9.25.2012

ONE WEEK AGO TODAY ~

In memory of my friend, my husband, my love.
Vic Adamus
December 27, 1947 ~ September 18, 2012
Germany, 1949
Always a cuddler and lover of cats.

1974
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Georgetown, Washington, DC
Lord, help us to remember when we first met and the strong love that grew
between us ~ help us to always see the good within the other,
and find answers to all our problems.
Help us to say the kind and loving thing and
make us big enough to ask forgiveness of the other.
We put our marriage into your hands.
Amen
 
Our Family Begins
Our daughter ~ today a wife and mother.

Our Family Grows
Our son ~ today a husband and father.
 
The Cycle of Life
We are now blessed with three loving and beautiful grandchildren.
 
Our last photo together.
 
I do not wish you joy without a sorrow,
nor endless day without the healing dark.
Nor brilliant sun without the restful shadow,
nor tides that never turn against your bark.
I wish you love and strength, and faith and wisdom,
goods, gold enough to help some needy one.
I wish you songs but also blessed silence,
and God's sweet peace when day is done.
Dorothy Neil MacDonald



114 comments:

  1. My God, is this moving! But so beautiful! My eyes are leaking, but it is mostly because of the sweetness I feel reading this.

    And because I realise what a great life you had together with your daughter and son.

    He left us, but I am sure "on the other side" he is coming home...

    Hugs to you, Ann,
    looloo

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  2. Oh, such a beautiful tribute. You were truly blessed to love such a ma, to have him love you back and to raise such a lovely family together.

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  3. Oh Ann...what a tender love story you shared between the two of you and the beautiful family that came to be...
    I did not know that Vic was from Germany, we have that in common.
    Sending you peaceful moments from the cozy cottage

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  4. A wonderful and beautiful tribute to Vic - it was lovely to see the stages through your life together and with your children and grandchildren. You were blessed to have found each other and have a happy life together and
    no-one can take those memories away.
    Hugs and love, Sue xx
    Gentle headbutts Hannah xx and Lucy xx

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  5. What a wonderful love story Ann. I do hope that you are wrapped in the loving arms of your family during this difficult time. Sending healing hugs. Beautiful tribute!
    xo
    Jeanne with Chloe and LadyBug

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  6. A beautiful tribute! Such love comes through xx

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  7. I visited "Cat in the Bag" every day for the photos, humor and prose. Vic will be missed.

    Thank you for such a wonderful tribute.

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  8. A very beautiful tribute to the love you shared with your special man. The tears flow as I read this and see all the lovely photo's and the precious memories you shared. We were so happy to have met Vic last year and to see for ourselves what a happy home you had. Your memories will always be there and your many lovely photo's there to look back on. A truly beautiful tribute. Sending love. Carol Barrie and GJ x

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  9. What a beautiful post - I am crying. I wish I could have met Vic. I love your photos - they tell your story in love and smiles.

    Sam

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  10. Ann, this is such a moving and wonderful tribute to your dear husband and father of your children that it has given me leaky eyes this morning. Thoughts and prayers are with you Ann.

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  11. This is such a beautiful tribute to a special man. Sending you comforting thoughts and prayers as you remember the special times with Vic. Paula

    We're purring for you. Truffle and Brulee

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  12. What a wonderful tribute to Vic.I just so admire the love that you two had for each other. You are so lucky to have had that love, that is for sure. Love the pictures. Keeping you in our prayers and thoughts Ann. Take care.

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  13. Ann,

    Im bad at words so I feel I stumble across them - your post shows the happiness you both shared and the love. Bless you for holding strong.

    Laure

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  14. I began tearing up before I even began reading the post, Ann. His wave brought the tears.

    A beautiful tribute to a lovely man and the love you cherish.

    Tom, Mom Julie, Mitty, Tinker & Anastasia

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  15. What a love-filled tribute to a very special man! Our thoughts and prayers are still with you.

    Hugs from all of us here.

