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A Heavenly Father’s Day

Posted by lindamartinandersen on June 19, 2016

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As some of my blog followers know, my husband died on June 14, 2016.  His memorial service is Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

This is a time of grief and loss for me and yet it is also a time to celebrate Scotty’s earthly life and his new eternal home.  I am calling this a Heavenly Father’s Day since Scotty is sharing it with his Heavenly Father.  Here’s a link to his memorial service:


Here’s one of my favorite memories…


Even when on oxygen, we danced. Copyright Linda

Even while on oxygen, we danced. Copyright Linda Andersen


My grandsons and I gathered yesterday and shared memories of Scotty.  Here are a few:

  • Kids loved him, even ones who didn’t know him were drawn to him.  I think they could sense his playful, childlike nature.  He especially enjoyed spending time with small children.
  • Our grandson said he liked to scare people.  At our annual hayride, Scotty did occasionally wear a costume and mask and jump out at children who attended.  Once a child cried, and the mask came off.  No more tears.
  • He loved having people gather at our home for a parties, such as the annual hayride.
  • He was patient and especially enjoyed teaching young children to fish.
  • He loved frogs and had a pretty big collection.
  • He loved going to church and working on church service projects.
  • He loved his family and spending time with them.
  • He loved his job and the people he worked with.
  • He loved his friends and time spent working or playing.

Writing Prompts:

  1. What is your favorite memory of your dad?  Share it with him or other family members, if he is deceased.
  2. What is something that makes your dad laugh?  Why?
  3. What practical jokes have you ever played on your dad?  How did he react?
  4. What is a word you could say that would bring back a great memory?  For example, I could say “Alpine Inn” and our family would moan and groan about a dilapidated motel where we stayed on a vacation.
  5. What would a Heavenly Father’s Day look like to your dad?

I hope all of you out there are enjoying Father’s Day with your father, your sons who are fathers, or grandsons who may become fathers, or other “father figures.”  Visit a “playground” of your own choosing–it can be your family room, a restaurant, a church, a long distance phone call or Skype or even an actually playground down the street.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

41 Responses to “A Heavenly Father’s Day”

  1. Kathleen said

    Linda, your post is so heartwarming. I love what memories you and your grandsons kindly shared with us.
    I especially love that you danced with each other no matter what. My thoughts and prayers are with you all especially on this father’s day. Your husband also picked a wonderful,loving, inspiring, and faithfilled-woman for a wife. Sending a big hug and much love to you. ❤

    • Kathy,
      So sweet of you to take away from Father’s Day activities to comment. Yes, it is good to dance, no matter what! That’s how life should be lived, don’t you think? Thanks for your sweet compliments about me. I love hugs! Thanks! Enjoy your Father’s Day!

  2. Jinnette Johnson Hathaway said

    My father died 19 years ago today and I too will think of this as Happy Heavenly Father’s Day! No more suffering for your dear one……he is dancing in heaven! Lv, Jinnette

  3. Deborah Allmand said

    What a wonderful tribute! Hugs to you and your family!

  4. Oh, Linda, you also thinking of others. Here are mourning and celebrating Scotty’s life, and yet you want to know about others’ memories of their fathers.
    You are dear to my heart, Linda. And though we are miles apart, my prayers rise for you and your family at this sad time. I’m smiling, though, as I envision Scotty jumping out our Great Kings throne with his mask on, and each new day he will be fishing with children and starting a brand new frog collection.
    Thank you for sharing these precious memories, Linda!!!! Hugs ❤️

    • Tracy,
      I am glad I was able to encourage others to share memories of their fathers, while honoring Scotty. It felt good to me. I hope he is enjoying all the things you named and more. What wonderful images. Thanks for your prayers, hugs, and friendship.

  5. Melanie Strickland said


    What a wonderful post. I will use this as a reminder of father who has been in heaven for most of my life. John was a wonderful example for all of us.

    Melanie Strickland

  6. Barbara Walton said

    What a beautiful tribute. I wish we had danced more. It’s hard to let go but when you know where they are….what a comfort that is. My prayers are with you. Jesse is still struggling. Love you, Linda!

    • Thanks so much for commenting, Barbara. Dancing was not really something John normally did, but he did on our niece’s wedding day. He danced with the bride, another niece, and with me EVEN while on oxygen. The tank and holder are nearby. Thanks for your prayers and support. I pray for you and Jesse too.

  7. Susan Hornbach said

    God has blessed you Linda to have given you such a wonderful husband. Now you will cherish your memories with him. My sympathy and Prayers for you and your family.

  8. I enjoyed reading about your dear husband. Wish I had known him. Thank you for sharing a piece of your heart. Hugs and blessings to you.

  9. This is a sweet tribute to Scotty. You all will miss him very much.

  10. What a beautiful tribute to Scotty, but also to human love in general. I’m sorry I never go the meet your handsome man, but the photo shows him to be a loving, happy man. I’m sure he’s brightened God’s kingdom already. Love to you and your family, Linda.

  11. My deepest sympathy, Linda. My favorite memories of my Daddy are of us going fishing EARLY in the morning. Maybe he and Scotty have met and are exchanging fish stories right now. Blessings to you.

  12. Dear Linda,
    I am glad that your grandchildren are surrounding you with love and beautiful memories of your husband. All of those things he shared and did with your children and grandchildren will live on. He’s made indelible impressions and spread his love.

    My father was a good grandfather. He adored my children, even though he did not live to see them grow up. I still see his handsome,loving face.
    God bless you,Linda. You are in my heart and in my prayers.

    • Janis,
      Thanks for sharing special memories of your father. I am glad your children got to know him during their childhood–their formative years. Thanks for being happy that my grandchildren are sharing memories of their grandfather. They knew he loved them very much. Thanks for reaching out to me in love and prayers. Always great to have you at the playground.

  13. Gretchen said

    Linda, what a wonderful tribute to your husband. Thanks for opening up your heart to us.

  14. Jean Goodnough said

    Linda your words are so sweet and hopefully a comfort to you and all who loved your husband. I always saw him as a sweet, kind, gentle man. A true gentleman. May your memories carry you through this time and the days ahead.

    • Jean,
      Thank you for taking time to comment. John (Scotty) loved working in the schools. I appreciate the kind comments you shared about your interactions with him. So nice to hear.

      Thanks also for the good wishes for me during this time.

  15. godselfie said

    We are sorry to hear about your husband. How appropriate that he is in the embrace of the Heavenly Father on Father’s Day. It is touching that you’re still inspiring others in your playground despite this difficult period. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Love, Ben & Renee

    • Thank you Renee and Ben. God placed it on my heart to share the news with my blog followers. Even while there’s much to ponder, God showed me a way to send out a tribute to Scotty on Father’s Day. I am blessed to have had a great marriage for almost 42 years. Praising God for all my blessings.

  16. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda,
    Thanks for sharing about Scotty’s love of fun and children! It’s great that you did the hayride each year because he loved it and everyone who participated loved it. The service was beautiful and a tribute to Scotty’s life and love of his family and friends and how much his family and friends loved him! He was a gift from God. All those who knew him will miss him. May God surround you with love and peace and help in making decisions.

    Love, Joan

  17. I’m so sorry for your loss, Linda. Scotty sounds like a gem. Thinking of you, and wishing you comfort. With warmest wishes to you and your family–Linda

    • Thank you very much, Linda Ashman! How wonderful to hear from you, especially at this time. Scotty was a great guy and I was blessed to spend many years as his wife. Thanks for commenting!

  18. Bee Halton said

    So sorry for your loss. Sending you lots of healing energy

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