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Charles - loving dad of Sammy
Memorial created 05-13-2008 by Charles Padilla
February 14 1993 - April 7 2008
My Beautiful Son -- How I Love You
Monday, February 14: HAPPY VALENTINE'S BIRTHDAY to you ,,, HAPPY VALENTINE'S BIRTHDAY to you ... HAPPY VALENTINE'S BIRTHDAY my beautiful son Sammy, HAPPY VALENTINE'S BIRTHDAY to you. Today you are 18 years old and how I can see you now .. beautiful as ever and running and playing with all your friends.
Sammy, always know that I will always and forever love and miss you and, until we are reunited .. never to be apart again ... I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. Always watch overe me, Cupcake and Xander. I know you love them just as much as I do .. because they surely put the smile on my face and the sparkles back into my eyes.
Remember to take care of Gabby and little Bob M .. and let them know I love and miss them too. Dad, Cupcake and Xander
Monday, February 28: My dearest Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M ... just wanted to write to you today and let you know that I, Cupcake and Xander are doing well. Though I miss each of you so very, very much .. I know you are watching over us .. and I thank you for that.
Please watch over your sister Cupcake and your little brother Xander .. mostly Xander as he has been getting outside the yard and when I get home .. he's by the gate .. I am so afraid he will get hit by a car ... but please watch over him.
Always know that you are loved and missed. Dad, Cupcake and Xander
Monday, March 7:My beloved Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M .. just stopping by on my weekly journey to visit with you. I want to thank each of you so much for always watching over Cupcake and Xander .. mostly Xander as he has been trying to get out of the yard to go play with the neighbor dogs. I've pretty much gotten him "locked" in the yard because I don't want him to get hurt or hit by a car ... so always watch over your sister Cupcake and brother Xander.
Spring will be here soon and how I can hardly wait so I could clean up the yard and do some planting of beautiful flowers ... remember Sammy when you used to love to sit right by my side and watch me planting all those beautiful flowers and shrubs ... then you would try to dig them all up and thrash them around the yard ... I surely remember ... how I wish I could see you do that again ....
Well, my beautiful kids ... need to get doing some things ... but always know that your daddy loves, loves and misses you so much .. and .. please always be with us. Sending you lots of hugs. Dad, Cupcake and Xander
Monday, March 14: Dearest Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M ... how the days and weeks are flying by .. but each of you are always on my mind. Though I know you are all togetherwith all your beautiful friends ... know t hat your daddy loves and misses you so.
Your sister Cupcake and brother Xander keep me busy .. and I love them .. but Sammy, you have that very special place in my heart .. because on that Valentine's Day years ago ... YOU FOUND ME ... and gave me unconditional love. Sammy, you were with me when I needed someone to just love me .. it was you who was right there ... it was you that knew when I was sad .. you would sit next to me and gaze into my eyes letting me know how much you loved me .. and for that .. your daddy will forever love you.
One day we all will be reunited .. and what a joyous and grand day it will surely be .. to be together again. Dad, Cupcake and Xander
Monday, March 21: Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M ... stopping by on my weekly journey just to let you know that your dad loves and misses you so very much. You already know this .. but I have to always tell you.
Your sister Cupcake and brother Xander are doing wonderful. They are now again hanging around the shed .. must be something living under there ... a squirrel like last year .. It is so funny to watch them. Cupcake will "peek" around the corner for it seems like hours ... just looking and watching ... waiting to see whatever is under the shed come out ... never to see anything ... or at least I've never seen anything.
Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M .. always watch over your sister and brother .. guide them .. protect them .. and most of all ... let them know you are always nearby ... keep them in your protection.
As always, kids, know that you are so loved and so missed by me and one day .. we will be reunited .. never to be apart ever again. Dad, Cupcake and Xander
Monday, March 28: Hello my Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M ... wanted to visit you for a bit and let you know that you are so loved and so missed by me. Each day, a memory floods my mind of you ... and it always puts a smile on my face.