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  16. Ann this truly beautiful and such a wonderful remembrance. I hope the love you had for each other (that continues beyond death), and the sunshine and shadows you shared together throughout your lives sustains you now as you celebrate Vic's life and adjust to a different path forward.
    Take care dear friend, my heart and thoughts are with you each day.
    Love Jan xx

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  17. Ann, this is such a beautiful tribute, I don't even have words to properly express it.

    I didn't know Vic was born in Germany; both my dad and my uncle were too--their parents actually were Latvian. They came to Canada after WWII.

    Wishing you Peace and Blessings and Light.

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  18. Ann, such a beautiful tribute to Vic. Very special.

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  19. A beautiful tribute to your wonderful Poppy Vic. The love he had for his family and that you all had for him shines through those pictures.

    Love,

    The Florida Furkids and Mom Sharon

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  20. That was a beautiful tribute. What a lovely family.Now is the time to start thinking of your own health for your children and grandchildren.

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  21. This is a wonderful tribute to Poppy Vic and the wonderful memories.

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  22. Beautiful tribute Ann. I lost my father to pancreatic cancer when he was only 64 - I know the heartache from your children's perspective. The way I look at it, I was very lucky to have had my dad for the years I did, however short. You were blessed likewise with a loving life with Vic and your children. He will always be a part of your life in your heart. Sending love and light to you.

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  23. There are no words, sorry for your loss hardly seems to cover it. How are you? Please take care of yourself, don't forget to eat healthy foods and get your rest.

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  24. Ann this is a lovely tribute. Thank you for sharing him & you & your lovely family with us. I can't begin to know how you feel, but please know that I'm thinking of you & Selina's purring softly ...

    Always,
    Laura & Selina

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  25. This is just so touching....I am in tears....What a wonderful guy he was your Poppy Vic. What a wonderful life and family you had together. So sweet. Thank you for sharing those photos and those times with us. We all send you love and strength and courage, for it is our gold that we can now share with YOU.

    xxx Cat and WeezDaBadCats & DaMeenDawgs

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  26. Dearest Ann, This post is so sweet but brought me to tears. I have lost loved ones to cancer too but have not suffered the heart ache of losing my beloved. May God's hands cover you in grace and peace today and it the coming days. BTW, I love the header with the pic of your hubby on the stairs-I think it is like looking down from Heaven. Sending hugs your way! God Bless you!
    Noreen

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  27. What a beautiful post. Much love to you.

    Hugs, Max, Bugsy, Knuckles and HH

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  28. A beautiful memory page, Ann. May God be with you now and all the days of your life. Hold tight onto the knowledge that you gave to Vic (and your mother) the best part of who you are - your immense kindness, tender love and generous heart. I know that who you are and what you do, and have done, meant the world to them just as it does to all who know you and love you - near or far.

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  29. Dear Ann,

    Thank you so much for this lovely post and remembrance of your joys in life with Vic. The love you shared will help both heal and inspire you, as you begin this new chapter of your life...your family gives you so much to live for, as do the kitties, too...

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  30. What a beautiful love story and life you shared.
    Blessings to you,
    Goose

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  31. What a marvelous tribute you've made for Vic -- moving and loving photo collages and all.

    My prayers continue for you, Ann, and all your family ...

    Marilynn

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  32. So many blessings in your life together. And you have loving arms of family surrounding you as well as thousands of loving paws wrapped about you holding you up until you can return to us. Savannah

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  33. A beautiful and loving tribute to Vic.

    A 'job well done' to you both! Remember, love never dies...

    Hugs,
    Lily Belle & Muffin

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  34. What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. I can't even imagine a loss as profound as that of losing a spouse or a child, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    but I can just imagine, Poppa Vic surrounded by all the cats who have gone on before him, a mass of purring cuddles welcoming him home.

    RIP Poppa Vic

    Murphydog's Mom

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  35. Thank you, Ann, for a lovely tribute to Vic and your life together. Your children and grandchildren will be your life's blessing and our prayers are for you now. For comfort, for happiness and for success.

