I've posted before about how much I love my dad and what he has been through in the last 10 years being a fighter of Celiac Sprue Disease. I've mentioned about his stuttering, shaking and memory loss. Today I want to share a photo of the last time I was with my dad.
Jeff and I are planning vacation for next spring, we will be going to Washington for a visit with my family. It will be the first time Jeff has met most of my family and it will be the first time I have seen my dad in more than two years. I have been in Arkansas since Jeff and I got married in 2004 (not counting the 5 months we were separated after the wedding) and I haven't seen most of my family since my Poppa passed away in December 2004. Jeff and I flew my dad and step-mom down here to Arkansas in October 2008 and my mom and little brother came down this last June. Both visits were wonderful.
So today's photo is from my dad's visit. I regret that I didn't take more photos than I did... we had a wonderful time. Dad doesn't remember a whole lot about his visit here thanks to his memory loss caused by his disease. When asked about his visit here he remembers one thing... Petit Jean Mountain. Petit Jean is one of my most favorite places to go and while it doesn't compare to the mountains we have back home in Washington... it is still a beautiful place with amazing sunsets and views. Dad remembers Petit Jean as "the place where you can see forever" because you can see for miles and miles when you are on top of the mountain.
We also took Dad and Mare fishing while we were at Petit Jean... it was their first time fishing with crickets as bait and I remember dad chasing the crickets that got out of the tube. We had fun. Dad caught a fish... a brim... He looks so happy!