I ask you to watch over your sister Cupcake and brother Xander. They remind me so much of you, Sammy, because you were always so persistent when you "smelled" a squirrel or a rat under the shed ... you would dig and dig and stay near until the squirrel either came out and ran fast or dug a hole and ran away that way....well, Cupcake and Xander have smelled a squirrel and I've heard it making noises ... so needless to say, they are always digging and digging and smelling .. trying to catch it ... but I'm sure late at night, it has gone out and probably ran away because these two have terrorized it ...
Always know that I love you so much. Always be with us ... and let me know you are near ... Love you forever. Dad, Cupcake and Xander
Monday, April 4: My beautiful Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M ... here I am again ... how the weeks and years are flying by.
Sammy, as your three-year angelversary approaches this coming Thursday .. and how I do not want it to come .. it will. I will do my very best to be strong and not be sad. Though the memories of that day will flood my mind .. I will do everything possible to celebrate your fifteen (15) years that you and I shared ... and how I cherish those years and always will.
Your sister Cupcake and brother Xander follow me everywhere I go around the house as if they know I'm getting nervous and jittery ... guess they know something is coming up. Son, please watch over me, Cupcake and Xander as the days and years go by.
Please know that your dad loves you so very deeply within his heart .. for it was you who truly saved me, Sammy. I will forever be indebted to you forthat.
Have a beautiful week up at Rainbow Bridge .. and be close to me always as we Journey On. Love you so much. Dad, Cupcake and Xander
Monday, April 11: Well Sammy .. Gabby .. and little Bob M ... I made it through another year of Sammy being at Rainbow Bridge. Sammy, I hope you like your Three-Year Angelversary page .. I created it with all my love and affection.
Kids, though this year seemed tough as all the others .. I made it through the Grace of God and with Sammy's strength because I know he wouldn't want me to be sad. Though it was truly an emotional day the entire day .. I had many wonderful Critters Family who visited and who remembered my beautiful son Sammy's Three-Year Angelversary.
Though I know each of you are happy and restored to health and are having a great time with all your friends ... please, always be with us .. send us signs and let me, Cupcake and Xander know that you are always with us.
Sammy, I Thank You each day of my life .. because if it were not for you .. I probably would not be here today .. so son, THANK YOU.
Sending much love and kisses to each of you. Dad, Cupcake and Xander
Monday, April 18: Hello my beloved Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M ... just making my weekly stop to let you know what has been going on. Well, the weather has been very windy and cool .. but have been able to do some yard work. I am so ready for the real nice weather, kids, so I could go outside and plant some flowers .. all for each of you to look down on from Rainbow Bridge.
I also want you to know that I am in the process of being a "foster" dad to a baby pitbull .. but we have to find one first that needs a home. I went yesterday to Albuquerque Humane Society .. but they did not have any little babies ... and I do think I need a baby because of Cupcake and Xander. I think with a baby, they will love having a "little" brother or sister to play with and not hurt him or her.
So, kids, wish me luck on being a "foster" dad to a little furkid who will hopefully find their forever home .. just like each of you did. Give me lots of encouragement and strength do to good.
Sending each of you many hugs and kisses and always let us know that you are near. Dad, Cupcake and Xander
Monday, April 25: Dear Sammy, Gabby and Bob M ... hoping that your Easter was fun-filled. I know you probably had lots of fun looking for all those easter eggs and having a grand time with all your friends.
Kids, know that I love you so much .. each day, I think of all of you ... and what a smile your dad gets when the thoughts of each of you come to mind. Always watch over Cupcake and Xander ... lately your little brother Xander has been getting out and the mailman has threatened him .. so please watch and protect Xander always as I know you do.
The weather these days is windy and kind of cool today ... so haven't done much yard work. I haven't had time to plant either as it is too windy to dig the dirt. Please send nicer weather to us here in Santa Fe.
