Family Loss…

d0TvzFZQVUgbUWB73ciDTB5VVwzmx4zbpqu18WQMS72Krk8wSZ4yiC1pNKvm8xPMZXc-TQ=w1391-h674Most of us wish to live long lives. In our 20s, we want to live long enough to meet our significant other.  Years later, we would want only to live long enough to meet our unborn children.  As we pass that rite of passage, we  then hope to live long enough to meet our unborn grand children.  We live hopeful, because life bring many unexpected events.  Many people have had the privilege of reaching those marvelous milestones and have even surpassed them by getting to meet great-grandchildren.  As awesome as that is, it also seems like the longer you live, the more loss or pain you experience.

My Abuela will be turning 81 this coming September.  She has seen so many births and she has also experienced many deaths.  A few days ago we lost my uncle Jose (one of my Abuela’s sons),  the one many of you were praying for.  Being that we are a close family, we all took a big hit, especially his wife, children and Abuela herself.  She loved him so much and we all knew that.  She worked so hard these past few months, during the peak moments of his illness, to make sure he had all he needed.  Recently, my uncle Jose craved all sorts of foods and Abuela was so faithful to make sure that anything he craved, she would cook for him.  And with his passing, a piece of her heart as a mother…has also left.

I’m so grateful that my aunts suggested we gather at his house this past 4th of July. Our annual 4th of July Celebration usually consists of hanging out at my “Abuela’s” house.  We all would gather at her house around sunset; each family would bring their own stash of fireworks and we would all sit around to watch everyone light up the sky with all the colors of the rainbow.  We would sit around talk and laugh, as we munched on chips, papas con pollo (made by my Tio Manuel) and all sorts of junk food.  But this year, the “Aunts” of the family decided that we should all gather at my uncle Jose’s house and so we did.  Somehow we all felt that it might be my uncles last 4th of July.  But we never would have guessed that it was going to be his last full day of life.  This 4th of July, we had a great time with my uncle, laughing, eating, lighting up the sky and just talking.

July 5th at around 11:00pm, my Uncle Jose Contreras slipped away very gently with his wife, 3 kids, Abuela and some family by his bed side.

As heart broken as Abuela is, she was thinking about all of you today.  She wanted me let you all know why we will not be uploading videos for an undetermined amount of time.  We would like to thank you for your on-going support and encouragement.  If you are able, please keep Abuela and our family in your prayers.


Silvia and Abuela
Abuela’s Kitchen
22421 Barton Road #308
Grand Terrace, CA 92313

To help the family with memorial costs, click on either of the links below.

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  1. Sylvia Lopez said:

    So sorry for the loss, my condolences goes out to your family, especially para abuela que dios la bendija y que la queide mucho entre estos dias… may god comfort you all thru these tough days. GodBless

  2. Michelle said:

    I was saddened to see that Abuela lost one of her children. No matter how old your kids are they are what we worry about. They are all that we strive to be better for. I pray that God will give her peace at this time and that your entire family feels supported and loved.

  3. Patricia Noriega said:

    Sending my condolences and prayers to your family during this difficult time. Embrace your beautiful memories and may God comfort you.

  4. Dorothy said:

    My condolence to Abuela and entire family. May God console your hearts.

  5. Patricia Almaraz said:

    Sorry for your loss, you and your family are in our prayers.

  6. Yesenia said:

    Mi mas sentido pesame para Abuela y su familia. Que dios le de la fuerza y alivio para el dolor que esta teniendo en este momento. Los tendre en mis oraciones.

  7. So sorry for your loss we will keep Abuela and our family in your prayers.<3 I lost my dear mother last year in this month, it doesn't get easier but I know she's in a much better place..

  8. Mi mas sentido pesame para la Abuela y tu familia. My Condolences…I lost my mother last year this month. Your in my prayers ❤

  9. Celina said:

    Mi mas sentido pesame para Abuela y toda su familia. Que Diosito les de la fuerza para superar tan grande dolor. Aqui estare esperando con mucha paciensia sus ricas recetas. Los mantendre en mis oraciones.🙏

  10. Sonia Mena said:

    My condolences to Abuela and the family, sending my prayers.

  11. Aurora said:

    My condolences to Abuela and family. May God comfort your family thru this difficult time.

  12. Sharon said:

    So sorry for your loss. Your family…especially your Abuelita will be in my thoughts and prayers. To lose a child is not the way life should be….I know firsthand. xoxo

  13. You express so beautifully how deeply connected your family is and how you cherish and love each other. This is so tough. Praying for God’s comfort for you, Abuelita and your entire family. Vaya con Dios, Tio Jose. Lamento mucho s perdida, les mando un fuerte abrazo a ti y a toda tu familia. God bless.

    Amy Corrales

  14. Diane Brown said:

    I am so sorry Silvia and abeula. May your son/uncle rest in peace wi
    th the Lord.

  15. OLGA V. ALVARADO said:

    Our deepest condolences to Abuela and the entire family. My heart goes out to you all. May the perpetual light shine upon him and may he rest in peace… @->

  16. Our Condolences to your Family, I pray and hope that you all find some peace and comfort in your hearts during this difficult time. May Gods Grace and Mercy bestow upon you all. May Jose Contreras Rest In Peace. God Bless You All.

  17. Martha said:

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Seems like through you videos we became a family enjoying lyour abuelal and you, Sylvia. May God bless and grant you and your family His consolation and His peace.

  18. alma gomez said:

    I am so sorry for your loss abuela. Condolences to ur whole family we will pray for you..only time will heal ur loss.

  19. Silvia said:

    Silvia – I can feel the love and strong bonds that tie your family together. What a blessing that you were all together on the 4th. May God fill your heart with love and your spirit with peace. You and your family are in my heart and prayers. Abuelita – siento mucho que su hijo ya no esta a su lado. Aunque no la conozco en persona, la veo en los videos y se ve que usted es una persona de gran corazon y muy querida por su familia. Que Dios la llene de bendiciones y la ayude a sobrepasar esta gran pena. La tengo en mis oraciones. Con mucho cariño, Silvia

  20. Laura said:

    Sorry for your loss, my family and I will keep all of you in our prayers. We will miss abuelas videos but understand the situation and hope to see more in the future. Sending Hugs and Kisses your way…. :-*

  21. Dina said:

    I just recently got hooked on your abuela ,, all i can say is ” she is one in a million ” , love her face and may the good Lord give her comfort !

  22. Molly said:

    I’m so very sorry for this deep loss in your family. You all will be in my prayers.

  23. Donald & Jennifer Varela said:

    Our condolences from the Varela Family in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

  24. sofia cruz said:

    Yo se que el dolor debe ser muy grande abuela,porque amamos tanto a nuestros hijos que no imaginamos la vida sin ellos,pero el amor de su familia y nuestras oraciones la ayudaran a sobre llevar su pena.Somos muchos sus nietos postizos que la queremos aun sin conocerla personalmente, y deceamos, yo en lo personal , deceo que pronto se sienta mejor,y vuelva a deleitarnos ,con sus deliciosas recetas.La quiero mucho y la admiro,y aunque esta frase es de una cancion le va perfecto a usted, gracias por existir !!!!! .

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