Marje and Gracie's Gift

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  1. CD and BigMac

    CD and BigMac Well-Known Member

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    A few years ago I promised Marje I would make an OTJ video for Gracie if she ever gave up insulin.
    With many many tears, I have kept my promise.

    All my love,
    Carolyn



    Thank you M.J. and Michelle for your help.
     
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  2. Tricia Cinco(GA) & Harvey

    Tricia Cinco(GA) & Harvey Well-Known Member

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    Oh, Carolyn, that was beautiful. Once again, Gracie had me laughing and crying. Thank you for sharing that with us. Nobody can do a stinkeye like Gracie!
     
  3. suki & crystal (GA)

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    a wonderful tribute to one of L&LL legends, Gracie. Forever in our hearts.
     
  4. Sienne and Gabby (GA)

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    Good thing I watched this at home and not at work -- too many tears. Truly -- always in our hearts. You are missed, little girl.
     
  5. Peg and Toby

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    Such a nice way to remember Gracie. We will miss you.
     
  6. Dyana

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    That was beautiful Carolyn.

    Tears from missing Gracie. You are so loved, little one.
     
  7. Suzi_S

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    What a lovely video. I haven't been here to long and this gave me a chance to kinda know little Gracie.
     
  8. Amy&TrixieCat

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    Just beautiful....
     
  9. Sharon14

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    Beautiful!
     
  10. Ann & Maggie11 (GA)

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    What a an amazing video and beautiful Tribute to Gracie It really captures her sweet and feisty personality. Miss you.
     
  11. Judy and Boomer

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    What a beautiful tribute to little Gracie!
     
  12. Mandarin'sMom

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    What a beautiful video for a beautiful little girl!
     
  13. Michelle and Mannie (GA)

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    Truly wonderful.. Miss you so LBG! Always in my heart.
     
  14. Lynn & Rupert

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    This is a beautiful tribute of a beautiful kitty!
     
  15. Andy & Pimp

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    Love it. What a great gift.:)
     
  16. Anne&Muffin (GA)

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    That was truly beautiful Carolyn. Tears, smiles, and laughter. Thank you for keeping your promise. We will miss Gracie terribly.
     
  17. JenniferF

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    Beautiful tribute. Not logging on much lately I didn't realize Gracie left us. She and her amazing momma were my very first support here in LL. They are both always in my thoughts.
     
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  18. Wendy&Neko

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    What a fantastic gift CD, M.J. and Michelle. Gracie really stole a part of all of our hearts.
     
  19. Anne & Zener GA

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    Thank you, CD, for making the video. Thank you, Marje, for sharing LBG with us. Both are magnificent gifts.
    Liz
     
  20. Millie and Cooper

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    That was beautiful. Gracie was one of a kind.
     
  21. rhiannon and shadow (GA)

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    what a beautiful gift.....
     
  22. Tena and Curry(GA)

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    Oh my....that's is just beautiful. Thank you CD! And thank you Marje for sharing your little girl with us. We will never forget her!!

    Lots of love,
    Tena
     
  23. Michelle & Scrabble (GA)

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    Carolyn as usual you have outdone yourself! I still treasure the otj video you made for scrabble! I had tears streaming down my face watching this, what a beautiful tribute! ((Marje)) I know this rough for you and Mike and I am so sorry. Know she will furrever be in your hearts and you have so many beautiful memories with her. Big hugs! Prayers for peace in your heart.
     
  24. Paula

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    Beautiful, Beautiful tribute! Tears and Laughter. Such a special little girl! Gracie, we all miss you and you will always be in our hearts.
    Thanks Carolyn for sharing.
     
  25. Suzanne & Cobb(GA)

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    What a beautiful tribute!! (((Marje and Mike))) Gracie was larger than life around here. She will so so missed.
     
