"Happy New Year's, Dad!" Today is the beginning of a new year but also today it's been 9 months since you and Aunt Mary left us. I can't believe it's almost been a year without the both of you. Last night we were invited to Mary Jones home. Now that Loretta and Li'l Michael are staying with her, Loretta made one of her delicious Mexican meals. I know you would had been there with us to celebrate the new year. You may have not stayed till midnight, but I know you would had wanted to be with us like you always do, in my heart. Being together as a FAMILY has always been so important to you and it will continue through us. We had such a great time being with Mary and her family. Last night was Uncle Joe Torres 8th Anniversary of not being with us. Yesterday, Kathy, Arturo and their family were at the Grand Canyon celebrating Uncle Joe's and Aunt Mary's life by releasing some of their ashes together. What a beautiful moment it must have been to have done this and on one of the most difficult days of Kathy's life, to have lost her dad on this day will now be remembered by this special memory. You know Dad, Uncle Vidal's Anniversary is this Friday, the 3rd. It's going to be 39 years for Aunt Mary and my cousins to have been without a husband and a dad. That has got to be so hard for all of them. Uncle Vidal missed out on so much of all their lives. He was taken from them at such a young age, but he should also be so proud of what a wonderful job Aunt Mary has done being a single mother in raising all 6 of her children and alone at that. I shouldn't even complain, I was so lucky to have had you with me for 54 years. Doesn't mean I don't miss you, I always will. Let's see what 2014 has in store for all of us Dad. This year Alyssa will be graduating from college and on to graduate school, Jessica from high school to college and Li'l Michael will be leaving St. Basil's to go on to high school. Adelina (Addy) will be turning "1" on the 14th. In some ways this past year has flown by so fast, because life goes on living. But a part of me died right along with you Dad. I don't know how to explain it. I just want all of us to stay healthy and succeed in our careers. I know you're always keeping an eye on all of us. Please don't take anyone else in our family to Heaven right now. There is enough of you in Heaven to keep you busy and entertained. Happy New Year's to all of you and please give my love. I LOVE YOU DAD!
Your daughter, Saundra
P.S. Hey, Dad. This time last year we were starting to get excited that the S.F. 49er's possibly had the chance to go to the Super Bowl. They're in the playoffs this year. Will see!!
Along with Grandmas angel in the flower arrangement I made for you both I added a miniature S.F. Giant's baseball cap for you. I hope you like it, because it's you. You were an awesome cather and for the passion you had for baseball. I always wonder if you're playing any baseball in Heaven. If you are, "Throw them out in Heaven, Dad!"