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October 31, 2014
Hi Dad,

Happy Halloween! My 2nd halloween without your presence. It's a rainy day today Dad. You know this is my favorite holiday of the year. I didn't think I was going to be able to hand out candy this evening because of my surgery, but I'm standing and starting to walk. We'll see how many trick-or-treaters we get on account of the rain. Not only are we celebrating halloween today, but it's the S.F. Giants "World Series" victory parade in the city today. Can you believe Dad we won a "3rd" World Series championship in 5 years! They are calling it a "Dynasty" winning a World Series every 2 years for the last 5 years. What do you think of your Giants now, Dad? If someone had told me that the Giants were going to make it to the playoffs and then to win the World Series this summer I would have laughed and never believed them. At the beginning of the series they were doing so well, then around the All Stars they went bad. This was a weird baseball season. As for the World Series, what a roller coaster ride, each game gave me the chills. If the Giants got any help from you, thank you Dad. I'm so glad you were able to see them win 2 World Series in person (TV), but the 3rd you had to see it from Heaven with my uncles. If you had been here I know you would had dressed up in your Giants gear like you did the very last time I saw you dressed up for the S.F. 49er's when they played in the Super Bowl, Feb. 2013. They lost though. But, all in all it's an exciting day today, I just wish you were here to see it with all of us together. I miss you so much Dad. The holidays are coming again without you. You use to get so excited to see your family all together. I LOVE YOU and MISS YOU SO MUCH! Please give my love to the family. I'll write to you soon again, I'm going to go watch the parade on TV.

Love,
Your daughter, Saundra

P.S. You know what I'm going to go through now Dad, baseball withdrawal. I know they need to rest and it's football season, but baseball is my favorite. I hope you guys are playing some baseball in Heaven, you were an awesome catcher in your younger days. Throw'm out in Heaven, Dad!
October 03, 2014
Hi Dad!
28 years ago today we were moving into our new home. Who's was always there to help us? You Dad. When I moved from Vallejo to Santa Rosa in 1977 you and Uncle George helped me move, then when I moved back the following year again it was the both of you. This time Ray Campos helped us move. It was 1 of the hottest days of the year. We were moving from an apartment that we had lived in for years into a new home, how excited we were. Someone had left an empty grocery cart at the bottom of our apartment stairs, so Uncle George decided to use this grocery cart to transport our food. He packed all the food into the cart. We were using the red company truck to move all our belongings. There wasn't any room left for this cart to be placed on the truck, so Uncle George with his great ideas tied the grocery cart to a ladder that was on this truck. If you remember Dad, this red truck was long and it had a ladder that was even longer than the truck. It resembled a fire truck. I was already at the new house unpacking and waiting for all of you. I couldn't even imagine what I was about to see, my dad, my uncle and my dear friend driving down the street with all my belongings along with a grocery cart hanging on for dear life. What a sight it was. The 3 of you driving across town with cigars in your mouths, it looked like the Beverly Hillbillies. You didn't loose anything. That's my dad, my uncle and my dear friend always there to help. I will never forget that day Dad and I wanted to share it with you, Uncle George and Ray Campos. I still can't believe the 3 of you aren't here with us anymore, but in Heaven. I miss you guys!
Dad, guess what I finally saw 4 days ago on September 30th in Napa? Your Pathfinder again. Jonathan was driving and I was in the passenger seat. We were on Trancas St. waiting for the light to turn green to get on Highway 29 when I looked to my right and saw a vehicle in your color wondering if it was your SUV. Both lanes turn left to get on the highway, so I asked Jonathan to let this SUV go first so I could see the license plate. While waiting for the light to turn green both the driver and I looked at each other. I now know what he really looks like. Jonathan let him go ahead of us and sure enough it was your license plate. We were both leaving Napa. I know I told you last time if I see your vehicle again I'm going to follow it so I can meet the new owner. You could tell he was in a hurry on account of the way he was driving and he got off in American Canyon. That's okay, I know 1 of these days I'm going to meet him. To be able to see your Pathfinder for the 3rd time Dad, made me so happy. I was starting to doubt that I wasn't going to see it again, it had been close to a year since the last time I saw it. You don't come in my dreams, but I'm seeing your vehicle. What are you trying to tell me? I got this overwhelming sensation of calmness. I don't know how else to explain it. Well Dad, I just wanted to tell you about these 2 wonderful experiences and to let you know how much I LOVE YOU and MISS YOU!
Please give my love to the family.

