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Giving Thanks

Our Thanksgiving did not go as planned.  I woke up early in the morning and began prepping the final dishes for our meal, worried because I was running behind.  My phone rang and it was my brother.  I knew immediately from the tone of his voice that our whole world had changed.  Our father, my amazing, wonderful dad, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly today at the age of 59.  Our day has been spent in mourning and disbelief as we try to get a grasp of this new reality.

The shock and devastation we are feeling at the loss of this incredible person is truly indescribable.  I will be taking a short break from the blog as we deal with the aftermath, but I’m sure I won’t be gone too long.  I know myself well enough to know that keeping a routine and doing things I loved will help me cope.  I only ask that tomorrow, rather than spending time pushing through hoards of people to find the best deal, you instead spend time giving thanks for the blessings in your life and stick close to the people you love.  At the end of everything else, they are all that really matters.

No matter how long I had with him, it could never have been enough.  My dad was truly the most amazing and inspiring person I have ever known.  And as wonderful of a father as he was, he was an even better grandfather (or Gagoo, as Andrew called him).  There is really nothing else to say but Dad, you were the best.

  • http://www.anniescookinglab.com Annie @ Annie’s Cooking Lab

    I’m so sorry to hear about your father, I’ll be thinking of you and your family and sending you all healing thoughts.

  • Andrea

    Oh my…you have my sympathy! Been through the sudden loss of my parents and I am so sorry! Praying for you….

  • Rebecca Bennett

    So sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts/prayers this holiday weekend.

  • http://www.calminthekitchen.blogspot.com Amy

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • http://hungryhealthyhappy.wordpress.com Melissa

    So sorry for your loss, Annie. I will be praying for your family.

  • Liz

    I am so very sorry, words escape me. Please know you and yours will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://www.tablefortwoblog.com Julie @ Table for Two

    Annie, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I’ll be thinking of you and you’ll be in my prayers. Sending lots of thoughts & hugs & comforting wishes. Much love, and I really do wish I could give you a giant hug right now. Take care <3

  • http://stephaniecooks.blogspot.com Stephanie (of Stephanie Cooks)

    I am in tears reading this… I am so sorry for your loss and can’t even imagine what you’re going through. My prayers are with your family as you cope with your loss.

  • Kris

    I’m so, so sorry, Annie. I will be thinking of you and your family.

  • http://mamadriggs.blogspot.com April Driggers

    I often wonder how people DO cope when there is such devastating blow on a major holiday — as if the holidays weren’t stress enough. My heart breaks for you and your family and I am so very sorry for your loss. 59 is much too young… They say (whoever “they” are) that time heals all wounds… and while I don’t agree that wounds are healed, it certainly makes the sting a little less painful the more time that does pass. In light of everything, I hope that your holidays are filled with beautiful memories of an amazing man who will be forever etched in everything you do… for he will always be a part of you. In Jesus’ name, I pray for peace and strength. I pray for happiness and compassion. I pray for your family. God bless.

  • Laura

    So very sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  • http://www.istealgreatrecipes.blogspot.com Lisa T

    I’m sorry for your loss. I will be thinking of your family this holiday season.

  • http://www.dapperdoxie.com Deb

    I’m so sorry for your loss. What a hard thing to deal with any day, but on Thanksgiving it would seem worse to me. I will pray for strength for you and your family.

  • Dawn L.

    So sorry to hear of this tremendous loss. Our Thanksgiving has been tainted too, as my grandfather lays in the ICU barely hanging on. Thank you for reminding us all to remember and cherish our loved ones, especially during this time of year.

  • Karen

    Thinking of you and your family… May your fondest memories and shared funny stories bring you some comfort at this difficult time.

  • Lissa

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family have my deepest sympathies.

  • http://cookingwithlt.blogspot.com Laura

    I am so sorry Annie. Sending many comforting thoughts your way. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  • http://comeabide.blogspot.com Andrea

    I’m so sorry to hear that news. Thinking and praying for your family as you try to cope, grieve, and comprehend what has happened and walk through the days ahead.

  • Noelle G

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Praying for your family, Annie.

  • http://stickafork.net Chrissy

    Oh Annie….I am so so sorry. There are really no words to say in this situation, so just know that you have a lot of readers that you love you (and your blog!) and we’re all praying for you!

  • Colleen

    I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  • http://alice-inwonderland.blogspot.com/ Alice

    My prayers are with you and your family. Here is a warm hug…

  • http://centralcooking.blogspot.com Kayla

    Oh Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family.

  • http://www.catelinden.com Cate

    Oh, Annie! I teared up as soon as I read your first paragraph, and read it a few more times to make sure I’d really read what I thought I had. I am so sorry for your family’s loss, and am thinking of you. Please take as much time as you need!

  • http://abitchinkitchen.blogspot.com Maggie

    I am so sorry for your loss Annie. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Anne

    Oh Annie, I am sending lots of prayers for comfort and peace your way – I am so, so sorry for your loss. Your dad sounds like a truly wonderful person, and I know he is so, so proud of you.

  • linda

    Annie and family, so very sorry for your loss. I know the empty hole. You will be in my prayers

  • Sandy

    You were blessed. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • http://sarkytartlet.com Sarky T.

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I wish I had more or better words. Take good care. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

  • Mary Ellen

    I’m so, so sorry. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://www.studiojenn.blogspot.com JennL

    Annie, I am so sorry to read about your dad. I will have you & your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Janelle

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss, especially on such an iconically happy and family-oriented day.

  • Melanie Simpson

    Oh, Annie, I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart ached as I read this blog post and I pray for you and your family in this time of pain.

  • http://iwasborntocook.blogspot.com/ Melissa@IWasBornToCook

    I’m so sorry for your loss…may you and your family find peace during this trying time.

  • Jackie

    Annie,
    While I may not know you personally, I just would like to say that I am sorry to hear about your loss. Truly sorry. Take Care and yes we have to be Thankful for all that we have, today and everyday.

  • Catie

    Sweet Annie. You touch my life in so many ways and I truly wish I could give you hug. I will be praying for you and your family as you mourn your deep loss. If possible, try to journal some memories of your Dad. These will help you out so much in the future. I pray that the Lord is holding you in His hands. HUGS!

  • Amanda

    Oh Annie, I am so sorry. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • http://Lovestoeat.wordpress.com Karen

    I am so sorry. Praying for you and your family

  • Amanda Swain

    So sorry for your loss, my heart knows the pain you are in. I lost my father (58 yrs old) this year. Lossing a father and a grandfather to your children on a day of Thankfulness is unimaginable. Sending you lots of love and prayers of hope and peace for your broken heart.

  • Allison M

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Misty Lynn

    You have my deepest sympathies. May your memories give you strength and comfort.

  • http://Www.theloopyewe.com Sheri

    I am so sorry, Annie. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://doughseedough.net Jenni @ DoughSeeDough

    So sorry for your loss, Annie. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Jennifer

    I am so terribly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Marie in Va

    I’m so very sorry. I will be praying for you and your family..

  • Emilie in MN

    Annie,

    I am so sorry for your loss.

    Please know your family is in my thoughts.

  • Catherine

    I am so sorry for your loss. You will never view Thanksgiving the same way again. I will pray.

  • Julie Y

    Sending e-hugs to you and your family.

  • Enriqueta Lemoine-Massie

    Annie I admire you so much. After this post, I admire you more. What a strong woman you are. I’m sure your Dad passed it to you. Love from one of your consequent followers.

  • MeganV

    I’m so sorry for your sudden loss. I’m sending thoughts and prayers your way.

  • Erin

    Oh no, I am so sorry for your loss.

  • http://www.theparsleythief.com/ katie

    I am so very sorry for your loss. My dad is around the same age and reading this post sent shivers up my spine. Your father looks like a wonderful grandpa.
    I’ll be thinking of you and your family during this time. [hugs]

  • http://www.upnorthpreppy.blogspot.com AEOT

    Oh, Annie, I am so sorry. What a shocking and horrible way to spend a day that is all about family. I’ll say a prayer for your whole family tonight.

  • Laura

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Many prayers to you and your family.

  • Karla

    I am so sad for you. Although I can tell you have the spiritual kit of tools to get through this, that doesn’t mean it won’t be hard. God bless you and thanks for the joy you bring others. Your dad must have been a special man to have raised such a daughter.

  • http://Www.katepeaseblog.com Kate

    I am so so sorry for your loss.

  • http://thefrugalgirl.com Kristen@TheFrugalGirl

    Oh, Annie. I’m really, really sorry. :(

  • Vanessa

    Dear Annie, I am terribly, terribly sorry to hear of your loss.

    Sadly, it is your loss that has reminded us of what Thanksgiving is really all about. (I am not American, do not live in the US, and do not celebrate Thanksgiving, but always admire the meaning behind the celebration.) Thank you.

    Our thoughts and prayers for your family most especially through this difficult time.

  • Lakeisha

    I am so sorry to hear this sad news! My heart aches for you and your family during this very difficult time. May your memories bring healing during this time of grief!! in my prayers! (((HUGS))) ~ Lakeisha

  • http://www.songbirdsweets.com Songbird Sweets (Sarah)

    annie, i cant tell you how sorry i am for your loss…you will be in my prayers this holiday season.

  • Delia

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • http://www.heatherdriveblog.com Heather

    I am so incredibly sorry to hear this. Seeing your words took my breath away. I offer my deepest condolences, and wish you and your family strength during this difficult time.

  • http://www.theniftyfoodie.com/ Amy @ The Nifty Foodie

    Oh Annie. My heart just dropped when I read this. I’m so terribly sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. :(

  • http://www.brannyboilsover.com branny

    Annie I am SO, so sorry. I can’t imagine. Take care of yourself.

  • http://Abrubakerstory.blogspot.com Michelle

    Sending love and prayers to you and yours during this especially difficult time.

  • Barb

    Oh, Annie. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss.
    Thinking of you and your family.

  • http://christines-cuisine.blogspot.com Christine

    Annie – I am so so sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts.

  • Faith

    My father passed away earlier this year at the age of 60. Thanksgiving was by far his favorite holiday, and today was a day of family time remembering him.

    The day after my dad died I went to some of his favorite places, ate his favorite foods, and tried to view the world the way he did. It was incredibly healing.

    No one can tell you how to deal with this, it’s an extremely personal loss. I would say to avoid setting expectations of yourself, and to take each day as it comes.

    I don’t know you, nor did I have the opportunity to meet your father. But the way you describe him makes me think that he was a great human and humanitarian, with a capacity to love that far exceeds most. I wish you all the best in dealing with your loss.

  • Christine W

    Annie, my heart goes out to you and your family.

    You will be nestled in my prayers–prayers of strength, peace, and comfort from God during this sad, sad time.

    May you feel the many prayers and thoughts surrounding you.

  • http://ahinkle628.blogspot.com Amanda

    Annie, I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Kristin

    I am so very, very sorry.

  • Elizabeth H.

    Annie,
    Please accept my condolences on your loss. Your father sounds like a wonderful man. You and your family have my prayers.

  • http://www.seebrookecook.com/ Brooke

    I am so sorry for your loss, I can not imagine your pain. Although I do not know you personally I have always loved your blog and appreciated the personal look into your life that you always give. My prayers are with you and your family. <3

  • http://sotastysoyummy.blogspot.com katie

    You and your family are in my thoughts. I am so sorry.

  • http://www.delraycakery.com Rebecca

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family today. Hang in there.

  • Michelle

    So sorry to hear of your loss…I can’t imagine what you are going through. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Julia

    I just lost my grandmother two weeks ago and thanksgiving has been hard without her here. Sending you strength to get this hard time.

  • Jennifer

    Praying for your family. May God’s grace hold you close.

  • Noelani

    Annie, I am so sorry to hear about your Father’s passing. Please know that my family and I are sending prayers up for you. Please take care!

  • Allanna

    I am so sorry for your loss and will be praying for you and your family as you try to move forward during this incredibly difficult time…

  • hailey babcock

    I am sorry for your loss. I am a faithful follower of yours and hope that you take the time you need to get back to “normal”.

  • Jennifer

    We love you Annie! I’m sure he was proud of a wonderful daughter like you. Please take your time to care for your family; we’ll be here to support you when you come back.

  • HB

    So very sorry for your loss. Blessings to you all.
    Lost my dad at 12 but yes — many reasons daily to give thanks.

  • Rebecca

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My sympathies to you and your family.

  • Ellen

    From what you’ve mentioned of him in other posts, he sounded like an absolutely fantastic dad and grandpa. I’m sorry for your loss, but not sorry that you loved him enough to miss him. Love’s funny, totally not the generic happy hormonal thing we often associate with the word, it’s so much more. I’m sure he and your mom are very happy right now. Stay strong, Miss Annie! You’re an inspiration to us all. Especially this 17-year-old who’s learned so much from you ever-growing site.

    -Love and condolences from one of your many readers

  • http://Just2good@wordpress.com Amy

    Annie, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  • http://traceysculinaryadventures.blogspot.com Tracey

    My heart breaks for you Annie, so sorry to read this news today. Take care of yourself.

  • http://oopsydesigns.blogspot.com/ Beth Dunn

    I pray that the Peace of God will surround you and your family during this time.

  • victoria

    Annie,
    I expected to open your blog this evening to a special thanksgiving menu post w/ pretty pics. When I read your news, my heart dropped for you. I was so sorry to hear about your devastating loss. Even though we don’t know each other I have said a prayer for you and your family during this heavy sadness that has fallen upon you all. I wish you peace and comfort.

  • http://joyinmykitchen.blogspot.com SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen

    Annie, my heart breaks for you. I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. You are in our prayers.

  • Kerry S

    Oh Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. Not that you need permission, but take all the time you need and be with your family!

  • Sally

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • brenda

    so sorry . we have 2 special friends and mil who have retired to His Glory. mixed emotions as we know they are in such a marvelous place but we miss them so along with all the others who have left us.

  • Morgan

    So very sorry. Can’t imagine what you are going through but know that I have prayed for you and your family to have peace and will continue to do so. I hope you find solace in your memories.

  • Amy from Texas

    My sincerest condolences, I’m sorry for your loss & praying for your family.

  • http://www.victoryissweet.blogspot.com victoria

    Im so sorry to hear about your loss. I have been following your blog for a while now and have made several of your recipes. I think you are so talented and an amazing blogger. I lost my dad 6 years ago and i know the shock you are in now. it takes time but it gets easier to handle.

  • Shawnda

    Annie, I know there are few words, if any, that can bring comfort in times like these. Do know that we’re thinking of you and praying for peace for your family. We are truly very sorry for your loss.

  • http://weighward.blogspot.com Julie

    Annie,

    I am so, so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Kirsten T

    Annie- I am so so very sorry to hear of your family’s loss. What terrible news to receive today and my heart goes out to you and your family and loved ones. Take all the time you need and we’ll be here when you’re ready to come back. My deepest condolences.

  • http://luluporter.com Wendi Walker

    I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now. I discovered it as I was suddenly thrusted into being a new mom and housewife quite unexpectedly. Having never cooked before I was extremely intimidated, and well, your blog has added new family staples to our dinner rotation and made cooking / baking much more fun and less scary! Thank you. I feel awful that this is the first time I am leaving a comment, but I was so touched to read this very sad news, that I could not not offer my condolences.

    I am a stranger to you, but you have been in my internet browser on a weekly basis for about 52 plus weeks now. So while you do not know me and I don’t pretend to know you, you have been my best friend in the kitchen. I am truly sad to read what I am sure feels like very surreal and overwhelming news.

    I will be sharing your sentiment about skipping finding “the deal” tomorrow and instead holding tight to what is important this holiday season and always with my friends and family. To your family I am very sorry for your loss and my sincere sympathies.

  • http://www.schwartzchronicles.com Lisa

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. I love your blog and the recipes you share.
    Take care.

  • http://craveitmakeit.blogspot.com/ Alex @ Crave It Make It

    Annie, I’m so sorry for your loss. Please know my thoughts are with you and your family today.

  • crlsweetie912

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved father…..

  • Kelly

    So, so sorry for your tragic loss. I cannot imagine what you are going through, but you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Kimberley

    May you and your family be comforted during this impossibly difficult time. You touch the lives of so many, and I join with the probably hundreds of your followers who will be offering up prayers on your behalf.

  • http://namabanana.blogspot.com Nama

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, Annie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. And I’ll be hugging my family a little tighter this weekend.

  • Crystal

    I am so sorry for your great loss, Annie. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Sara

    I am so sorry for your devastating loss. Sending you and your family my deepest condolences and prayers.

  • http://wwe.macaroniandcheesecake.com Macaroni and Cheesecake

    Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you & your family in my prayers.

  • http://www.foodiewife-kitchen.blogspot.com Foodiewife

    Hi. You don’t know me. But, I feel as though I know a bit about you, since I read all of our posts. I am so very sorry for your loss– especially on a holiday. May God grant you find peace, comfort and strength. Take the time you need. Your readers, including me, will be here when you get back. Blessings, Debby.

  • Julie S

    So very, very sorry for your loss. Will keep you and your family in my prayers. Take care of you.

    Hugs from Virginia,
    Julie

  • Katherine

    im so sorry for you and your family.

  • Crystal

    Hugs.

  • Leanna

    I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you and your family will find comfort in each other in your time of mourning.

  • http://www.crumblycookie.net Bridget

    Annie, I am so sorry. We’re having our Thanksgiving celebration tomorrow, and I know I’ll look at it differently now.

  • Liliana

    Annie,

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • http://rubberducky.blogspot.com m@ random musings

    My deepest sympathies to you & your family. While there is nothing I write that will lessen the impact please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • http://www.recipesfromsouthamerica.blogspot.com Pilar

    Long time reading… I think first time commenting, I have enjoy and share so many of your recipes with my family and friends, and I’m very thankful for ever founding your blog. Reading your post today, really make me sad, I’m so sorry for your father, you and your family. You will be in my prayers.

  • Whitney

    Thoughts and prayers sent your way

  • Debbie Dart

    I am so sorry to hear of your father’s sudden passing.
    It is never easy…no matter how old you are or the loved one that you have lost.
    You will have a lot of amazing memories to help you through.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • http://www.ameliagrazia.blogspot.com Amy

    So sorry to hear about your loss.

  • http://homesweetglutenfreehome.blogspot.com sara

    I am so so sorry to hear this. I am praying for you, that the Father of eternal comfort’s arms would hold you close through such a tragic time.

  • Regina

    Annie, I’m so sorry for you loss. My heart goes out to you & your family.

  • http://peanutbutterrunner.com Jen

    Annie – I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father and that you received this news on Thanksgiving morning. My thoughts are with you and your family as you go through this difficult time.

  • http://mamas-kitchen.blogspot.com Kirbe

    So very sorry for your loss Annie…

  • Jenn

    Im so so sorry for you and your families loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Liz

    I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

  • Janice from Canada

    I couldn’t wait to get on your site just to see how your thanksgiving was going. I now have a heavy heart and am truly sorry for your loss Annie. Prayers and thoughts to you and your family coming your way.

