12/3 Remembering Gracie

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  1. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2010
    It has been two years today since our most beloved baby girl, Gracie, crossed the Rainbow Bridge. We are holding @Wendy&Neko (Dec 6), @Josie & Ripley (GA) (Dec 13), and @Sienne and Gabby (GA) (Dec 23) close in our hearts and with love as December is the month their babies also crossed.

    I hesitated about posting a condo for her today as there are so many new people and it’s been so long. But this is the place she was most loved outside of those who knew her personally. She is the reason we were here in the first place and she is the reason that I can’t walk away from FDMB. It is to honor her, to share all she taught us about FD, and to pay it forward that I continue to pop in and help when I can.

    Most of you here now never knew her and the true legend she is in L/L Land. She brought so many smiles and laughs to members with her silly antics, her sassy expressions, and her infamous “Lupita Fridays”. Our housekeeper, Lupita, loved her dearly but Gracie had a love/hate relationship with Lupita and every single Friday that Lupita worked, Gracie would provide me with a funny interaction to share with everyone.

    She was truly a “once-in-a-lifetime” kitty and losing her has been the greatest heartbreak of my life. I hold on to the promise that I will one day hold her again.

    Last year, I did this memorial video for her and posted it. Please do not feel obligated to watch it but, if you do, it will give you a glimpse of my amazing Gracie, aka in L/L Land as “LBG” (Little Brown Girl), Missy G, Principessa, Lil G Money, Lil Stinka. She had many personas and many nicknames but was well loved by all.

    Thank you for helping me honor my baby girl.
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  2. Michelle and Mannie (GA)

    Michelle and Mannie (GA) Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Hi Marje

    How wonderful to see this condo. It takes me back to the good ole days.... They were wonderful times, if dealing with FD can be wonderful. But they were. I love that video, so so Gracie! Thanks for posting this today. It has warmed my heart.

    Have a wonderful holiday season!
  3. Chubba (GA)

    Chubba (GA) Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2017
    I didn't know Gracie, but such a heartfelt video for a beautiful kitty. Those eyes ...
  4. KATIE&ovie

    KATIE&ovie Member

    Jul 26, 2017
    Sweet Gracie. I didn't not know her but her memory lives through you. What a wonderful tribute that video was. You can tell she was a force of her own, full of life. :bighug:

    Thank you for sharing :bighug:
  5. Chris & China

    Chris & China Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2013
    There are still enough of us "older-timers" around to keep the legend of Gracie alive! She sure was one of a kind!!

    Thank you for sharing her with all of us :bighug::bighug::bighug:
  6. Bronx's dad

    Bronx's dad Well-Known Member

    Nov 30, 2016
    Such a beautiful memorial video Marje!
  7. Stacy & Asia

    Stacy & Asia Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2017
    Marje, Thanks for sharing that beautiful video and story with us; so much gratitude to you for paying it forward. Gracie has left a void that nothing is going to fill and I hope that the memories and special times you had with her give you some comfort. I hope you dream of Gracie often and don't wake up sad that she isn't there, but wake up happy that she came to visit you again in those magical twilight hours. I know exactly what you mean by "once in a lifetime kitty" and I think those that don't just haven't met theirs yet! ;)

    Oh! What an expressive, mushy and adorable face! It's sounds like Gracie's antics kept things humorous and added some needed levity around here and that is, truly, an awesome gift in itself! What an incredibly loving way to honor her and keep her with you by continuing to care for other sugar cats and their beans with your expansive knowledge of FD, lab results, kind works and spreadsheet wizardry (both technically and trend reading wise)!

    Thank you, Gracie, for all of the lives you have touched when you were here and all of the lives you continue to touch, in spirit, in the form of your bean, Marje! :cat::bighug::cat::bighug::cat::bighug::cat:
  8. Osha

    Osha Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2016
    Sending you tons of love Marje! :kiss:

    Thank you Gracie for bringing your momma bean to FDMB so she could teach us all she learned from loving you. Sending you head bumps and scritches at the bridge.
  9. Barbara & Uncle (GA)

    Barbara & Uncle (GA) Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2016
    Marje, I am so glad you overcame any initial hesitation you may have had in posting this beautiful condo for Gracie.
    My sentiments echo all the others who have posted before me today.

