Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas to All!

Just wanted to wish everyone a very merry Christmas!

Now that all the chaos is over, and I can't sleep on this Christmas morning, I wanted to send out my thank yous to everyone that made Leo's memorial such a success. I am so lucky to have such wonderful friends and family that were able to make everything go as Leo wanted it to. Some of you may know that Leo had me plan all the details of his funeral several months ago, so when he passed on Saturday, Celeste and Christine were there immediately to make everything happen just as he wanted it. After we finished business at the hospital, we spent the rest of Saturday and all of Sunday booking places, hammering out details, just doing everything so that Leo went out in style.

To the project management committee: Celeste and Christine-you guys are awesome. I know how exhausting it was and how difficult it was to plan such a sad event, but you got the ball rolling like no one else could.

To the pinoy snack committee: Patrick-what can I say? Everything was AWESOME! You really out did yourself and I can already tell that Jun is right there behind you patting you on the back for a job well done! All the pastries for both evenings of the wake were such a HUGE hit.

To the floral committee: Arvin-beautiful, just beautiful. Every last orchid and every last lily...just as Jun wanted it. The arrangements were beyond my expectation-thank you so much.

To the dessert committee: Octavio, Marissa, Fevin and Myleen. Everything came out perfect. I am still in awe of the beautiful Bears cake! I know that Leo was looking above with a huge "hell yeah!" for that cake. And all the other pastries were just as awesome-thank you for being such wonderful friends!

To the audio visual committee: Octavio and Fevin-Thanks for putting together the wonderful slideshow of photos that we showed for the three days. I still cry when I watch it. It was such a beautiful tribute to a wonderful person and I think that everyone that saw it felt the same way. Thanks also to you, Fevin, for your amazing negotiating and interviewing skills in getting the photographer and videographer. Those guys were awesome and now I know how a movie star feels! Thanks also for putting together the programs for the funeral. Good thing you don't sleep much....There are just not enough thank yous for what you've done for me. :)

To the thank you card committee: Sheryl-I LOVE, LOVE LOVE the cards you chose.

To the IT support committee: Andrew-thanks for making sure our wi-fi was at top performance so everyone could get all their things done. :)

To the posterboard committee: Marissa and Vanessa-wonderful job on the photos. I'm so lucky to have such crafting experts on my side, especially during a crafting emergency such as this one! The posterboards came out awesome!

And of course, thanks to everyone for attending the services and paying your last respects to my wonderful husband. I can't say it enough. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I already have the photos from the wake and funeral. But there's over 600 of them, so I will go through and pick out my favorites to share. I'm also uploading the photo montage that Fevin and Octavio put together for those that weren't able to come to the services. It's a great collection of pictures of Leo with family and friends. It's about 30 minutes long.

Merry Christmas again to you all. It will not be a great Christmas for me, as I can already feel the emptiness of Leo being gone, but luckily I have my family and friends to help fill that void. Thank you all so much.


  1. Bernadette,
    You are an amazingly strong woman. Your faith is unyielding and that will carry you through. Leo will forever be with you as you carry his spirit in your heart. God will be with you always. Always.

  2. Bernadette
    I had seen you and Leo only a couple times at John's parties and I know time has passed since his death. But I wanted to tell you that I have admired your strength and your sincerity throughtout the past couple of years. When I had heard Leo had leukemia from James and John, I did what I could to help from a distance (by being on the donor list and I was there at the last drive incidentally the day he passed awaya)I am merely an acquaintance so I felt it awkward to go to any services but I mourned and prayed for your family all this time. Now, that I've read your blog this past week again, I am overwhelmed with emotion. While writing, I'm sure tears touched the keyboard as I had done as well. But I wanted to let you know that I know in my heart of hearts that Leo is with God and smiling upon your beautiful family. I cannot imagine the sorrow that you are feeling as I too have 2 girls and husband I love dearly. You make me want to be a better mom, a better wife a better everything...because of you and your unconditional, unwavering love and fortitude..Take care Bernadette, hugs and love to to you and your girls..

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