  • Sarah G

    So sorry for your lost. Praying for you and your family in this tough time. You could not be more correct, everyone should give Thanks for everyone we have in our life, because it can all change in a instant.

  • Anum

    Nothing anyone can say at a time like this can make things better, but hold strength in the fact that your whole family is with you in such a difficult time. You have my thoughts and prayers Annie, God bless your family.

  • http://foodloveandlifeblog.blogspot.com Jennifer

    I’m so sorry for your loss Annie. I can’t even begin to imagine what you and your family are going through right now. I am an avid reader of your blog and just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you during this difficult time.

  • Anum

    Nothing anyone can say at a time like this can make things better, but hold strength in the fact that your whole family is with you at such a difficult time. You have my thoughts and prayers Annie, God bless your family.

  • Erin

    Thinking of you and your family. May good memories fill your days.

  • Andrea

    Prayers <3

  • http://www.thechefswife.blogspot.com Jigi

    I am one of your blog follower all the way from Sydney in Australia and just would like to extend our deepest sympathy in this trying time and we pray that you and your family will find strength in each other. I am sure he is much loved and will be sorely missed. We are so sorry for your loss.

  • kathy

    Annie I am so sorry for your loss. While no words can take the pain away, please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Angie

    Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • http://mrssarahn.blogspot.com/ Sarah N

    I am so sorry for your loss, Annie! =(

  • oregonmom

    Annie,
    I have loved reading your blog and trying some of your recipes over the past 3 months. I was so sorry to read about your sudden loss. You are right-we should remember what thanksgiving is all about. I hope you find peace and comfort in all the memories you shared together. God bless…

  • http://www.lifewithane.blogspot.com A&EMom

    My heart breaks for you.

  • Carlee

    Annie – I’m so sorry for your loss… Some of my favourite posts are the ones about your Dad’s birthday cakes. He will missed. My thoughts are with you and your family. Take care.

  • Aimee

    I am sorry… I hope that you are surrounded by love during this difficult time.

  • AC

    I’m so sorry for your loss and am thinking of you and your family.

  • http://www.jaxhouse.com Jacky

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • http://www.closetobliss.com Dani @ Cloud 8½

    Oh Annie, I am so terribly sorry for your devastating loss. You and yours will be me in my thoughts.

  • http://seasonedjoy.com/ Sheila @ Seasoned Joy

    Very sorry for your loss. I’ll be praying for you & your family.

  • Lauryn

    Annie- I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Last Thanksgiving I lost my uncle and it truly opened my eyes to the real meaning of this holiday. You & your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Also, thanks for the wonderful recipes, you have provided me with many that all are delicious and my family & I are truly thankful for that!

  • Karen K

    Annie, I am so sorry.

  • http://thefigtree.blogspot.com/ Courtney Jones

    Annie, my heart is breaking for you and your family. My deepest sympathies. May your wonderful memories and loving family get you through these tough times. Much love & strength. *hugs*

  • melissa

    So incredibly sorry for your loss Annie.

  • Vanessa Tellez

    I am so sorry for your loss, my heart breaks for you! Prayers!!

  • Lisa T.

    I am so, so sorry for your loss, Annie. I lost my grandfather this morning and I understand the pain you are going through. Of all of the days of the year to lose a loved one, I could not agree with you more – spend some time with and give thanks for the loved ones in your life today. I pray for comfort and peace to you and your family.

  • Sandra

    So very to hear of your loss.
    Take care. Sending you healing prayers.

  • http://apronappeal.com Apron Appeal

    Oh Annie! I never know what to say when things like this happen. If you need anything, ANYTHING…. what could I possibly give you?….my thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Lee Anne

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers of comfort to you and your family.

  • Gloria

    I am so sorry for your loss Annie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Nancy

    So truly sorry to hear of our loss. Keep our memories close at heart.

  • Leeann

    I am heartbroken for you. I am so terribly sorry for your loss.

  • melissa jackson

    Annie – What sad news from you on one of your usually happiest blogging days of the year. Your friends across the world are thinking about you and your family during this difficult time. Love and light – Melissa

  • allison

    so, so sorry to hear this. praying for you and your family as you find comfort and strength in one another.

  • http://dinahs-dishes.com Dinah

    Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

  • Sarah

    So deeply sorry to for your loss Annie.

  • Liss

    So, so sorry for your loss.

  • Adrienne

    Oh Annie, I am so sorry to hear about your Father, I cannot imagine the ache and loss that you are feeling, my husband and I will keep you continually in our prayers, we’ll be here…ready to roll with the punches as soon as you feel it’s right to come back to blogging. Many thoughts and hugs sent to you from your friends in Kansas.

  • http://www.beauty-flawed.blogspot.com Ashley

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss my heart goes out to you. <3

  • Megan

    Annie- I’m so sorry for your loss. I have never met you, but I feel I know you so well reading your blog . We have a lot in common (working in a hospital and baking for co-workers just to start). I know nothing anyone can say will heal your heart, but I’m sure your dad was so proud of you. You have touched many lives… not only by filling our tables with fabulous food, but by healing patients and giving families hope. You are an inspiration to so many people. You and your family are in my prayers. May God be with you through this difficult time.

  • http://davidsmithfamily.blogspot.com Andrea

    Annie, We don’t know each other in real life but I feel like I know you since I check your blog regularly. I’ve made so many of your things and everything, everything, everything has been delicious. I was especially excited to hear how your Thanksgiving turned out (3 years ago I planned my first big family Thanksgiving with your help from your how-to and planning prep posts). You are my Thanksgiving guru :) I am so sorry to hear of the shocking and difficult loss of your father and am praying for you and your family. You are in my thoughts, Andrea

  • Lisa

    I’m so sorry! Thank you for reminding us of what is really important.

  • rere

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. you are in my prayers, and i thank God that you had such a great dad.

  • chelsea

    Annie, I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • arenda

    Annie, I’m so sorry to hear about the sudden death of your father – on Thanksgiving Day no less. It sounds like he was a wonderful man. Praying God gives you a measure of peace amidst the grief.

  • http://dinnersdishesanddesserts.blogspot.com/ Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    Words can not express how sorry I am to hear about your loss. I will be hugging the ones I love a little tighter tonight. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  • Gina

    So sorry to hear about your dad. I lost my stepdad a year ago, the day before Thanksgiving. It wasn’t unexpected, but it’s a tough time of year to go through a loss.

  • Theresa

    So sorry, Annie, about the sudden loss of your father. My father’s unexpected illness and sudden passing was a horrible blow to my family, so I can only imagine what a Thanksgiving today was for you all. Sending out some warmth your way, and thinking of you!

  • Jenn

    I am so sorry for your loss Annie, I can not imagine. Praying for you and your family as you navigate this unwelcome reality.

  • http://jchokie.blogspot.com Jenn

    I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Lot of hugs.

  • http://www.perrysplate.com Natalie @ Perrys’ Plate

    Oh Annie… I’m so sorry to hear of your loss! You’ll be in our thoughts and prayers this weekend. How grateful you must be for the precious memories you have of your father!

  • Lisa

    Annie,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Love and light to your family.

  • Gail

    Annie, so sorry for your loss:( I lost my Mom just a few years ago. She was 2 years older than your Dad. I know everyone grieves in their own way but I can share that even though I miss my mom everyday I take comfort in the feeling that she is always with me.

  • http://www.aldariel.com Lotta

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you!

  • http://www.craftsforarainyday.blogspot.com Ashley Tiblier

    So sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers.

  • Jessie

    Prayers for you and yours.

  • Adrienne Yancey

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers. Please take care!

  • http://hasel.typepad.com Allison

    I am sad to her this awful news. I lost my father unexpectedly this summer and understand just how devastating that loss is. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers!

  • Paula C.

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thougts and prayers.

  • http://www.shootbarefoot.com Carrie Ayn

    I am so very sorry. I have tears in my eyes as I type. My thoughts are with you and your family this holiday season.

  • TESS

    So sorry for your lost wished I could give you and your family a big hug… you and your family are in my prayers may god bless you all..

  • Molly

    May god comfort you during this time and the road ahead. While nothing can ever prepare you for this moment and time know that so many will be praying for you.
    What a beautiful picture you posted.

  • http://jessicainsd.blogspot.com Jessica @Sunny Side Up

    My heart is broken for you. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. I’m so sorry.

  • http://theabcfoodjournal.blogspot.com Christina

    My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • http://smalltalkingwitha.blogspot.com Amanda

    Praying for you and your family.

  • http://sweetstarcakes.blogspot.com Amy C.

    Annie, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I lost my mom last year and it was the most difficult thing I have ever been through. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to you and your family during this time.

  • Jen

    I am so very sorry for you and your family, Annie. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://www.bunsinmyoven.com Karly

    Annie, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers!

  • http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com Christy denney

    Annie, I’m so sorry your dad is gone. So hard. I do believe you will see him again someday in heaven. Doesn’t make right now easier. But I hope someday peace will replace your heartache. – christy

  • Becky

    Annie…I am so sorry. My heart is so heavy reading this. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for reminding me what truly is important in life.

  • Lauren

    I am so sorry for your loss. My father is about the same age, and is a wonderful man who I adore. I am not fortunate enough to live near my parents – they are a 28 hour drive and ferry ride away! – but I love to hear his voice on the phone, and treasure our opportunities to visit. I dread this day for us – and thank you for taking a few moments in this difficult time to remind us all of how precious and short our time is with those we love. I’ll hold my family a little tighter tomorrow.

  • Diana

    How odd that as I fixed my regular old Thanksgiving meal, I imagined you “dancing” (as you posted a couple days ago) in your kitchen, presumably cooking something much more interesting than my simple fare. Reading this post from you has surprisingly shocked my heart and brought tears to my eyes, but then that would be understandable because your cooking and your blog have touched my heart and challenged me. I do count you as a kitchen friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  • http://melskitchencafe.com Melanie

    Oh, Annie, I am so very sorry. I wasn’t expecting to read this post but in the wake of your grief, thank you for sending perspective into my life to treasure my loved ones. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I’ve read past posts that you’ve written about your father and your love for him is undeniable. I hope you and your family have blessings of peace during this difficult time.

  • Patti VaBales

    I am so sorry for your loss….lost my mother at age 60 this October…today was a hard day…..I’m sure I speak for us all when I say “we” are all here for you….

  • Jacqueline

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. My mother jut turned 59 today and I can’t imagine how hard this must be for you.

  • Hannah

    I’m so sorry Annie. My thoughts are with your family and you find peace.

  • Jules

    Annie- What a cruel twist of irony that on what is possibly your favorite holiday of the year you lost someone you love so very deeply. I cannot imagine the pain you are feeling Annie, but know that in the coming days and weeks ahead, you will feel comforted by the wonderful memories of a father who raised you bravely after facing incredible sadness himself at the loss of your mother those many years ago. Your children will know and love your father because they know and love you, always remember this.

  • Grace

    I’m so sorry for your loss. :( It sounds like your father was truly a wonderful man.

  • http://www.ommynoms.com Lauren

    I am so, so sorry for your loss. I am absolutely heartbroken for you and your family.

  • Sarah Beth

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through this difficult time.

  • http://www.senoritamolly.blogspot.com Molly

    Annie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I’m sorry for your loss.

  • http://www.margaconde@gmail.com Marga

    Dear Annie, I am very sorry for your loss. I am speechless and just keep asking myself how and why this happen to good people, why, why… I know the answer doesn’t matter, it just happen, but it is so unfair… I know you are a strong woman and you will manage to cope with your loss and sorrow, but give you time and take care of yourself. I believe that your dad is now with your mom, and they will continue by your side, taking care of their children and sending you their love.
    I am coping with a difficult situation now, with my mom in Intensive Care for already 20 days in Spain, and me worrying to death from where I live, The Netherlands. I’ll go in a week…
    Annie, here is a big hug. Your dad, you and your family are in my prayers.

  • http://www.the-baker-chick.com Audra@The-Baker-Chick

    Oh Annie I am so incredibly sorry. That is such sad news, and I am sending you and your family lots of love during this hard time.

  • Suze

    Oh, Annie, I am so sorry to hear of this heart-breaking sad news. I am sure by the time you see this comment, you will have read over 100 others before mine and realize how many people are reaching out to you during this difficult time. You have made a difference to us – hopefully we are returning the favor. Hugs. <3

  • http://madeinsonoma.blogspot.com/ Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)

    So sorry to read this. I always thought it sounded like you and your father were close. I’m so sorry for your loss and I’ll be thinking about your family.

  • http://www.madebydebra.com Debra Graybeal

    I am so sorry about your dad. I just ran across your blog yesterday. I lost both of my parents this year… Mom in January and Dad in September. You are in my prayers.

  • http://www.lorip.blogspot.com Lorelai

    So sorry for your loss! Our parents are our superheroes and it’s true that all the time in the world isn’t long enough. Sending comforting thoughts and prayers your way.

  • Chelle

    I’m so so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • Tina

    So sorry for your loss; will be thinking of you and your family, hoping that you find solace in each other in this difficult time.xxx

  • http://alibquarterlifecrisis.blogspot.com/ Ali B

    Annie, I am so very sorry for your loss. I’m thinking of you and your family!

  • Jill

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of our father, Annie. It’s obvious that there is much love in your family and that he’ll be greatly missed and forever remembered. Thinking of your family.

  • Linda

    Sending many thoughts and prayers to you and your family. My heartfelt condolences to you.

  • Kelly

    Annie, I was so shocked to hear about your father’s passing. Although, I do not know you or your family personally, I follow your blog regularly and know just what an important person he was in your life. Your love was always evident in your words when you spoke of him. I’m sure his loss will be very difficult. Please know that I am praying that God gives you the strength to get through the days, weeks, and months ahead.

  • Angie R.

    Annie, I am so sorry to read of the unexpected loss of your father. My heart breaks for you as I imagine how devastating this must be. We never do really know how much time we have with our loved ones and thank you for taking the time to remind us of that during your time of loss. I pray that God will bring you peace, comfort and understanding. As you can see, you have touched many lives and you have so much support. When the time is right we will all be here!

  • http://orgjunkie.com Laura

    So sorry to read this tonight. ((hugs))

  • Mishelle

    You and your family are in my prayers. I always love reading about your family and it was always clear how much your dad meant to you and what an amazing father he was.

  • Inna

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Annie.

  • Tricia G

    I’m very sorry for your loss. I hope that you and your family will feel better soon. He’s in a better place now. <3

  • Natalie

    Oh, Annie, that is such sad news. Sending you and your family my most sincere condolences

  • Karen

    Annie, my deepest sympathies for you and your loved ones. I prayed instantly upon reading this and will continue to do so. I am sending you so much love and light… and a whole lot of hugs.

  • Chelsea

    I am so sorry Annie!

  • http://amadvox.wordpress.com Madeline

    He sounds like a great man. I’m sorry for your loss. *hug*

  • Becca

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • http://www.jessicalynnwrites.blogspot.com jessica lynn

    i’m incredibly sorry to hear about your loss. my thoughts are with you.

  • http://baleboosteh.blogspot.com Baleboosteh

    I am so very sorry. May your memories of your father bring you comfort in the time ahead and may God bless you with peace and strength.

  • Yael

    I am so, so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and love are with you and your family.

  • Lauren

    So sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is absolutely heartbreaking.

  • chelsea

    this breaks my heart. i am so sorry to hear this and i will be thinking about you and your family.

  • Trish

    Annie, my deepest sympathies and condolences to you and your family. May God guide you through this hard time. You now have another angel looking out for you! I’m so sorry!

  • http://www.flowersonmyplate.de Dani

    Annie, I am so sorry to read that… I really don´t know what to say. Sending you big hugs and a lot of strength to go through the next weeks. Lots of love from Germany!

  • Jenny

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Annie. You and your family are in the thoughts of all your readers, which I hope gives you some comfort during this terrible time.

  • Anita

    My thoughts go out to you. <3 Take one day at a time.

  • http://soltransposed.blogspot.com/ Rachel

    Annie, I am truly sorry for the loss you experienced today. I lost my father mere days before our birthdays 5 years ago. Blogging was cathartic. The way some people write letters to their children, I wrote to my Dad… The words slowly healed the parts of me that they could. Losing a parent sucks. Especially when you are close to them… my Dad was the best man I have ever known, just as your Dad was to you. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Sophie

    I am so sorry for your loss, you and your family will be in my prayers.

  • Ashley

    I am truly sorry for your loss and I hope that your memories and family will help get you through this awful time. I hope your daddy is at a peace.

  • http://thehooteats.wordpress.com Michelle

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Take all the time you need, surround yourself with amazing people, and remember all the good times. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Riki-Tiki-Tembo

    Oh Annie the tears splashed down my cheeks reading this – I am so so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you at this time. xxxxxxx

  • michelle

    I cried when I read this. So sorry and I’m sending prayers your way for healing for you and your family.

  • http://ghotiindustries.com Anne

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • http://deltiolog.wordpress.com Kate D.

    I’m so sorry to hear that. We lost my grandmother two years ago on Christmas Eve, and it hurts so much to lose a beloved family member, and even more so on a holiday when you hope to gather together to celebrate, but instead the family gathers to mourn. I hope that you have lots of family to be there for each other; and I think you’re in the thoughts and prayers of all your readers.

  • Nirmala

    Annie, I’m really sorry to hear your sudden loss. Even I don;t have words to say anything to heal you. Pls think that he is in a better place with your mom now, looking down at you all lovingly. I’m sorry. Sympathies from Nirmala, Sri Lanka

  • http://www.shopbwc.com Amy

    There are no words that I can offer to ease your heartbreak and sorrow and loss-I lost my mom two years ago (she was 59 also) and I know there are no words. Just remember that his love for you and your family doesn’t end because he is gone; it will always be you. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Suzanne

    I’m so sorry to read about the passing of your dad. I’ve never commented on your blog before, but I’ve enjoyed it for several years now. Thinking of you and keeping your family in my prayers during this difficult time. I agree that the most important thing this holiday season is cherishing the time we have with our families.

  • Victoria

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Over ten years ago, my Mom died on Christmas eve, my daughter was 2 1/2 at the time. Your Dad sounded like an amazing Dad and Grandfather. You have an amazing blog which I have admired for quite sometime. God Bless you and your family at this time.

  • http://www.maggiedon.blogspot.com Maggie Donaldson

    Oh Annie. What can we say? All of us in your online family send our love to you and yours. Take care.

  • Aggie

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.

  • http://kitchensimplicity.com Cheri | Kitchen Simplicity

    Oh Annie. My heart is breaking for you. I wish I could offer some words of comfort but I know that nothing I could say would do justice to the pain and loss your family must be experiencing right now. Just know that you are all in our hearts and prayers. Hugs.

  • Cheryl

    Annie, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your Father. Praying for blessings and grace for your family at this time.

  • Kristen

    I am SO sorry to hear of this devastating news for you and your family. I don’t even know you, and yet my heart hurts for you. My prayers are with you and your family right now.

