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  1. Beth Moore
    December 22, 2016 @ 8:09 am

    Oh Julie – you’ve celebrated the life of your dad mixed with the grief of losing him in such a beautiful way. And though we have only shared brief conversations, seeing how you live out your faith in Christ here in this space is such grace. I know your daddy would be so proud of you and what you’ve done with what God has given. Praying for you and your family this Christmas!

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    • Julie
      December 22, 2016 @ 12:32 pm

      This is so kind, Beth! Thanks for sharing in this with me! Means so much.

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  2. Laura
    December 22, 2016 @ 9:28 am

    Julie, This made me cry. Your Dad indeed was a special man, and we are thankful to have known him. Have a wonderful Christmas with the family. Much love to you!

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    • Julie
      December 22, 2016 @ 12:33 pm

      Thank you! You know I love you, too, so much. He did too! Wish we could see you this Christmas 🙂

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  3. Jeanne
    December 22, 2016 @ 9:53 am

    Julie: such a beautiful tribute…I’m sure your dad read it and knows. Blessings.

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    • Julie
      December 22, 2016 @ 12:33 pm

      Thank you for saying that! Blessings to you, too!

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  4. Dayna
    December 22, 2016 @ 10:18 am

    Such a sweet sweet letter. Tears flowed even as I read this and only ever knowing your dad from a distance. Blessings to your family as you continue to miss your dad and yet long for reunion in heaven in day! Thank you for your post.

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    • Julie
      December 22, 2016 @ 12:34 pm

      Thanks for the kind words! Merry Christmas!

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  5. Vickie Blaylock
    December 22, 2016 @ 10:22 am

    Julie, this is so beautiful. I miss your dad beyond words. I could just see him and hear his voice and his laugh while reading this. Thank you for sharing. I love you and your family very much. Hope you have a very blessed Christmas.

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    • Julie
      December 22, 2016 @ 12:35 pm

      Thank you, Vickie! I know you miss him. We love y’all very much too. Merry Christmas!

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  6. Catherine
    December 22, 2016 @ 10:56 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this story. You touched my heart in ways you’ll never know. Blessings to you and your family.

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    • Julie
      December 22, 2016 @ 12:36 pm

      This is a blessing to me. Thank you for taking the time to share that. Merry Christmas!

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  7. Linda Schenher
    December 22, 2016 @ 9:55 pm

    What a beautiful testament to your dad!!! You and your family, friends, and his congregation were lucky to have him in your life. I know it’s the way life is….the circle of life…people pass and babies are born. Still difficult – because we miss them so much – especially around The Holidays. The only comfort is knowing they are truly in a better place and that one day, we who believe in HIM, will be reunited with our loved ones in Heaven.

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    • Julie
      December 23, 2016 @ 1:20 pm

      Yes, so true on all of it! Thank you!

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  8. Petra
    December 23, 2016 @ 5:30 am

    What a wonderful letter. My dad left for Heaven nearly 5 years ago. We all miss him dreadfully but know he is praying for us, and we really feel those prayers. God Bless you this Christmas, a very special time on the church calendar.

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    • Julie
      December 23, 2016 @ 1:21 pm

      And the same to you & your family! Thank you!!

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  9. Carol Elkins
    December 23, 2016 @ 11:18 am

    This is just beautiful! It’s been three years since I lost my Dad and it still hurts. I know he is in Heaven and I will see him again one day. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Julie
      December 23, 2016 @ 1:23 pm

      You’re welcome! And God bless you!! Merry Christmas!

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  10. Beth
    December 23, 2016 @ 8:02 pm

    So very sweet, Julie. Thank you for sharing your most tender emotions. Sobbing as I read – my dad is sick too and such a great reminder to cherish each day and especially the holiday. So thankful for the promise of eternity as believers. Love and prayers to you for a wonderful Christmas, celebrating our Savior’s birth, enjoying those kids home and being together!

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    • Julie
      December 24, 2016 @ 1:59 pm

      God bless you and your dad & family as you spend time together! Thanks for taking the time to stop by here & read this & share your kind words. Merry Christmas!

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  11. Judy
    December 23, 2016 @ 9:24 pm

    Oh my, Julie, this post brought a lot of tears! Just like you, I lost my father in 2012 from lung cancer…reading your post was like reading my own thoughts. It has been 4 years, and we still remember him in almost everything that we do, esp. the major decisions that we have to make. The grief will really ease up, but the memories forever stay. Merry Christmas to you and to your family!

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    • Julie
      December 24, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

      There are so many of us tied together via this mutual grief. It helps to have people who understand. Merry Christmas! Enjoy your memories as well!

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