Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Feliz Cumpleanos Tio Marco!

This is my Tio Marco. He is my mom's younger brother. Today is his 50th birthday.(4/16/2008)

My Tio Marco has loved me since the day I was born, and has been there for me ever since. This is a picture of me holding on to his "fro" for dear life.

Since my biological father has never really been a part of my life, and my first step-dad was not the greatest father figure...my Tio Marco stepped up to the plate for me and my brothers and sister and has never moved. He has always been there...

-When I got a Barbie car and Barbie bicycle for my Barbies, he assembled them, stickers and all.

-When I needed help with homework especially when those blasted computers first came out. He taught me and let me use his.

-When I needed a ride to or from school, practice, a friends house, etc...he picked me up.

-When I needed to be disciplined for some misdeed, he grounded me.

-When I was totally broke in college and couldn't afford my rent, he sent me money.

-When I needed a priesthood blessing, he gave me many.

-When I needed someone to look up to as a loving, honorable priesthood holder. He gave me an example. (I've been thinking a lot about this because I have to give a talk on the restoration of the priesthood on Sunday)

So basically he (along with my Uncle Al) has been the main father figure in my life. Tio Marco has always attended every major event in my life, the lives of my children and everyone else in my family. If he wasn't there, he had a very good reason. He took over as patriarch of the family at a very young age. Shortly after my family came up to the US from Honduras, my grandpa, his father, died of cancer. (My grandpa was in his thirties) I know that Tio Marco sacrificed a lot and put many things in his life on hold to take care of the family. He has always been a hard worker and never a complainer. He was the first in our family to go to college and go on a mission and....If I go on anymore it will sound like a eulogy...

So here's to you Tio Marco! You were the first man I ever loved and the only one who has stuck around from start to finish. Thank you for everything! Feliz Cumpleanos! Te amo mucho!

(This is my tio with his son, Marco Antonio Jr., aka "Pochito")

15 comments:

Lauren said...

That made me teary! What a wonderful man.

He is a devoted Tio! I mean those barbie cars with all of those stickers...man, that takes dedication! :)

This was such a lovely post. I love how you said at the end that you should stop because it sounded like a eulogy. You are a funny girl ;)

Seriously, that was a lovely tribute to a wonderful man. What a blessing he has been and an example of what a Priesthood holder should be.

Melissa-Mc said...

Feliz Cumpleanos Marco! Que ejemplo de rectitud y bondad.

De donde es la familia de sue madre? Servi la mision en la Republica Dominicana, pero no tengo la oportunidad para practicar el espanol. Ay! Necesito estudiar de nuevo.

Jessica said...

1) Awesome fro

2) You look just like Eden that baby picture.

3) Love to hear what a great man he was for you.

Monica Kay said...

oh gosh. as if this hasn't already been the most emotional week of my life so far...you HAD to go and write that. *tear*

oh gosh. and i forgot to call him.

i love that man with all my heart.

Mrs Ana said...

Ha,Ha, I wrote one too. Yours is much sweeter. I love the pictures!

calibosmom said...

So sweet. He sounds like an exceptional man-I'm glad you had him in your life!

AMY said...

So that's Pochito... Okay - I love the fro, can I say Eden's a copycat of you, and it's great to know that you have a man there for you.


PS I just read Jess R comment - she must have been reading my thoughts.

Monica Kay said...

it's on like donkey kong. only i am sooooo gonna kick your trash.

Lindsey said...

You are sweet... Bachelor Finale Party anyone?

Mahina said...

that is some sweet hair! that is awesome that he was there for you when the other "fathers" were not! what a blessing he was and is!

happy birthday!

Monica Kay said...

haha...the funny thing is...i AM wearing flip flops!! but i ain't doin no shakin'! and yeah...i have SO MANY stories to tell you surrounding the wedding. i'm going CRAZY!!!! so i'll give ya a call tomorrow sometime. i love you. hope you had fun with your man. :)

Ilene said...

Yay for Tio Marco. I look forward to Sunday's lesson...

Wait, is that the lesson we are doing for combined YW? I am so out of it.

Erin said...

How awesome to have such an amazing man to step in. :) I love this post--I read it twice I loved it so much. :) I especially love the 'fro grip that you had going on.

Lindsey said...

THE BACHELOR!! Do you know other people who watch? I know a bunch, so, we can have it at my place and I will invite those other followers... FUN!

Meghann said...

Wow, what a great guy! Okay- that baby picture of you is PRECIOUS and it looks just like Eden.