You will always be with me…

Dear Family, Friends and SCUDFRIES Supporters,

I have tried over and over to write something about Dad…yet I am still stuck.

My heart is happy for his peace but I am still so sad he is gone. I am moved by all of you for reaching out to us. Thank you for comforting us and supporting us during his funeral services and this difficult time. I have so much I want to share with you about Dad and our family, but it will have to come out of my heart when I am a little stronger. Thank you for loving my dad and for all your thoughts and prayers.

Here is a poem that reflects where I am at right now and fills my heart with hope. Struggling through the cold winter and rainy days, I try to mourn his passing with grace and strength. May you too find comfort in these words.


Jen “Scudamore” Rodriguez

Your Spirit – A Tribute to My Father
by Tram-Tiara T. Von Reichenbach

I know that no matter what
You will always be with me.
When life separates us
I’ll know it is only your soul
Saying goodbye to your body
But your spirit will be with me always.
When I see a bird chirping on a nearby branch
I will know it is you singing to me.
When a butterfly brushes gently by me so care freely
I will know it is you assuring me you are free from pain.
When the gentle fragrance of a flower catches my attention
I will know it is you reminding me
To appreciate the simple things in life.
When the sun shining through my window awakens me
I will feel the warmth of your love.
When I hear the rain pitter patter against my window sill
I will hear your words of wisdom
And will remember what you taught me so well’
That without rain trees cannot grow
Without rain flowers cannot bloom
Without life’s challenges I cannot grow strong.
When I look out to the sea
I will think of your endless love for your family.
When I think of mountains, their majesty and magnificence
I will think of your courage for your country.
No matter where I am
Your spirit will be beside me
For I know that no matter what
You will always be with me.


5 thoughts on “You will always be with me…

  1. Hi Jen – I read the poem and am deeply touched. I lost my dad to an accident when I was 4 years old. 45 years later and I still think of him everyday. God blessed you with a wonderful father and no doubt wonderful memories.

  2. In a time in this world where so many people are living in quiet desperation without hope or love in their hearts, it’s so welcome to see that a man like your father lived his life to the fullest. I didnt know him but I try to live my life everyday like he did. My prayers are with you and your family.
    “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”
    ― Henry David Thoreau
    God bless.

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