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Photo contest winner says daughter a blessing, honors both father and grandfather

June 30, 2013 at 1:30 a.m.

Azrael "Chaoz" Gonzales giving her daddy, Michael "Chaoz" Gonzales, good morning kisses. Our daughter was born February 11, 2013 - three years to the day my husband had lost his father. She was an absolute miracle in the making; she fought long and hard to be here after being told for six months she wouldn't make it. She carries the strength of her father, Michael Chaoz, and her grandfather, Vincent G. Gonzales Jr.

She was a blessing Michael Gonzales did not expect.

Little Azrael Gonzales was born Feb. 11, three years to the day Michael lost his father, Vincent G. Gonzales Jr.

Melanie Gonzales, Michael's wife and Azrael's mother, was happy to see him so elated over the birth.

"It was a big thing for him," she said. Melanie calls it the ultimate Father's Day gift - for both fathers involved.

"He thanks his dad for it. He says his dad did it for him," she said.

This photo won the reader-submitted Father's Day photo contest. Melanie receives a $250 gift certificate to Torin Bales Fine Jewelry for submitting the winning photo.

Here's another chance for you to win a similar prize: Send us photos showing us how you beat the heat this summer. Submit photos to VictoriaAdvocate.com and make sure you select the "Beat the heat" category. Include information about who is in the photo and what you are doing to keep cool.

Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. July 19.

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