Saturday, June 16, 2007


Tonight I have been thinking a lot about my dad. I really am not sure how to express my feelings for this wonderful man, that has such an impact in my life. My dad passed away when I was 14. I will never ever forget that day..that time. My Dad passed away from cancer, Hodgkin's disease. He fought a good fight to beat this monster. My dad was one of 7 kids. There are six boys, and 1 girl in his family. Actually there was 8, but one of his brothers passed away soon after birth. My dad taught me so much in the little amount of time we had together. He was one of my closest buddy's. We had a special bond, that I will eternally hold dear to my heart. I will never forget the fact that he would love to take me to his plant with him. There was so much going in there daily, but when I was there he made me feel like I was the most important. He was always so proud to show me off to his employees. I also will never forget how he would take me to breakfast with him. He went to breakfast 5 out of 7 days a week. He would meet daily with his brothers, and other good friends of his. I remember ordering pancakes, and fresh squeezed orange juice. There are so many memories, but these are just a few. My Dad taught me that if you work hard, you will succeed. He taught me that anything is possible.

I would love to have my dad meet Steve, and my darling children. I would have loved my dad to have seen me in my wedding dress. I know that it would have meant so much to him.

I do know that he is in a better place. I also know that he knows my little family, and he did see me on my very special day. I am so very grateful for the gospel. I believe in eternal families with all of my heart. I look forward to the day that I will be with him again.

Fathers day has always been a very sad day for me, since my dad's passing. I would think, that after all of this time it would have gotten better. Then when I really think about it, it makes sense to me that it hasn't. There was nobody like Gary Arthur Winetrout, my dad.



Blogger onehm said...

That is sooo sweet! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I feel like I know him, now. Glad that you have the gospel to help you through tough times...

June 16, 2007 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger A Life of A Teenage Drama Queen said...

Mom, I am sorry about your Dad. I wish I could have met him. I miss even though I have never met himmm. He seems like he was a really good Dad. I love you so much!

June 16, 2007 at 11:21 PM  
Blogger donna said...

Wow what a wonderful post about your Father.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Talk to you soon my friend :)

June 17, 2007 at 7:30 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

What a moving post about your dad. He seems like such a wonderfully connected man to the people in his life. That's such an amazing trait to have in a father. My grandfather passed away when my dad was 17 years old. My dad has expressed to me many times how he feels about his father. Having the gospel in our lives certainly gives us a positive perspective on death. My dad got sealed to his new wife last weekend and I tried to picture my grandfather there and wondered how he felt about it. Anyway, your post was beautiful and it made this day more special to me for reading it.

June 17, 2007 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

He sounded like a wonderful man, well I am sure he is, if you are his daughter! I am sorry to hear Father's Day is sad for you, but you ARE blessed with the knowledge of eternal families. I hope you guys are having a great day!

June 17, 2007 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger Michelle A. said...

It really hit me when you said"I would think, that after all of this time it would have gotten better. Then when I really think about it, it makes sense to me that it hasn't". Such beautiful sentiments to someone that was so dear to you. I would so love to meet you! You seem like a really lovely person. Take care and have a great Sunday with your family.

June 17, 2007 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger Lauralee said...

Oh that was sweet! How hard to grow up the rest of the way without your dad around.. that would be hard.. I loved your comments- He was there.. He did see! We are blessed to know what we do! Thanks for sharing!

June 17, 2007 at 9:52 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

What a sweet post and lovely tribute to your dad. I can see how much he means to you and how much you love him.

June 17, 2007 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

what a sweet post about your dad! I can't even imagine what that must have been like to go through most of your life without your dad. I'm so glad you made the most of what time you had with him. You will see him again some day. Thanks for sharing.

June 17, 2007 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

What a great post Michelle. I can't imaging losing my dad at such a young age. I'm sorry for your loss.

June 18, 2007 at 7:27 AM  
Blogger House of Joy said...

Such a sweet tribute..Thank you for sharing it with us..
I can't even imagine how hard that time must have been for you..

We are so blessed to have the restored Gospel in our lives..

June 18, 2007 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

That was such a touching tribute about your father. Eternal families are a wonderful aspect of the gospel and make times that are difficult a bit easier. Thanks for sharing your dad with us.

June 18, 2007 at 2:01 PM  

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