  • Gina

    Annie, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I am praying for you and your family as you go through this.

  • http://pamperwithpolish.blogspot.com Mira Thomas

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dianne

    May the kind deeds and prayers of friends and the arms of family get you through this difficult time.

  • http://www.diariodeabordoblog.com/ Isabel (Diario de a bordo)

    I’m so sorry for your lost.

  • Fiona

    I know nothing I or anyone says can take away the hurt, but I wanted to send my deepest sympathies at this tough time. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Christine W

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Priya

    Annie………
    Am really sorry to hear about your loss!!! I lost my father to cancer this May, it was a very shocking tragedy to me and in the days that I was trying to cope with my loss I discovered about your blog and ever since I have been hooked…..and came to know and realise that I am not the only one who hates the word cancer…… But girl my heart really goes out to you today…. Thank you for being there for me in some way and in turn I send my prayers to you and your family…….

  • Brenda

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I’m praying for you & your family during this time.

  • Anne

    I’m really sorry to hear about your loss. Since I can’t seem to find the right words I’m sending you my warmest thaughts from Switzerland instead …

  • Tina Seeger

    Sorry to hear of your Dads passing.We will have you and your family in our prayers.

  • Racquel

    Annie, I am so very sorry for your loss. We don’t understand why things happen like this, but I pray that God comforts you and your family, and He wraps his loving arms around you at this sorrowful time. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Karrie. L

    Annie I am so sorry for you loss, your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Shawna

    My mom passed away right before Thanksgiving last year, so I know the loss you are feeling. It’s a year later and I still feel the loss every day. So sorry for your heartache, and I will say a prayer for strength for you and your family.

  • http://annies-eats.net Stephanie

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family at this time.

  • Phyllis A

    You & your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://www.bakewithginger.blogspot.com Stephanie (bake with ginger)

    How heartbreaking :( I’m so sorry!

  • http://www.bebjebenthe.blogpost.com Benthe

    I’m so sorry for your loss. No words can really help you now, I don’t really have anything I could say, except that my thoughts are with you. Stay strong, hold on to the memories and love the ones that are still with you. Life is too short to go fast for. Slom down, remember, love, think.

  • Sue P

    I am so sorry you lost your father. I know God will be with you during this very difficult time. I know the pain will still be there, but He is able to give you comfort. God bless you and your family.

  • http://carriesexperimentalkitchen.blogspot.com Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen

    I’m so sorry for your loss Annie.

  • Buckeye Baker

    I’m so sorry, Annie. We will be praying for you and your family.

  • Brieanne

    Annie I am so very sorry for your loss! How tragic. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • http://movitabeaucoup.com/ movita beaucoup

    Oh, Annie. I’m so sorry to hear this. Know that there are many of us out here in the cosmos wishing you the best. Please take care.

  • Amy

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

    Best regards,
    Amy

  • Melissa

    Oh Annie! I am so desperately sorry! My heart is breaking for you! I will pray for your family and for strength.

  • SuzyQ

    I am so sorry to hear about your father. From reading your blog I know he did so much for you growing up and how much he will be missed. Please take care.

  • Agita

    Dear Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  • Melanie

    Thinking of your family, Annie. May the memories of your dad keep his spirit alive in your heart forever.

  • http://warmvanillasugar.wordpress.com/ Katrina

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Annie. Take as much time as you need away, and know that we’re all here for you when you get back. My deepest sympathy.

  • http://www.healthyfoodforliving.com Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living

    Annie, my thoughts are with you and your family as you endure this difficult time.

  • Ursula

    My deepest condolences…I am so, so sorry for your great loss

  • http://neuroticalison.blogspot.com alison

    I am so sad for you today. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  • Malia

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart just breaks for you. He must have been such a wonderful person to have someone as special as you:) Prayers go out to you and your family!

  • Lauren

    My sympathies go out to you. I can’t even imagine the shock and am sending you wishes for peace in this terrible time.

  • Kerry

    So sorry to hear this, Annie! My thoughts will be with you and your family today.

  • sara

    Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with your family.

  • http://tideandthyme.com Laura

    Deepest sympathies and much love, Annie. Thinking about you guys!

  • Rnjoans

    My sympathy to you and your family. I cannot imagine the sadness you are feeling. Getting through the holidays will be difficult. Take the opportunity to express your emotions through this blog. Not only will you be helping yourself, but countless others going through the same thing over the holidays (like me) As long as you know your father knew you loved him, you should be at peace. God Bless you.

  • http://www.themuffinmyth.com Katie

    So sorry for your loss, Annie.

  • Peggy

    So sorry to hear, how sad! He must have been amazing, since he had such an inspiring daughter. I bet he was very proud of you, and loved all his family.

  • http://kidsinthesink.wordpress.com/ Heather@Kids in the Sink

    We’re so sorry to hear about your father. We are keeping you and your family in our prayers today and we pray that the Lord will bring you peace and comfort.
    -Heather and Melissa

  • Charlotte

    I’m so sorry Annie for your loss. You inspire me so much everyday, I wish I could do something to help you through this difficult time. You will be in my thoughts. I know your sweet family will help you to get through.

  • Kristen

    My heart goes out to you and your family. Hoping that the joy and love you have from your little ones and husband will get you through such a tough time. Praying that God will give you peace that passes understanding. Because there isn’t any other way to get through it.

    <3 from my family to yours.

  • http://www.americancupcakeinlondon.com Kelly

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Thinking of your family at this difficult time.

  • Samantha

    Annie, I am so very sorry for your loss. I hope you are comforted by your wonderful memories of your Dad.

  • http://camerasandchaos.blogspot.com/ cindy

    i am so sorry for your sad news…..it is never easy when someone is taken so young and before their time…..prayers being said for you and your family.

    hugs, cindy

  • Brenda Nelson

    I’m sorry, Annie. I lost my father at this time of year 28 yrs ago & I still miss him every day. Know you are loved by many & he’ll always be with you & guiding you. It will get better. Take care.

  • Michelle

    I’m so very very sorry for your loss :( I agree with you about taking time to let those we love how much we love them and mean to us. (((HUGS)))

  • http://blog.andrewkatie.com Katie

    I am so sorry to hear about your father. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • Joansy

    Annie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I follow your blog, and though I don’t know you personally, I can say sincerely that your dad raised a truly wonderful and talented daughter. I lost my mom last year right before Thanksgiving, and my dad died exactly 8 weeks later. So I know what you are going through, and though it’s an awful time, you can find comfort through continuing to live your life in a way that honors your father. I will keep you in my prayers, Annie, may God bless you and your family at this time with peace and comfort, knowing that your dad is in Heaven and watching over you today and always.

  • http://chefmommy maria

    I am so very sorry for your loss.

  • http://cookingwiththebigdogs.blogspot.com Bridget

    So sorry for your loss Annie. Thinking of you and your family through this difficult time.

  • http://bakingwithamanda.blogspot.com Amanda N

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Marta

    So sorry, Annie. You and your family are in our prayers.

  • http://www.card-blanc.blogspot.com Kathy Martin

    I’m sorry to hear this news. What a terrible blow. (((hugs)))

  • Ta,I

    I d ‘t think I have ever commented before…I a, so sorry for the loss of your dad, I hope that the memories you have of him will help you through these difficult days

  • laura

    I am so sorry to hear this, I will be praying for you all- Annie!

  • May

    I am very sorry for your loss.
    This is a beautiful picture of him with your daughter (she looks so much like you!)

  • http://www.danellesdish.com Danellesdish

    Annie I am so sorry for you loss. I too lost my dad very suddenly at the age of 63 this past January. Words will not describe what you are going through, it is a tough road. A dear friend sent me this song to listen to and when I start missing him I listen to it and it brings me great comfort I hope it does the same for you.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbsBUf9VKyc&ob=av2e

  • Rekz

    I am so sorry for your loss, Anne. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Robbie Fielder

    I am a native Texan who currently lives in Australia and I follow and enjoy your blog. I am so sorry about your dad dying. I am sure you are hurting deeply. I will pray for you and your family that God will comfort you in your grief. I am so sorry.

  • Amber

    Dear Annie,

    I’ve been an avid reader of your blog for a long time now. You seem to be such a classy, delightful person and even though we don’t know one another, I consider you an online cooking friend…you are my go-to for all things tasty and wonderful. I’m so so very sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine all you and your family must be feeling right now, but I will be keeping you and your loved ones in my prayers. May you be surrounded by your guides and guardian angels of peace and comfort at this time.

    With deepest sympathy,

    A

  • http://daintychef-krissy.blogspot.com/ Krissy@DaintyChef

    Annie, thinking of you during this difficult time. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Katie W.

    Your post brought tears to my eyes. I’m so sorry for your loss!

  • Kerry

    So sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.

  • http://www.kitchenambition.blogspot.com Tracy

    Anne, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family; I’ve always admired you for your strength and perserverence and have faith that God will help you through this.

  • Irene L.

    I don’t know what to say. I am so sorry for you incredible loss. Your father was a couple of years younger than mine is now. I cannot imagine what you are going through. You are in my prayers. God bless you and your family.

  • http://cassiecraves.blogspot.com Cassie

    Annie, I am so incredibly sorry for your family’s devastating loss. My prayers are with all of you.

  • Sarah

    Oh Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. I’ve endured several deaths this year and I know that words cannot give you peace right now but please know that you’re in my prayers.

  • http://tastetastic-voyage.blogspot.com Lisa

    Annie,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that you can find comfort in the fact that he passed away peacefully and is now with your mom. My prayers are with you and your family.

  • Jen

    Words are never enough. I am so sorry, and my heart goes out to you and your family. Love and prayers. xo

  • Pat

    So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Selene Wadhawan

    My thoughts & prayers to you and your family..

  • http://theculinaryenthusiast.net Karla @ The Culinary Enthusiast

    I’m so sorry, Annie. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time.

  • Megan

    Annie,

    I am so sorry for your loss. A true father is the rock of a child’s world, no matter how old and “grown up” we become. I will be keeping your family in our thoughts & prayers.

  • Traci

    What a lovely tribute to your dad. This is devastating news. Prayers to you.

  • http://insonyaskitchen.blogspot.com Sonya M frymoyer

    Annie, I have been following your blog for sometime now, and feel like friends. My other dear friend just lost her Mother of 62 a week ago this Friday, unexpectedly as well. My heart aches for both of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I pray that God will give you an extra measure of strength & comfort during this difficult time. I am wrapping my arms around you right now and hugging you. I am truly sorry for your loss.

  • Katie

    Oh, Annie … I’m so sorry to hear about the sudden loss of your father.

  • Lisa McD

    Oh, Annie, I’m so sorry. I lost my dad in June…he was 60.

  • s

    I am so very very sorry for your loss. May your family and friends and the thoughts of all those who read your blog surround you and give you strength. Treasure your memories…

  • http://knit-read-cats-hockey.blogspot.com ccr in MA

    I am so sorry. There’s nothing else to say. I’m just so sorry for your loss.

  • http://facebook jacque

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you and your family.

  • http://littlehousequiltingblogspot.com Eileen

    I am so sorry to hear of your father’s death. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • http://butyoucancallmecrazy.blogspot.com Lynn G.

    Oh, Annie, my heart breaks for your family. Thinking of you and yours and praying for peace that surpasses understanding during this time.

  • Melinda

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Darla

    Annie, I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and prayers your way.

  • Amanda

    Annie I’m so sorry for your loss, I too lost my father last year on 12/5 at the age of 57. Like your Dad he was one of those men that knew what it meant to be an amazing father and being a grandpa was the best thing that he’d ever experienced, he was an unbelievable father and grandfather. Your post is so right, these things make you never take for granted the moments you have with those you love and what are truly the important things in life. Thinking and praying for you and your family as you grieve this huge loss.

  • Amanda M

    I am so sorry for your loss, Annie! Sending healing thoughts and hugs to you and your family.

  • Sheri

    So sorry to hear that you lost your dad. I’ll say a prayer for you and your family. I lost my dad 14 years ago…keeping busy helps.

  • http://shopaholicscrapper.blogspot.com/ sasha farina

    i am truly sorry Annie. really. no words can describe how sorry i am. *hugs* prayers and thoughts for you and yours.

  • Lynn BB

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Take care of yourself and family.

  • http://www.danielledeskins.blogspot.com Danielle

    My heart goes out to you and your family. I know no words can ease the pain you are feeling right now but know that he is in a better place now. And take comfort in all the wonderful memories you have! Thank you for the reminder to be thankful for each new day we are given with our loved ones.

  • http://www.inkatrinaskitchen.com/ Katrina @ In Katrina’s Kitchen

    Annie – I can not say anything to hep you but I just want you to know that your loss saddens me. I can’t imagine.

  • jeanine

    Annie, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Just know that you are in so many thoughts and prayers at this time.

  • Cynthia Huhman

    Thoughts and prayers to you and your family as you mourn your incredible loss.

  • Aimee

    Praying for you and your family.

  • Sarah K

    I don’t comment much but read religiously. I really wanted so say I am so very sorry for your loss. I lost my mom about 8 months ago and I remember very clearly what those first few days and weeks were like. I hope after allowing yourselves the chance to grieve and feel all the mixed emotions that arise after the loss of a loved one, that you are able to find a sense of peace and healing in the months to come. Take good care and be gentle on yourself. My sincerest sympathies ~

  • Vicki Mc

    I’m so sorry Annie.

  • Elizabeth

    I am so sorry to hear this. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Michelle

    So sorry for your loss Annie. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Ann

    I am so sorry!!!

  • Heather S.

    My heart goes out to you and your family. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Nora

    Dear Annie, Davie and Steven,

    We were shocked this morning to read your incredibly sad news. Although we lost touch over the years, whenever we saw your Dad, we always talked of reconnecting–most recently late last spring. We always loved Dave, just as we did your mother and you three kids as well.

    Our hearts go out to you and we will keep you in our prayers.

    Nora, Gary, Allison and Patrick Beard

  • http://themilkmanswife.wordpress.com themilkmanswife

    Annie, I am so so sorry for your loss. My heart just breaks for you and your family. Thoughts and prayers for you. ((hugs))

  • Melody

    Annie, I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. My heart breaks for you as I do know what you are going thru. This was our 1st Thanksgiving without our Dad. I’ll be thinking and praying for you and your family. Losing a dad is so incredible hard. . . .

  • Jennifer

    Annie, I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you are able to find some comfort in your family and friends. The picture you posted of your dad and daughter is beautiful – she looks just like you, and you can see your dad’s loving spirit in the photo. I’ll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
    Jennifer

  • Liz

    Deepest sympathy on this shocking loss. Your memories of your wonderful Dad will comfort you and your family as you move forward. You’ll be in our hearts, even though we’ve never met, and we hope that gives you comfort and support as well.

  • http://meagansfirstkitchen.blogspot.com Meagan

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • http://lifeandkitchen.com Lindsay {life and kitchen}

    I’m so sorry, Annie. I am sure that you have many wonderful memories and hope that they are able to help you through this hard time.

  • http://aglassofmilk.wordpress.com jennie

    Annie, I’m so sorry for your loss, and on such a big day for you. I hope you still have plenty of family around you in the coming days.

  • http://MybeautifulDisasters.wordpress.com Casey

    I am new to your blog annie, but I can not even begin to describe how much my heart reaches out for you. I’m sure your dad was a wonderful person and he will missed deeply, I will keep you and your family in my prayers

  • rm

    Dear Annie,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May the memories of your Dad comfort you during this time of sadness.

  • Rachel Heidenreich

    Annie I am so sorry for your loss. Thanks for your wonderful blog, it has helped me so much. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. Lots of love to you and your family.

  • Heather

    Oh Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. Will be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers

  • Emily

    Annie- I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • denise

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.

  • Laura

    Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Michelle

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Linda

    My heart is aching for you. I lost my dad a few years ago. I am older than you and my dad was in his eighties when he died!! The pain was indescribable. I hope that happy memories of your time with him will eventually replace your sadness and loss.

  • Mary

    So sorry for your loss! My sympathies to you and your family.

  • Terri A.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your dad sounds like mine – truly amazing – and we lost him 30 years ago. I still miss him. Saying a prayer for you and your family.

  • Amber

    I’m so, so sorry Annie. Hugs and prayers for you and your family.

  • Jamie Z.

    I was logging on to tell you your mushroom rice casserole was a hit yesterday – I am so, so very sorry for your loss. What a beautiful picture of your dad and your baby. Your family will be in my thoughts.

  • http://www.thedollbaker.com The Doll Baker

    So sorry for your loss Annie. Please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. ♥

  • Jessica

    Annie, My heart breaks for you! I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in the memories of your wonderful dad.

  • http://fortycakes.com Karla

    Annie,
    So sad to hear about your loss. I will definitely pull my family tight around me today we will be sending comforting thoughts your way.

    -Karla

  • http://www.jerseygirlcooks.com Jersey Girl Cooks

    Annie, my heart goes out to you. I am so sorry and prayers are going to you and your family.

  • Alicia Louwerse

    My deepest condolences. We will keep your family in our prayers this holiday season.

  • Dana

    my heart goes out to you and your family. sending healing thoughts your way, and i hope you can find a way to celebrate him during the holidays.

  • mary s.

    so sorry for your loss, it’s never easy to lose someone, and even harder to lose a parent. keep your memories of him and he will always be with you. as someone who lost a parent at a young age, i want you to know that it will get all get easier with time.

  • Jennifer

    Annie… my heart goes out to you and your family. I trust in your grief that you are able to be truly grateful for the gift of having him as your dad. I too have lost my dad much too early in life, very unexcpectedly as well. It now almost 4 years, and there isn’t a day that goes by that I dont’ think of him and miss him. May you take the time to ‘breathe’. I will miss your blogging but take your time… we’ll see you back when your back.

  • Pilar

    So sorry for your loss. Hoping you may find strength and comfort during this difficult time.

  • http://www.ablissfulsoutherndomestic.blogspot.com Tammy

    So sorry to hear of your lose, Annie. Praying for you and your family.

  • http://www.rieffenberger.blogspot.com Katie

    Oh Annie…crying for you and your family. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • micaela

    Ohmygosh..So so sorry for your loss..my heart just sank reading that news. It’s so hard losing a parent and your Dad was just too young. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Chellie

    Annie, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers. May your fond memories of your amazing dad give you comfort during this difficult time.

  • Dianekay

    I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://Spoonwithme.com Jenny

    Annie,
    I can’t imagine the devestation you must feel right now. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Your dad sounded like a wonderful father and grandpa. I’m sending thoughts and prayers of strength to you and your family.

  • Meg

    Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine how shocked and devastated you feel. I pray for your comfort and peace. God Bless you and your family.

  • http://levavispatula.wordpress.com Heather E

    So sorry for your loss, Annie. And thank you for the heartfelt reminder of what the holiday season is supposed to be about. I’ll be thinking about you and your family.

  • jen

    I’m so incredibly sorry. My heart breaks for you and your family :(

  • Ammie

    I’m so sorry for loss. Wishing you peace in your time of grief.

  • P.