  26. Marje and Gracie

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    ((((Carolyn, MJ, and Michelle)))))

    Thank you, Carolyn, for keeping the promise and I cannot tell you all how much this means to us and always will. I’ve already watched it at least five times. Tobey had been watching his bird cd so his stool was already in front of the TV. When I streamed the video to the TV, he sat and watched it through every time and would stand up and touch Gracie’s face with his paw. He, like us, misses her so very much. You captured her essence, her beauty, her spirit. The sketch you did at the end is phenomenal....all of it....it’s just absolutely perfect and we are so happy that Gracie finally got her OTJ video even if it was not the way we had hoped....but she earned it. She was such a little trooper every single day that she dealt with FD. From the very first poke, she couldn’t have cared less....she knew we were trying to keep her healthy and with us for as long as possible.

    It is has been almost a week and every day has been so hard to get through without her. Our lives were focused on her and many days when Mike was at work, I never left her or this house. We are focusing all that attention and love on Tobey because he loves her so and we know this is hard on him. But, together, and with all of you, we will make it through just as so many of you have had to do.

    I spoke with the animal communicator the other night and she told me she was able to connect with Gracie. She said Gracie was so thankful we made the decision to let her go. I did not tell you all what had happened but on Wednesday, she became very lethargic and she had a very, very black poo. I suspected a GI bleed and so took her back to the ER and her BP was really low. They said they wanted to keep her because if it got too low, they could intervene but if I had her at home, I wouldn’t know. They did a quick u/s but had no way of finding a GI bleed if one existed. So back in ICU and they checked her every hour all night and she was stable. I headed over at 6:30 the next morning with insulin in hand and spoke with the doctor who had been with her all night and had cared for her on previous nights (he was so kind). He said that at 6 a.m., her BP was still lower than he would have liked but she was stable and I could take her home so she could see the cardiologist that morning. They did not give her lasix or her heart meds in the hope her BP would come up. When I got there at 7:10, two ER docs, the oncologist, and a surgeon met me and in that short amount of time, her intestine had perforated and she had free gas in her abdomen and was at danger for peritonitis (sepsis). They did not know what caused it...the lymphoma, the steroids because she had a weak spot...unknown. They said they could get her into surgery right then if we wanted but her chances of making it through were less than 25% and, if she did, she would have a very long recovery and still be dealing with lymphoma, a heart issue, diabetes. They brought her to me....her eyes lit up when she saw me and she did not appear to be in any pain or discomfort and they felt she was ok for the moment but we needed to decide quickly. I looked at her sweet, sweet face and all she had given us and I knew she was ready to go. I called Mike. The vets were all crying....everyone had become so very attached to her. I held her and talked to her for about 15 minutes. She crossed peacefully in my arms. The AC said Gracie told her she would not have survived the surgery. She said that Gracie’s spirit was so large, so full of light, and so beautiful that no small body could have contained it for very long. And we knew all this about her but letting her go was the worst day of my life.

    The hospital sent us a beautiful arrangement of fuchsia and pink roses with babies breath....how did they know pink was her color? The oncologist called last night and we talked for a very long time and she cried; she told me this was the hardest one for them because Gracie was so special and they all loved her so much.

    But Gracie.....what a truly special spirit that we celebrate today. Many of you know how she came to us but some don’t. We had lost our kitty, Sitka, at 21 years of age about 8 months before and I was not thinking of another cat but a friend in the Scottish Fold community sent me a link to see this new litter of kittens that a breeder we all knew had. The moment I saw that little face, I knew she was destined to be ours. I called the breeder but he said she had already been promised to another breeder as she was breed quality (her father was quite the champion SF). I told him he was wrong...she was mine...it was in my heart...we were to be together. I kept calling him, my friends called him. And one miraculous day, he called me and said they had been to the vet and her jaw was off by a millimeter...barely perceptible. But enough that he would not put her in the breeding program so, even though he had a waiting list for kittens, she was mine! Oh the joy!! My heart was bursting. I flew to Buffalo, NY and then drove to Canada to get her and when I first saw and held her....so tiny even at 13 weeks she fit in the palm of my hand. I had been in love with her already for almost six weeks but holding her....I knew our lives would never be the same. Mike couldn’t wait to see her and I saw his heart just melt with pure love for this tiny little brown girl. We knew she was going to really light up our lives when the first night we had her home, she scrambled up on a bed and then before I could get to her, took a flying leap off (bonsai!!!!) and sprained her ankle and I had to take her to the ER. Lil Stinka.