    Thank you for sharing Gracie with those of us who came to L/L Land more recently. You continue to honor her in the most beautiful, expansive way with every sugarkitty and person you have helped here. Uncle and I included. OF COURSE :cat:
    Sending tons of love and comfort to you as you hold your baby girl close and we create a circle of hugs around you today :bighug:
  10. Christie & Maverick

    Christie & Maverick Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2017
    Marje, I am so very glad you decided to post a memorial tribute of Gracie, it was lovely. Time passing means nothing when you have lost your heart kitty. There is something so remarkable in the bond you share with them, and when you are fortunate to have that, the loss is even more unbearable. In each and every photo of your tribute, you can see that Gracie absolutely adored you, and she indeed loves you as much as you love her. I really believe that her love for you continues on, you may not be able to see it, but I do believe you can still feel it. :bighug::bighug::bighug:
  11. Wendy&Neko

    Wendy&Neko Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2012

    Of course I had to watch the video again my friend. It means even more to me now that I've met you and Mike, seen the house, and especially the catio and Gracie's box. All of us here share so much with our sugar kitties, but it seemed like our girls, the Soul Sistas, were especially close. I am pretty sure they are together at the Bridge, looking down at us this month as we remember even more.
  12. MJW

    MJW Well-Known Member

    Mar 29, 2017
    Marje, I am so happy (through tears) to watch Gracie's tribute video and to meet the feline that motivates your dedication to FDMB. She was quite a girl.
  13. Alicia & Maggie (GA)

    Alicia & Maggie (GA) Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2017
    Marje, thank you for sharing such a beautiful remembrance of Gracie. I regret that I did not get to meet her because you can tell in those pictures that she was a pistol! I think the video gives we newcomers another layer of insight into why you are who you are here at FDMB. How fortunate you and Gracie were to have found each other. :bighug:
  14. Bron and Sheba

    Bron and Sheba Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2015
    Sending lots of love and hugs to you today as you remember your beautiful Gracie on the 2 year anniversary of her passing.
    A lovely video
  15. Amy&TrixieCat

    Amy&TrixieCat Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2011
  16. Sienne and Gabby (GA)

    Sienne and Gabby (GA) Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    I still remember being at work when you let us know that Gracie left us for the Bridge. The only thing that hurt more was to have Gabby join her a few short weeks later. I hope they have found each other (and Gabby is playing nice, despite being a tortie) and are taking pleasure in each other's company.

    They are a constant, quiet presence.
  17. Beenie (GA)

    Beenie (GA) Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2017
    :bighug::bighug:Gracie was such a beautiful kitty:bighug::bighug: Thank you so much for sharing your video.
    You are a gift on the FDMB, thank you for all you do Marje:bighug:
  18. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2010
    Thank you all for taking time out of your busy day and caring for your babies to post and to watch Gracie’s video. It has been a quiet day here for me as I just wanted to take it to spend with her.....going through her videos (I took a ton of them), pictures, and her special memory box that I made when she crossed. It has absolutely everything that was ever hers in it. It’s hard for me to open her SS so I thought I’d look at her glucometers to see what her last BGs were but they all need new batteries. I went through the dozens of cards I received and I read through the journal I’ve been keeping that details every single thing she did that was unique to her. Her best friend, Tobey, came running in and sat with me the entire time. He smelled all her things and I am sure he remembers her smell. He grieved so very hard when she crossed that, finally, after nine months, we had to get him a kitten. I am glad I had this time alone to just feel her spirit close to mine through all her things.

    @Michelle and Mannie (GA) Oh my gosh we had soooo much fun, didn’t we? They were wonderful times and they got us through the early days and then the days when we realized she wasn’t going into remission. The parties, the jokes, the pictures on each others’ condos....I think we drove the moderators crazy but we had fun. And in the center of it....Mannie, Tess, Gracie, Binks, Gabby, and Rusty and so many, many others.

