99 Years Young

Dad, my sister-in-law Bonnie and brother Ken. August 31, 2011.

My Dad turned 99 on Monday.  He’s still in relatively good health, although he has gone down since my Mother died in June.  He suffered a small stroke about three weeks ago, but is much better than when we last saw him a couple of weeks ago.

My brother and sister-in-law came down from Indiana this week, so we all got together last night to celebrate Dad’s birthday.  Cracker Barrel is one of Dad’s favorite places so we got together to celebrate.  All three of his children (do I qualify as a child when I’m pushing 70?) and our spouses were there.

Betsy, my sister Janet, brother-in-law Charlie, George, Dad, sister-in-law Bonnie and brother Ken. August 31, 2011.

The Cracker Barrel staff came to the table and sang Happy Birthday to Dad and presented him with some apple cobbler and ice cream.  I think that was Dad’s favorite part of the meal.

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20 Responses to “99 Years Young”

  1. diane Says:

    What a champion! Happy Birthday to your dear old dad. You must be looking forward to a long life then.

  2. Sandra Says:

    a wonderful family photo, glad you could all get together. i think your dad looks really good, and it is amazing he is 99.

  3. ladyfi Says:

    Hope you all had a great day! Happy Birthday dad.

  4. Kathy Says:

    That’s amazing — 99 years old!!! Happy Birthday to your dad.

    And yes, you’re still his child! (And a very, very young ‘pushing 70’ you are!)

  5. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    What happy pictures! I have just come from Betsy’s blog, where I was asking her for pictures of this, so this is a nice surprise! Yes, we love Cracker Barrel, too! They have great french toast and roast beef. How wonderful you were all able to get together for this celebration. And I am glad to hear that your dad is doing better, I had been wondering ever since the small stroke. You look so much like him. You still qualify as a spring chicken, George, because you are younger than Phil!!!

  6. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    Oh, yes! Happy, happy birthday, Dad!! And believe me, George, you are indeed still a spring chicken! It looks as though you had such a great visit with your family! I’m very happy for all of you!! Enjoy your weekend!


  7. NCMountainwoman Says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your dad!!!

    I know he must miss your mother so much. Nice that the family got together at his favorite dining spot.

  8. Busy Bee Suz Says:

    How wonderful for him to be here surrounded with his CHILDREN?? {If your Mom was there too, she would still call you her BABY, right??}
    So glad Dad had a nice birthday and I know your Mom WAS there in spirit smiling over your family.
    I love Cracker Barrel too!

  9. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    What a special time this must have been.

  10. Fishing Guy Says:

    George: What a wonderful party, best wishes for your Dad.

  11. Gardener on Sherlock Street Says:

    99 and celebrating with his kids. That is the good life!

  12. eileeninmd Says:

    Happy Birthday to your Dad, George. I like to eat at Cracker Barrel too.

  13. Rose Says:

    How wonderful for him to be able to go out to celebrate!!

  14. The Incredible Woody Says:

    What a great celebration! Happy Birthday to your Dad!

  15. Loren Says:

    Oh how wonderful! He looks like he is just so precious!! I can only imagine how much he misses your Mom. But how wonderful that he is surrounded by all of his loved ones! What a special time for all of you! Happy 99th Birthday….WOW!

    Thank you George, for your prayers for Jenna…Truly, it means so very much knowing that others are lifting her up right now.

  16. Mildred Says:

    What a treasured photo of your Dad and all of you on his special day. I am remembering Dad Adams in my prayers. It is nice to see a pic of Janet as I have heard a lot about her from Betsy.

  17. madrassi Says:

    wow… Great happy Birthday for you Dad, friend! Many more congrats to him and i’m glad u celebrated his birthday with family. Thanks for sharing this wonderful moment… I wish you share his 100th birthday too here 🙂

  18. LaVoice Says:

    How wonderful your dad is doing so well and celebrating 99 years. That is awesome. My grandmother lived to be 98, and wanted to reach 100 and be on TV.

  19. Carletta Says:

    Such a long and wonderful life your Dad has lead. I hope his health continues to improve. I know he still misses your mother a great deal. It must be so very hard after so many years together.
    How wonderful for him to have all of his children with him on this momentous occasion.

  20. dayphoto Says:

    OH! Yes! As long as you have parents you are a kid! Always and forever. When they pass you become the head of the family…never to be a kid again. (sigh…I know)

    He looks wonderful! I’m so happy all of you could be there…every day is fleeting now.


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