    We had kitten proofed the house a million times over but she was so tiny that I was afraid to leave her and go to work so for a month, she went with me every day and slept on my desk or in my file boxes. The first day we felt it was ok to leave her...she had finally gotten a little bigger....I was in my office and suddenly my heart lurched as I heard a tiny voice say help mama help!! Help!! I tried to ignore it thinking it was just my mind but it kept happening Help mama...I need you!! I dropped everything and raced home...30 minutes...scared to death something had happened to her and there she was...all cuddled up with GA Max...sound asleep, safe. But I saw the twinkle in her eye and the smile on her little silver fur lined lips and I knew she just wanted to see if I would come.

    Over the last five years, you all have let me share glimpses of her inimitable personality with you in little Gracie stories and Lupita Fridays. Thank you for being so tolerant; thank you for loving her and honoring her. She was the greatest gift and the greatest joy and our lives will forever be changed without her here. But she gave us so much love and happiness and taught us so very much. That is what I shall try to hold onto until I see her again and hold her sweet little warm brown purry cuddly body to me. No fur was as soft as hers was even until the last day. I sleep every night with her little pink blankie with the kitty on it that her daddy bought her a few years ago. I hold it close to my heart where she slept. I dream of her purrs and headbutts. I miss her profoundly.

    We love you our sweet little brown girl. I know the Bridge is a crazy party place now with you there amongst all your friends and GAs Sitka, Teddi, Gus, and Max.

    Thank you again, Carolyn, MJ, and Michelle for this amazing gift. We love you all....thank you L/L Land for all you gave our girl and how you helped us save her and thrive with FD.
     
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  27. suki & crystal (GA)

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    (((Marje & Mike))) so very sorry to read of the last few hours of Gracie's life, but you really had no choice and gave her the best gift of love you could by setting her free. What a purrfect life she had with you, Mike and Tobey and I hope the wonderful memories you have of her, and the joy she brought to everyone, will provide you with some small comfort over the coming weeks/months. You will see her again, and what adventures she will have had! :bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
  28. Judy and Boomer

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    I have no words now, only hugs :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
  29. milfordcollector

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    What a beautiful tribute to Gracie....may she ever remain in our hearts & souls. And thank you margi & mike for sharing her with all of us in LL <3 Cindy & Angel Sabrina
     
  30. MonetsMom

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    What a touching tribute to Gracie! Just beautiful.
     
  31. Melanie and Smokey

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    Lovely. Such a cutie.
     
  32. Paula

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    :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:Rest in Peace Beloved Gracie.
     
  33. Amy&TrixieCat

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    The AC is so right...Gracie's spirit is so large and bright that she touched people all over the world...there aren't many kitties who can make such a claim! We are truly honored to have known her, and we know that large, bright spirit of hers will always shine down on L&LL. :bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
  34. Cleo & Jane (GA)

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    (((Marje & Mike))) I am so sorry for you - it is hard being left behind. I love this tribute ♥
     
  35. Olive & Paula

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    Such a wonderful tribute. Her poses are priceless. Such a special lady. :bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
  36. Rachel & Chyna (GA)

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    Carolyn, that was beautiful. I knew I would bawl as soon as I saw the title and I am! You are so right, the beautiful, special Gracie will always be in my heart.

    (((Marje))) I still don't know what to say. What a wonderful love you had for each other! I'm so, so sorry you had to say goodbye for now. Love and hugs to you, Mike, and Tobey:bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
  37. missMeows

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    (((Marje and Mike))) I haven't even watched the video yet and my eyes are already watering from your beautiful story. Gracie was indeed a lucky girl to find such devoted and loving beans as you two. And you were so very lucky to have that special girl in your lives as well. I'm glad she went peacefully and in your arms. Just the way it should be. Healing vines and purrs to you both. :bighug::bighug::bighug:

    ETA - Absolutely beautiful tribute to dear Gracie. No words... just beautiful.
     
