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A little piece of Heaven....

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A little piece of heaven was shining down on us as we got together as a family to gather and remember a great man.

Yesterday was my father-in-laws birthday. He would have been turning 63 but lost his life as he battled cancer and all the infections that came after remission. It was a hard day for my mother-in-law but I think having us all there celebrating what a great man he was helped her out a lot. My hubby took the day off to take his mom (and all the kids) to the grave site. The kids sang "Happy Birthday" to grandpa and they put flowers and flags on his grave.

For our gathering we had all of Michael's favorite foods and the house was full of his children, grand children, a few nieces, and all of his brothers and sisters. Before eating we had a toast to Michael. Everyone (minus the kiddos) toasted with a shot glass full of his favorite tequila from Mexico. My MIL Vicki tried to say a few words but was choked up. We knew what she wanted to say... what we all wanted to say... we miss this great man.

All in all, it was a great night of remembering him. Keeping his memory alive! He was with us all last night and the love in the house was very powerful!

I knew going into the day that the dinner part was going to be hard for me. Why? Because we had all of my FIL's favorite foods and guess what... they were all carbs! He didn't like fruits and veggies so that wasn't on the menu. He loved rice and beans, tamales, enchiladas, salsa and chips, and breads (lots of bread) .... all that great Mexican food.

So I decided that I would cheat a little and have the rice, 1 tamale, and 1 enchilada. Man oh man.... did I pay for that decision later. My stomach was so full after that meal and I just felt gross. I felt sick all night long and even into this morning. It is weird to think that I have only been on this new change for about 2+ weeks but my body is already used to it.

I gained a pound like I thought I would.... too many calories and sodium in that food. So today will be my detox as I get my body back to normal.

Experiment and lesson learned! Now back to the program.....

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MOVINITMORE 8/29/2013 7:32PM

    Wow brought tears to my eyes. Losing a love one is so very hard. I think that was such a great way of remembering him. We do that with my Dad as well. emoticon

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 8/26/2013 11:42PM

    Sending your love ... Thanks for sharing your tribute and celebrating your family.

... Every now and then there is a little spark from Heaven that brighten my day in a special way, just to remind me that my love one are still with us... (Just Saturday, on my MIL birthday, we walk by a street musician - he was playing Halleluja (Leonard Cohen) - it happen to be one of my FIL favorite... we miss him too.)

The good ones are always gone too soon...

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FORBANDE 8/25/2013 11:18AM

    What great memories!! And our bodies sure know what they like, don't they? :)

Hope ya feel better today. :)

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WORTHEYMOM 8/22/2013 12:59PM

    Very touching story and tribute to him! Hugs!

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GLMOM2 8/22/2013 11:48AM

    What a great way to celebrate his life!

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COOP9002 8/22/2013 10:06AM

    Thanks for sharing such a touching story.

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SUNSHINE99999 8/22/2013 9:37AM

  nice salute to a very special person except of course for the one oops. emoticon

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    What a neat way to honor someone...except for the getting sick to your stomach part emoticon

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