    @Chubba Thank you so much for watching. She had absolutely gorgeous eyes that could see through your soul. And when I looked at her, I was certain I was seeing an old and wise soul who came back in this life one more time to teach me about sacrifice and patience.

    @KATIE&ovie Thank you, also, for watching. Yes, she was certainly a force. In fact, more than once, this picture was posted to her condo :smuggrin:

    @Chris & China And thank you for saying all of that. It means more to me than you know. :bighug:

    @Bronx's dad Thank you so much, Paul. Thank you for taking the time to watch it.

    @Stacy & Asia Your poignant words mean so much to me. I do dream about her and our animal communicator told me that Gracie said to her “we still dance together in her dreams each night”. She did have the most expressive face and it was quite Scottish Fold smushy although Tobey and Livia (our kitten) would argue their little Scottish Fold faces are smushier:joyful: If I left FDMB permanently, I would feel I was leaving a part of Gracie behind.

    @Osha Thank you, my dear friend, Amanda. She loved headbumps and scritches for sure!!

    @Barbara & Uncle I really appreciate your words, Barbara, as I know you are going through grief. I absolutely feel that circle of hugs.....and I needed to because only you all understand.

    @Christie & Maverick Thank you so much, Christie. Your words ring so true that time does not heal the loss. I do feel her love; our bond was so strong that it transcends our physical separation.

    @Wendy&Neko I’m so so very happy you came down. I wish we had been able to meet each other’s girls and our two, Soul Sistas forever, were very close. I know they are always up to some kind of mischief at the Bridge and I’m glad Neko had Gracie waiting for her to show her the ropes.

    @MJW Thank you for watching. She was exquisite, inimitable, and a challenge to get regulated!!!

    @Alicia & Maggie She was the sweetest sassy girl ever. The moment I saw her picture as a six week old kitten, I knew in my heart that we were meant to be together. It almost didn’t happen but one can’t interfere with fate.

    @Bron and Sheba Thank you, my very dear Bron. Sending you tons of love and hugs.

    @Amy&TrixieCat We started this journey not too far apart and we are both still here so that speaks volumes about our girls. :bighug: :bighug: :bighug: :bighug:
    @Sienne and Gabby (GA) You were there for me straight away and I will always be grateful. I was heartbroken that Gabby followed so soon after but I am certain that they are all together, these sugar babies.

    @Beenie Thank you so very much and I’m so sorry that you loss is still so very fresh. Many hugs to you and I hope you know peace in your heart that you gave Beenie all the love and care a person could possible give. :bighug: :bighug: :bighug: :bighug:
  19. tiffmaxee

    tiffmaxee Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2013
    I’m right there with you my friend. I don’t know how I would have survived without you!! Gracie and her beans hold special places in my heart. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
  20. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2010
    @tiffmaxee We were all in it together and you have been a very special friend since you came on the board with sweet Max. You both also hold special places in my heart. :kiss: :kiss: :kiss:
  21. Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA)

    Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA) Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2010
    Tears and smiles and laughs, too, looking at Gracie's wonderful pictures. Marje, I'm very glad you posted this tribute. It brought back so many fun times. I know that Gracie, Neko, Gabby, Ripley, Mannie, Tess, Stu, Maggie, Sheba, Trixie, Max and the whole gang will be celebrating the Full Moon from the Bridge tonight. The L&LL kitties are so looking forward to seeing their GA brothers and sisters and pals during the Circle of Remembrance.
    Rusty, Edward and I are sending you, Mike, Tobey, and Livvie special hugs and scritches this evening.
    Gracie, LBG you are much loved.
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  22. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2010
    @Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA) This brought tears to my eyes. All I can say is, I love you, my friend. You have been a steady beacon of light, along with Michelle and Sienne, from the very first days we were here....seven years ago. Thank you for your friendship and your special words. :bighug: :bighug: :bighug: :bighug:
  23. Judy and Boomer

    Judy and Boomer Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2014
    What a beautiful tribute to a special little girl! I can feel your love for her in every word, every picture.
    I too miss the stories about LBG and looked forward to the Lupita Friday condos each week!

