People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world your best and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It never was between you and them anyway.
-Mother Teresa

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

My birthday was on Saturday and it was a good day even though it snowed and I was suffering horribly from allergies. I swear if it wasn't for my birthday, March would be my least favorite month of the year. Anyway, big thanks to Catherine for sneaking me some Oreo's (my fave) and especially for watching my girls so I could actually spend my birthday money this year instead of putting it in the bank to pay bills.

My birthday is also extra special because I share it with an extraordinary dad. There have only been a handful of times that we have not celebrated together. Growing up, my mom would always bake my dad's favorite cake (carrot cake) and after alot of those I told my mom that it wasn't my favorite so she should make me my own cake along with my dads. She did, bless her heart.

I am the third child in my family and he would call me his favorite #3. He coached my basketball team in high school and it was great having him at everygame to watch us even if he was harder on me and my sister than anyone else. He is kind, generous, has a strong testimony of the gospel, and has taught me principles of the gospel, not by lectures, but by his example. He and my mom have been me and my siblings biggest fans and supporters in all things that we are pursuing.

Any opinion my dad has on things must be right, so that's what my opinion is. To me, my dad has always been that tall mountain that you know is not going anywhere.

(My dad with Regan)

I cannont even write this post without tears. My dad has an incurable, agressive form of blood cancer (multiple myeloma). It was diagnosed a year ago and my mom has kept him healthy this last year with a regimen of natural supplements. Today he started his first round of chemotherapy because the cancer has started to create holes in his spine and hips. The chemo is to hopefully slow the cancer down.

(My dad with Sophie)

It feels like someone has put a choke hold on my heart. I can't bear to think of some of the things he may have to go through. I especially can't bear to think of my life without him in it. He is just always that constant thing that you count on being there, like walls in a home. Like water coming out of a faucet. Like blood in your veins. How can that be taken away......especially so soon? I hope we have many more birthdays to celebrate together, but if not, I know the Lord has a plan....all is well. I love you very much dad.


KaNdRa and JaReD said...

Great post! Glad you were able to do some fun things on your birthay! You would have like the cake that we made for Dad this year, besides the carrot cake. Although it wasn't a cake it was a coconut cream cheese dessert!!YUM! Anyway, love you guys!

Dawna Greer said...

I try to be the strong one but dang it your blog made me cry! Couldn't have said it better. Love you tons. Am really excited to have you down for a visit this weekend.

Catherine said...

Kristal, I don't know why you seem to be carrying more burdens that the rest of us. You've been through a lot this year. I can't imagine watching my dad suffer with cancer. You are and always will be one of my heros. I love you so much, friend! I'm glad it was a good birthday, oreos and all. ;) I hardly ever buy them, and I'm pretty sure, every time I have bought some, I've called you over to share them with me because I love seeing you smile.

thewaites said...

Happy Birthday Kristal!!! I am so glad it was a great day for you!

You and your dad have such a special relationship! You share so much more than just your birthdays! You are so much like him. I love you both so very much! I am so sorry you are all suffering right now! It doesn't seem fair that someone as amazing and just plain GOOD as your dad should have to endure this! I pray for him and I pray for each of you every day. I love you so much and I to hope and pray that the two of you will celebrate many a birthdays together. Let me know if there is ANYTHING I can do!!! And if you ever just need to talk... give me a call!

Heather said...

Happy Birthday Kristal! I'm sorry that you have to go through the trials that you do. I love you. Thank you for your example of faith even when times are difficult.

Ashlee & Christian said...

you are seriously one of the most amazing people I know. This post just sucked my heart right out. You have such a power with words. Happy Birthday, and I too will pray you can have many more birthdays to share with your wonderful father.

Skousen Seven said...

Well, between you and Kandra I have now invested in Puffs Plus stock!!!! I try to be strong for all of you and am staying positive, but reading this amazing tribute to dad, broke me! I love this post and could not have said it better myself!
Can't wait to see you Monday, drive safe!! Hugs and loves:)

Kristin said...

Tearing up over here!
I can't imagine going through all that.
Have I ever told you that you are one of the best examples to me?? Seriously you are. You have so much faith, determination, and a pure love for people. Thanks for all you do and the example you are. I'll be praying for some more birthdays with your sweet dad around!!

Jami said...

SWEET Post Kristal - You have been blessed with an amazing earthly father. Don't you LOVE being a daddy's girl!! Hope you had a great birthday. We sure are grateful for the Greer Family:)

The Colvins said...

I never knew that you shared a birthday with your dad--that's makes it all the more special. My heart goes out to your girl and I hope that everything turns out well for your dad. Love ya.

The Merrills said...

I think your dad is pretty cool, too.