and foremost this book was written as a testament
to the greatness of God, our Creator. It is
also for all my angels who have touched my life
in a profound way.
With it I honor two very important
men in my life; though they left this earth
too soon, their spirits and memory will forever
live in my heart. To my father, Miguel Roque,
whose passing left a great void in me. I honor
you for you kind heart and for teaching me to
forgive everyone, especially those who hurt
us throughout our lives. To David Roberts, my
hero and my children’s hero. I thank you
for being a great father to Alberto and Andrea.
Your gift of unconditional love made each one
of us a better person. We are indebted to you!
To my mother, Ana Roque, for
your love and the many sacrifices you have endured.
To my sisters and brothers for the pure joy
and laughter you have given me. You humbled
my life with your appreciation of every moment
and every blessing. I ask God to continue to
To all my friends, mentors
and relatives for your support and your belief
in me! For the 2.9 billion women in the world
who inspire my inner being, and to millions
of poor children whose lives are interconnected
And most of all - to my children,
Andrea and Alberto, your gentle hearts and beautiful
souls bring pride to my heart! To my forever
love, best friend and my lifetime partner Jeff
Snively. Where would I be without you? FOREVER,
you will always be in my heart.
Thank you all for filling
my life with love.
Imelda R. Roberts