1.17.2012

update

I normally wouldn't post something like this on this blog, but I know so many of you have been worried and have sent good thoughts, prayers, love and hugs my family's way. On January 14th, 12 years, almost to the hour, after my grandmother passed, we lost my grandfather Juan Francisco Diaz Montero, who I lovingly called Bilo. This loss has been unimaginably hard. We were so close. We spoke every day on the phone for over 20 years. We both meant so much to each other, and even though I am glad he is now at peace, I miss him so very much.
Things will be a little slow around here as we try to get used to a new normal. We actually aren't even home yet. We are a family company and you are our family, too. We appreciate your patience as we try to get back into the swing of things, especially right before CHA.
I want to thank you all for your love and support during this tough time. I also want to thank Tiff for writing the previous post, and I want to thank our design team for their love and support, too.
Sending much love,
Kelly Marie

93 comments:

  1. So very sorry for your loss... Will hold you & your family in my heart. Xoxo

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  2. I'm so sorry for your loss Kelly, my thoughts are with you. /Karin

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  3. I'm so sorry. Best wishes to you and your family during this incredibly difficult time.

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  4. I'm so sorry to hear about your grandfather, Kelly. You and your family are in my thoughts. (((HUGS)))

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  5. I'm sorry for your loss Kelly Marie. You and your family are in my thoughts too. Wishing you all the best. xx Tamara

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  6. my thoughts and prayers go out to your family... and extra *hugs* for you, Kelly Marie.

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  7. Thank you for sharing -- so so sorry for your loss.

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  8. So sorry to read this. May your loving memories bring you joy and help your healing.

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  9. I am so very sorry for your loss, Kelly Marie. I am sending thoughts and best wishes to you and your family during this difficult time.

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  10. Kelly Marie,
    Your family will certainly be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  11. so very sorry for your loss, Kelly. Hugs, XXX

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  12. My condolences to you and yours. Wishing you all peace.

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  13. You'll be in my thoughts. Take care.

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  14. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You may not be able to talk on the phone with your grandfather, but he and his love for you are with you every day.

    All the best to you,
    Shay.

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  15. Big hugs to you and your family! I know how hard it is to loose a love one! Hang in there, like you said, he's now at peace with your grandmother!!!

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  16. So very sorry to hear of your loss. I remember you writing about your grandfather in the past and saying how close you were. Hang in there and be strong. Hugs.

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  17. Thinking of you and your family...

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  18. so sorry for your loss.
    thinking of you and sending you hugs.

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  19. I am so sorry. You and your family are and will be in my prayers.

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  20. So very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

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  21. Sorry for your loss Kelly and my prayers will be with you.

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  22. So many hugs go out to you and your family. Losing a close grandfather is so hard and I am sure your heart is aching. Take time to remember all the good things that he brought into your life. It makes the pain alittle easier to cope. Thinking of you.

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  23. so sorry for your loss. May God fill your hearts with all of the great memories you shared!

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  24. I'm so sorry to hear this sad news Kelly. :( Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers...
    - April

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  25. Kelly Marie -You and your family are in my prayers at this time. I know what it is like to be so close to a grandparent. It is tough. Allow your self the time to grieve, and know you have lots of us that are thinking of you. God Bless.

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  26. so so so sorry for your loss. i wish i could say something to ease the pain; goodbye is not forgotten.
    sending prayers to your family and the lf hq.

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  27. so so so sorry for your loss. i wish i could say something to ease the pain; goodbye is not forgotten.
    sending prayers to your family and the lf hq.

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  28. We are so sorry to hear about your loss...Sending prayers & thoughts your way!
    Colleen
    Scraphappy
    Pensacola, FL

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  29. Oh, Kelly Marie, I am so very sorry for your loss. I know how close you and Bilo were, and I can't imagine how hard this must be for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hugs to you, sweet friend.

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  30. Kelly Marie,
    I'm so very sorry to hear about your Grandfather. Please know that you and your family are continually in my thoughts and prayers.
    We all love you and would do anything for you.
    Sending hugs,
    Angie in Utah

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  31. Dear Kelly Marie,
    I am so very sorry for your loss and you and your family are in my thoughts. What a lovely person your grandfather must have been for someone as kind as you to love him so much. May you find peace at this difficult time. Best wishes, Regina

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  32. Oh Kelly, I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm so sorry for the sadness you are feeling right now. Take your time getting back to your new "normal", we will always be here and we are all sending you our love. Love, Melissa

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  33. So sorry about your loss of you beloved grandfather! Sending hugs to you!

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  34. Kelly Marie, prayers of comfort for you and your family. What a special relationship. You are both blessed to have had each other. We do miss them when they go home...I remember my abuelita everyday and will love her till the day I die. ~Maddie

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  35. Kelly, I am so sorry to hear that you lost your grandfather. While you will miss him dearly, I'm sure you're grandmother will be happy to be with him again. You've made him vey proud and he will be watching over you.

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  36. Thoughts and prayers from my family to yours.

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  37. So sorry for your family. I pray God help you heal. Thank you for sharing what's so personal and painful.

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  38. I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for your family.