    Love and hugs,

    Jo

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  36. oh, ann--what a beautiful, blessed life you have led with vic. i know you will feel his arms around you with every hug from those precious children and grandchildren. may it always be so, until you meet him again!

    loving thoughts & prayers from cheryl (meower mom)
    gentle headbonks to the girls from ed, nitro, xing, and igmu
    and a coupla slurps from the dbd, cocoa for each of you

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  37. What a beautiful and loving tribute to your sweetheart and partner and to your family, Ann. It's so clear to see that your family knows love. May your memories of happy times and the presence of your family and friends comfort you.
    Blessings,
    Glogirly

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  38. What a Beautiful Tribute to a wonderful Man and the wonderful life that you two shared! We loved the pictures of your family!! Lots of hugs and prayers to You and your Family!!
    Hugs,
    Chandra

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  39. Beautiful tribute..Beautiful memories.
    ~ Mom Bobbie and The Bunch

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  40. Ann, this is such a beautiful tribute. It's never goodbye...only, until we meet again. Wherever there is love, there is peace. And may peace overshadow the pain you feel. Vic is pain-free and in God's loving hands now.

    With Love,
    Linda

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  41. That was a beautiful tribute to him. What long and wonderful memories you have- many thoughts again as you go through this difficult time.

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  42. A lovely glimpse into your wonderful life together. Our thoughts are with you.

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  43. Beautiful words for a beautiful person.

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  44. Ann, this is a wonderful, wonderful, tribute - it's beautiful!

    We are sending you lots of purrs and hugs - and purrs and hugs for Anynur's Jack too.

    Love from Katie and the Mishkat cats

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  45. A wonderful tribute. Sending all of you many hugs, purrs and prayers.

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  46. A lovely tribute ... We should all be so fortunate and so loved.
    DMM

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  47. Dear Ann, you and Vic are such a beautiful couple. What a beautiful memorial of your guy. Your love for eachother is so strong. Godbless you both.

    Prayers and Love,
    Kim

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  48. Ann
    This was simply beautiful.
    You were both so blessed to have each other.
    Our continued prayers on your journey.
    ((hugs))

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  49. what a wonderful tribute, i am in tears. i lost my brother to cancer this year and know life has changed forever - to all of us who ever lost a loved one so close to the heart.
    sending my love,
    charly, karl's maid

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  50. Dear Ann,

    What a beautiful love story you and Vic shared together over so many years. I know it, and he, will live on in your heart and in the faces of your children and grandchildren.

    Much love to you.

    Brooke

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  51. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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  52. I'm so very sorry to read of your loss. I wish you strength..

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  53. This is so beautiful - a wonderful tribute to Poppy Vic.

    Come back only when you are ready. Some counselors and others want to set time limits on the "right amount of time for grieving" - I believe this to be a totally uncaring and inconsiderate not to mention totally wrong concept. Everyone is an individual and no two people grieve exactly the same way or in the same time. We are not going anywhere - we are here when you are ready to return.
    Many hugs and prayers for you, the two girls there and the rest of your family.
    Kim

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  54. I'm so very sorry to read of your loss. I wish you strength..

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  55. That is a wonderful tribute, and lovely photos of his life. We are thinking of you and your children and grandchildren at this difficult time.

    Luf, Us and Maw

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  56. What a beautiful & loving tribute. You are still in our prayers.

    Love & hugs,
    Pam & Oskar

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  57. What a wonderful tribute! Thank you for sharing this with us!

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  58. A lovely, lovely tribute post to your beloved Vic.

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  59. What a beautiful tribute to Vic. I hope you take comfort in the beautiful family you and Vic raised. My thoughts and prayers are with you. XOXO

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  60. That's such a beautiful tribute to Vic.
    *hugs* from me and the Hotties

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  61. You have really honoured your husband by remembering him in such a loving way. I hope you still feel his love all around you as you go through each day.

    Some people never find such love.

    May you find comfort in your family and peace knowing that Vic is at rest.