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  38. Linda and Bear Man

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    CD, what a lovely video. Mike and Marje will have this to treasure forever. You have given them a very special gift.

    Marje, thank you so much for telling the story of Gracie's life with you, and also for sharing her last hours. There are no words to express how deeply the memories of Gracie are embedded in Lantus Land lore.

    My heart and prayers are with you and Mike. May the memories of happier days bring you comfort.
     
  39. Nina and KB

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    A beautiful tribute. So many sweet pictures that really showed her personality.
     
  40. Grayson & Lu

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    Wonderful video - wonderful life. Peace my friend.
     
  41. Vyktors Mum

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    A beautiful life so well lived, love you Gracie xxx
     
  42. Josie & Ripley (GA)

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    What a beautiful, beautiful video, Caryolyn. ❤️
    So many tears, and laughs through the tears.
    It's obvious a lot of love was poured into this video -- what a wonderful representation of (((Marje & Mike's))) love for GracieGirl.
    :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
  43. icesnow

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    Gracie will be missed !! but with so much love that lives on !!
     
  44. Suzi_S

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    (((HUGS)))
     
  45. Mocha aka Cold Play

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    Such a sweet tribute for a sweet girl. She is one of the most beautiful sweeties I have ever seen. I mean that. If I had seen her, she would have stolen my heart too. I know your loss is like a gaping hole in your heart.....may the concern of so many bring comfort.
     
  46. Barb & Checkers (GA)

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    Thank you, Carolyn. I know you aren't looking for credit, but this video, is just so beautiful.
    The drawing....wow, I didn't know you did that!
    I laughed and cried all through it....both times.
    I remember some of those adorable pics. In fact, I made a treat box, for Checks, after seeing the video of Gracie's insulin box. She was having so much fun, reaching her little hand in it, fishing for treats. LOL!
    What a beautiful little fluffball!!
    (((Marje))), thank you for sharing your last goodbye with us. That had to be excruciating to tell.
    I pray for peace, and soon only happy memories, to fill your hearts.
    (((Marje, Mike)))
     
  47. Marilyn and Polly

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    Oh my. Tears, yes. Laughter, yes. Love, absolutely.

    Forever in our hearts. Forever.
     
  48. manxcat419

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    Marje, I've been out of the country and just looked through the forums for the first time since getting back today and saw that Gracie is gone. My heart is breaking for you and Mike and I'm typing through tears, but at the same time I'm happy that Gracie had you as her beans - no one could have given her more or fought harder for her. And when the time was right, you gave her the last gift you could and let her go in peace. Gracie will never be forgotten - she touched so many hearts here on FDMB and is truly loved by all of us here.

    And I love the video - such a beautiful tribute to your beautiful girl. Gracie's love for you and your love for her shine through in every image. :bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
  49. Bron and Sheba (GA)

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    A wonderful tribute to an amazing little girl, who will be greatly missed by so many here on L&L land
     
  50. Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA)

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    Thank you, Carolyn (and M.J. and Michelle)! How we all miss our LBG (for she is truly "our" kitty; we all loved her so much). Marje, Mike, Tobey: thank you for sharing Gracie with us. :bighug::bighug::bighug:

    Ella (no dry eyes here tonight) & Rusty
     
  51. Tuxedo Mom

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    What a priceless video. Marje...what a wonderful tribute your tale of Gracie is. I feel like I can actually reach out and physically touch the love your beautiful memoir weaves. The love will live on forever, merely on a different plane. (((HUGS))) to Marje and Mike and special scritches to Tobey.

    :bighug: :bighug: :bighug:
     
  52. carfurby

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    What a beautiful video. It was hard to watch through my tears. Sending prayers for Marje, Mike and Tobey. :bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
  53. Ann & Tess GA

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    What a wonderful tribute to 'lilGrace! Beautifully done Carolyn! I know that Marje and Mike will watch it over and over, Tobey too.

