Today would be my dad, Chuck Moden's, 70th birthday! And as weird as it is, he also passed away on this day two years ago.

I can't begin to explain how much I miss both of my parents. I haven't met such genuine and sincere people and never have I learned so much as I did from them. Losing Mom was tough,  and it still is upsetting. Mom was the one I could always turn to when I needed a shoulder to cry on. Losing my father was a different experience.

Dad was my inspiration and my hero. He gave me so much to use in life, and it wasn't until recently that I began to understand that he was...RIGHT! I laugh thinking about the things he warned me about and advised me on. I thought he was crazy! Turns out, my dad was spot on about life and what to watch for and, more important, what to appreciate and value.

Here is an article I wrote prior to dad's death two years ago:

...Here is where I can honestly say that even though my dad is my dad, he is also the greatest leader and teacher I have ever known. My father has always been a true example of what it is to lead by example. I remember how he held the car door from my mom every day she was alive. How he always put our needs before his. Even if it meant wearing old shoes on his feet so we could have the best. A true gentleman even to this day, he stood by his values and a belief that taking care of your family is priority number one. My father taught me two very important lessons. They are to budget and to plan. It wasn’t until I hit 30 that I realized what that really means....