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, Annie. I’ll be praying for your family and sending lots of love your way. xo

  • Jessica

    Oh, I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Ashley

    Annie, I’m so sorry. That truly is a tragedy, but I truly believe that this is not the last time you will be able to see and talk to your dad. I am thinking of you and praying for your family.

  • http://www.fransfavs.com Fran@fransfavs.com

    Those of us who have lost our parents know the pain you are feeling. You lost your wonderful dad way too soon. I send my sincerest condolences to you and your family.

  • lauren

    I’m so sorry, Annie. My heart breaks for you and your family.

  • http://sassymonkeyreads.ca Sassymonkey

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • http://stopdropandblog.com FireMom

    So sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers right now.

  • Megan

    So sorry to hear this, Annie. Will be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Marilyn

    My deepest sympathy!

  • jenny

    hi annie,
    my thoughts are with you today. i hope you are going to be alright. i feel very sad for you and your family.
    jenny

  • http://www.amyskitchencreations.blogspot.com Amy

    Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you, your Brother and the rest of your family.

  • Mona

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Thanksgiving is a day of mourning for my family as well. 14 years ago, and we still cringe when Thanksgiving lands on the 25th. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  • http://sktriebel.blogspot.com/ Sarah Kate Triebel

    Annie- I have followed your blog for a long time and then became more connected with you when I read about you losing your Mom as a child, I have been through the same thing and I know how much I lean on my Dad now that my Mom is gone. I can only imagine how difficult a time you are having, sending good thoughts and love your way. I see your resemblance in your Dad, and in your children…and thus he lives in you and them :)

  • Deanna B

    Annie – I’m so sorry for you loss. Your post brings tears to my eyes. I too know that dreadful phone call all too often in the last few years. My father-in-law passed suddenly in a car accident, Aunt passed away in her sleep and this year I had my own scare, a couple of pulmonary embolisms at 41 years old. I can only say that I am thankful to be here. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Barb_in_GA

    My deepest sympathy on your loss. I lost my father far too early, at this time of year. May fond memories sustain you.

  • Suzanne

    Very sorry to learn about your great loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Emily

    Oh, Annie, I am so very sorry. I know from what you have written before how much your dad meant to you and your family.

  • Robin

    Oh, Annie. I’m so sorry, and you and your family are certainly in our prayers.

  • Jessie

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll be praying for you & your family!

  • Kristine

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry to hear about your loss. Definitely take some time from the blog. Thank you for being so loyal to your blog fans. You have been wonderful all this year!

  • Kensi

    I am so, so, so sorry for you and your families loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • lucyinaz

    Annie, my heart is broken for you & your family. I’m so sorry!

  • Ariana from Chicago

    Annie, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Wishing you and your family strength and comfort during this very difficult time.

  • http://thiswomancooks.blogspot.com Christina @ This Woman Cooks!

    I’m so sorry for your loss, I’m in tears for you and your family. You will be in my thoughts.

  • Lisa

    Sending love and prayers your way; so very, very sorry for your loss.

  • Rachel A.

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  • Jill (JBean Cuisine)

    I am so sorry Annie. May you find strength in the memories you created with him. Keeping you and your entire family in my thoughts.

  • Dana

    Sorry for your loss. This hits too close to home for me. You and your family have my deepest sympathy and are in my thoughts.

  • http://Www.thelittlebitchinkitchen.com Kristen @ The Little Bitchin Kitchen

    I am so sorry for your loss. I pray you find strength in this difficult time.

  • Julie

    Oh Annie, I am so sorry. Thinking of you and your family.

  • Rachel

    Annie,

    I’m so sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. May you find peace knowing your dad’s spirit is forever around you and your family.

    God Bless!
    Rachel

  • Michele

    I am so sorry for your loss… always cherish the fond memories. My thoughts are with your family. xo

  • Jessica J

    I am incredibly sorry for your loss.

  • Amy

    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. What a beautiful picture – the love for that sweet baby is so evident on his face. Wishing your family comfort, peace, and many happy memories during this heartbreaking time.

  • http://kelleyandrhett.blogspot.com Kelley

    So sorry for your loss :( praying for you all during this time.

  • Rebecca

    This same thing happened to me on June 24th this year, my Mom, same age as your Dad, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. I will pray for you often, the pain of a shock like this is indescribable and only after experiencing it can anyone understand. Love, peace, and many prayers to you.

  • Irene

    Annie, I’m so sorry to hear about that, so sorry for your family’s loss. I pray that in this holiday season, all the good memories and wonderful moments of your dad will help you all grieve and mourn well, and to remember him well.

  • Callie

    I’m so, so, sorry for your loss Annie.

  • http://www.sugaredwhisk.com Amber

    Annie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Michelle

    So very sorry for your loss. Take care of your family and thanks for reminding us what is most important.

  • Angie Pasqua

    Oh, Annie, I am so very sorry for your loss which would be devastating any day, but even more so on Thanksgiving. My prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Christina

    Annie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know I don’t know you personally, but I have been following your blog for about a year and a half now, and you are such an amazing woman. Your father raised you alone, and he did an incredible job. You both should be so proud. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Deborah Gardner

    I am so sorry for your loss. I can not even begin to imagine the loss of my parents-they are in my daily life and those of my kids. Please accept my condolences.

  • http://justasmidgenoflove.blogspot.com/ Ali

    Prayers for you and your family. Hugs too.

  • Lindsay

    Annie, my heart goes out to you and your family during this incredibly difficult time. As many readers have commented already, though we don’t know each other, you have been my best friend in the kitchen. When I bake anything, everyone knows that it came from Annie; and my mom and I sometimes talk about you and your recipes as if you were an old friend of ours. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I sincerely hope that you and your family are able to find some comfort during this overwhelming time. You’ll be in my thoughts.

  • Betty

    Annie – I am praying for you and your family on the sudden loss of your father. May God give you strength at this difficult time.

  • http://Cakefairyblog@blogspot.com Cakefairyblog

    I am so sorry Annie. Sending you and your family lots of strength and comfort. Thinking of you x

  • Nina

    Annie I am so utterly sorry for the loss of your dad. My heart cries for you and your brothers.. I will continue to pray for you and your entire family. Lots of Love and prayer from Alabama Annie
    Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation, blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.
    Love,
    Nina

  • Mallory Lawrenchuk

    Annie, I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending my thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  • Beverly

    So sorry for your loss; you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Beverly

  • Susan in England

    I’m so sorry to read your news. I lost my dad suddenly when he was 47 and I was 15 so I know what a horrible shock it is. Much love to you and your family xxx

  • Lianne

    Oh Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. I read your blog all the time and am not sure that I have ever commented — but wanted to let you know that I know exactly what you are going through. My dad passed away on New Year’s Eve 2 years ago, at the age of 58. I will be thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Please take care of yourself and each other.

  • annie

    So sorry for your devastating loss. Prayers to you and your family.

  • http://Sandra'sKitchenFacebook Sandra B.

    I’ve never written to you Annie, but I just want to say how sorry I am for the loss of your Dad. God Bless.

  • Christina

    Oh Annie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I lost my Daddy over 11yrs ago and I still miss him dearly. May God be with you and your family in special way this holiday season.

  • Amanda

    I am so unbelievably sorry. My heart goes out to you and your family. You are in my prayers and thoughts.

  • Carrie Wilson

    So sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in your memories of him and all the joyous times you were able to share.

  • Stacy

    Annie, my thoughts go out to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • http://www.pennypickles.net Annie P

    My condolences to you and your family. I lost my mom four years ago – it is never easy to say goodbye to a parent suddenly or otherwise. Hold that precious family of yours close and know that prayers are supporting you through this time.

  • Megan

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts.

  • meredyth leafman

    Sending you light and support through this difficult time. And yes, it is so important to give thanks and acknowledgment to those whom we love.

  • Emily P

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Annie. I’m so sorry to hear about your dad.

  • Ellie

    Annie, i am soooooo sorry. that must have been very stresful for you.

  • Cindy Borzych

    Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. During the time I have been reading your blog, your love of family has been so very evident. I also know that you have already suffered the premature loss of your mother. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you navigate life without your wonderful dad. My deepest sympathies to you, your husband, children and your brothers. Take care of yourself as you make your way through these next few days and weeks.

  • http://www.butterandsugar.org jillian

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with your family.

  • Jenny

    i’m so sorry. thinking of you and sending lots of good thoughts.

  • Tempest

    I am so sorry to hear about your Father. I lost my father in September at age 60 (after a 10 year fight with cancer). It doesn’t get any better, just ever so slightly easier to bear. Thoughts are with you.

  • Meaghan

    Annie and Family, So very sorry for the loss of your day. Although your future Thanksgivings may be bittersweet, they will also be filled with memories of your father and the time your family has spent together.
    Sending you hugs.

  • Meaghan

    That was suppose to say “dad” not “day”

  • TH

    annie, soo sorry to hear about your father. i will be praying for you and your family during this time.

  • Rachel

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss, Annie. I am thinking of you and your family in this difficult time.

  • Emily Bowmer

    I am so sorry to hear of our loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Praying for peace and rest for all of you. May your memories comfort you.

  • http://whatsheshaving.com Lynn @ I’ll Have What She’s Having

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Lys

    Words aren’t enough. I am so sorry for your loss! I pray that in addition to your family and friends, the love you feel from your blog readers will also help you through this difficult time. My deepest sympathies to the incredible person you are and your beautiful family.

  • bmk

    Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Your love for your Dad was very evident in your blog posts. I was heartbroken for you when reading your post.

  • Michelle

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • http://satisfymysweettooth.com Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth

    I am so sorry for your loss. Our plans changed a bit as well as my grandfather passed away last Sunday and we will now be attending his funeral today. Keep those who love and support you as close as you can. You will be in my prayers.

  • http://fakeginger.com amanda @ fake ginger

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Annie. Your family is in my thoughts.

  • http://www.melissaheartsfood.blogspot.com Melissa

    Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t even imagine how amazing your father must have been…seeing how he raised an incredible woman like you. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • http://milesaway44105.wordpress.com Michelle

    I am so sorry for your loss. My father died a little over a year ago. I knew that he was sick so my 1.5 year old son and I went to visit. We arrived on Saturday. I stayed with my Dad all day Sunday and he died Monday. I actually suffered a series of really devastating losses over the course of last year. I have incorporated ways of thinking about my father through blogging. I have a series called “Reading with My Father” where I consider the books that I sent to my Dad as gifts or ones that I knew he read and so I reflect on how he might have thought about them. It has been a wonderful way for me to continue an on-going relationship with my Dad in the present.

    I have been a consistent reader of your blog for a while now. I enjoy your work tremendously. I feel this loss as someone who has grown to appreciate your contribution to my own family. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://www.kuppykakesbykristin.blogspot.com Kristin @ Kuppy Kakes by Kristin

    Oh no! Annie, I am so very sorry. I will definitely be praying for you and your family. My thoughts are with you all, and I appreciate the reminder to be thankful for everyone we have in our lives, especially the ones whom we love the most. Now he is keeping a very watchful eye over all of you. He is no longer here on this earth, but he will always in your heart.<3

  • http://www.creatingnirvanatoday.blogspot.com/ Miss Nirvana

    I am sorry about your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts.

  • Vanessa F.

    I’m so very sorry.

  • http://www.chefkittie.com Kittie

    I’m so sorry, Annie. Sending you encouraging thoughts, and hugs.

  • Chelsea

    Annie, I’m sending you all my light and love today as you miss and remember your father, who sounds like an amazing man.

  • Mandy

    Annie,
    I just started following your blog and have enjoyed it very much. I was saddened to see you lost your beloved dad on Thanksgiving. I’m so sorry. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. God be with you all.

  • Trish

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this terrible time of tragedy.

  • Heather W.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  • Stacy

    I’m in tears reading your post. Oh, Annie, I am so so sorry for your family’s loss. I’ll hug my loved one’s extra hard and think you.

  • jen

    my heart is breaking for you and your family. there are no words, but you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Eugenia G

    Annie, I am so sorry for you and your family’s incredible loss. I will keep all of you in my thoughts.

  • http://www.sweet-morris.blogspot.com/ Jen M O

    Sorry about your loss.

  • Christine

    Dear Annie,

    I am so sad to hear this news. My heart breaks for you and your family. Please take care.

    Christine

  • Jessica

    Prayers and thoughts go out to you and yours.

  • Jade

    Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Liz

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, Annie. Your family is in my thoughts & prayers.

  • lisabella

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You and yours will be in my thoughts. <3

  • Lori

    My condolences to you and your family.

  • Ali Behan

    Oh Annie, I am so very sorry for your loss. I too, will pray for you and your family as you try and cope with the huge and sudden loss of your Dad. Sending you thoughts of comfort and love.

  • Alie

    Prayers for your family from Germany.

  • http://cookingactress.blogspot.com Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

    I know there are no words that can make you feel better right now. I just want to tell you how sorry I am for your loss, and that I will spend today being very grateful for how fortunate I am. And one thing I’m thankful for is you, and this blog. Thank you, and my thoughts and best wishes are with you and your family.

  • Deborah

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your posts over the years have shown how close you were to your father and how important and inspiring he was to you.

  • Noel

    My heart is broken for you and your family. Praying for healing for your hearts. Hoping you are able to find peace and comfort in the middle of all of this hurt.

  • Laura Mason

    I love you Annie. I’ll be there to hug you in just a few days.

  • Laura

    So sorry about your loss.

  • Katie

    Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. Please take care of yourself!

  • Emily O.

    I am so very sorry for the loss of your dad.

  • Hillary

    Annie, I am so sorry to hear such devastating news. You bring so much joy and happiness to your readers and have influenced and inspired me more than you will ever know. I wish we could give to you what you have given to us. Thinking of you and your family… You all have endured too many hardships. Virtual hug comin your way.

  • Andrea

    How terrible. I am so sorry. I hope time with family helps make the grieving easier.

  • Pam

    I am so sorry for your loss! I know the feeling you describe as “indescribable” as my dad passed away just six months ago. My heart breaks for you as you mourn. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Shelley

    Annie, I’m so sorry for your loss. Sounds like your Dad was pretty amazing. Please know that you are surrounded with love from all your readers.

  • Angela

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father…..

  • http://mrswebbinthekitchen.wordpress.com Andrea

    Oh, my heart is with you. May you and your family bless and strengthen each other in this upcoming time of mourning and coping.

  • Tina

    Hello Annie,
    So very sorry to hear of your tremendous loss. I lost my mom and best friend at the very young age of 59 also. Let the hugs and kisses of your two beautiful babies help you through this difficult time. Thinking of you and your family.

  • Amanda

    So sorry for your loss … thoughts are with you

  • Crystal

    Oh, Annie, I’m so very very sorry. I never thought I could feel so much sadness for someone whom I have never met. I read/search your blog nearly every day, though, and my heart is heavy for you. I am sure I am not alone. Please know during this terribly sad time for you and your family that your readers’ hearts are broken for your loss and you are in all our hearts and minds. Peace be with you, Annie.

  • emilie

    oh annie, i am so sorry. what a precious picture. makes my heart ache.

  • NewReaderJV

    My heart broke for you when I read your post this morning. So sorry for the sudden loss of your father. I will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

  • http://www.pleasemommynomoredaddies.blogspot.com angela king

    i’m so sorry for your loss. your family is in my thoughts.

  • Jill

    Hi Annie,

    So sorry for your loss.

  • http://elizardbreathspeaks.blogspot.com/ Beth

    so sorry to hear of your loss. sending prayers to you & your family. (:

  • Jennifer

    I am sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  • Julia

    Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. I will be thinking of you and your family this season.

  • http://www.mychicshanty.com Jess

    Oh Annie. I’m so sorry. Your thoughts brought me to tears, as I love my own dad so very much. May God be very near to your family as you grieve together.

  • http://www.prettygoodfood.com Pretty. Good. Food.

    Oh Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • nicole

    Annie – So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

  • http://www.theroefam.blogspot.com natalie

    prayers for you and your family. i cannot imagine.

  • http://stopitoff.blogspot.com Kelly

    I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my father 3 months ago so I understand completely what you’re going through. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you work through this tough time.

  • Meghan C.

    I am so sorry for your loss, I will be thinking about you and your family and sending well wishes your way!

  • Hillari

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Obviously your dad was an awesome guy to have raised such an amazing daughter. I’ll be sending lots of love and good thoughts to you and your family.

  • Sara

    Very sorry to hear of your loss and will pray that you find some peace and solace thru this difficult time.

  • Jade

    Annie, take your time, losing your parents is the worst thing it can happen !
    I am so sorry !
    :(

  • Erica

    My sincerest sympathies to you and your family.

  • Courtney

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  • http://www.rebelwife.wordpress.com Julie

    Oh, I am SO sorry to hear this–my heart breaks for you all. We lost our Dad 2 years ago and it is still difficult, especially this time of year. I pray that your family will find strength and peace through this difficult time. Lean on each other and your faith.

  • Abby

    Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. I had two small children when my Mom passed away several years ago, and I am so thankful for the joy they brought me during my grief. They would smile and it would ease the pain. I’m praying your sweet little ones will do the same for you.

  • http://Www.sheymarinphotography.com Shey

    Oh no I am so, so sorry to read this post. My heart breaks for you.

  • http://www.fromvalerieskitchen.com Valerie @ From Valerie’s Kitchen

    My heart is with you. Such a difficult time to lose a loved one, and far too soon. Your post is a jolting reminder of what should be important to all of us today and everyday.

  • http://aimeewrites.com Aimee

    Annie, I am so very, very sorry. I can’t put it into words. Please know that we are all enveloping you and your family in a virtual hug.

  • Chatelaine

    Annie I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and heart this holiday season.

  • http://livefaithfully.blogspot.com Urban Wife

    I am so sorry for your great loss!! You and your family are in my prayers & thoughts.

  • Lisa

    I’m so sorry for you and your family’s loss. You will be in my thoughts.

  • cori c

    I am so sorry for your loss, and thank you for taking the time to share a gentle reminder with us to really reflect on what we are thankful for in our lives instead of diving headfirst into unnecessary consumerism. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Monica

    So sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you and your family, during this difficult time.

  • Stefani

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Knowing yourself enough to know what you need to help you cope is so important, and I’m glad that you have that. My thoughts are with you and the rest of your family..

  • Leigha

    Annie, I’m so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Shannon

    Oh my. I’ve never left a post here, but read you often. I’m so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. At such a young age too. This will no doubt be a difficult and important holiday for your family as you move forward. God has a plan for you and your family no matter how difficult this is, he is still in love with you and your family. This is not the end for you and your dad. I pray you will meet again on the other side.

  • Lori

    I teared up at the first paragraph. I’m so sorry for your lost. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • jeanned

    Annie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I read your blog every morning. I have thinking of you all day…my heart is heavy and you are in my prayers.

  • Jen

    Praying for you and your family.

  • http://agiltnutmeg.com/ Emily

    I don’t think words can possibly describe my condolences. I’m thankful you have a wonderful family of your own and two beautiful children to support you through this time and to pass on the memories of your father and lessons he taught you.

