to that, I say Amen. 

~Jessie

“The good people who live honest lives will be a blessing to their children.” ~Proverbs 20:7 (NCV)

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