Thank you all very much for your messages of condolences to me and our family.
I am amazed by how many lives Sam was able to touch through his writing. I know how much Sam’s passing has hurt you all, many of you whom never even met him in person, only through his blog.
You all were very important for Sam, and now I understand why it was so important for him to write. He was very dedicated to writing everyday, even when he was not feeling good. Sam would tell me “my readers worry about me when I don’t write, and ask me if I am okay when I don’t post… I need to write!”
I’d like to thank you all for writing to him when you found out he was at the hospital, your messages were so beautiful and heartfelt and I made sure to read them to him. It made him happy to hear me reading the prayers and various messages many of you wrote for him. For the first time, he was not writing; but, you were all posting. Your messages will all be part of a book I am making in his memory, a book that will be given to each of his children to hand down to his generations. Your messages to Sam are proof of who he was.
We lost a great man. Sam left a legacy for me, our children, my country and the world. He was my love and is my eternal love.
I was blessed with him, and as God gave him to me with all his love, I was willing to let him go and be with his creator. Sam would say: "I know that the best day of my life will be when I come to meet my creator, and I am ready for that".
Sam spent 9 days at the intensive care unit, and in his last day I didn’t leave his bedside. My sister Any and I were with him until his last breath. The experience was a Divine moment, in which I felt the presence the Holly Spirit surrounding all of us. God was there with us, filling our hearts with His love, and peace and giving us the assurance of a better life for Sam.
I feel strong in the sense that the emptiness from his physical presence is filled with a Godly love and a sense of great peacefulness of a life we lived together to the best of our capability. We were true to each other and stuck together through it all always. We were never apart, and although his physical presence is no longer with me, the memories of Sam's beautiful blue eyes, looking at me with love and passion will remain forever in my heart.
For all the right reasons I loved him and I gave my life to him until death did us part.
Now, I move on and continue Sam's work knowing that with all the years of experience by his side, I am armed with a great strength and wisdom.
My commitment is to continue to be the best mother for our children and to carry on his legacy and to make his dreams, my dreams come true.
This blog was an important part of Sam’s life and an important source of information and commentary for his readers. We will keep his blog going and we hope to be able to do as good a job as Sam did.
Thalia Velasquez de Taliaferro