  • Christy

    Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. I am embracing you in my heart.

  • Mellybrown

    Oh, Annie, I am so very sorry for your loss. Thank goodness you had a loving relationship with him and that Andrew will probably have some good memories as well. Praying for you today.

  • Natalie

    Annie, so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts & prayers.

  • http://www.cluttercafe.com lisa@cluttercafe

    I am so sorry for your family’s loss.I lost my 40 year old brother suddenly at Christmas and it makes the holidays hard each year. I pray your memories bring you joy. God bless

  • Elaine

    I’m so sorry to hear this. May God bless and carry you during this difficult time.

  • Jenn

    Annie, I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. I can only imagine what an amazing man he was, since you seem to be such an amazing person yourself. I’m so sorry for your family, and have my prayers to handle this grief.

  • http://momwhats4dinner.com Donika

    Annie I am sorry for your loss, please know that your in my thoughts and prayers,Donika xo

  • Amy

    There are not enough words to express how sad and sorry I am feeling for you and your family. How absolutely devastating. Thank you for sharing something so very personal with your devoted readers. I can’t imagine what you’re going through right now, but I do know that you’ll pull through with the grace.

    You’re in my thoughts.

  • http://4letters-food.blogspot.com/ Jhoanna from Another 4 Letter Word

    My condolences go out to you and your family. These have been trying times for us too, and it really brings to realization how important it is to celebrate family. My prayers are with you.

  • http://www.cakestory.blogspot.com CakeStory

    Annie – I’m so sorry for your loss. Know that you have an entire community of readers, admirers, and people you’ve inspired who are thinking of you and your family and sending you our love.

  • Erica

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Kelli

    I am so sorry for your loss, words are never enough. I will be thinking of you…

  • http://amyscookingadventures.blogspot.com/ Amy’s Cooking Adventures

    Annie, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You & your family will be in my prayers.

  • http://onceuponarecipe.wordpress.com Amanda

    I am so very sorry Annie. Sending you and your family lots of strength and hugs. Take good care.

  • Angie

    So sorry for your loss.

  • Chris E

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Annie. I too lost my Dad when he was 54 – much too young. My thoughts are with you.

  • Holli

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you guys go through this rough time.

  • Hilary

    Oh Annie. I’m truly sorry to hear this. You And your fam are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Kristen

    Sending lots of love and healing thoughts your way, Annie. I’m so sorry <3

  • http://www.holdmyhope.com Mrs. Hope

    I’ve commented maybe once, and I love reading your blog.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts. I hope you and your brother can help each other through.

  • Lynn

    So sorry for your family’s loss. Saying a prayer for all of you. Life is so short. Life is like an onion: You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Kristi

    So very sorry for your loss, you will be in our thoughts and prayers :(

  • http://keepitsweetblog.com Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts.

  • Marlo

    Oh, Annie, I am so very sorry. I experienced the loss of my father on a very special day, my wedding anniversary. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Thank you for reminding me how much more important it is to spend time with those you love.

  • Latina

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will remember your family in my prayers.

  • http://kellyskitch.blogspot.com/ Kelly

    I am so sorry for your loss and I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Duaa – Saudi Arabia

    I am so sorry for your loss, Annie. It doesn’t matter how old we get, we always need them in our life! :(
    May your father rest in peace.
    Take care of yourself and your family.

  • JoVonn

    Im sorry for your loss.

  • Shamim

    Annie, so sorry for your loss.

  • Heather

    Annie, I am so incredibly sorry to hear about your dad…reading your blog over the last couple years…I look forward to checking in with you every couple days to see what you have going on…seeing your family grow… and what yummy things you have in your kitchen. I am so sorry. Much love and prayers are headed your way…

  • Jo

    Oh, I am so sorry. :(

  • Bec

    Oh Annie, I’m so sorry for your loss. Bless you and your family.

  • Mary

    Annie,
    I am sending my thoughts and prayers to you and your family. My heart breaks for you.

  • Elizabeth

    I’m so sorry for your loss; I pray for you and your family as you deal with this tragedy. May you all find solace in each other and remembering the good times… (hug).

  • Jayne

    Oh, dear Annie, I’ve been enjoying your blog for ages and rarely leave a comment but today…I need to say that I am so sorry for your loss. I have tears in my eyes as I write this. I know that the special person that you are is because of the special people that raised you.

    What is loved…remains in the heart forever.

    Blessings, you and your loved ones are in my thoughts and prayers – Jayne

  • http://www.thesweetandsavorykitchen.blogspot.com Kim

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bring you peace and understanding during this time.

  • Dee

    Yesterday, I sat with my dad and showed him how I found a wonderful blog with beautiful pictures and talked for hours about your photography because we both love photography. I can only imagine you pain. I will keep your family in my prayers and want you to remember he still lives through you even though he is in a better place.

  • http://www.roxanagreengirl.com Roxana

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss Annie. God bless your father. Sending prayers your way!

  • Maro

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Karina

    I’m so deeply sorry for your loss. We’ll be keeping you and your family in our prayers. Stay strong!

  • Stephanie in Lex

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  • Nikki

    Please know that you are all in my prayers. Losing family is so difficult, I pray that you are able to find peace through the beautiful memories you have of your father.

  • Tammy

    So sorry for your loss…

  • http://delkeelife.blogspot.com Keeley

    Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. I’m praying for you and your family.

  • Victoria

    My two daughters (16 and 19) and I love cooking together and we have enjoyed your posts and recipes almost since you began…My younger daughter was checking “Annie’s Eats” last evening and we were so sad for your and your family’s loss! We are thinking of you and praying for you!

  • http://thepajamachef.com Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef

    i’m so sorry for your loss. praying that you & your family find peace during this time…

  • Kim Simms

    Annie, although I have never met you, my heart breaks for you today. You and your family are and will remain in my prayers. May you be comforted and blessed in unimaginable ways in this moment of heartache, and may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

  • Sarah

    I am so sorry that you have lost such an important person in your life. I am thankful for your brother and husband so you don’t have to bear this grief alone. Many prayers have been said on your behalf.

  • http://www.fromscratchclub.com christina d

    Wow, what is there to say?! Loosing a parent is earth-shattering. I have come EXTREMELY close (twice) to loosing my father when I was in my twenties to cancer and then a massive heart attack, both times learning about it in “that call”.

    I thank my lucky stars everyday that he is still around to play, laugh & hug my now 2 year old son. I fear for that day for another call… Words can not express how sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts.

  • Angela

    My deepest condolences Annie. I have loved your blog from the moment I discovered it, and have enjoyed your amazing spirit. My heart goes out to you and your family, and I wish you all a measure of peace and healing.

  • http://cpasu.blogspot.com/ Susan

    My sincerest sympathies to you and your family.

  • http://inspired-delights.blogspot.com Bailey

    Annie, terribly sorry to hear of your loss. I will be keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

  • http://deputyswife.blogpot.com Chris

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • http://www.lollyssweettreats.com Laurel @ Lolly’s Sweet Treats

    I am so sorry for your loss, Annie. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://rjversion3point0.blogspot.com Rou-Jia

    I’ve been following your blog (and cooking up your recipes) for a few months now. I’m sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Jennifer

    Annie – My heart hurts for you. I’ve lost both my parents in the past couple years, they were both young as well – 62 and 64. I’ve learned that we all grieve in our own way…and to not let others tell me how to do it. I will pray for you and your family.

  • http://www.artwanted.com/spoonart Sharla Spoon

    This brings tears to my eyes, I ache for you as I am a daddy’s girl too. Knowing that you also lost your mother at a young age, this loss compounds the void. Godspeed the healing of your heart, but give yourself permission to grieve. God Bless your family at this time…

  • Jenny

    So sorry Annie. Praying for you and your family.

  • Patti T.

    I am so very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. May God bring peace and understanding to you and your family.

  • BeckyS

    My heart goes out to you and all your family. Don’t dwell on what time you could have had, rejoice in all the time you did have. Keep him alive in thoughts, words and deeds; your children will love you for it. Come to think of it, Dad will love you for it too!

  • Kimmie S

    I am truly sorry for your loss!! I can’t even begin to imagine your pain but my heart breaks for your family. Your family will bein my prayers.

  • Jen D.

    So very sorry to hear about you sudden loss. I will pray for you and your family to give you strenght and peace to make it through the coming days.

  • Shannon

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Annie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family.

  • JMoyer

    I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. I lost my own Dad at just the age yours was and I felt like he missed the best part of me, of who I was becoming as a Mom and a person. Expect the unexpected where grief is concerned. Just do what feels right for you. It sneaks up on you though at the worst of times. Will be praying for you as you go about the difficult days ahead.

  • Amanda B

    So sorry for your loss. I hope you hold the memories of your father close to your heart and they will comfort you. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  • MaryBeth

    I’m a big fan of your blog, and it just broke my heart to read this news. I’m very sorry for your loss.

  • sara

    your words have knocked the wind out of me…too often we get caught up in planning the perfect menu or worried about catching the best sales…Thanksgiving isnt about the temporary things we currently have made it about…I am so sorry for your loss and will be praying for your family and Gagoo too

  • pam butler

    I am so sorry about your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers.

  • Melissa

    Annie, clique aren’t necessary. Know that you’re in my thoughts and prayers. Love to you and your family from Central Pennsylvania.

  • http://www.projectstash.blogspot.com Evelyn

    Thanks for sharing your loss so publicly — for some reason, I especially missed my dad this Thanksgiving although he has now been gone for 9 years. I’m truly sorry for the sadness that you are experiencing but I can imagine how much he treasured his family. Take good care …

  • Jennifer

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I wish you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  • PrincessMe

    I’m so sorry for you loss Annie.

  • http://sweetnerdylife.blogspot.com Mary Beth

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sending many prayers and positive thoughts your way.

  • Amanda

    Im so sorry to hear that sweetie. Following your blog everyday, you feel almost like family. I’m sorry for your loss. :(

  • Heidi

    Oh, Annie. I am so sorry. This made me cry. After hearing about your mom, I commented to my husband what an amazing father you must have. Much love to you and your family.

  • Laurie Ann Phinney

    Dear Annie –
    My Thoughts and Prayers Are With You and Your Family! I Am So Very Very Sorry For Your Loss.
    Warmest Hugs From Laurie AKA Idgie

  • Vicky

    I am sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family.

  • Vicky

    I am sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

  • Liz

    So sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

  • Nancy

    So sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you. You and your family are in my thoughts.

  • Wendy

    Annie,
    My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. I too have lost my father unexpectedly at age 57. The grief and disbelief do get easier with time. You will find comfort in your memories. people always say that but it is true. It is difficult when your parents are both gone, but they have left a lagacy in you and your family. Draw strength from each other and the friends who love you.

  • Maureen Kavanaugh

    Unbelievable! Thank you so much for sharing some of your thoughts as you struggle with this enormous loss for you and your family. I so remember Dave telling me about his favorite smells and when he said “baby’s breath” he wasn’t referring to the flower, but the smell of a human baby’s breath. I send you love and light . . . .
    thanks for sharing a very beautiful photo!

  • http://kelseysappleaday.blogspot.com Kelsey

    Annie, my heart breaks for you. I never met your father, but I know from your stories of him, the time he gave you and Ben in Kiawah, and the wonderful person you are that he must’ve been one amazing man. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about you since I heard yesterday. My love to you and your family.

  • http://pointsies.blogspot.com Liz

    Dear Annie, so sorry to hear of your loss. I lost my dad just last year and he was also in his 50’s. It’s something that you always think of happening to someone else and not to you. My prayers are with you and your family as you try and find your way through your grief.

  • Kristie

    I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this devastating moment.

  • Jen

    I am so sorry for your loss, Annie. I hope that you and your family are able to console one another and support each other through this enormously difficult time.

  • Carolyn

    Hi Annie, I too like many others were happy to see how your thanksgiving went. I’m sorry for your loss – you’re in my thoughts and I’m glad you’ve reminded us of the importance of spending time with those we love for the holidays. Again, keeping you in my thoughts and hoping you’ll get through this tough time okay. Your strength inspires us all!

  • Bonnie T

    I add my thoughts and prayers to all the others. I do not know you personally, but I know you have touched my life through your blog. Relationships are the most important things we take with us when we die. I know you will see your father again. My prayers are with you.

  • Mattie

    Annie, you and your family are in my thoughts. Take care.

  • Elizabeth

    Annie,our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Valerie

    Dear Annie,
    Although we have never met my heart hurts for you right now.
    I have been reading your blog for over a year and so appreciate your effort and level of expertise you willingly share with others. I have nothing to offer you except my heartfelt condolences and this scripture that comes to mind . . .

    “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with comfort we ourselves have received from God.”
    2 Corinthians 1:3

    Ten years ago at this time I lost my dad – I understand your pain.

  • Amanda

    Thinking about you and yours, so sorry to hear. I love your blog.

  • Jenny Kozar

    I am truly sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family to find peace in your sorrow.

  • Jenn

    So sorry for your loss, Annie. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Marilyn

    It’s strange….I only know you through my computer but what a pit I felt in my stomach when I read this. My prayers are with you and your family. Stay strong.

  • Abigail

    I’m so sorry, Annie! My condolences to you and your family.

  • Shawn Fisher

    Annie,

    I can’t imagine the pain you are feeling. Your dad was loved and admired by so many people, me included. I do want you to know that the biggest smiles I ever saw on his face were when he was talking about you, your brothers, and your children. He was so incredibly proud of you and all of your accomplishments! Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    With love,
    Shawn Fisher

  • Melanie S (@LanieInCan)

    What a heart-breaking loss. My thoughts are with you and your family. Find peace in the knowledge that your beautiful children are the legacy he leaves behind.

  • http://swanky-bakes@gmail.com Anne

    So sorry for your tremendous loss. praying for you and your family.

  • http://justinandalanakarl.blogspot.com alana

    so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. will be praying for you and your family during this tough time.

  • http://www.juliannefishell.com julianne

    Dear Annie – my eyes are filled with tears for you. Sending hugs to you and your family.

  • delia

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

  • http://flourmewithlove.blogspot.com/ Lisa

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers <3

  • Laura

    I don’t comment often, but I am so sorry for your loss. Please take all the time you need, all of your readers understand if you need time away from the blog to spend with your family. xo

  • Chris Hora

    I always saw your dad as being great at everything he ever attempted. Football, basketball, whatever. I was in awe of the guy. A larger than life figure and he was, as you know better than anyone, an absolutely phenomenal father. I am so sorry for you, Steven and Davy. Just an unbelievable loss.

  • http://confessionsofcityeater.blogspot.com/ Stephanie

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Cynthia

    I am so sorry for your loss; my thoughts are with you and your family this holiday season.

  • Kim

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. So so sad, and I wish I had words of comfort for you. Thinking of you and praying for your healing.

  • http://coleycreates.blogspot.com Nicole @ Coley Creates

    Annie, my thoughts are with you and your family. Light and love to all of you-

  • Wendy G

    Annie, I am truly sorry for your loss. I wish there was more I could do or say… I will keep you and your entire family in my thoughts.

  • Annie

    I’m so sorry Annie…I can’t imagine how hard this must be. I will say a prayer for you and your family.

  • Julie

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  • Jennifer

    Annie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. From what you have said about your dad on your blog, he sounds like he was an exceptional father and grandpa. I know that there are no words that can take away the pain and shock that you are going through, but I hope that you can feel some comfort in knowing that you have a huge community of blog followers who are thinking about you and praying for you. May the Lord bring you peace and comfort.

  • sivajini

    So sorry for you and your family’s loss Annie. Can’t even imagine what it must be like for you. Prayers.

  • Jeanne T.

    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. God bless him, you and all your family.

  • Dawn

    So sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Amy Ramos

    I am very sorry for your loss. Hugs to you and your family.

  • Lori

    Annie, please know that you and yours are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry to hear about your father.

  • Caroline

    Annie, I am so saddened to hear of your great loss. My father died in a car wreck when I was 13, and my mother passed away unexpectedly this past May at age 53. Cooking has been therapeutic for me; I know it will be for you, too. I pray for God’s comfort for you and your family during this time of great sadness and shock.

  • Rachel

    Annie – I am so sorry for your loss. I know the heartache of losing someone so unexpectedly. You’ve spoken so highly of your dad throughout the years and it’s so clear how much you loved him. Praying for you and your family as you grieve and celebrate his life.

  • Cora

    I am so sorry for your loss. I know you are heartbroken. I am so sorry.

  • Jkjas

    God bless you and your family Annie.

  • http://Www.lifeofamodernhousewife.blogspot.com Christy D

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Many prayers for you and your family. The picture of your dad and little girl is precious.

  • Elizabeth

    I am so very sorry.

  • http://www.firecrackerbakery.blogspot.com Lynn Wambaugh

    I’m so sorry. Your story is so similar to mine. I lost my dad when he was 60. He was amazing as well, and agree I couldn’t have had him long enough. Time will heal, I promise. It has been 8 years now. A couple things that make me feel really good: I feel very blessed to have had such a wonderful father in my life for as long as I did. Some kids would have loved to have a father like mine for just one day. I also remember all the ways I’m fortunate, and focus on that. You will get through it, you have that spirit! Love your blog, read it often. Take care of yourself! Lynn Wambaugh

  • Unionville Girl

    Annie~
    I have had the privledge to work with your dad, Dave, for many years. We became friends and I guess the Unionville staff became a family, an extension of our own. We worked together everday and shared in lifes triumphs and challenges. We shared laughter and tears and pain. I want you to know that we share your sorrow toningt. I wanted to let you know that your dad was so proud of you and your brothers and all that you have become and all of the things that you have accomplished. He spoke of you often and when those babies came he didn’t hesitate to break out the photos. He even brought Andrew out to school for a day. Spending time with his family was the most important thing to him and he let us know that. Infact, he worked to instill that value in each of us. Your dad was an amazing person, boss, educator, and friend and will be deeply missed as he has touched the lives of countless people throughout Unionville and beyond.Please know that you have our love strenght and support always.

  • Laura

    Please accept my condolences. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://kmcclelland.wordpress.com Kirsten

    I am so sad to read this post… I love my own dad so much and cannot even begin to imagine how you are feeling right now. :( I have been reading your blog for over a year, have tried many of your recipes, and while I’ve never commented I do talk about you and your blog to several of my friends and recommend it frequently! Like many other commenters have said, although we’ve never met I feel like I know you. And I hope you can take some comfort in the fact that there is a large network of people out in the world who “know” you through this blog and are praying for you and your family.

  • Mary Shaeffer

    So sorry. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Kate

    I’m so sorry for your loss…my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family…

  • Pritha

    Annie, I have never commented before, but have been enjoying your blog for a while now. I was so saddened to see your post. Just know that so many of us out here are thinking of you. I hope you will take as much time away from the blog as you need – we’ll be waiting for you when you return.

  • http://bakeeatrepeat.blogspot.com Courtney @Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    We’re praying for you! Thank you for the reminder of how precious our time with loved ones really is. Hugging my husband a little tighter tonight.