    Hugs streaming out to AZ, Gracie was indeed a special little girl.
     
  54. tiffmaxee

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    What a beautiful tribute to a remarkable kitty and superb beans. Gracie has touched all of our lives and will never be forgotten.
     
  55. Marje and Gracie

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    Thank you all for helping us pay tribute to Missy G and we are so happy that those of you who didn't know her got a glimpse of her through this amazing video and those of you who have loved her the last five years, got to laugh again at her antics and her sassy self.

    This is such a gift of the heart and we are so blessed to have such wonderful friends.
     
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  56. Asrael

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    What a beautiful video- and thank you so much for sharing your story both about Gracies's transition, and how she came to you. She was truly special <3 So glad you also got to hear from her through the Animal Communicator, I am sure that helps. Still sending you both so much love and healing vines!
     
  57. julie & punkin (ga)

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    what a wonderful tribute to Gracie! And to your love for her, @Marje and Gracie. That was simply beautiful, Carolyn, MJ and Michelle! I got a kick out of her stink-eye pictures - most of the pictures I've seen through the years, but it's so puurrrfect to have them here together in a tribute to Grace.

    Carolyn - that sketch at the end - i'm speechless. You clearly are an amazing artist! That was just wonderful and it so captures Grace's essence.

    Thanks for making the video. It was inspirational.
     
  58. mariko

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    Absolutely beautiful video.
    Thank you very much for sharing that.
    In every picture and video, Gracie is so "Gracie", she has such a strong presence.
    This beautiful video made me smile like she always did.

    (((Marje))) Thank you very much for sharing Gracie's stories.
    How hard it must have been that morning. My heart is breaking for you all over again.
    I love your story about Gracie's kitten-hood. I can totally picture the cheeky smile on her little cute face when you rushed back home.

    Gracie, Thank you very much for bringing so much joy and laughter to us, your LL aunties and uncles.
    I am so glad your jaw wasn't perfectly aligned. ;)
    It's been an honor and a privilege knowing such a special soul.
     
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  59. Pat+Raja+Shadow

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    A wonderful, beautiful, touching, gorgeous video tribute to such a sweet kitty! Thank you CD for sharing your immense talents in such
    a great way. Your videos make us cry as we remember our sweet GA babies....
    And thank you Marje for sharing Gracie's story with us all....my heart goes out to you & Mike. It is such a terrible adjustment learning
    to live without our sweet kitties when they have to leave us. Sending hugs to you ,,,,,
     
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  60. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Senior Member Moderator

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    Thank you all so much, our dear friends.

    It’s been a week today......I wish I could be stronger, I do. One day I will be....but not today.

    Love you all.
     
  61. Marycatmom

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    Why do you need to be stronger? You have us to hold you up. Take as much time as you need to grieve. We have strong arms to hold you up, and we're not going anywhere.
     
  62. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Senior Member Moderator

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    Thank you, Mary. We all have lost a beloved kitty at some time and some of us have lost more than one. We all know that our grief never leaves and at sometime, we need to put one foot in front of the other and move forward. So I don't want to lessen anyone else's grief ...no matter how long it has been since their kitty crossed....by making mine seem worse. In other words, at some time...and soon... I need to put on my big girl panties. ;)
     
  63. Tricia Cinco(GA) & Harvey

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    But not today, Marje. You'll be ready eventually. We all grieve in our own way. You do it your way. Gracie did things her way. And what a way it was!

    Thank you for sharing her story, beginning to end. I don't know why I had never heard how she came to be yours, but I do know it was meant to be. I didn't think I could cry any more, but I did, reading your tribute. I felt like I was there with you, those last hours. Your pain came through so clearly. I hope it was somewhat cathartic, to put it in print. :bighug:

    Carolyn, I somehow forgot to mention it, but that sketch was incredible. You are so gifted, it takes my breath away. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us.
     
