The Dad and Mom Project

My Eulogy for My Dad at His Memorial Service (Audio)

This is a break from the usual programming at my blog, and it is something very personal.

On Jan. 3, 2017, my awesome, dear dad passed away after battling an aggressive cancer. It was all very sudden and unexpected. The cancer came very quickly and seemingly appeared out of nowhere in late December. The event has put a grinding halt to my work and my podcast, but I wanted to share this tribute--a message I put together to honor my dad--that was recorded at the memorial service on Friday, 1pm, 1/13/17.

Click the audio player below to listen.

After my message, the recording also has the rest of the service: stories about my dad told by a few who were in attendance at the service, concluded by a prayer and some of my dad's favorite music, hymns by Dailey & Vincent, that he had enjoyed in recent months before he died.

My dad was such an amazing person, and besides providing an easy, practical way to share this recording/tribute with friends and family, I wanted to share the eulogy with the public as well in hopes that it will inspire and bless you in some way.

It includes some of my dad's favorite quotes and Scriptures, including quotes from Sir Andrew Barton, Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and verses from 2 Corinthians and John 14. My tribute takes up the first 17 minutes of the recording. The rest of the service, the other anecdotes and the closing prayer, is the last 10 minutes.

Remembering My Mom (Today Is Her Birthday)

My awesome, supremely fun and caring mom passed away on December 28, 2010. Today (7/28) is her birthday, and as I think about her, a phrase comes to mind that summarizes her entire persona in a nutshell: spontaneous fun.

At the drop of a hat she would often embark on wild adventures: road trips, hiking trips, and even plane trips. You'd be sitting in the living room with her eating a healthy lunch that she had just prepared (I'm thinking of when I'd come home to visit in college) and then the next thing you know you're out the door into the car on some adventure because she had an idea of something fun to do.

Thanks, Mom, for constantly making things unpredictable and fun. (That is a fake monkey stuffed animal hanging from my head in the pic below -- one of those silly stuffed animals where the limbs tie on and attach to things using magnets. We were goofing around, as usual.)

(And I suspect she would've been enjoyed the spontaneity of this David's Tabernacle thing, and I know she is enraptured with the joy of worshiping Jesus right now in the infinite spontaneity that is Heaven.)