Love you kids with all my heart and soul. Dad, Cupcake and Xander
Monday, May 2: Hello my dear Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M. What a week this past week was. I had to travel each day 60 miles to help with the "New Mexico Safe Surrender Project" and what a busy time it was .. but I made it.
Your little brother Xander ripped a big "gash" on his left shoulder which needed to be stitched up so when I am not around, I have to crate him in your crate, Sammy, the one I used to sleep in with you when you could not walk. The memories of those days ..
Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M ... I ask you to watch over Xander as he needs all your love and attention these days while he recuperates. Please keep him company in his crate as he truly hates being locked up .. but I have too because he and your sister Cupcake might rip the stitches out .. so please watch over him.
Always know that your daddy loves each and every one of you so very much. Each day, I send you little thoughts and prayers .. and always ask you to watch over us. Send us some signs, ok, kids.
Remember to always guide and watch over Cupcake and Xander so that they do not get injured. Love you kids. Dad, Cupcake and Xander
Monday, May 9: Good Morning my beautiful Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M. Just making my weekly posting and to always tell you "I Love and Miss Each of You so Very, Very Much."
I have been working around the yard cleaning it up and getting it ready to start planing some beautiful flowers for each of you. Have to wait until after the 15th to make sure things do not freeze. I want to plant so many beautiful flowers for you .. so you can look down from Rainbow Bridge and see the beautiful flowers I planted for you.
Cupcake and Xander are doing well. Xander got his stitches out yesterday and he's doing great. As the doctor said "boys will be boys .. and girls will be girls" .. and how true of these two beautiful kids .. your brother and sister who have really put the "sparkle" back into my eyes after each of you left to head to Rainbow Bridge.
Always know that I will love you .. and will always have you close to my heart and soul. Dad, Cupcake and Xander
Monday, May 16: Dearest Sammy, Gabby and litle Bob M .. thank you, each of you, for always being part of my, Cupcake's and Xander's life. How I do feel your presence with us.
Each of you is so loved and missed by me. I ask you to always watch over your sister Cupcake and Xander .. guide them .. protect them .. and always let them know you are near.
I also ask you kids to keep Cupcake in your prayers as she goes to the vet for teeth cleaning and you know your dad .. always worried when they "go under" so please be with her .. in her dreams as she gets her teeth cleaned and polished. Though I know Ms. Frankie and Dr. Garner will do a splendid job ... I still worry for my baby girl.
Kids, always know you are close to my heart and that I will forever love and miss you .. each of you. Dad, Cupcake and Xander
Monday, May 23: Hello my beloved Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M .. just stopping by on my weekly visit with each of you. You know your daddy loves and misses each of you so much .. it hurts.
Well, this weekend has been devoted to finding furever homes for many furbabies from Almost Home New Mexico .. this is the rescue where your sister Cupcake and brother Xander came from .. so I feel the need to volunteer. I am happy to say that we adopted out seven (7) furbabies yesterday. Even Champaign, the foster female your daddy was going to foster got adopted .. so needless to say, she didn't come home to visit with Cupcake and Xander .. but thankful a family fell in love with her and took her home.
Wish us well today kids ... we need to place several more .. so send us some good luck for a lucky day for some of these furkids.
Always remember your daddy will forever love and miss you and always be with us and be sure to send us signs. I love you. Dad, Cupcake and Xander
Monday, May 30: Hi kids .. just stopping by on my weekly visit and to leave you a posting. Hoping that you three are having a grand time up at Rainbow Bridge with all your friends. How I miss you so much. I have been working around the yard this weekend .. and how the memories flood my mind.
Cupcake and Xander are there along with me .. and I tell them how you, Sammy, would be with me too when I worked around the yard. I think you tell them to be with me .. don't you son. I feel your presence with me always ...
Always watch over your sister Cupcake and brother Xander .. let them know you are nearby and guiding them and protecting them.