  • emily kate

    So terribly sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

  • Donna

    Annie, I am shocked and heart-broken for you and your family. I will pray for you. Hang in there…

  • Kyrie

    Annie, I’m so sorry for your loss! I read your blog quite frequently and always ooh and aww over your recipes and creations. In fact, I made your sweet potato cupcakes for our Thanksgiving dinner tonight and they were wonderful. Your dad HAD to have been an amazing genius of a man to have raised such a creative, brilliant and talented mind like yours. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Stay strong and may your dad’s memory live on through the hearts of those he loved.

  • http://congelliereclan.blogspot.com anne

    Thinking of you and praying for you and yours, sorry for your loss

  • Christine

    I am so sorry for your sudden loss, Annie. You and your family are in my thoughts.

  • Andrea

    So sorry to hear about your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts.

  • http://janeweston.blogspot.com Sew Create It – Jane

    My heart is heavy for you and your family. Losing a love one is never easy, but losing them at the holidays is even harder (I lost my Dad just days before Christmas). I will keep you and your family in my thoughts at this difficult time. ((Hugs))

  • Helena

    I am so very sorry. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jessica

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts.

  • lola

    Annie,

    Please know that there are those that lurk and those that speak. Among all of us please know that there are more people than you can imagine who have shed tears for you and your family. You are getting many many virtual hugs (and real ones too I hope). You are being held in thought and prayer. Thank you for taking time to share with us and helping us appreciate those we love.
    So so sorry for your loss.

    When the pain of shock and loss wear away I hope you can know what I suspect is truth…your father thought you were pretty stinkin fantastic too.
    Lola

  • http://www.lovingsimplemoments.wordpress.com Nicole at Loving Simple Moments

    I am SO sorry to hear that… :( Sending prayers and hugs your way!

  • julie

    Annie, I’m so sorry to read about the loss of you Dad. I’m sure you miss him very much. I feel like you are my friend that I check in with each day to see what’s new and to hear that you had such a sad event in your life was a shock.

    Know there are lots of us thinking of you and your family at this time.

  • nicole gentilini

    Annie, I am so sorry to read of the passing of your father. You have mentioned him many times throughout the years in your blog and it was always clear how wonderful he was and just how much he meant to you. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time.

  • Lynn

    You and your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I too lost my mom around Thanksgiving 4 years ago and it will always be a difficult time for me. Please know that God will reunite us with our loved ones later and until then you need to keep all the memories that you have for him close at heart and it will help you ease the pain.

  • Heather

    So sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  • http://partonponderings.blogspot.com rachel

    I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.

  • http://thatpinkhouse.wordpress.com/ That Pink House

    All of my thoughts are with you and your family… so sorry for your loss.

  • Cynthia

    My prayers are with you and your family.

  • http://www.practicallyperfectblog.com/ Jenny @ Practically Perfect…

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss :-( Thinking of you!

  • http://www.yaelsyummies.blogspot.com Yael

    Annie, please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your Father. Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  • http://www.acouplecooks.com Sonja

    Annie–Our hearts broke for you when we saw this post. With all you have been through, this seems inconceivable. We are thinking of and praying for you and your family.
    All our love, Sonja & Alex

  • Kat

    I have no consoling words that will possibly make any difference, but when you get around to reading these, whenever you are ready, please know you’ve got one more person’s prayers. You are an inspiration to so many of us, so I can only imagine what truly great people your parents must have been to have inspired and taught you to be such an amazing mother and woman. I am thankful for many blessings in my life, and you are one of them. You make me a better mom by helping me to connect with my family over the stove and the dinner table. I pray for your healing, your strength, and your peace. Much love, Kat.

  • Nanci

    Annie,
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    my thoughts and prayers are
    with you and your family.

  • Nanci

    Annie, so sorry for your loss.
    my thoughts and prayers
    are with you and your family.

  • http://www.caseychappell.com Casey Chappell

    Praying for you and your loved ones as you grieve and miss the heck out of your dad. It’s a huge aching hole that hurts so bad at times you catch yourself holding your breath so you don’t fell the pain. But I pray that God will comfort and draw near to you right now and for the next few months. And that He will showcase Himself in the life that your dad led here on earth.

  • http://ambernouveau.wordpress.com amber

    Annie, my heart hurts for you and your family. I will be praying and thinking about you.

  • Nichole

    May you and your family find peace and comfort in this trying time. My heart aches for your amazing loss. You are right, we need to really be thankful for our families, our friends, we never know when it could be taken away. Sending you my love and prayers, Nichole

  • Terri

    Annie – my heart goes out to all of you. You are correct, your dad was the best! After losing my dad & brother this year, this loss feels just the same. We will look forward to the celebration of life! I am so grateful for knowing and being considered a friend of your dad. Much love to you & the family during this sad, sad time. xoxo. Terri

  • Sophie

    Hi, I’ve been reading your blog for ages and I don’t usually comment, but I just wanted to say I’m so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what you and your family are going through right now, but I’ll be thinking of you.

  • http://www.dishinwithedna.com Lexi

    Annie, I was blown away when I read this post on my phone and have just made it to the computer to comment. I can’t even imagine starting the Holiday season off with this, such a very hard thing to do. Although his appearances on the blog were sporadic, you could tell what an important role he has played in your life and the love that he lavished you with. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I will be praying for your comfort and grieving, and that you can heal the gaping hole that is surely left in your heart. Much Love, Lexi

  • Tonda

    Dear Annie my thoughts and prayers are with you. Both of my parents are now gone and there is still such a sense of loss. Keep busy, cry when you need to and speak of him often, you will get through this and treasure what you have even more.

  • Lisa

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult season. May the Lord bring you peace and comfort as He is the God of all comfort! He will provide grace to make it through the difficult days ahead.

  • Morgan A.

    I am so sorry. Nothing can be said to take away the pain but you will certainly be on my mind and in my prayers.

  • Jerri

    I am so very sorry~thinking of you all and sending prayers your way.

  • elli

    I’m sorry for your loss and wish you and your family all the strengh you’ll need to get trough this.

  • http://thelunacafe.com LunaCafe

    Annie, my heart goes out to you and your family. …Susan

  • susan smith

    Annie, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I’m sure your dads was extremely proud of you and your family. May God give you peace and comfort.

  • Taylor Thomson

    So sorry for your loss, our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  • Lynn Vinnai

    So so sorry for your loss. Its never easy losing a wonderful father but to add to that he was much to young. thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Tara

    Sending you and your family hugs, and the possiblity of warm, sweet memories that fill your hearts with your father’s love. I am deeply sorry for your loss.

  • sandy

    Oh sweet Annie, so sorry!

  • Alicia Walker

    I am so sorry for your loss

  • http://www.dishesofmrsfish.com Lisa @ Dishes of Mrs. Fish

    It is at times like these where words don’t come like they should. Please know your family is in my family’s thoughts and prayers.

  • Nikki

    Oh, Annie, how heartbreaking. I can only imagine your grief. Your dad sounds like such a light for all of you. Sending prayers your way from Texas.

  • http://madeinmelskitchen.com Melissa

    I am so, so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.

  • http://jessandseb.blogspot.com Jessica

    Sending love and prayers your way. I will definitely give my loved ones extra care this holiday season – thanks for the reminder. Life is definitely precious and fragile. I do believe, though, that we will all be reunited with our loved ones someday. Maybe that can offer you a little peace.

  • Emily R

    So, so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jill

    Annie,Thinking of you and sharing in the sadness of losing some
    one so important in your life.

  • Merlaine

    Annie, I am so sorry! Having been through this, I am sending you this thought that helped me through my grief. “He is not gone, he has just gone on ahead.”
    God Bless.

  • http://everyfoodfits.com Sam

    Annie, I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Your family will be in my thoughts.

  • jennie

    I am so sorry-from following your blog you always sounded very close to him. I am saying a prayer for your family and little ones.
    Jen

  • http://atthepatisserie.wordpress.com Ann P.

    Oh Annie, I’m so sorry. Your family is in my thoughts, and I will be praying for your hearts to heal. You are such an amazing woman–living proof of your dad’s great influence in your life. I hope you’re comforted by this constant presence of your dad. I’m sending you many, many, many hugs.

  • Toots

    The angels came to meet him and took him to Paradise.
    You will be in our prayers. We mourn for the living.

  • Megan

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Thoughts are with your family

  • Brooke

    so, so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers!

  • Lindsay

    I always enjoying reading your blog… it brings so much joy to my (as well as thousands of others) life. I am so sorry to have read this on your page. I will pray for you and your family, and hope you find comfort in knowing your dad is looking down on you. God Bless!

  • Katherine

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing with us and reminding us what the holidays are really about.

  • Kimberly

    I have been following your blog for a while now, and after hearing such a saddening news during this past holiday, I couldn’t help but to leave you my first comment on your blog. A passing of a loved one is always difficult, but with the love and support of dear friends and family surrounding you, it makes it a tad easier to get through. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Christine

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your father. Your post brought tears to my eyes. Praying for your family as you go through this difficult time.

  • Kimberly Jorden

    I am so sorry for your loss. I thought often of you and your family this Thanksgiving and continue to pray as you mourn the loss of your father. You have blessed our home with good food, and I hope you feel some of the love and comfort in return.

  • http://southernpinklemonade.com Heather

    There is nothing I could say to make the pain any less but I am so sorry for your loss and will be praying for you and your family.

  • http://www.turtlesteps.com Syliva Heed

    So very sorry to hear about your loss. Deepest sympathies to you and your family. Thinking of you all.

  • Lacy

    Annie, I am truly sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. I wish I could do something to mute the deafening silence in your life right now.

    My thoughts are with you.

  • ERin

    I am so sorry for you loss. You and year family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Bebe

    Annie, I am so deeply sorry. What a tremendous loss for you and your family. My prayers are with you.

  • http://www.eatmedelicious.com Ashley

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Kristen Acosta

    I am so sorry for your loss. I know there are no words that anyone can say to make things better, but I just want to let you know you and your family will be in our heart and prayers.

  • Morgan

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. My heart aches for you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Best wishes and take care.

  • http://www.thecookingnurse.wordpress.com Michelle

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Natalie

    Dear Annie,
    I have followed your blog every day since mid 2007. Even though we have never met I know that if we did we would be the greatest friends. When I share your recipes with others I speak of you as if we are indeed friends, because it’s been wonderful learning about your family and life (in addition to your great recipes, of course) by following your posts. So from a friend you have never met I am so sorry for your loss and my heart is really hurting for you right now. I will be praying for you and your family, who are such a wonderful tribute to your father.
    With love,
    Natalie

  • Laura

    Hi Annie, I’ve read your blog for years but have never commented. Today I just wanted to say that I love your writing and recipes and am so sorry to hear of your loss. It was clear even before this post that your dad was an awesome guy who meant the world to you. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  • Natalie

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • payal

    Annie – you have always been such an inspiration to me. The amount of adversity you have already faced in your life is incredible, yet you have such a strong, amazing, and generous spirit that always shines through and continues to inspire everyone around you. I know both of your parents are so incredibly proud of you! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • deb

    I, too, am so sorry for your loss and will pray for you. He was so young, and not much older than me; but no matter what age, it’s always hard.

  • Amanda

    I am so sorry. Sending thoughts and prayers your way.

  • Patricia Welch

    Dear Annie, I just returned from a trip to Chicago. We spent Thanksgiving with our oldest Daughter. Devastating trip, arguing and hurt feelings. Hearing about Your personal loss, Your Father…has brought tears. You are so lucky to have a close and loving family. God Bless You and Yours.

  • Sarah

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Keshet Starr

    So very sorry to hear this news. He sounds like such a wonderful man.

  • Shannon

    Annie- I’ve been following your blog now for nearly two months and I visit almost everyday. You have inspired me to try so many new recipes and bake with confidence. I was so sorry to read your blog today and hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • http://www.katieskitchenblog.com Katie

    I’m sorry for your terrible loss. Look after yourself and each other. How lucky you are to have had such an amazing father!

  • http://cozyathome.blogspot.com elizabeth

    so sorry to hear of your loss :(
    my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family…

  • Anne

    I am very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  • http://sarahkoller.com Sarah

    Oh, no. I am so sorry about your loss, Annie. I’m praying for you right now, even as I type this.

  • Dawn

    It’s one thing to lose a parent but to lose a parent on a holiday makes it twice as bad. I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my Dad 4 years ago and I think about him every day. It is difficult at first when you lose a loved one but as time goes on when you remember them you will remember them with a smile instead of tears. Prayers for you and your family.

  • Aimee from AL

    I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Sending comforting thoughts and peace your way.

  • Jennifer

    So sorry for your loss……Will be praying for you and your family.

  • mary foreman

    I have been following your blog for some time now but haven’t ever commented. I just wanted to say that I am praying for you guys! I got the same call last December, 2 days before my birthday and 6 days before Christmas about my dad, who was 67. I can only imagine what you guys are dealing with and am so sorry for your family!

  • http://thehumblefoodie.wordpress.com Alicia @ The Humble Foodie

    Hi Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. Part of why I love reading your blog is that your family appears in pictures and stories about recipes- it is such a tragedy to have someone from that family suddenly pass. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.

  • Ann

    Annie, I discovered your blog only recently, and have been telling everyone about it. Your pumpkin cream cheese muffins and chocolate chip cookie dough truffles were wonderful contributions to our Thanksgiving three-day-celebration. I am so sorry to hear your news, and will remember you and your family in my prayers.

  • Kari

    Annie, I am so sorry to hear about the sudden loss of your dad. I will be keeping you in my prayers. Please take all the time you need – we’ll all still be here when you’re ready to blog again. May God’s peace surround you and your family.

  • Maria

    Annie,
    My thoughts are with you and your family. Love and light to you.
    Maria

  • Nancy Kaster

    Annie, my father-in-law lives behind your Dad – I’m so very sorry for your loss and will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  • http://fourandtwentyblackberries.blogspot.com Elizabeth

    I am so sorry for your loss, Annie. You have been such an inspiration to me (you inspired me to start my own food blog) and know that we are thinking of you and your family!

  • bttrflybabydoll

    I am so sorry for your loss Annie. My children’s great grandpa passed away that morning also. I will be heading to Ohio for his funeral Monday morning. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time. Such a hard thing to have to go through.

  • Meghan

    I am so sorry to hear of your incredible loss. Your family will be in my prayers.

  • Chelsea

    I am so sorry for your loss, Annie. I love your blog and was so sad to see this today. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Peace be with you all.

  • Leslye

    So sorry to hear of your loss. This picture says so many things about your father. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

  • Jenny

    Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for your father, you and your family.

  • Sue

    Sending my thoughts and prayers to you and your entire family during this difficult time in your life. May God wrap you in his arms and guide you through this.

    Always, Sue (suenjon) from Ohio.

  • April

    I am so very sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to you and your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://www.saladinajar.com Salad in a Jar

    I’m so sorry (with many hugs). What a terrible shock!

  • Liz

    So, so sorry, Annie.

  • Michelle

    I wish there was something comforting to say at a time like this but I know words won’t help you heal by themselves. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with your and your family.

  • http://becherbert.wordpress.com Becca

    I can’t help but think of all of 2 Corinthians chapter 4…but these verses in particular: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” I’m praying for you and your family…that you turn to the only One who can provide peace that surpasses your understanding during such an awful time.

  • http://thelittlekimchipierogi.wordpress.com the little kimchi pierogi

    Annie, I am so, so sorry. Take it one day at a time…that is all you can do.

  • leslie

    i am so sorry to hear this! i’ve never commented on here but had to today to give my condolences. i hope you can find peace through all this.

  • Ads

    Very sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family. Wishing you patience during this difficult time.

  • Chelsea

    Annie, I am sorry for your loss. I can’t even begin to imagine what you’re feeling. All the prayers I have to give are going toward you and your family.

  • Betty Pierson

    So sorry for your loss. May you always carry your father’s love in your heart and be blessed with happy memories. With deepest sympathies.

  • http://sweetsugarbelle.com sweetsugarbelle

    I really wish I could just hug you. I was excited to see a post, then when I realized…

    From the bottom of my heart, I’m so sorry. I hope you have peace and I will be thinking of you and your family.

  • Leslie

    Annie, it broke my heart to read about the passing of your father. I will be praying for you and your family during this exceptionally hard time. God Bless, Leslie

  • http://www.crumbdoodles.com Becky

    So sorry to hear of your family’s loss. The photo is a beautiful remembrance. Sending peaceful thoughts your way.

  • Kristin

    Annie,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine how proud your dad was of you and what a amazing daughter, mother, wife, and professional you have become.

  • http://www.gcroft.wordpress.com Gcroft

    Dear Annie
    My deepest condolences to you and your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Sarah

    Annie, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I have been thinking about you since I read the post on Thanksgiving. I am sending healing prayers.

  • Katie I

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • mary jane

    Sending our love and prayers, the loss of one’s father is absolutely the hardest loss in the whole world..praying you and yours are healed in some way..much love mary jane s…& family

  • Emily

    So sorry to hear about this. You have always been an inspiration to me with your blog.

  • Yesenia

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Dodi

    I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss. It has been almost 30 years since I lost my father unexpectedly. The hurt remains deep and I think of all the things he has missed in my life and my children’s lives…..but if there is a heaven, I know that he is there watching us. I wish you strength to get through this time.

  • Tara M.

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family on such a huge loss. May you take comfort in your memories and knowing that now both your mom & dad will be watching over you. I know it will never replace him (them) being with you, but you are blessed to have had them in your life. Bless you all.

  • Julia

    I am sorry incredibly sorry! I can’t imagine how hard this must be. I just wanted to say that you are in my praires and that he is in a better place now. sending a bunch of hugs your way!!!

  • McKell S.

    I am so, so sorry. I can’t imagine what your family must be going through right now. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  • http://married-to-military.blogspot.com/ Kati Bethuy

    I am SO sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. My dad died last summer, just 3 months before my wedding. It was completely unexpected. I know how much it hurts. I am sending you all my prayers and thoughts in this difficult time. <3

  • http://www.sassysweetscakesandtreats.blogspot.com Brandy

    I am sorry for your loss

  • Kim Q

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I have yet to lose either of my parents, but I know when it happens my world will be rocked to the core. Thinking of you and your family.

  • Jessica

    I’ve been a regular of your blog for quite a while now, and my heart broke when I read this. Prayers to you and your family.

  • http://lifeiwant.com Jen

    I’m so sorry about your dad.

  • http://paperwhitesblog.blogspot.com Alison

    So very sorry for your loss. Comforting thoughts and prayers are being sent your way.

  • Andrea

    I’m so sorry for your loss. From reading your many posts, it seems that you have an amazing family and I hope you can all find comfort during this tragic time.

  • Nicole D’Alessandro

    My heart goes out to you and your family Annie. Sending warm thoughts and prayers your way.