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  62. Thank you for sharing your beautiful tribute with us.

    Carol,
    The silvers and more

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  63. What a lovely tribute to Vic. We are so sorry about your friend Aynur. We will be thinking about her family to and include them in our comforting purrs.

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  64. A beautiful tribute. Sending love to you, Ann.

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  65. Such a loving and moving tribute to the world's favorite Poppy. Hugs.

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  66. this is so beautiful.
    looking at these photos I thank God that he had you in his life. I know his life was full and happy, and now he is safe. This is a lovely tribute
    Love Rosemary

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  67. Such an amazing tribute!!

    I hope you are doing well. I know how dark these days are. Lot of purrs and hugs.

    My husband went for a bone marrow test today then sees the oncologist on Thursday and more chemo if he is strong enough.

    Toni

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  68. What a wonderful memorial. What a beautiful family.
    Our hugs and thoughts are with you. And with your friends family.

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  69. Ann, You have such a beautiful way with words. This is very moving and so filled with love. You and Vic were truly blessed

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  70. A beautiful tribute ~ love & hugs from all of us.

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  71. A really beautiful tribute honoring a special husband, father and grandfather. We pray your memories help to sustain you.

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  72. This is such a beautiful tribute to honour the man you shared love and life with. We hope all your wonderful memories and your lovely family will help you through the days ahead.You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jackie, Eric and Flynn

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  73. Gin and Bailey9/25/2012

    Such a beautiful tribute & a touching love story. God be with you, Ann.

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  74. Such a lovely tribute Ann. Purrs and hugs to you my friend.

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  75. Dear Ann, thank you for sharing such loving memories. I feel blessed that I was able to know him, (and you).
    Thinking of you and sending love. Take care of yourself.
    peggy

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  76. What a beautiful tribute to your husband with your family. With leaky eyes and aching heart, I read this and feel privileged to be included in your life's journey, even though I am such a microscopic part. I pray the Lord gives you and your family strength and comfort. Thank you for sharing.

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  77. Hugs and purrs to you. We love the prayer about your marriage.

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  78. i can hardly see for the tears. such a beautiful tribute to the life of vic and how much his life and love meant to you and your family. please know that we continue to pray for your family (including the kitties). i am sure they miss him as much as you do. together, as a family, you will be able to get through losing vic.

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  79. Oh Anne, what a beautiful tribute to Poppy Vic. Your love was stong and always will be. Take your time. We will be for you.

    Love....Sarah, the Mommy

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  80. We all send you hugs and love. That was a beautiful tribute, a view of a life filled with love and family. You are such a special woman - I wish peace for you with your memories of the incredible man who you spent your life with.

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  81. Dear Ann, that is a beautiful post and tribute to your Vic. Sending you our gentlest and sweetest purrs and prayers.

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  82. How beautiful. Hugs and love.

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  83. Ohhhh Ann what an amazing family you created together and "your guy" was so incredibly handsome and his personality just radiated through his smile.
    The last photo just broke my heart.
    You are one amazingly strong woman ((((hugs))))

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  84. What a beautiful tribute :::::)
    I am very sorry for your loss.
    Thinking of you and sending love and hugs.

    Helena

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  85. Just simply beautiful. Sending hugs.

    Lisa and the rotties

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  86. That was a beautiful tribute to "your guy," Ann. We continue to keep you and your family in our thoughts, purrs and prayers.

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  87. What a lovely post! Such a beautiful,loving bond you two shared.
    He will live on in your heart and in your children. Love,hugs and peace.
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
    Tiger,Treasure,JJ and Julie
    and mom Nancy

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  88. What a lovely tribute to such a wonderful man! I could feel the love in every photo and word. We will be keeping you and your friend Jack in our thoughts and purrayers.

    Karen Jo, Herman, Spyro and Oja

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  89. I can't imagine the wrench this must be for you. We're all thinking of you and sending our loudest purrs. Poppa Vic sounds a wonderful man.

