Fading for Now

Monday, June 2, 2008 at 9:52 PM
Ralph and Glory Huerta with Zach (now 12)

I will be away from blogging for a while.  We've had a tragedy in our family and my focus will be elsewhere for I don't know how long.  I told my art teacher today it would be my last day.  Since my grades are good, I have passed the figure class.  My final project is complete and I'm just short on one master study and the final exam.

On Friday the 30th my cousin Ralph was killed in a horrific accident.  Here is the link to the newspaper article if you would like to read it:  Motorcyclist Killed in Crash with Truck.  Some of you might remember about a year ago me telling of my cousin's wife who died of an aortic aneurysm (what John Ritter died of).  He, my cousin Ralph was left widowed with three young children:  8 year old twin boy and girl and a 12 year old boy.  As of Friday they are orphaned.

I can't begin to express how much we are in shock, how deep our grief and sadness.  Our family is quite small and we are numb.  Tomorrow I am going to stay with my remaining cousin (his brother) who right now has the kids with him.  We don't know what we are going to do as we can't find a will or any instructions as far as the children.  All we know is we have to bury our brother/cousin and keep those kids wrapped in our love.  I am not really religious but I know God is watching over all of us and I keep praying for him to guide us in 'what to do?'

If I can I will post an update but for now I just have to concentrate on helping with the kids.  I count so many of you among my friends.  Some of you I've been fortunate to hug in person and others only know by your constant praise and encouragement.  Thank you all.


  1. Oh Marta - my heart goes out to you and your family - and especially to those poor children. I know that in this terrible time they are fortunate to have you and Rudy in their close family, and that you'll do all that you can to make things easier on them. Love to all of you.

  2. Julie Oakley Says:

    Dear God Marta, how terrible. I know I don't comment often but I often visit – I have enjoyed your zest for life so much. I'll pray for the children.

  3. Sherry Says:

    Dear Marta, I am so sorry for this awful thing that has happened in your family. Even though we have never met, you will be in my prayers today. Take care of yourself and each other,

  4. Diahn Says:

    Dearest Marta,

    I'm so sorry. I know that your grief right now is overwhelming. I lost my brother almost 20 years ago in a similar accident. Cling to your family and wrap those precious children up in love. I'll be praying for you all.

  5. Wendee Says:

    Oh Marta. We will be thinking of you and sending thoughts of strength of love to you and your family. xox -W

  6. Sandy Says:

    God bless you all, your tight knit love will get you all through somehow. You are all in my prayers.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Marta, My condolences to you and your family.this is so sad. I'll say prayers for all of you too!

  8. Condolences, love, hugs, courage. I hope your creativity is solace for you and the children.

  9. Lin Says:

    Marta -- I am so deeply sorry -- my heartfelt condolences to you and your family ... I can't imagine the pain of these children.... prayers for certain ...

  10. Teri C Says:

    Prayers and hugs to you in your time of sorrow and unhappiness.

  11. Anita Davies Says:

    ((I'm praying with you and thinking of you with much love.))

  12. Quilt Knit Says:

    Dear Marta: May the Lord's Angels of Healing descend upon you and your family at this time of Sadness, the Circle of Life has come to close for Ralph and Glory, They must have had a very strong close bond. Let us celebrate their lives with Our Hearts of Thanksgiving. We celebrate the children they have left for all of US to Cherish, even if it is from a great distance, May they grow in the Love your family has for each other and may they know US from your sharing. May the Children so loved, bring happiness and strength to those in such Grief. We shall keep you in Our Arms of Prayer!
    ((( Circle of the Lord's Hugs Keep you, and All those in Prayer for Marta and Her Family)))
    All my Love Marta! Our Lord will guide you and your family.

    Sherrie Roberts
    (((Circle of Hugs )))

  13. Sharon Says:

    Oh Marta, I am so saddened to read this. My condolences to you and your family.

  14. Brenda Y Says:

    I am so terribly sorry to hear of this! My heartfelt prayers go out to all of you.

  15. KayKat Says:

    Dear Marta,

    This is so tragic. I'm trying to hold good thoughts for your family, good luck with everything.


  16. Serena Says:

    Marta, I am deeply saddened to read of your family's loss under such tragic circumstances. I will keep you all, especially those precious children, in my thoughts and prayers.

  17. ksklein Says:

    those poor kids. actually i never thought about that. i should talk with my husband what we would like to happen with our kids in case something happens. it is not something people usually talk about, but it is importrant.
    i´m glad that the kids still have you and some other family members.

  18. Sandy Says:

    Marta, It's been awhile since I stopped by and I'm so sorry to hear of this. May God's blessings and peace be with the whole family. I am shocked for you!

    Too much pain in the world right now. I'm in tears reading this.


  19. cat's momma Says:

    I am so sorry to read this. This is going to be incredibly difficult and terribly sad for you all. My heart hurts for your family.


  20. Oh, Marta, I'm so sorry, typing a message here seems so cold but you should know that I'm going to have you and your family in my thoughts. God bless you.

  21. japochine Says:

    Looks like there is much love and caring in your family. The children have their parents in their faces. I know you'll teach them to put good memories in sketch journals.

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