  • http://bluehenhollow.blogspot.com Siobhan

    I am so sorry. I lost my father suddenly in his 50s, too. I know there’s nothing more that can be said other than I am sorry, and that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Lorraine

    I am so, so sorry for your loss. I lost my dad 7 years ago and still think of him and miss him every day. Be thankful for the times you had with him…and that he met your beautiful children.

  • Kristol

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Annie. Your family has been through a lot, it seems. I will be praying for comfort for you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Ruthie

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Annie. Sending healing thoughts your way.

  • Betsy

    Thoughts and prayers, Annie.

  • http://theweemeblog.blogspot.com/ Gemma

    I’m so sorry for you and your family. I hope there is some comfort in knowing that the vast community of your readers, whether they know you personally or not, has taken your family into their thoughts and prayers. You have opened your life to us, and we share in your joys and sorrows. I hope you find some peace during this difficult time.

  • Melanie

    My condolences to you and your family during this most difficult time. May you be surrounded by the love and support of your friends and family and may you find peace.

  • Donna Aguiar

    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your dad. May all your wonderful memories help you thru this difficult time.

  • Leigh

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.

  • http://www.saborconna.blogspot.com/ Conna

    My condolences. Nothing more can be said.

  • Mandy W.

    I am so sorry! I understand – I lost my mom three years ago (she was 57), ten days before Christmas. I still find it is the little things that I miss the most. My best advice is to take it one day at a time, and be patient with yourself. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

  • carolyn

    I am so sorry for your loss and hope that you and your family find some peace during this extremely difficult time.

  • Ann

    Annie, may God the Father comfort you in His embrace. Your wonderful dad is with Him today. I send you a hug from afar.

  • Karina

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Katie

    Annie,

    I am so very sorry to hear about your devastating loss. You and your family will be in my family’s prayers. We will be praying that God gives you peace and comfort that will get you through this devastating time.

  • http://neverperfectalwaysreal.blogspot.com Sarah

    Words cannot express how sorry I am to hear about your father’s death. May you be comforted by love and light coming from so many who care about you.

  • Mandi

    I’m so very sorry for your loss Annie. My heart is with you and your family during this very difficult time. Hugs to all of you.

  • Jackie Messina

    I am sorry to her about the unexpected loss of your dad at such a young age. Life has many turns in it. We should all live the best lives that we can and always say kind words tothose that we love so very much. Your dad sounds like a wonderful amn that was loved very much. Those memories will keep him alive in your family forever.

  • Jeanine

    I’m so sorry for your loss!

  • Terri

    I keep coming back to this page and looking and reading….. Still in shock, just as I know you, Davy & Stephen are. Much love Annie!!!

  • Brittany

    I will mimic the tales of so many on here. I have for months now followed this blog. I know that your recipes will never let me down. Although we have never spoken or met, it seems as though you keep me company through my cooking adventures as my long distance best friend and I did in college. I can not say how saddened I am for your loss. I appreicate your willingness to share this as it made me realize that I have to take time away from work for those who are truly important. My heart and prayers are with you.

  • Lynn Black

    Annie,

    I am so, so sorry for the passing of your father Annie. He became a very good friend of mine while I worked in the MCCSC, probably my best friend while there. We regularly played basketball together at the HPER building then we would go out for a couple of beers after that. This was usually the highlight of my week hanging out and laughing with your father. After I left Bloomington four years ago, he was the only person I wanted to maintain contact with. We would get together ever so often and talk about sports,IU basketball, our kids, his grandson, and the school system. I was so happy for his retirement and marrying Shelly this summer. He was such a good and kind man and like everyone who has heard of your father’s passing, each and every person had been touched by your father’s light. Although I have never met you, my thoughts and prayers will be with, your brothers, Shelly and all your family and friends. I plan to honor your father and attend his memorial on Saturday and celebrate the extraordinary man he was. Lynn Black

  • Eve

    So sorry to hear this =(. My prayers are with you and your family.

  • Sheila S.

    Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved father. May the strength of family & friends help sustain you during this most difficult time. Sheila

  • Kristy H.

    So very sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers. Keep your faith that is what will see you through.

  • Jessica

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

  • Stephanie

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this sad time. May you find comfort and healing in the beautiful memories of time spent together.

  • Rita Harrell

    I have read your blog regularly, made many recipes and never commented before- but this post moved me so much that I can’t stop thinking about you and your family. I have two kids (also a boy and a girl) that are exactly the age of your kids and if they lost their pawpaw I would be devastated. My heart goes out to you- my thoughts are with you and I hope you find comfort in the love that is coming to you from all around the world. Thank you for what you have given to all of us through this blog.

  • http://www.hosacksfolly.blogspot.com Alison

    More thoughts and prayers coming your way from Texas.

  • Jolene

    My condolences to you and your family. As I read your post I couldn’t help but cry. you are a lucky woman to have had your father for so long, but at the same time not long enough. I know your pain I too lost my father suddenly at the age of 16. The questions we all have as to WHY and the answers we don’t receive! You and your family will be in our prayers!!! God Bless!!

  • Amy

    I have had tears in my eyes several times since reading your last post and am so very sorry for your terrible loss. Wishing you peace and thinking of you and your family.

  • http://www.hippocraticcupcake.com Manasi

    Annie I’m so sorry. I can’t even imagine what you’re going through, but will be keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/cthings Cindy

    So sorry to read about your dad. Many Blessings to you and the whole family.

  • Emily

    There is nothing I could say that could make you feel any different or better, but please know that my heart and prayers are with you and your family. I am so very sorry for the loss of your dad…he clearly was an incredible man! Lots of love.

  • Holly

    What a beautiful post and picture that speaks volumes about a special man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your brother as you celebrate the life, and grieve the great loss, of your beloved dad.

  • http://basicsbounty.blogspot.com/ Becky

    I’m so sorry for your family’s loss.

  • http://kristinandrobs.blogspot.com Kristin

    I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in your memories.

  • Lindsay

    Annie, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll be thinking about you and your family during this difficult time and hoping that you’ll be able to find some comfort in the many great memories you have of your dad.

  • Christina R

    So sorry to hear about your loss Annie! My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Colleen

    Dear Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t even begin to imaging how you world feels right now. As you, I feel like my Dad hangs the stars every night. Not having him here to share my life, my family’s lives and my childrens lives is unimaginable. I pray for strength and healing for you and your family during this time. Thank you for the reminder that what we have today, may not be here tomorrow.
    God Bless

  • Jmposti4

    Heartbreaking so sorry Annie. Terribly, terribly sorry. Take care of yourself.

  • Natalie

    Dear Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts during these difficult days.

  • Tykisha P.

    So sorry to hear about your loss…I lost my father suddenly last year 1 day before Thanksgiving so I know what you’re going through. I will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Anne Marie

    What a terrible loss! We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Hoping you can find comfort during these difficulty days in the beautiful relationship you shared with him. God bless.

  • Mubeena

    So sorry for your loss. God bless you.

  • Danae

    Oh, Annie, I am so sorry for your loss – there are truly no words. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.

  • Julie M.

    Annie, I cried when I read about your sweet daddy. I am praying peace, comfort and healing over you and your family. I would love to share an encouraging Bible verse with you, Psalm 68:19- “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who DAILY bears our burdens.” Praying for you.

  • Betsy Sajdak

    Annie, I lost my dad about 8 years ago. The WORST day for me was the day AFTER the funeral. I wanted to SHOUT from the rooftops — WORLD, STOP, don’t you know my DAD just DIED?

    Please know that I am thinking of you, praying for you and your family and the day after the funeral, I will remember you, your dad and your family.

    He will be remembered…………

    Prayers coming your way……

    Betsy

  • Jessica Brown Hussein

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss, to lose your father at such a young age must just be heartbreaking, please take as long as you need, thought are with you and the family x

  • Maria

    I am so very sorry for your loss, Annie. My prayers are with you and your family during this time.

  • Toya

    I am sorry to hear about the loss of your father, my prayers are with you and your family.

  • http://theoriginofwonder.blogspot.com Barbara

    Thinking and praying for you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Christie

    I am so sorry. Thinking of you and your family.

  • http://recipesremembered.wordpress.com anna maria

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Annie. Wishing you and your family all the love and support you need as you go through this difficult time.

  • Amy Parker

    Take your time, and know we’ll be here thinking of you. My heart aches for you…

  • Jill

    I’m so sorry. Praying for you and your family during this time.

  • April

    I am so very sorry to read of your loss, Annie. I am thinking of you and your family.

  • http://myhandsarefullbutsoismyheart.blogspot.com Karen

    Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you prayers for peace and comfort as you celebrate his life and mourn your loss. ♥ (((HUGS)))

  • Emily Clark

    Oh Annie, I have chills reading your blog entry. I’ve never met you, although I read your blog daily, but I can’t say how sorry I was to read this sad news for you and your family. God bless you and your family, and your dear father.

  • Lanette

    So very sorry to hear of your loss, Annie. I lost my mom almost 3 years ago. Also very suddenly. It’s a rough road you have ahead but you’ll get through with the love and support of your family. And the memories will remain. Sending you healing thoughts filled with comfort and strength.

  • Marjie

    So sorry to read of this great loss. You are in my prayers.

  • Shirley S

    I truly am sorry for your loss. I am praying for you and your family, praying that Jesus Christ will comfort you as only He can.

  • http://nightbaking.blogspot.com jami

    Annie, I’m so very sorry for your loss!

  • Annie

    I am so incredibly sorry, Annie. It is clear to anyone who reads your blog what a special person your father was and how large a part of your life he was. Please know so many people are praying for you and your family, and that all the best parts of your father live on in you and your children.

  • http://peaceandbacongrease.com Erin

    I am so sorry for your loss, Annie. I will be praying for you and for your family. Dads are the most important man in a daughter’s life, and my thoughts are with you.

  • Samantha

    Annie, i’m so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family.

  • Dori

    Oh my gosh, Annie, I’m so so sorry to hear about your dad! What a shock that must’ve been to get that phone call on Thanksgiving. My heart is heavy thinking of you and your family right now as you wade through all this during the beginnings of this holiday season. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time!

  • Betty

    I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you find peace in the many special memories you have of your Dad. You speak words of wisdom when you encourage us to cherish those we have. Precious moments. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jackie Messina

    I am so sorry to hear about your unexpected loss. We should all take note how precious life is. It sounds like your dad was a wonderful man who was loved by many. Those wonderful memories will keep him alive in your family for years to come. We should all remember to speak with love to the people we love the most – you never know if the words we say to them will be our last.

  • http://www.hoosierbaker.com Lindsay

    Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. I read your post with tears streaming down my face. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Angela

    Annie, so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my prayers! Like everyone else, my heart broke when I read your post. Take comfort in knowing your whole blogging family is praying for you. Take all the time you need to heal, and I look forward to the day you return!

  • Christy

    We too spent the holiday mourning the loss of a dear family member, my husband’s mimi (grandma). It is a difficult time of year for the passing of someone you love so much. May the great memories and time spent with family help you cope with the passing of your father.

  • Christine

    My thoughts & prayers are with you during this diffcult time. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. praying for you & your family.

  • Brooke

    So sorry for your loss Annie, you really put into perspective what Thanksgiving is truly all about. We hope to see you back on the blog again soon.

  • Gwyn

    So sorry to hear about your Dad, Keeping your family in my thoughts.

  • http://www.galexicupcakes.blogspot.com Jackie

    Dear Annie,
    I’m a frequent devoted reader of your blog, yet I can’t remember when I’ve ever left a comment. But when I read your last post it may me sad but also put things into perspective for me. On Wednesday 11/23, I was driving my car on my way to work when suddenly I lost control of my vehicle and it crashed, rolling over 2x. I managed to get out and walk away from this terrible car accident with only a cut on my finger and a bruise on my knee. I didn’t even go to the hospital. And I felt so sad and so bad because of what happened. I ruin our famiy car and set us back financially but I had my life and luckily my daughters weren’t in the car with me. The back seat was totally demolished. I’m sorry your dad passed away and you will be in my thoughts as I recuperate. Always remember what you shared with him and now he watches over you and yours. You have been a friend in my head for a long time. If you need a shoulder albeit a stranger, I’m here for you. Jackie

  • http://www.jennymeyerson.com Jenny Meyerson

    I’m so sorry Annie. Blessings to your family. He obviously was a wonderful man.

  • Michelle

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family during this hard time.

  • Linda B

    You have my sympathy and I will keep your family in my prayers.

  • Tracy

    I’m so sad to hear about your father. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jennifer

    Wow, my mom ended up in the hospital on Thanksgiving night after a heart attck scare. I can only begin to imagine the pain you must be feeling. Your family will be in my prayers.

  • Cori

    I’m so sorry for your loss! Praying for you and your family during this difficult time, Annie.

  • Maggie

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • 58Teresa

    God Bless you and yours. Will keep you in my prayers.

  • alison

    I just wanted to write to tell you that we keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Jan

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Annie. I lost my father at an early age, too, and I know it will be a difficult time for you. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Ashley

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • RH

    Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. Your post really touched me and prompted me to step back from the chaos that is Thanksgiving and truly give thanks for the wonderful time I am so lucky to have with my family. Thank you for your poignant post and I wish for you great strength in this difficult time.

  • Erin

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Please know that your family is in my prayers.

  • Farah

    Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

  • Christina

    I am so terribly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Liz N

    Annie, my heart aches for you and your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

  • http://theregoesthecupcake.wordpress.com/ Kelly

    Annie, I am so sorry. I cannot imagine what your family is going through right now. Hang in there.

  • Michelle

    I’m so sorry for your loss Annie. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Kate H.

    I am so sorry for the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Rachel Marion

    You and your family are my thoughts. Sending out good thoughts to you over the next few days.

  • patch

    Oh Gosh. My Dad just arrived yesterday to stay with me for few Days.
    I ‘m so sorry for your loss. :(

  • http://becksterslaboratory.wordpress.com/ Becky

    So sorry for your loss – you and your family will definitely be in my prayers. God bless+

  • Jen

    I am so, so sorry to hear of this. I hope the comments from your blog friends bring you some comfort. I lost my step dad just two months ago in a car accident. It is just awful to lose someone that you love so much. I know there is nothing any of us can say to help, but I hope and pray you are able to find some peace. Keep talking about all of the good memories and it will feel as if he’s right there with you. Praying for you from across the blogosphere!

  • Melanie

    Oh I am so very sorry for this loss. I lost my father without warning as well and my thoughts, prayers, and heart go out to you and your family.

  • Laura

    Annie, I am so, so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • stephanie

    Hi Annie,

    I’ve never commented before but I read your blog weekly and LOVE your food. What you share with everyone is my go-to for entertaining, for goodies for work functions, even the favours I made for my wedding (pumpkin blondies)… you are amazing!

    I just wanted to say that my heart breaks for you today. I’m so sorry that you’re father has passed away :( I can’t imagine what you’re going through, but I can say that all of us who are connected to you through your amazing website send you big hugs and love during this difficult time.

    steph

  • Kara Marie

    I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our prayers!

  • Roberta

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://www.melissascuisine.blogspot.com Melissa

    So so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Ana

    Annie – I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. May you and your family take comfort in each other.

  • Andrea

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I read about your mother earlier this year, and also lost mine to cancer this past summer. My dad is not in my life, and it is hard to be parent-less, especially when you want to share your own children with them.

    Will keep you and your family in my thoughts.

  • LisaK

    I’m sorry about your dad. I am glad that you have wonderful memories. My dad died when I was 20. I still miss him and that was quite a while ago. Hugs.

  • http://www.Shansdesignstudio.blogspot.com shannon

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Shannon

    So sorry for your loss, lifting your family up in prayer.

  • Melissa

    Annie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Lots of prayers for you and your family during this difficult time. Hang in there.

  • Kelly Marsteller

    I am so sorry for you loss and will be thinking of you and your family.

  • http://www.weinerwhistle.blogspot.com SMD

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Carrie

    So sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://www.mimisfitfoods.com Mimi

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family and I hope you feel some amount of peace that you may be in search of. Big hugs!

  • Nellie

    Oh, my deepest sympathies on such an incredibly terrible loss to you and your family.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. May the love, light and laughter that your Dad brought to you every day of his life live on in you and in all the lives he so deeply touched!

  • Cyndi

    I am so sorry for your loss!

  • http://erinkristine.blogspot.com Erin

    Even days after I read this, I still can’t stop thinking about your loss – I’m so sorry, and my thoughts are with your family right now. I really cannot even imagine what you must be going through.

  • Ginnette

    I am so so sorry for your lost. I hope God gives you and your family strength and the peace you all need right now.

  • Lauren s

    I am so sorry for your loss. :(

  • heather

    I’m so sorry Annie. I lost my Dad and it was very hard. Will be thinking of you and your family.

  • Pepi

    I am So sorry for your loss. I lost My Mom This year and it is the worst thing to go through. You and your Family our in my Thoughts and Prayers. God Bless

  • Jillian_R

    I am so sorry about your dad. It is so hard to think aobut losing a loved one on a family holiday. May he be with you always.

  • Brianne

    I am sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in each other during this difficult time.

  • Blissmamaof3

    So sorry to hear about your dad, you are in my prayers.

  • Katie

    Annie- My mother and I regularly read your blog, and I just wanted to take this moment to thank you for all of the wonderful memories you have given to our family through food. We really appreciate all of the hard work that you do, and we want you to know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. Please take this holiday season to spend time with your family because we are very sorry for your loss.

  • Brittany

    I am so, so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Katie

    I’m so sorry for your loss. That is heartbreaking. I’ll be thinking about and praying for your family.

  • http://foodiechickie.com Ani

    I am so very sorry for your loss.

  • http://joeandcarli.wordpress.com CarliJean

    I am so so sorry to hear of your loss. I will be praying for you and your family.

  • Kristin

    I’m praying for you and your family through this terrible time. I’m so sorry you’re going through it at all.

  • lyly

    Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • kelly c

    my heart was so saddened as i read this. i am so sorry for your loss. will pray for you as you walk through this sorrowful and dark season.

  • nancy K

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. The picture you posted was sweet. I am sure your memories will carry you through as you deal with your loss.

  • http://lalalovelylindsay.blogspot.com lindsay

    Oh Annie. I’m so sorry. I lost my grandmother on this Thanksgiving morn as well. It is such a sad time to lose a family member, but your shared such beautiful words. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Cristen Cox

    Annie, Im praying for peace for you and your family. Im so sorry for your loss.

  • Jenny

    I’ll pray for you and your family, that God gives you comfort in your time of need.

  • Chau

    Annie, I’m truly sorry for your lost. My father passed away suddenly too four years ago. I knew what you’re going through right now. It didn’t hit me until I got home a week later after the funeral. Keep your back strong because your mother relies on you at the moment.

  • http://www.babbleandbaklava.wordpress.com Kristin

    I’m so sorry to hear of your sudden loss. May you find peace in the time that you had with him and in knowing that he was such a good dad and grampa.

  • Nicole S.

    Love and prayers to you and your family. My condolences for the loss of a dear man.