Love,
Your daughter, Saundra

P.S.
Well Dad, I guess you know where the S.F. Giants are in the playoffs. In all honesty, I didn't think they were going to make it this far. Baseball has been real weird this year. Look what happened to the Oakland "A's". Gosh, I wanted them in the World Series this year. It's their turn, they are so overdue. Today's the 1st game the S.F. Giants play against the Washington Nationals. It's the best 3 out of 5. They are a real good team. It starting to get exciting! Time to bring out the S.F. Giants flag, change our white porch light bulbs to orange and hang the S.F. Giants wooden welcome sign. It's time for Orange and Black Dad!
September 10, 2014
Hi Dad!

Happy "81st" Birthday! I am so sorry I haven't written to you in quite a long time. I've been out of commision for the last couple of months, which you know why. I do feel better today. In fact, I saw my physical therapist this morning. As of today she now has me wearing a shoe along with using crutches to begin walking. This is what I have been waiting for, for such a long time and this happened on your birthday which makes it that much more special, Dad. I know you were always listening to me in my deepest sorrow wondering when I would get out of this depression. Thanks for not listening to 1 of my requests, you know what I mean Dad. Being laid up for 8 weeks this summer I missed so much. Father's Day came and went along with all our family's birthdays in Heaven. So now let me wish you a "Happy Belated Father's Day" Dad along with your birthday today. Please tell our family "Happy Belated Birthday" also.
This past saturday we were together celebrating Jessica's departure to college. These get togethers are never the same without you. When it came to the cake, well let's just say that was always one of your favorite desserts. There's always so much left over and you would be the one to take the rest home, since you didn't want it to be thrown away. You know Dad, I always told you that to entice you to take it home. You'd say, "Oh no, don't throw it away, I'll take it home." Nobody was ever going to throw it away, it was our way to get you to take it.
Joey, Alma and Adelina (Addy) have relocated from the East Coast to L.A. for Joey's job promotion. Alyssa is back living at home working as a sales representative selling wine for now. Li'l Michael isn't so little anymore Dad. I've noticed his hair is getting darker, not so red which I loved. He's going to American Canyon High School and he loves it. You're grandkids are really growing up Dad, you'd be so proud of them all. Oh, by the way Loretta did get her job at Napa State Hospital and she already got a better position. Mom's fine, she says she really misses you and so does Tank. He is getting older and it's getting harder for him to walk.The rest of us are okay. Work is really really slow right now, we need for it to pick up.
I'm sure you know about the earthquake we had here in American Canyon, Napa and Vallejo. Very scarey when it happened, this one was different, but were all fine.
Jonathan and I stopped by to see you and the rest of the family at All Soul's today. We really miss you and the rest of the family. Not a day doesn't go by Dad, you know, you're always in my heart, in my thoughts and in my memories. I LOVE YOU and MISS YOU SO MUCH!

Love,
Your daughter, Saundra

P.S. I guess you can see that the "S.F. Giants" are doing a lot better now that they brought up some of the minors. They should have been brought up sooner. It's starting to get exciting now that they are winning and the season is coming to an end. Let's just hope they make it to the playoffs. The Oakland "A's" well that's another story. They were doing so well until they did that trade with Cespeds. I wanted to see them go all the way this year to the World Series, it's their turn. Jonathan's baseball season is over for this year.
Football season is in full swing! Patricia just went to an "Oakland Raiders" game with cousin Danny Garcia, she had a blast.
April 01, 2014
Dear Dad,

