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The Circle of Life

1708351_BITHORN_02142009_Photo_1%5B1%5D.jpg Nine days before my son's wedding a dear member of our family passed away. Doña Luza was my brother's mother-in-law. My husband and I knew her from childhood since her family and ours lived in the same neighborhood. An amazing woman with a great sense of humor and a big heart, Doña Luza enjoyed her retirement years in Atlanta doting on her sprawling clan and surrounded by family and friends. I saw her each time I came to visit my parents and she always greeted me with so much enthusiasm and joy. She raised four beautiful daughters who were her pride and joy and she adored her nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandkids. She will be greatly missed and will always be in my heart.

A week ago my son Pablo and his lovely bride Ann were married in a beautiful ceremony. I'm thankful to my three brothers and my husband’s brothers for traveling to Arizona for this very special occasion. It meant the world to my son to have all his uncles together for the very first time in his life.

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Five days ago, my family was blessed with the arrival of a brand new grand-nephew. This is great-grandchild number 18 for my mom. Here's my brother Miguel holding his fifth grandchild, just a few hours old. Welcome to the world, Dominic Michael!

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Comments (14)

It is a circle, isn't it? Joy and sorrow, beginnings and endings. I love seeing Pablo surrounded by all his uncles. And how amazing to have 18 great grandchildren!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Maria, I'm so sorry to hear of your family's loss. It sounds like she was a lovely person and lived life surrounded by love and family. The best way to live.

It's very nice to see that all of Pablo's uncles were able to attend his wedding and I love the photo of them. How great to have 18 great grand children. A true blessing.

Your post title is all too true. The circle of life is an amazing thing. Thank you for sharing Maria.

I hope you have a great Monday evening!

Check out Pablito & all his Tios!! What a crazy turn of events it's been in such a short time.

Annie and Kathy, the last two weeks have been an incredible rollercoaster of emotions for my entire family, of bittersweet moments, of laughter and tears. I have the song of the Lion King constantly playing in my head, reminding me about the circle of life.

My son loved having all his uncles (and a few aunts and a cousin) come to his wedding. The uncle photo is destined to become a classic in our family.

Thanks for your comments. Now that I'm back to my normal life, I have time to read blogs, post comments and write replies. I missed my blogging friends and I can't wait to start blogging about my trip to Venice!

Hey Katherina! It's been crazy lately, indeed and except for the wedding, no one could have predicted that these events would happen in the order that they occurred. It was wonderful seeing you and hearing about your future plans. You represented all of Pablo’s cousins in a stellar way! Love you, Titi Maria

Jane:

Hi Maria, what a perfect title for this post--one of such significance and testimony to live. I need to be really honest and admit to an extreme case of jealously. What an obviously large and loving family you have. There must be much joy. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Beautiful memorial to your dear friend. I am sorry for your loss. I love the photo of your son with all the men in the family. They all look so happy and proud! Congratulations again to your son and your new daughter-in-law and congratulations on the new addition to your family! It definitely sounds like you went through many emotions the past few weeks. Great title for you post. I love that song also.

Jane, thank you for your sweet comments. They are much appreciated.

Girasoli, thank you for the congrats. I'm feeling a bit exhausted from the recent events. Getting back to blogging is helping me with a mild case of the blues.

nancyhol:

The circle of life - we should all remember that, I guess. You showed it very clearly with the loss of a lovely woman and the marriage of your son.

Get a little rest - I am sure you must be exhausted both physically and emotionally with everything that has happened in the last couple of weeks.

Anne:

Maria, you speak of Doña Luza with such love and warmth, it is beautiful to read, although sad. I hold you and your family in my prayers. And how wonderful to welcome Dominic Michael into your lives. Your brother's joy really shows on his face. Thanks for this beautiful post, Maria!

Nancy, thank you. I've been resting and sleeping, maybe a bit too much. I've been thinking about you lately as the one year anniversary of the loss of your Meow and my Coco is approaching. I still feel as if it just happened yesterday and I'm sure you still miss your beloved kitten. I'm sending you a virtual hug.

Anne, thank you for your kind and comforting words.

sandrac:

Maria, I'm posting so late -- but I wanted to say that I'm so sorry for your loss.

What beautiful family photos you have! And what a handsome family!

Sandra, thank you for your kind words. Your words along with everyone else's have meant so much to me.

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