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and these are some of the shots I got of him.  I may be biased, but oh I think he is such a handsome little guy!  He gives me a run for my money at times, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  He’s ALL BOY and I love it! 


Thanks for the part you play in this family, little man.  I love you so!!!!!!!!

They arrived!  I am smitten with these little things.  They are painted to represent our family.  The very talented Erica Daley painted them.  She did an amazing job!  I just can’t get enough of them – they make me smile really BIG.  Growing up in a quilting family and playing with wooden spools when I was little makes these even more special.  I first saw them on Carrie’s blog and knew I had to have a set myself.  I put Erica’s link above if you’d like to have her paint some for you. 

And my son is very upset with me that daddy (and just about everyone else) is blurry in the second pic.  I told him I did that on purpose.  It is one of the cool things I can do with my lens.  He’s like, why would you EVER do that mommy????


John “Jack” Ditty . . . Jan 23, 1946 – April 8, 2008
I don’t even know where to begin . . . I love you, I miss you, my heart breaks for those left behind. Your life was a testimony to the Lord Jesus . . . thank you so much for that. Your example as a husband, dad, grandpa, son, brother and friend will never be forgotten. I look forward to seeing you again in heaven. xoxo

I am at such a loss as to what to say or how to act.  But I want to share what my husband wrote about his Dad. 

Me and My Dad


I think there is always a special bond between a son and his dad. I have always loved my dad more then words can explain. He has ALWAYS been there for me. As a little kid I have many fond memories of my dad. From working in the garden to attending WVU football games, to just all around great childhood memories, at the same time instilling many good traits in me. He definitely taught me how to work hard at all I do. At the same time, he taught me how to love, not through words, but through action. I can’t count how many times he told me to not treat my mom or my sisters the way I did at times. He didn’t stop there however as he “showed” me how to do it. Even today, in just about every aspect on how I treat my wife and kids I think of my dad as my example.


He was a man that loved the Lord and loved people. I wish I had the same social gene that he had. He had a way to make everyone smile and to involve everyone. No one ever felt left out in my dad’s presence. He was a great teacher to us kids and to his students.   I remember how he put his heart into his class lessons as a teacher and his basketball practices as a coach.  I was so proud of my dad in every way.


Another area that I wanted to share was his patience with me. Growing up, I loved baseball. The problem was that baseball didn’t love me, I literally stunk at baseball. My dad spent countless days taking me to the ballpark and pitching to me. You think that I would have gotten better but it just wasn’t in the cards for me. Even though he knew that I clearly wasn’t going to be a professional baseball player, he didn’t care. He just took me out and kept at it with me. He was so patient with me and just spent the time with me. I loved those times with my dad. One that I will always cherish and pass along to my kids as well.


First and foremost, however, he taught me to love the Lord with all your heart and to show it. The main reason that I will be in heaven with him someday is because of the way dad lived his life. He was a wonderful man, great husband, great father, and lover of the Lord.



To everyone here, I urge you that if you do not know the Lord today that you do so. Jesus Christ loves us even more then dad could ever love me and that is so hard for me to comprehend. He wants to spend time with us even though, at times, we stink at life. If you haven’t made that committment to the Lord, I urge you to do so. Find out more about it and find the Truth yourself. We all have to have a day of judgement someday. We are all sad here today because we miss my father but we all will have to go through this someday. You can be comforted to know that Jesus Christ the Lord loves you more then you can imagine and that one day we can live in Glory. I know Dad would be proud that I shared this today because even though this was his last time here on this fallen world, it won’t be the last time that we can see him. See, he has that “social” gene and I know he wants to meet with you and love and laugh with you again someday.


Dad, I love you and truly believe that I will see you again someday. I will continue to live for Christ and we will have a celebration together someday.




My husband made a video of pictures.  I love it. 

The sun is shining . . . yes, it is true . . . the sun is shining in Ohio right now! That alone is cause for celebration. So to celebrate I will post a few pics.



These two pictures remind me of how I feel when it is raining (the first one), and after the rain is over and the sun is shining (the second one). 🙂
Thanks for looking!