Well Dad today's the day 1 year ago that you left us. It was actually 8:00 a.m. when you began your journey to Heaven. You looked so peaceful. All the water in your tummy and legs you had been retaining along with all those red blisters disappeared. You looked perfect Dad. I just stood there touching you, caressing you and placing a Kleenex over a cut you had on your arm. You were so warm to the touch. I kept thinking today is APRIL FOOLS DAY, are you playing a joke on all of us? I know you weren't, it was just wishful thinking. A lot of family came by to say their goodbyes. I felt like my heart had broken into a million pieces, but I could also see that you weren't in any pain anymore. You looked so handsome and so restful. So I had to let you go. In the meantime dear Aunt Mary was getting ready to start her journey into Heaven. Aunt Mary left us at 10:00 a.m. I couldn't believe that you both left us on the same day 2 hrs. apart. For 2 siblings to pass on the same day, I don't even know what to call it. Knowing that you both were together did comfort me. Being the gentleman you always have been you chose to go first so your older sister wouldn't be alone. You accompanied her and then stepped aside as Uncle Joe came for his wife. As I've said before, what a celebration all of you must be having in Heaven. You know Dad, I'm still waiting for you to come to me in my dreams. It hasn't happened yet. I haven't seen your vehicle since last October and I'm still waiting to see it again. I look for it every time I go to Napa. As Loretta has told me, I'm sure your telling us to get on with our lives and we have. But a day doesn't go by that you aren't in my heart and mind. I LOVE YOU and MISS YOU SO MUCH!

Love,
Your daughter, Saundra

P.S. Hey Dad how did you get the S.F. Giants to win? Everyone knows it was a miracle. I know you were there. The rain finally stopped so the Oakland A's were able to play their home opener, they looked good but I think they needed you too.
March 31, 2014
Hi Dad,

One year ago today we were celebrating Easter, our last holiday with you. You were now asleep on your way to Heaven. You put up a good fight, hung on for as long as possible, but your body was so tired Dad. We knew we had to let you go. Even though it was Easter, God Bless our family, they still came to see you and spend this holiday with us. Loretta in the kitchen making breakfast. The rest of us being with you in the living room making you as comfortable as possible. What an awesome family we have Dad. I know you could feel and see our presences. At the same time, Aunt Mary was also on her way to Heaven. Kathy and her family were having to experience exactly what we were all going through. I really don't think any of us knew that day was going to be our last. I know the rest of our family in Heaven were patiently waiting for the both of you. We got to have you both 1 more day, Aunt Mary in Napa and you Dad in Vallejo. I know you both were communicating and what you both had in stored for us was going to be a big surprise. When leaving that evening was one of my hardest nights. I didn't know if that was going to be my last night to say good night. You'd been asleep for 2 days and I knew I was never going to hear you whisper to me again, "Saundra go get me a "Sneaker" I'll eat it later when your mom is asleep." Of course I would comply, I would tuck it in your pocket and tell you, if you get caught "don't volunteer any information." Your words Dad, I live by them. I felt like 2 kids trying to get away with something. One night mom heard the candy wrapper, you got busted. Boy did we hear about it the next day from her, you denied it. Another memory I wanted to share with you Dad and there will be many more to come. I LOVE YOU and MISS YOU as always. Give Aunt Mary an extra big hug and kiss for me and to the rest all of our family in Heaven. Until tomorrow Dad.

Love,
Your daughter, Saundra

P.S. Hey, Dad. It's opening day today for baseball. It's raining right now. The S.F. Giants home opener is next week so they are playing out of town today, but the Oakland A's home opener is this evening here in Oakland and it's really coming down and windy. I hope you're playing some baseball in Heaven. There is more than enough of you to form some teams. Show them what you've got. Get behind home plate and show them that fantastic catcher you are. "Throw them out in Heaven, Dad!" Jonathan is back to playing baseball this year, after recuperating from his ankle surgery. Please keep an eye on him Dad. I know I give you alot of work, but it's out of LOVE!

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