  24. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2010
    Those Lupita Fridays were so much fun for me. Just to watch those two cracked me up. Gracie never cut her any slack!
  25. Dyana

    Dyana Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    I love that video. We will never forget Gracie :bighug::bighug::bighug:
  26. carfurby

    carfurby Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    Sending prayers to you and Mike as you remember your sweet Gracie. She was truly special. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
  27. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2010
    Thank you so much, Dyana. We will never forget another true LL icon....JD!

    Thank you, dear Carla. I am so happy there are still family members here who remember her. :bighug::bighug:
  28. Girlie's mom

    Girlie's mom Well-Known Member

    Jul 3, 2017
    Oh Marje - I'm so sorry on this anniversary of your loss of your beloved, beloved Gracie. :bighug:
    Thank you so much for posting your video. Those eyes - those amazingly expressive eyes! What a personality and a variety of moods shone through each slide...
    Gracie shared your life - and you are sharing her legacy with us, every time you help us and pass on some of the knowledge you learned through what was - clearly - one amazing cat. Thank you, Gracie - and thank you, Marje.... :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
  29. Beth 73

    Beth 73 Well-Known Member

    Aug 2, 2016
    Marje, although I did not know Gracie I want to thank you for the last two years of loving, serving and helping here on FDMB . Your wisdom and expertise continues to bless us all . What a wonderful tribute to Gracie’s legacy . Prayers that your remembrance of her be sweet and you feel her there with you:bighug:
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  30. Tricia Cinco(GA) & Harvey

    Tricia Cinco(GA) & Harvey Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2011

    As always, I am late to the party.:rolleyes:

    I, too, will never forget Gracie. Her spunk and her enormous personality far outweighed her tiny body. Her antics are legendary, and Lupita Fridays were a must-read - I miss them so! Many hugs to you, my friend, as I know your grief is still sharp and painful. I am so glad that Gracie sent Liv to help you, Tobey and Mike heal and learn to laugh again. There is no forgetting Gracie, but I hope we can all remember her with a smile.
  31. LizzieInTexas

    LizzieInTexas Well-Known Member

    Jul 25, 2016
    Thank you for sharing you remembrance day. Many hugs :bighug:

  32. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2010
    @Girlie's mom Thank you so much, Darrah. Your words spoke directly to my heart....and to Gracie’s. :bighug: :bighug: :bighug: :bighug:

    @Beth 73 Thank you, Beth, for your sweet words. It is my honor to help in any way that I can. Gracie inspires me.

    @Tricia Cinco(GA) & Harvey My dear friend, Tricia. Your words are always so thoughtful and poignant and never fail to touch my heart and comfort me. I rest assured that all who knew Gracie here in FDMB when she was alive and vibrant will never forget her. Thank you for giving me that assurance.

    @LizzieInTexas Thank you, Lizzie. I love that figurine and it was given to me upon Gracie’s passing. It means the world to me as do all of our FDMB family.
  33. DebG

    DebG Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2016
    Sometimes we have no words and this is one of those times. Because of beans and kitties like you and Gracie it is possible for us to have our hearts connected.

    I remember the first day I came across this forum in desperation looking for help to save my kitty from FD, all the support ,love and help. We are all one BIG family.

    Because of this horrible disease we are all brought together to uphold and carry each other and our precious fur babies along the path till it is their turn to cross over that temporary bridge, someday we will all be reunited together. So until that day we keep on keeping on and supporting and upholding each other.

    Thank you soooooo much Marje and Gracie for coming to this forum and helping so many of us through our dark days and roller coaster days of FD!

