“And above all,
watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you,
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl

Saturday, January 4, 2014


 “I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, 
when they aren't trying to teach us. 
We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”
-Umberto E


My dad passed away Sunday morning.
He slowed down until he just stopped. 

He was so
 brave & sweet

His vivid imagination, his love of reading
and his stubborn streak are all things I 
recognize in myself.

He Is Not Gone

Ease your grief, he is not gone
For in your heart he lingers on.
His smile, his laugh, his special way,
Will comfort you from day to day.

You'll feel his presence in the breeze
That dances gently through the trees.
And it's his face that you shall see
When you're in need of company.

At any time you can recall
The love you shared...you saved it all.
And really more than anything,
You'll find peace in remembering.

 by genie graveline

Thank you to everyone that sent positive thoughts,
I've felt a strength to get through this past week
that Ive never felt before.... 

I'm proud to be his daughter
 and it was an honor to care for him
when he needed it.

goodnight Papá

12/23/1920 - 12/29/2013


  1. I am so so sorry for your loss. I know this winter has been a struggle for you, and now to loose your father. The poem brought tears to my eyes. My warmest thoughts to you, friend. I wish you all the strength in the coming months.

  2. Your strength and your ability to see him in you is a tribute to your father. The poem is correct, he will never not be a part of you. Once again, sorry for the loss and know there is still a candle burning on my altar for you. Oma Linda

  3. My heart goes out to you...

    But I'm sure you are at peace. You each are at peace, in your own way.

    Gentle hugs...

  4. My condolences to you. Your spirit is amazing and the warm thoughts of your dear Dad will keep you going.

  5. I am so sorry to hear for your loss. My thoughts are going out to you.

  6. Oh dear, he seems like he was a lovely man---take care, Marfi, and know that you did well taking care of him :)

  7. I'm so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts.

  8. I am so sorry Marfi. My heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time. Hang in there my friend and know he will always be with you.
    Hugs, Lynnie

  9. Again, sweet friend, I'm very sorry to read about your Papa. I love that first quote you posted...about how we learned from our father's when they weren't teaching us....very, very true.

    You have my deepest sympathy and know your dad will always be with you...I know my Pop's is.

    Many hugs,

  10. "They're not just stars. They are lights welcoming your loved one home."

    Marfi, you have the gift of weaving a world of magic and starlight and now your papa will always be a part of you and everything you create.


  11. Oh, honey…..I am so very sorry for your loss! Sending prayers your way, Marfi. I was stopping by to tell you that I review Mermaid on my blog today.


  12. This is such a beautiful tribute to your Papa and I hope you take comfort from having your special time with him to say goodbye. You will always have him near you in your memories and in your heart.

  13. I'm so sorry for your loss, Marfi. I know how much you were going through, and I understand completely due to my dad's own physical battle years ago. This January 27th marks 10 years since we waved farewell. What an honor indeed for you to have had the opportunity to care for your dad.
    Peace to you, friend.

  14. He will be around, in your heart, always. Reading the stories of life, watching your steps, hugging her girl when she needs it and when he needs to feel her close. When the Circle turns on your last goodnight, you shall meet again and talk about all things.

    Be in peace, dear one. I shall keep your dad and you in my prayers.

  15. Know that you will be in my thoughts. Your dad looked like a very good and gentle man.

  16. Jan. 24

    Hope you are well, my Dear...

    Gentle hugs,

  17. Oh honey, I have been away from blogging for a few weeks and just found this. You have been on my mind a lot lately. I truly wish I'd have come by sooner. Marfi, your father was an immensely handsome man with eyes as brilliant as the brightest stars. A soul of wisdom and warmth. Your strength of spirit is a beacon to us all. As soon as I leave here I'm going to burn my candle in his memory, and in your love. Mina


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