Sending you much love and many kisses ..... Dad, Cupcake and Xander
Monday, June 6: Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M ... just making my weekly visit and to once again tell you "how much I LOVE and MISS YOU." Each day passes and you are on my mind.
There have been wild fires nearby and I pray that the smoke goes away. It smells awful and the skies are ugly and filled with smoke. Always keep watch over us kids. Always be with Cupcake and Xander and protect them and guide them.
Kids, the last two weekends, your dad has been putting up new fencing pickets so your sister Cupcake and brother Xander don't try to get out. The old pickets were in bad shape, so I thought I better replace several sections. Always keep an eye out on them.
Always know that your dad loves and misses you very much and one day we all will be reunited .. never to be apart again. Dad, Cupcake and Xander
Monday, June 13: Hi Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M ... just making my weekly visit and to let you know that I, Cupcake and Xander .. will always love you. How I wish you could have met Cupcake and Xander .. BUT .. do know you are always here with us and that you are watching over Cupcake and Xander. Please protect them, guide them and always let them know you are nearby.
We still have not had any rain and we surely need it .. and to get these wild fires under control. The smoke has been horrible .. but what can we do but pray that we get the much-needed rain soon.
Kids, I ask you to please, please .. keep doing the "New Mexico Rain Dance" so that we can get rain.
Also, kids, I want you to know that I will be leaving next Saturday the 18th to Belize for a vacation. Though I am having a hard time because I hate to leave Cupcake and Xander .. BUT .. I know you will watch over them and help Aunt Judy take good care of them.
I will visit you next Sunday and post to you to let you know how things are going. Always know that I LOVE and MISS YOU. Dad, Cupcake and Xander
Monday, July 4: Sammy, Gabby and Bob M ... I just had to come and post to you .. I've missed the last two Mondays as I was on vacation and had bad internet connection so couldn't post to you. I hope you are not upset with me. Please know that you were on my mind the entire time that I was away .. and I do know that you were watching over your sister Cupcake and brother Xander and I thank you for that.
Though I enjoy my vacations .. I so miss posting to you kids and also miss Cupcake and Xander. Each of you have a piece of my heart with you .. and one day we will be reunited .. and what a joyous day that will be and we will never be apart ever again.
Always know that I Love Each of You so very, very much. Always watch over us and keep Cupcake and Xander safe. Dad, Cupcake and Xander
Monday, July 10: Hi Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M ... just stopping by with my weekly posting to you three. You know, I think of each of you every single day. As Cupcake and Xander and I go outside ... I feel your presence with us, so Thank You for always letting me know you are with us.
Sammy, I don't have to tell you .. BUT .. I am .. as you know, when you were physically present with me .. YOU WERE MY EVERYTHING .. you knew everything about me .. when I was sad, when I was happy .. when I was not feeling well .. YOU KNEW ME and for that ... I will forever LOVE YOU.
Each of you have a piece of my loving heart with you. I often think of the day we will be reunited .. how HAPPY I will truly be .. never to be apart from you.
Always watch over your sister Cupcake and brother Xander .. as they need your guidance always. Let them know you are always with them .. watching over them and protecting them from any harm. Dad, Cupcake and Xander
Monday, July 18: Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M ... how are my kids doing up at Rainbow Bridge these days? I am hoping you are having such a grand time with all your beautiful friends. I often "think" of you all .. running and playing in that beautiful green grass of Rainbow Bridge.
Kids, I thank you for always being near us .. I feel your presence always. Sammy, Thank You for the beautiful rainbow that you brought to us the other day as Cupcake and Xander and I were outside playing and I was remembering when you and I used to run and play outside .. remember those days .. and then appeared this beautiful rainbow and I instantly knew it was from you letting me know you were with me, Cupcake and Xander.
As always, each of you are so loved and so missed by me. I know you are at peace and healthy and running and playing with all of your friends .. BUT .. never leave us .. always be with us as I know you are. Dad, Cupcake and Xander
Monday, July 25: Hello by beloved Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M .... making my weekly visit and to let you know .. though you already know, how much I Love and Miss each of you.