  64. Lisa and Do Lou (GA)

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    what a beautiful tribute:bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
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  65. Tiger(GA) and Ruth

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    That video is priceless - Carolyn thanks for making it--I love the sketch of Gracie, absolutely gorgeous work!

    ((((Marje))) I'm so sad to read about Gracie's last day, it is like getting kicked in the stomach to have to make that decision, even if it is the right decision. I wish there was some magic potion to take away the pain. I love the story of how you acquried Gracie, it was meant to be! You and Mike and Tobey will always be in my heart and prayers!
     
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  66. CD and BigMac

    CD and BigMac Well-Known Member

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    Marje, you know how much my heart broke for you. Like so many here, we shared your love for Gracie through you. We know how deeply it hurts and we all wished to spare you that agony because we care about you so much.
    Your Gracie stories were pure joy over the years and personally I had a lot of fun 'stealing' her photos and changing them for our amusement. I put only a few of those doctored photos in this video but she was a favorite subject of mine. She was such a cutie..loved that stink-eye.

    It was an honor to create this video for you and Mike. It took a few days to stop crying as I worked, but they were tears of love. Gracie was a legend here and her memory will last as long as we do. She (because of you) was a strong presence and I smile when I hear her name. I heard it last night when my granddaughter sang Amazing Grace in her school choir. I smiled through a few tears as I felt little Gracie's spirit among the sweet voices.

    And I am humbled by all the LL members who gave so many kind compliments about the video. Thank you very much. Now everyone - go hug a kitty or two, I will. :bighug:
     
  67. Paula

    Paula Well-Known Member

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    Carolyn.
    Beautiful words and awesome video.
    I'm still crying as my heart breaks for Marje, Mike, Lupita, and Tobey.
    Amazing Grace is my one of my favorite hymns and I will always remember sweet Gracie.
    R.I.P Little One for you are so loved by the whole world.
    Now, I will go hug my Michael and tell him how much I love him.:bighug::bighug:
     
  68. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Senior Member Moderator

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    (((Carolyn)))) @CD and BigMac

    I wish I had words as beautiful as you have written but please know my heart will forever be so thankful to you for honoring her in all the ways you have over the years, for the video, the amazing sketch, for your tears, and for telling me about your granddaughter singing Amazing Grace and you hearing my sweet baby. She probably would have ad-libbed the lyrics ...Lil Stinka. And of course, we are so thankful for everyone in our L/L Land family who has tolerated all our Gracie-antics stories, our Lupita Fridays, and the 12 Days of Catmus for several years. You all rock!

    Love,
    M
     
  69. Frosty

    Frosty Well-Known Member

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    I haven't been on the board much lately and was truly saddened when I read of the loss of Gracie. Marje & Mike I'm so sorry for your loss.

    An awesome video and a great tribute to Gracie.
     
  70. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Senior Member Moderator

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    It is an amazing tribute to our sweet girl. Thank you, John, for posting. :bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
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  71. jayla-n-Drevon

    jayla-n-Drevon Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful--I did not have the privilege of knowing sweet Gracie as I am new --I am sitting over here sobbing for her loss--I know she brought you so much joy and will be greatly missed…. Thank you for sharing this beautiful composition os such a joyful little girl.
     
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  72. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Senior Member Moderator

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    Thank you so much....she was incredible.....a very special little soul.
     
  73. Julia Rae

    Julia Rae Well-Known Member

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    Huggs Marge thank you for sharing such a sweet and spunky soul with us all. The hurt never really goes away it just changes and becomes something else. I know things will get better and once again thank you for sharing your sweet Grace with us all.
     
  74. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Senior Member Moderator

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    Thank you, Julia Rae :bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
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  75. Randi & Max (GA)

    Randi & Max (GA) Well-Known Member

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    Just beautiful and as usual Carolyn, M.J & Michelle outdid themselves with the video.
    I have not been able to watch it until now. I still shake my head saying it isn't so. Another one of Max's friends has joined him.
    Many many hugs to you and Mike, Marje.
    Gracie will always be remembered and forever loved.
    Randi
     
  76. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Senior Member Moderator

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    I still cry all the way through it but then I cry every single day as I still cannot believe she is gone. I know your loss of your sweet boy was just as sudden and devastating, ((((Randi)))).
     