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  90. I don't know how you managed to describe a life and a life together in just a few images.

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  91. What a lovely tribute. We are keeping you all in our hearts & prayers.

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  92. We loved all the pictures, but that 2nd one seemed SO special...

    Peace and purrs to you, Mom Ann

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  93. I can't believe I missed this. I even had to hear it from the Woos.

    How are you Miss Ann? I truly hope that your heart will heal. I am sure Poppy Vic wouldn't want you to grieve on the present. 'Til you guys meet again. Stay strong and God Bless You!

    P.S. I don't know you much but you are a dear friend of the blogger community so I still feel sad hearing this.

    Sincerely Yours,

    Haopee

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  94. Mom is trying so hard to type this through her tears. What an absolutely beautiful tribute to such a dear man. Mom always loved men in mustaches! And the header is a keeper forever!

    We are thinking of you and praying so hard for you and your family as you cope with this huge loss. (((hugs)))

    Laila, Minchie and Mom Peggy

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  95. Such a beautiful tribute to the love of your life. Sending you hugs. God Bless, Sherri and The HoundDogs

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  96. Such a beautiful post to a beautiful man. Thank you for sharing him, and his wonderful but much-too-short life, with us.

    We send our love, purrs and prayers to you, dear friend.

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  97. Sweet Ann what a precious, moving and beautiful tribute to your sweet Vic. Love, hugs and prayers for you sweet friend.

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  98. An incredibly beautiful tribute to Vic and the family you and he created together.

    The depth of the love you shared is palpable. My heart breaks for your separation.

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  99. A very heartwarming and beautiful tribute to your husband and the lives you created. Such a beautiful family, and the love shines through in the photos. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.

    Peace,

    Suka and K

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  100. That is a wonderful, wonderful tribute.
    Sending more hugs and purrs your way.

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  101. What a beautiful Memorium Tribute. God Bless You and your family Ann.

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  102. Ann, this post is such a beautiful, touching tribute to Vic and the life you created together, it made me cry...You two were very lucky to have found each other because a love as great as yours is special and rare...I hope you are comforted by your wonderful memories of love and laughter with Vic~what a precious, genuine love story...Praying for you and your family, sending you much love and big hugs...J

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  103. What a lovely tribute to your wonderful husband, Vic. This was so moving and beautiful. Find strength in your memories and lean on yourloving family. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  104. My heart goes out to you. What a wonderful life and love.

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  105. xxoo Patty, Bhu & Sabryin

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  106. Such a beautiful tribute. Thank you for sharing a little piece of your family with us. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love,
    Darci, Titus, Tazo, & EG

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  107. Such love comes through your beutiful tribute to Vic

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  108. Ann, you've beautifully captured with these images the circle of life that is love and never ending. Sending continued hugs & purrs...

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  109. This is such a beautiful tribute to Poppy Vic, it really shows what a lovely man he was and how happy you both were, with such a lovely family.

    We send you love and purrs

    Gerry, Mungo & The Ape

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  110. The special male in my life (also born 12/27) introduced me to a song by Uncle Tupelo (Whiskeybottle) -

    One line says it all so well:

    Not forever...it's just...for now -

    Thanks for sharing him with us -

    All of The Zoolatry Family will continue to be in our thoughts -

    Khyra and Phyll

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  111. Dear Ann,
    I think of you today, especially, as you remember your Vic. What a special man! What a beautiful tribute!
    I send all my love to you - and comfort - as I am sure that today, LIVESTRONG DAY, has special meaning to you too.
    With love
    Caryl
    aka 'Maxmom'

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  112. what a beautiful post, tribute and family...

    I am so sorry...

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  113. Ann. Mombean's eyes are leaking. That is such a beautiful tribute to your mate and bestest friend. We all have lost ones whose absence still hurts. I hope the memories of Vic will be pleasant and happy ones in future years.

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  114. Again, our condolences on your loss. What you had was so very special. Cancer is such an insidious disease and we truly hope for a day where it is no more threatening than an infection or a cold.

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