    We will never forget each other and look forward to being together with kitties in tow:cat::cat::cat::cat:

    I truly love the memorial of that once in a life time fur baby Miss Gracie:bighug::bighug:
  34. Becky & Baby Girl Kitty

    Becky & Baby Girl Kitty Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2017
    Just beautiful...
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  35. Gill & George

    Gill & George Well-Known Member

    Oct 27, 2015
    But not as late as me.:oops:

    ((((Marje))))), I only knew Gracie for a short while before she left for the Rainbow bridge, but even so, she touched my heart.
    I am thankful that you have stuck around, I have learnt so much from you and hope to learn more.
  36. Anne & Zener GA

    Anne & Zener GA Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2011
    We never would have been able to offer such wonderful care to keep our Zener with us for three years after his diagnosis if it wasn’t for the people on this board. We are forever grateful and will never forget.

  37. Kathy and TiTi

    Kathy and TiTi Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2016
    I wish I had known Gracie. I watched more of her videos, because I wanted to know her more. She was precious.
  38. Doodles & Karen

    Doodles & Karen Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2015
    (((Marje))) my dear friend :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:

    I only knew little LBG Gracie during her FD journey for a short time but her big personality makes it feel like from the beginning. She is so loved and the video is wonderful. It never gets better for us beans. Lots of love to you and Mike :kiss::kiss:
  39. Anne & Zener GA

    Anne & Zener GA Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2011
    And the STINK EYE! Don’t forget the stink eye. :bighug: :bighug: Hugs to you, Marje. We miss Gracie, too.
  40. rhiannon and shadow (GA)

    rhiannon and shadow (GA) Well-Known Member

    Jul 9, 2012

    I'll never forget Gracie, and I even got to meet her.
    loved the stink eye.... her happiness in the catio...
    and the yoga....
  41. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2010
    @DebG It has been a blessing for us to call so many L/L Land Members friends and to witness their own beautiful spirits as they care for their beloved cats....and you are definitely one who is special to my heart, Deb. It is so easy to help those who will do anything for their beloved kitty and that describes you. Your kind, caring, compassionate,and gentle demeanor is something we are all so grateful for. :bighug::bighug::bighug:

    @Becky & Baby Girl Kitty Thank you so much.

    @Gill & George Thank you, Gill, for those sweet words. I wish that I had had more time to engage with you when you first came on but I had my hands full at that time caring for Gracie. You have been a gift to FDMB.

    @Anne & Zener GA Anne and Liz....dear, dear friends. I hope that when I say how much I love you two, you will fully understand how important your friendship has been to us all in this household. :bighug: :bighug: :bighug: You were both there for us in so many ways when Gracie crossed and I will always be grateful for your love and support.

    @Kathy and TiTi Thank you, Kathy, for taking the time to watch all three videos. She was certainly precious!

    @Doodles & Karen Karen...geeez, girl, I don’t even know how to tell you how important your friendship is to me..my fellow Arizonan. I knew early on that we were two peas in a pod and I treasure you so much! :kiss:

    @rhiannon and shadow (GA) yes you are one of the lucky ones who met Missy G and experienced her beauty and sass. And you are another friend I am grateful for and blessed with because of FDMB.
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  42. Peg and Toby

    Peg and Toby Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2014
    Marje, Just wanted to thank-you and so many others that helped me with my Toby. I also loved hearing the funny stories about her on Friday's. She was one of a kind.

    Thank-you again for all your help!!!:bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
  43. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2010
    @Peg and Toby Thank you so much for taking the time to come on and post to remember Gracie. I’m so glad she brought you smiles.

    I hope you are doing ok. I think of you often and know you are also grieving. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
  44. Veronica & Babu-chiri

    Veronica & Babu-chiri Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2016
    Gracie It's a very beautiful video I wish I've had the chance of knowing her she had such a lively and sweet expresion, and on behalf of Babu I want to thank you and her for all that you've done for him

  45. Critter Mom

    Critter Mom Well-Known Member

    Jun 16, 2014
    Beautiful tribute to your beautiful girl.

    (((Marje & Spirit Gracie)))

    You continue to occupy my thoughts a great deal.


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