Losing a loved one can change our lives in the most unexpected ways. No matter how much time passes, some wounds never heal and we have no choice but to live with the ᴘᴀɪɴ.
Grace M. Sotolongo-Alvarez and her husband Gabriel Alvarez met in 2010 at Grace’s aunt’s store. When Grace first saw Gabriel, she immediately knew that he was the man of her dreams, but later it turned out that he would soon become a father and husband.
Grace, although she was a little sad, went into the background and did not interfere with the family’s happiness. For the next two years, they barely saw each other.
However, 2012 brought an unexpected turn in their lives, Gabriel divorced his wife and invited Grace to dinner a month later. Both were very attracted to each other, but they listened to their minds rather than their hearts. Grace told them to give each other some time since Gabriel had recently divorced.
“He was an absolute gentleman who surprised me with flowers and always made me feel safe and grounded. He quickly became my favorite person and best friend. We always chose each other, even in arguments, respect, trust and love were never in question,” said the woman.
In 2013, they started dating again, but they waited two more years before getting married. After the marriage, Gabriel’s three-and-a-half-year-old daughter stayed with them. Gabriel and Grace opened a joint business dealing with event organization.
Little Gracie Marie was born in 2016, and on February 14, 2021, Grace, who always dreamed of a big family, found out that she was pregnant again. They were immeasurably happy, they felt that all their wishes in life had been fulfilled, especially since Gabriel became the head of a construction company.
The little heir to the throne was due on November 1st, and it was planned that he would be born by ᴄᴀᴇsᴀʀᴇᴀɴ sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ. They feverishly planned and prepared for the big day, but on October 25, a ᴛᴇʀʀɪʙʟᴇ ᴛʀᴀɢᴇᴅʏ happened: Gabriel had an ᴀᴄᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛ at work, a construction machine fell on him.
“The most heartbreaking thing was having to tell my daughter that her father is no longer alive. It’s ᴛᴇʀʀɪʙʟᴇ to see how the face of an innocent 5-year-old child changes from one moment to the next, her eyes no longer sparkle, and the always cheerful little girl stops smiling,” said Grace.
That day, at 1:05 p.m., Gabriel and Grace’s baby boy was born, looking exactly like Gabriel . As it turned out later, the little one was born at the same moment that his father ᴅ.ɪᴇ.ᴅ. Throughout the birth, Grace felt that her love was by her side, supporting her.
“He was born at 1:50 in the afternoon, exactly when his father ᴅ.ɪᴇ.ᴅ. I think her father met her in heaven and held her in his arms before I did,” the mom said.
A loss like this can never be forgotten, but Grace promised that she would raise the children to know what a great man their father was.