I am so sorry for the radio silence, I am disappointed in myself for not making the time like I had planned. With that said, I am back at it and maybe on a monthly basis once I get everyone caught up on SWEET CHEEKS!
I have been putting off the post mostly because I am not good at saying goodbye, but wanted to make sure I honored Cora's Pop Pop in the next blog post. Jim is definitely looking down on Cora, our little blessing, and loving watching her grow just as much as we do. He is also looking down with a proud dad look, seeing how amazing of a father Matt is to Cora. Cora loves her "da da", which of course was the first word to come out of her mouth that was understandable. "Da da" is still her favorite thing to say and it is what you hear most often come from her mouth. I love seeing the very special, one-of-a-kind and undeniable bond Matt and Cora have with one another. It is simply precious and heartwarming. One of the many qualities that attracted me to Matt was knowing that he would be a great dad. It may sound silly to some, but I have always wanted to be a mom and marrying someone that was equally wanted to be a dad was a must. Just as Cora has exceeded my expectations of being a mom, Matt has done the same with his combined natural and learned dad skills. I am the proudest of them all, because I get to come home to both of them every night and call them my family.
If you have not heard the song "My Old Man" by Zac Brown Band, it is worth looking up on the internet and listening to. I knew my father for less than five years and he has a place in my heart that no one other than him could fill. I can only imagine what it is like to lose a "GIANT" like your father and after 33 short years. It is not enough time, but the truth is that there would never be enough time and you are always wanting more when you love someone this much. The song starts off "He was a giant, when I was just a kid. I was always trying, to do everything he did. I can still remember every lesson he taught me. Growing up learning how to be like my old man." You will have to look the song up to hear the rest and the beautiful music that perfectly accompanies it.
I hope James Eldon Kieffer and James Coyle Bailey meet in heaven and that Cora is the link that brings them together.