The Valdez family is rather small and the Valdez name in our line ends with my brother, Joe Martin Valdez. His decendants are daughters, so when they marry and take their husbands' names, that will bring the Valdez name to it's end. I have mixed feelings about this, even though I know that the Valdez bloodline will always be present. But the ancestors line is long. There were supposed to be eight of us brothers and sisters but only three of us survived, my sister, Mary Ann and my brother, Joe Martin, and myself.
The Maestas line is very long, in both, ancestors and decendants but the name has reached it's end in this bloodline with my husband, Jake E. Maestas and our adopted son now carries the Maestas name in our family and has daughters only. He had one brother and has six sisters. My husband has many first cousins who carry the Maestas name from their fathers and their bloodlines continue.
My husband's family is the most fortunate of all the family. They are a very close-knit clan and have always had much to celebrate. They are a beautiful people.