  77. Kim & Twice

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    An absolutely beautiful tribute, and so very deserved.
    Sending huge hugs to you Marge and Mike. Scritches to sweet Tobey.
     
  78. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Senior Member Moderator

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    Thank you (((Kim))). Miss you and Twice!
     
  79. Tina & Sammy

    Tina & Sammy Well-Known Member

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    What an awesome tribute to Gracie!
     
  80. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Senior Member Moderator

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    Yes....it is just amazing......the best!!
     
  81. Tigger's Friend

    Tigger's Friend Well-Known Member

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    Oh Marje & Gracie, Mike & Tobey, the tears are late, but the heart felt love is current. I can see LBG sporting in her fancies with Gus and all her buddies on the Rainbow Bridge. What a great tribute for a one of a kind kittie. Words are failing me, especially to hear Gabby is joining them, but know our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you.
     
  82. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Senior Member Moderator

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    (((Suzanne))). It's been a very sad few months in L/L Land as we've lost many beloved kitties, some who've been around a while and some who have just recently joined our family.
     
  83. Critter Mom

    Critter Mom Well-Known Member

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    I've only just found out about Gracie.

    My heart goes out to you, Marje. I'm so sorry ...

    :bighug:
     
  84. tonimarmalade

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    What an incredible tribute. Just watched the video tribute from Carolyn, M.J. And Michelle. Then took it back to share with Anita, whose oldestkitty, Mystic, is close to passing over himself, but still feisty despite constantly, eating, drinking, peeing and losing weight and Anita's youngest daughter, my niece, Kim, who is visiting with us for Christmas with her black kitty, Lexi. We all watched with tears in our eyes. They are such special souls, these kitties. And Gracie was like a beacon on the FDMB to so many of us. Marje, Mike, and Tobey, feel our love, our hugs, our prayers, our empathy, our support. :bighug:
    There really are no adequate words but you were so blessed to have this Gracie! And she so blessed to have you! And the moments of love and joy and even the moments of pain you shared were all such gifts. You transformed one another and we who shared your love on the FDMB were transformed by you as well. Those of us who have faith know that we will be reunited in the hereafter. Isn't that incredible?! Thank you for all you have given and continue to give( I couldn't believe that you were on the Board on Christmas Day and responding to my post re: Marmy's wacky numbers! )You are amazing and very loved!
    A blessed 2016! May your help and energy and beautiful spirit continue to enrich us for a long time to come!:bighug:
     
  85. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Senior Member Moderator

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    Thank you so much, Moglet. I know I keep coming back to the word devastating but it's the only word that comes even a tiny bit close to what we feel.

    @tonimarmalade thank you so much, my sweet friend, for your words. Thank you for sharing the miracle and joy of Gracie with your family. I'm keeping Mystic and Anita in my prayers. :bighug:
     
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  86. Critter Mom

    Critter Mom Well-Known Member

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    Indeed it is the only word that comes any way close, Marje ... :(

    My heart really and truly goes out to you. :bighug:
     
  87. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Senior Member Moderator

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    Thank you so much!! Your caring means so much to us as does the support and love from our FDMB family. :bighug:
     
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  88. Anne & Hyde (GA)

    Anne & Hyde (GA) Well-Known Member

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    Just saw this video today - love the stink eye look!! We miss your spunk, Gracie,

    Hugs to you, and Mike and Tobey.
     
  89. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Senior Member Moderator

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    (((Anne))) thank you for watching and sharing the life of the beautiful Missy G.
     
  90. Merlin

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    Marje - I just found out today (read a post in the supply closet) that you lost Gracie. I am so sorry. She was such a loving, beautiful kitty. The video was such a tribute to such a very special one. I lost Merlin on 12/26 and can really feel for your loss. Hugs and take care.
     
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