Our Message to Gracey After Two Years

This entry is part 13 of 16 in the series Messages to Gracey

Gracey 2 year

I woke up early to the sound of pouring rain. Before I could open my eyes I felt a cold nose and Annie’s soft fur against my neck as she nestled in under my chin. Once she got situated I wrapped my left arm around her and she purred me back to sleep.

I wasn’t in a hurry to get up. It was Sunday morning, the 17th of May, two years without you.

About an hour later, I woke up to Eddie’s soft cry. He has the sweetest little meow. He was sure it was time for breakfast, and he was right in fact we were 30 minutes late. By the time my feet hit the floor Mercy was ready and waiting by the door.

Walking out to the kitchen I am led by three tails straight up and curled. My entourage. Every single morning this makes me smile. Today was no different, just a little more bittersweet.

The rain kept coming today.  Annie and Eddie spent part of the day with Bad Kitty watching the rain and they reminded me of how you used to sit with Bad Kitty and watch the rain too.

Annie is a little wild and she keeps us on our toes.  She loves to watch the birds from the Cat Power Tower while the boys prefer to snooze on the sofa. Eddie sleeps beside Lazy Leopard.

Eddie loves to sleep in your heated thinking circle and Annie curls up with your dad on the slanket on the sofa.  Mercy prefers to sleep on the sofa in the sun room

We moved your chair and ottoman over beside the kitchen.  Annie and Eddie love to watch us while we prepare meals.  This makes us laugh too.  They love the chair as much as you did.  We are so happy we kept your favorite things for the kittens to enjoy.

Annie and Eddie I see you looking at the cupboards.

Annie and Eddie

Gracey on Imperial Cat Chair and Ottoman


This afternoon, your dad and I filled all the bird feeders and made sure we had extra treats for Bossy Backyard Blue Jay.  I made a special stop to pick up peanuts on my way home last Wednesday.

Your dad was quieter than usual today.

We made progress carrying on the mission of The Tiniest Tiger by expanding Triple T Studios. Our community now sponsors a Lion Guardian which I know would make you very happy.  We are also sponsoring a Cheetah and a baby elephant too.  Last week we were able to help Grayson County Humane Society by sponsoring the transportation of 8 kittens and their mother to their forever homes.

I still have your photo as my screen saver on my desktop and on my phone.  I don’t feel like changing the images. I like seeing your photo.

Most days we go along and smile when we see the reminders of you around our home.  When there is sadness, Annie seems to know and  comes to comfort us.  Annie is our moon.

cat moon quote

You are forever in our hearts.  We love you.  Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Joanne and Paul

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  1. Lora Brunelle says

    I just read all your Messages to Gracey……I went and picked up my Dickens and made his fur wet with my tears……It is truly hard when we loose someone we love so much….they say time heals all wounds….but the scar is there forever……Gracey loved you, and you loved her…and that is all that can be said….she will live forever in your heart, she will be with you always…love

  2. {{ hugs }}

  3. queencatlady says

    Has it been 2 years already? Gracey was such an inspiration to my special needs cat Ms. Phoebe who enjoyed reading the blog with me and following all the important work Gracey did to help our cousins. Sadly Ms. Phoebe succumbed to her health issues about 6 months after Gracey, so your words really hit home. Phoebe sent another special needs rescue tortie to me about a year ago, and Clove has helped me to bear the loneliness and move on from grief, yet like Gracey Phoebe’s presence and influence remain a big part of our lives.
    These special souls are sent to us for a reason I believe, and just as you found that lone beautiful green eyed kitty at the dog pound, the tragic, sudden and violent passing of my tuxedo Livy sent me to our local rescue on a whim when a sweet dilute tortie mama cat jumped up on my lap to announce her choice to adopt me. Little did I know what the next 11 years of a roller coaster ride would be, almost losing her twice to a rare auto immune disease, and finding this resilient, brave and loving soul would teach me more about life than anyone else and bring me in to the world of animal rescue. Ms. Phoebe has left a legacy that has me forever dedicated to special needs and senior cats, helping ones in need any way we can, just like Gracey’s legacy to help cats domestic and wild continues on with you, Annie, Eddie, & Mercy. I like to picture them both at the Bridge, forever young and healthy, watching over us purring with pride.

  4. Jean Shea says

    Time certainly helps the absence of our loved ones easier to take, but it doesn’t diminish their place in our hearts. Remembering Gracey with sweetness. So glad Annie and Eddie are their to build on her legacy and Mercy is there to honor it.

  5. Monica Barnett says

    Lovely tribute to Gracey. Because she was a part of your life, you always have that special bond. That bond will last forever. Keep talking to her, it is so good for the three of you. Thank you so very much for sharing this part of your life and your heart with us. I know it’s important to myself; it must be important to your other readers/fellow FurParents. Many of us have felt the searing loss of our FurBabies. It is my firm belief, we will see our all our Loved ones in the future, including our Furry ones. That does bring me comfort. I wish you both and all grieving FurParents peace in your hearts. Thank you and your Husband for all you do in conservation efforts and loving your Family. I also thank our fellow FurParents for your input on this Community Comments thread. Purrsss and hugs to all.

  6. Shadow Dance Ranch Kittehs says

    We miss our sweet furriend Gracey bery much. Our Momma does too. Everyday in her purrayers, she asks that one day she will get to meet Gracey at the Rainbow Bridge, even if it is only for a moment. Sending you lots of snuggles. Xoxoxo Dancer and the SDR Clan

  7. Your beautiful messages to Gracey never fail to bring a tears to my eyes. It will be two years for my Tara in July. I still have good days and bad days. Truffles still hears Tara’s name all the time and I think she’s okay with it…she knows that I have room in my heart for both my little angel here on Earth and the angel watching over us from above.

  8. I teared up a little bit reading this, too. Such a beautiful post, and I’m sure Gracey is smiling down on you. It’s so wonderful that you can keep her spirit alive through all the amazing work you do with Triple T Studios and this blog!

  9. Leslie Evans says

    This made my eyes leak a little. Love you guys and your kitties, miss you on Facebook (my nursing home blocked it) 🙁

  10. The Swiss Cats says

    What a beautiful tribute ! ((hugs)) Purrs

  11. catchatcaren says

    sooo beautiful..sending you (((hugs))) and comforting purrs and love

  12. da tabbies o trout towne says


  13. what a tribute….mom was just thinking last night as she was making lists for her trip to Blog Paws this year that it was two years ago that the cat bloggers found out about Gracey online and bid her a tearful fair well at the awards ceremony…..purrs to you…..

  14. Ann Richter Hickox says

    What a sweet, sweet post. Thank you for sharing your love with us. <3

  15. Malinda Wickham says

    *Tears* What a lovely and heartfelt tribute to Angel Gracey.

  16. Beautiful tribute. Sending you purrs and hugs.
    Sue B

  17. Purrs to you today. Gracey’s sweetness will always fill your home, and your hearts.

  18. Pam Kelley says

    What a beautiful tribute to Gracey. I couldn’t help but shed a tear. Remembering all the wonderful kitties I have been so blessed to have in my life. Thank you

  19. We miss Gracey, too. We’re sure she’s looking down and is very happy to see everything that is going on.