It’s been a while. A lot has happened in our family over the past 4 weeks. We unexpectedly lost my dad on Wednesday, January 23. Life took a turn and everything changed. I’m not ready to be back blogging yet, but I did want to share a story today that means so much to me. I shared this at dad’s funeral and these words will forever be with me as I remember the legacy that LeGrand Kelly left in this world.
One year ago today, I woke up on my 37th birthday to a text message sent in the middle of the night. It was from my dad and this was most certainly the longest text message he had ever sent in the history of text messages between the two of us.
Here is exactly what the message read:
520AM. been awake since 315. thinking about the little girl who made us parents. proud of you as a woman, wife, mother, worship leader, business partner. you wear so many hats and that is appropriate given the talents God has allowed you to develop. word from an old man – be very careful not to let all those hats rob you of life. one day you will wake up and like me you will look back and wonder how time passed so swiftly. keep your focus as you enter into this next phase. keep the excitement. keep the twinkle in those glennie eyes. you are placing your stamp upon the world that says starr was here. as you stay so obligated remember to always encourage and support those three little precious gifts with which God has entrusted you. they are the greatest project of all. show them more love than ever before so that they too when their day comes will have the confidence to step up to the ledge – spread their wings – and not just fly but soar as you have. it will be upon you before you know it. may your birthday be a happy and special day and my desire is still for all my little girls dreams to be realized and enjoyed. Love you. have always been and still am proud of my starr – dad
Oh, dad. I miss you more than words can say tonight.
Somehow you knew I would need this advice one year later – more than anything.
I’m so incredibly thankful.
I love you, dad.