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  39. Dearest Kelly and Family, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you! Hugs. XXX

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  40. :( I'm so sorry. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

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  41. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and hugs go out to you! :)

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  42. Sincerely sorry for your loss. I am sure you have many happy memories of your grandfather. They do not replace him but they can help you remeber how special he was. Hugs...

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  43. I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather. My prayers are with you and your family! :)

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  44. My heart breaks for your family.

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  45. My sympathies are with you. It must be especially difficult to think about all you need to do and with CHA coming up at this very sad time.

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  46. I'm really sorry to hear your loss, Kelly marie. My prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time...

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  47. So sorry for your loss. Thoughts are with you.

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  48. I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  49. A hug is on its way to you....

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  50. Wishing you peace at this awful time. Enjoy the time with your family, the crafting world can, and will, wait for you :-)

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  51. Just wanted to say your in our thoughts and prayers... (hugs)

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  52. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, Kelly! Praying that God would comfort you in this difficult time!

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  53. so very sorry for your loss. I pray God will give you peace and joy as well as strength to keep on living and loving others.

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  54. My heart hurts for you. I only have my Grandpa alive so I understand that knowledge that some day they must leave us. But I know that is a day none of us is ever really ready for. I am so sorry for you and your family. Take as much time as you need because we all love you and will be here with open arms when you decide you are ready to come back. *hugs*

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  55. I'm so sorry for your loss. Take care of yourself during this difficult time. Hugs.

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  56. So very sorry Kelly Marie for this difficult loss. You and your Family are in my Prayers...
    Huge Hugs xoxo

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  57. Oh, so sorry for your loss. Here's hoping your memories keep him alive in your heart.

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  58. Oh, Kelly, so sorry. Thinking of you.

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  59. it breaks my heart to hear this...i remember how you beamed talking about your grandfather. i know you'll miss your daily phone calls to him. huge hugs to you...

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  60. Kelly Marie: I am so sorry to hear about your grandpa. He was loved, and you will always carry his legacy. Sending you comforting thoughts during this difficult time. Please know we are all thinking of you and sending love.

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  61. Kelly Marie: I am so sorry to hear about your grandpa. He was loved, and you will always carry his legacy. Sending you comforting thoughts during this difficult time. Please know we are all thinking of you and sending love.

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  62. So sorry for your lost. God rest him in peace. and give you all the strength to go on. hugs. Laura

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  63. So very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May the comfort of God, family and friends help ease your sorrow.
    Hugs,
    Rachel

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  64. So sorry for your loss Kelly Marie....Sending Big Hugs to you

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  65. So sorry for your loss. Yes, he is in a better place. Stay well.

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  66. I am so very sorry Kelly Marie. I can totally relate and know it is not an easy thing to endure. I will be praying for you and your whole family, that's for sure!!! God Bless & sending BIG BIG hugs!!!!

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  67. I'm so sorry for your loss. As someone who has experienced that pain (my grandmother and I were extremely close) I know how hard right now is, please know though that you will make it through and although things won't ever be the same and there will always be sad days and days where you reach for the phone your life will be happy again and you will feel normal again. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  68. It is sad to hear that, Kelly! May God gives you the strength to overcome this difficult time.

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  69. So sorry for your loss... My thoughts are with you and your family. Big hugs! :(

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  70. My heart is breaking for you, Kelly. Sending you lots of love and prayers as you deal with the loss of your beloved Bilo.

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  71. Kelly, so sorry for the loss of your dear grandfather. Please find peace in the fact that he is with your grandmother, and that they are always watching over you.

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  72. My sympathy goes out to you...I know this is a very difficult time but hopefully you can find peace that he is with his beloved wife once again and they will both be watching over you lovingly.

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  73. Kelly, I'm so very sorry for your loss! My prayers are with you!

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  74. Thinking about your family and sending extra prayers and hugs your way!

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  75. thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

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  76. So sorry for your loss. I'm hoping that the happy memories you shared help make it easier for you.

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  77. So sorry for your loss. How special for you to have had such a precious relationship with your grandfather...I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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  78. sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.

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  79. I'm so very sorry for your loss. I wish there were words that could make this better. I will be keeping you & your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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  80. Sending happy thoughts your way.

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  81. So sorry sweetheart. Sending big hugs.

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  82. I'm very sorry to hear of the loss of your Bilo. It is so hard to lose someone so loved. Thinking of you and your family during this painful time.

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  83. So SORRY for your loss!!
    Please take your time with the blog as we will all be here when you get back to the swing of things!! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!!
    Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a safe trip home!!

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  84. So sorry for your loss, Kelly. Sending love & hugs

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  85. so so very sorry to hear the sad news and loss your family is enduring. its hard and i hope you find your new normal is still filled with joy, peace and purpose and many happy memories. :)

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  86. I am so sorry for your loss. My your happy memories bring you some comfort during this most difficult time.

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  87. So very sorry for your loss. A prayer just went out to you and your family.

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  88. I am SO sorry to hear about your loss. I have been MIA myself for the last week so I have not been in the know about this until now. Sending you comforting thoughts and peace in your heart.

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