Tuesday, December 6, 2011

One Month

It's been one month today that my life changed forever.....

November 5, 2011

As Brad and I drove home from Stillwater that night we were on cloud nine. We had just defeated Kansas State in an incredible 52-49 victory. Life was good. We had just spent the entire day with my family doing what we love best....tailgating, socializing, eating, and watching our beloved OSU Cowboys play football. Little did I know that I would never leave another Cowboy football game ever feeling this happy and content. This was the last game I would ever watch my Dad grin from ear to ear while saying, "Here comes 'ol Bullet!" I would never again stand by his side swaying while singing the Oklahoma State Alma Mater hymn. This is how my Dad spent the last few hours of his life. I'm pretty sure, in fact I know I'm sure, that he was the happiest he's ever been the day he died.

As I crawled into bed after mid-night still a little high on life I had no idea my life was about to change forever. It was about 2:30 am when I heard the phone ring. My brother's trembling voice on the other end of the phone told me that my Dad, who I had just seen a few hours ago, was in the hospital fighting for his life. We were told he had a sudden heart attack. I called Becky to come over and stay with my sleeping kids, and Brad and I headed to the hospital in OKC. It never occurred to me that he might not make it.  I mean, I had just spent the entire day with him.  He was a strong, healthy man. 

We arrived at the hospital, and Brad immediately went back to see my Dad.  I could tell by the look on his face when he returned that things were bad.  It was my turn to go in, and I was not prepared for what I saw.  It's something I will never forget, even if I try.  I leaned down and begged him to stay strong. I begged him to be stubborn. But, somehow I knew this would be the last time I saw him alive. I said, "I love you" and left the room.  He was unconscious, but I know he heard me.

Everyone was there.  One at a time we all said our goodbyes before they took him back to surgery. About 45 minutes into surgery, the surgeon came out to talk with us.  He did everything he could, but my Dad passed away on his operating table.  He said that he had died from an aortic aneurysm. 

My life the next few days is such a blur.  I would never had made it without my friends and my family, especially my brothers.  The funeral was beautiful.  We buried him in a bright orange casket with tons of orange roses on top.  He was Pistol Pete after all.  Nothing else would do. 

I miss him everyday, and always will.

James Mitchell Dobson
October 1, 1945-November 6, 2011

This is the last picture my Dad ever took.  I took it only hours before he died.  I'm so glad I had my camera that night. I have looked at this picture 100 times, and remember the exact moment I took it.
I could have never imagined this would be his last. 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sweet Girls

Paige and Hannah are only days apart and have been friends since birth. Even though we moved 2 hrs away they still adore each other. These pictures are so priceless. They really show the love between them.

I had to throw this one in there of Paige because it's adorable!

Joy and I are taking these girls on a Mommy-Daughter trip to celebrate their 5th birthdays. We've been talking about it for a long time now, and it's surreal that they are big enough and ready for a BIG GIRL trip! We have about 5 months to plan our American Girl weekend!

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Jake is playing Fall baseball for the Rangers team. I am so proud of him. This is his first year to play and he is giving it his best. He has 2-3 games a week, which keeps us busy, but we love going and watching him play!

This is Jake's "game ball" he received from the coaches after having an exceptional game.

Jake and Daddy enjoyed some bonding time.....

We are already looking forward to Spring baseball. It was a fun experience for our little family......even Paige loved watching him play!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Big 35!

This handsome guy is 35 today.

Happy Birthday Baby, We Love You!

Monday, August 22, 2011


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Just Like Mommy

Paige came into the kitchen saying, "Mommy, do I look like you?"

She loves to play in my closet and my jewelry box!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

First Day of School

Off they go.......