Cupcake and Xander are doing well. Now that the fires are pretty much under control and no smoke, they are always outside playing .. running after one another .. just like you Sammy. I remember those days you would run throughout the yard like a bullet .. well, Cupcake and Xander are doing the same .. are you telling them somehow so that I can remember all about you .... well, I will never, ever forget you son.
The days are pretty much hot so Cupcake and Xander are always drinking lots of water and playing in the little swimming pool ... again, just like you used too.
Always know that your dad Loves and Misses you. Dad, Cupcake and Xander
Monday, August 1: My beautiful Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M .. just making my weekly visit to you and hoping all is well up at Rainbow Bridge. Each day when I wake up .. each of you are thought of .. and I wonder what you all are doing .. but know that you are all having a great time with all your friends.
Always know that your dad loves and misses you so much. Yesterday I took your sister Cupcake to the vet's office for a checkup and shots .. and there was a baby black kitten .. and, oh, you should have seen Cupcake licking the face of that precious kitten. I even contemplated bringing him home .. but was unsure how Xander would react. Perhaps one day ...
Always watch over your sister Cupcake and brother Xander ... they need constant guidance and I know that you, Sammy, will be right there to teach them ...
Always remember you are loved and missed. Dad, Cupcake and Xander
Monday, August 8: Oh, Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M ... as I write this little note to you and listen to the music .. I have tears in my eyes because I miss each of you so much. Don't know why I am a bit sad today .. but I am. Guess because I cannot hold you in my arms like I used too .. though I know each of you are always with me, Cupcake and Xander in spirit .. I feel your presence.
I always speak of you all to Cupcake and Xander .. and it is amazing how they just look at me as if they know what I am saying .. perhaps they do. Today is a beautiful day and the sun shining very brightly.
I will always tell you .. each of you .. how much I Love and Miss you .. not a day goes by that you don't come into my mind ... you are always on my mind. Always watch over Cupcake and Xander. Love and Miss You. Dad, Cupcake and Xander
Monday, August 15; Hello Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M ... just making my weekly visit and hoping you three are having a great time up at Rainbow Bridge with all your beautiful friends. Each day I think of you and your friends and wonder what you all are doing. I only see pictures of Rainbow Bridge and if it is as beautiful as those pictures .. I know you love it there.
Always know, though, that your dad loves and misses you so very, very much. Sammy, Stacy finished your cross-stitch and what a beautiful job she did. I am getting a frame for the cross-stitch and it will be even more beautiful once done. You will always remain within my heart .. because of you .. I live today. It was YOU, Sammy, who gave me life that fateful day .. remember .. it was YOU who stayed by my side and kept licking my face until I woke .. and it was YOU who truly saved me and for that, I give you my life forever.
I ask you kids to always watch over your sister Cupcake and brother Xander .. as they need constant supervision. They are beautiful kids who have fulfilled my life after you .. but you kids will always remain close to my heart .. and always know that. Tell all your friends we say "hello" from here to there. Dad, Cupcake and Xander
Monday, August 29: My beloved Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M .. just stopping by to let you know that your dad loves and misses you so very much .. but you already know that.
I just realized I didn't stop by last week .. and for that .. I am so very sorry. I try to visit you each week to let you know what is happening here with me, Cupcake and Xander.
Cupcake and Xander are doing well .. just loving being outside now that the wild fires are all out. They both run and play all around the yard .. which brings back so many memories of you, Sammy. They romp in the same areas that you did .. perhaps you are guiding them? I believe so.
I hope each of you are well and having a great time up at Rainbow Bridge with all your beautiful friends. Each night when I take Cupcake and Xander outside .. I look up to the sky and see all the brightly-shining stars .. and know it is all of you furkids letting me know you are around ....
Always remember that I Love and Miss you so much. Always watch over your sister Cupcake and brother Xander. Dad, Cupcake and Xander
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