  • Corrie

    Oh Annie, I’m so, so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • penandra

    I just saw this today (catching up from the holidays) and I just wanted to let you know that I am so sorry for your loss. As you and your family walk through this challenging time, please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of people who, although we don’t know you personally, care about you and yours. God bless.

  • Isabel

    So sorry for your loss, a parent is one of the few people one will never forget no matter how much time goes by they live in our hearts for ever. May God give you the strength you need in moments like this. My prayers are for you and your loved ones.

  • http://www.eriksgoodthings.com Erik

    How terribly sad. Our thoughts and prayers with your family during a very difficult time.

  • http://www.homemadebyholman.com Jen

    Annie – I’m so so sorry to hear about your father. Sending lots of thoughts and prayers to you and your family as you go through this difficult time.

  • mollie

    Oh Annie – i don’t comment much but i think of you and your family so much as i bake and cook from this little window into your life. my heart goes out to you and i send you much love at this awful time. you’re right – it’s never enough and i’m so so sorry for your loss.

  • http://www.jandatell.blogspot.com Aubrey

    Annie,
    I’m not sure I’ve even left a comment before today, but I wanted to say I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts during the days to come!

  • Jordan B

    I am so sorry for your loss…

  • Amelia S.

    I am so sorry to read about your dad. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • heavenly.creations

    My heart sank when I read your post, as if you were family. My prayers with you and yours as you mourn this unimaginable loss.

  • tiff

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • http://indianapolisamy.typepad.com Aimee

    I am terribly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • http://www.dishesandsocks.com Jen

    My thoughts are with you.

  • http://www.chileanflavor.blogspot.com Mohana

    Annie, I haven’t stopped thinking about you and your family since I read this post on Thursday. I am so sorry. I pray that the Lord will sustain and comfort you in ways beyond our understanding. May His peace rest upon you and your beloved family. <3

  • Katie Lew

    I’m so sorry to hear about your father’s unexpected passing. You and your family are in my thoughts during this holiday season and I hope you are able to find peace in the coming months.

  • Lori S H

    I’m so sorry Annie. I lost my father about 10 years ago and he was only 54. It’s very difficult. Not a day goes by without me missing him or thinking about the sound of his voice, or his expressions. It gets easier over time, but I know and understand that pain. He will always be proud of all of your accomplishments.

  • Erinn

    Thinking of you, Annie. All of my words sound so clunky now, but know that I will be praying that despite the harshness of this moment, you and your family would feel surrounded by love.

  • http://thevillagecook.com michelle @ The Domestic Mama & The Village Cook

    I am so sorry- my prayers go to you and your family. Have faith that this is only a temporary loss- and you WILL see him once more. Blessings to you during this time.

  • http://www.thelittlekitchen.net JulieD

    Annie, I’m so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you and your family!

  • Jennifer

    Annie, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers. Sending you lots of love…God Bless.

  • Virginie

    I am so sorry, it is so sad there is nothing to say.

  • seattlegirl

    (((Much hugs))) to you and your family.

  • Alison

    Annie, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. While I have experienced loss in my life, I cannot imagine the emotions you are feeling at this moment. At times like these I am reminded that while every one dies, not everyone has the privilege of being remembered. It sounds like all who knew your dad will honor him with cherished memories of him. Heres to the loving memories you have of your dad and the joy you will one day have in sharing them with your children.

  • http://www.zphotograph.com Zaida

    Prayers being sent for you and your family.

  • Beth

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I stumbled upon your blog today through pinterest. When I went to the main page and saw the photo of your dad, I immediately recognized him. A couple years ago, I subbed at his school almost every day. He was a wonderful, respected man. In fact, I just saw him at the grocery last week, and he gave me a friendly hello. I am so sorry for your lost. I know our community will not forget him.

  • Courtney H

    I’m so, so sorry… My heart goes out to you and your family.

  • Julia

    I’m so so sorry for your loss, Annie. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://messybaker.wordpress.com Jaclyn

    I’m so terribly sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family…

  • Ann Marie

    I just lost my father two weeks ago, also very suddenly, so I am all too familiar with the pain in your heart. I am so sorry for your loss; although there’s never enought time, 59 was way too soon. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Lindsay

    Annie,

    I have never commented here before, but check your site daily for cooking inspiration. I was moved to goosebumps today by your most recent post.

    As vacant as these words sound, I am so, so deeply sorry for your loss. If anything, your post as made thousands remember to cherish what is so special and truly important, and to let go of the frivolous things in life. I know that you surely gave me a reality-check, and I thank you for that.

    I wish you and your family strength to deal with this sadness and grief.

    XO,
    Lindsay

  • Erin

    Annie – you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May your memories of the happy times you shared together give you comfort.

  • bev

    I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

  • Linda

    Prayers for you and your family Annie. I too lost my dad a little more than 6 years ago. My family and I like to send a balloon up to him on holidays or special occasions and then sometimes just because. My girls really love to do this…. we watch the balloon until we can no longer see it and then we say that papa snatched it up.

  • http://nearlysmith.blogspot.com Shaina

    Oh Annie, I’m so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family during this extremely difficult time. And from one Hoosier to another, I’m sending you some love and a hug from Bloomington.

  • Laura P.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Alyson

    Annie,

    I know a stranger’s word of comfort can only go so far but know that my heart breaks for you and I wish you only peace and comfort through your tough time. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    -Alyson

  • http://delicioushappens.com Deborah at delicioushappens.com

    Oh Annie, I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. I have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers! May God bless you and comfort you.

  • Marisa

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I will keep your entire family and you in my prayers.

  • http://www.erinsfoodfiles.com ErinsFoodFiles

    I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Wishing your family peace right now.

  • Judy Livengood

    Comfort this sweet family Lord…..These thoughts & prayers are from many people who have been along time followers of your web site…..This was my first visit …..My heart was saddened to hear of your great loss……Sounds like your Father was a wonderful man…sincerely, Judy

  • Renee

    My heart is breaking for you and your family. I can’t even begin to imagine how your family is dealing with this, and I’m not sure what to even to say except that I am so deeply sorry for all of you.

  • Jo

    I ran across your site via a link on Pinterest and wanted to let you know that I am so, very sorry for your loss. Sending many good vibes and prayers for peace and comfort your way.

  • Mollie

    I’m so sorry about your loss…I hope you and your family can find peace during this difficult time.

  • Sharon

    Annie, I am so very sorry to hear of this devastating loss to your family. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

  • Claire

    Dear Annie and Family, you are in the thoughts, prayers, and hearts of so many right now, and we are all sending you love, light, strength, and faith! I am so sorry. <3

  • http://www.hotdogonacoldnight.blogspot.com Kim B

    Praying for you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. Keep your chin up pretty lady.

  • http://www.thedishbytrish.wordpress.com Trisha

    Oh goodness, Annie. I am so very sorry for your loss. Wishing you and your family comfort and strength during this difficult time.

  • Jen

    My heart goes out to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. What a beautiful tribute you wrote about your father. Thank you as well for the wonderful reminder to treasure those around us and the moments we have.

  • http://www.myoliveblossom.com Natasha

    Just stopping by your blog and saw the news about the loss of your father. I’ll keep your family in my prayers. There is never a good time but it’s always more difficult durning the holidays. So sorry for your loss.

  • Shauna

    Im so sorry to hear your sad news. Hang in there.

  • Karen

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • simone

    im truly sorry for the loss of your father, i can’t begin to understand what that feels like. So i offer an ear if you need one more friend and send love from my family to yours…Though you are heart broken let the memory of a wonderful man live through you.

  • amanda kessens

    So sorry for your unexpected lost.

  • http://www.valeriehjohnson.com Valerie

    I am so sorry to hear about your day and pray that your family will find comfort and peace as you mourn his loss.

  • http://www.stuffgrowing.blogspot.com EG

    Oh Annie, I’m so sorry to hear!

  • http://www.howtoplayhouse.wordpress.com Caitlin

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.

  • Mary

    Praying for comfort for you and your family.

  • judy burkholder

    Hi Annie,
    I’ve been following your amazing blog for a long time. I just want to tell you how sorry i am to hear about your father. It struck a chord with me cause i just buried my awesome dad two days before thanksgiving. i know exactly how you feel. I never realized how much i loved and depended on my dad til he was no longer here. the hole a daddy leaves on a girl’s heart is so huge you wonder how it keeps on beating. Just know that i am praying that God gives you the same grace He gave our family to go through the coming days.

  • Brenda

    Oh Annie… what a tragedy for you and your family. I am so sorry. Your blog has offered so many of us comforting foods, photos and words that remind us all of family every time we click on a new recipe. I hope and pray that you and your family would feel that same comfort and love from around the world as you grieve together. May God give you peace that surpasses understanding.

  • Ann

    Dear Annie,
    My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. Praying that you feel the loving arms of Jesus encompass you and your entire family during this difficult time.

  • WriterCrystal

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. Love to you all!

  • Sydney

    Prayers being said on your behalf. I pray the comfort of the Spirit will help you and your family through this most difficult time.

  • Lauren

    So, so sorry to hear about your loss Annie. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Cassie

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my thoughts.

  • http://www.welcometomontalvocountry.blogspot.com Nicholle @ Montalvo Country

    Annie,

    You and your family are in our prayers. I cannot begin to imagine the immense pain and grief you are experiencing. Thank you for sharing this with us and allowing us to grieve with you and pray for you. <3

    ~Nicholle

  • Wendi

    Sending lots of hugs your way!!! I am so sorry for your loss! I love the photo of him with your daughter. It really says a lot.

  • Monica

    Hi Annie, I’m so sorry to hear about your father. I pray that God’s supernatural comfort and peace would surround you and your family as you walk through this difficult time.

  • Carrie

    Lifting you and your family up in prayer. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Jill

    Oh, I am so very sorry. I can’t even imagine what you are going through. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://secondyoungest.blogspot.com Kathy S

    Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. I lost my own dad 5 weeks ago. Even though his death was expected, the pain is still great. Like yours, my dad was the greatest dad and Pampaw. This time of year has new meaning, as I’m sure you are finding out. Take comfort in the fact that your dad is still watching over you and your family. And he is enjoying his reward for a life well spent.

  • Becca C

    I’m so sorry for you and your family. You are in my thoughts, Annie.

  • Catia

    Sorry for your loss Annie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Sarah

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Your words brought me to tears. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  • Cheryl

    Annie, I am truly sorry for your loss…my condolences to you and your family,

    Sincerely,
    Cheryl Jones

  • leanne

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  • Samantha

    I am so sorry for your loss. I am new to your blog, but my heart goes out to you and your family. My dad died unexpectedly last year, at 59 as well, way too young. Cherish each other and the times you have together. Take care.

  • Mindy in Atlanta

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I don’t actually even know you but thru this blog but I am still saddened by your loss. And you are so right that we need to be thankful everyday for our many blessings.

  • http://utilsinbatcountry.com duchessbelle

    I’m so sorry, Annie.

  • Nicole

    So sorry for your loss. You are the perfect testament to the man and father that he was. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May he rest in peace.

  • jennifer healy

    Awww. how devastating. I can not even begin to imagine your pain. Surround your self with family and friends during your time of grief. Celebrate your Fathers life as he lives on in the memories that touch your heart.

  • Jennifer B

    I have only discovered your blog, but your family is in my prayers. So very sorry for your loss.

  • Patience

    What a beautiful picture and lovely memories you have to hold on to! I am so sorry for your loss! Praying for you and your family!

  • Samantha

    So sorry to hear for your lost. my truest and deepest condolences in your time of loss. Take the time with your family you can and hold all loved ones close. You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers

  • http://isenbergers.blogspot.com Dana Isenberger

    I am sorry I just got to read this, now 5 days later. I love your blog and have been following it for a while now and enjoy making your recipes. I am sorry to hear of your loss. May you cherish the memories you have of your father and may the Lord help you find many more reasons to give thanks this year.

  • Rachel Rivas

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers.

  • tara

    Annie,
    I’m reading this the Tues after Thanksgiving and just told a co-worker i was a little sad that my Thanksgiving was so busy and I didnt get a chance to relax becauase of all the running around to see family. Your post made me ashamed that I ever even had a thought like that. Know that your words to stop and be thankful for what we have hit this reader hard today. Today I celebrate the family that I have even if it means crazy holidays and lots of running around. I’m thinking of you and your family and sending up a special prayer for you and your dad. God bless you.

  • http://www.kerrycooks.wordpress.com Kerry

    I’m so sorry Annie

  • kelsey

    Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you and your family have had the opportunity to grieve and honor your father together – I can’t imagine how hard that must be. Take care.

  • http://www.familyspice.com Laura @ Family Spice

    Oh, Annie, how horrible! I am so sorry for you and your family. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during the holidays and this very sad time in your life. Sending you a virtual hug!

  • heather k.

    i’m so sorry to hear about your loss, annie. my grandmother passed away just a few months ago and i remember how tough it was… your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://letscupcakesf.blogspot.com Kat

    Sending love, prayers, and light your way.

  • April

    I’m so very sorry for the loss of your dad. I will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Toni

    Oh Annie, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I am sending all my love and prayers to you and your family. I have fallen in love with your entire family thru your blog and know how much your dad meant to you. Again, sending all my love.

  • Tina

    Sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://sweetpeonyblog.blogspot.com nicole {sweet peony}

    hi annie, i’m so sorry to hear about your father. i’m keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://www.sodomesticated.blogspot.com Emily ~SoDomesticated~

    I am so very sorry for your loss… I’ll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.

  • Renee

    Sorry about your dad. There is a song called If Heaven wasn’t so far away from Justin Moore. One line is I’d pack up the kids and go for the day. Wish it were true. Bless you and your family.

  • Lisa

    Annie, I can’t help but feel so empathetic and sorry for your loss. It’s been 20 years since my Dad has passed and most days it still feel like yesterday. i am keeping you and your family in my thought and prayers.

  • Sharon

    Praying for your family during this difficult time.

  • Debbie

    I’m so sorry for your loss. There are no other words than those for this time. I will hold you in prayer as you walk this new path.

  • Janice Tillery

    Oh, Annie, I am so sorry. I had not checked your site for a few days and was so shocked. Praying God’s peace for you and your beautiful family.

  • Traci Howard

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time <3

  • Paula B.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your fsmily at this sad time, Annie. So very sorry to hear of the loss of your dad.

  • Robin

    So very sorry for your loss..Prayers for you and your family..God Bless…

  • Sarah

    Annie- I had heard about your amazing website from a friend, and thought I would check it out. I also wanted to write to tell you how grateful I am to have met and worked for your father. In the short time I Worked for him, your dad made such a huge impact in my life. I am so thankful to have met him. I am praying for you and your family. -Sarah

  • pearse

    Sorry to hear your loss. Went through the same thing 2 months back. May the loving God comfort you and your loved ones. pratying for you.

  • http://www.afroginthekitchen.com Sarah

    I am so sorry for your loss Annie. I wish I had more words.
    Take good care of yourself.

  • Jacqui

    Annie,

    Sorry to hear about your loss. I cant imagine how it feels. I came on your blog today to check out your thanksgiving updates and I see this. Again I am so so so sorry. Toughts and hugs to you & your family

  • http://jillinsandiego.blogspot.com Jill

    Oh Annie. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  • Jillian

    Sending you my deepest sympathies, Annie. I am so, so sorry for your loss.

  • Gail Reed

    Oh Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.

  • Paige

    So sorry for your loss, Annie. Thinking of you and your family!

  • Rita

    Sending our sympathy and prayers your way. May God wrap His loving arms around your entire family during this difficult time.

  • Gerry

    So very sorry to hear the news about your Dad. I lost my Dad 2 1/2 years ago, and my heart still aches for him-it probably always will-as I’m sure you may feel the same. I hope you take comfort from wonderful memories you have of him. Thinking of you and your family during this terrible time,
    -Gerry

  • Carrie M.

    I have enjoyed reading your blog for quite a while, but this is my first time commenting. I’m so sorry for the loss you and your family have experienced. Please know that so many others have you and your family in their thoughts and prayers.

  • Elizabeth

    I’m so sorry to hear about your terrible loss. I know from being a long-time reader how incredibly close you were to your dad. I hope that you can find some comfort in remembering the amazing times you had with him.

  • Elizabeth

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • http://jesser.org jesser

    I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. Dads and granddads are so special. Blessings.

  • Tara

    Thinking about you, Annie. You seem like an extraordinary individual, and I have no doubt that your father was the same. Take good care.

  • Amanda

    I am so very sorry for your loss, and you have my deepest condolences. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Stephanie

    There are no words that can I offer, except to say your courage to keep going is a true testament to his love for you and know that he will always be there holding your hand. Many blessings to you and your family.

  • Gloria

    Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. My mother died suddenly at 56 and it was the hardest thing I ever went through. What got me through it was knowing she would not want me to be sad and to concentrate on my children. I got my love of cooking from her. Your blog is the best!

  • Carolyn

    Annie and family – I am truly sorry for you loss xoxo

  • Jessica

    So today is my first day on your site and I came by way of a lemon chicken recipe posted on pinterest. I just had to tell you have very beautiful this post was. I lost my dad two years ago and I was so devastated. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  • Sharon Butcher

    Oh sweet girl, The tribute to your Dad was so nice and you are exactly right…He was a sweet, funny man who brought smiles to all who knew him. I always enjoyed seeing him at Kroger (we joked that we needed to ‘get out more’ since this was the only place in Bloomington that our paths crossed :)
    He was so very proud of you, your family and brothers. His greatest joys :)
    Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. If there is anything we can do, we stand ready to help in anyway.
    Sharon Butcher (Jessica’s Mom)

  • Donna D.

    I’m just now getting on the computer and checking out my favorite blogs after the long weekend and I was shocked and saddened to read this post about your loss. I love your blog and have enjoyed the sprinklings of your personal life that gets mixed in with all the wonderful food posts and I’ve found comfort in reading your stories. I just hope that you will find some comfort in the coming days. Personally I find a hug and cuddle from a little one is some of the best medicine out there!

  • Judith

    So very sorry for your loss. You and your family have been in my thoughts.

  • Cami

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • http://yalibrariantales.blogspot.com/ Sarah

    So very sorry for your loss. I know those words don’t do anything but you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://www.beachsidebaker.com Kimiko

    Thinking of you and your family, Annie. I’m very sorry for your loss.

  • Kim

    so sorry for your loss, lost my dad suddenly on a holiday weekend 14 years ago. The hurt and missing never goes away but it does get easier, your dad sounds as awesome as mine was. The memories and reminiscing are the best after the hurting is done and the healing has begun.

  • Annie

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss! My Gramma passed away Wednesday evening, so Thanksgiving was different for me as well this year. The small things seem so insignificant when someone you love passes away. I will keep you and your family in my prayers!

  • Lynn

    Annie, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very sad time.

  • Tamara

    Annie- I’m so sorry for your loss. I pray that you will find comfort in the memories of your loving father.

  • Meghan

    Condolences for your family. Thoughts and prayers with your family.

  • Angel Shadoff

    Annie, I am so – so – sorry to hear about your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://www.yummylittlecooks.com/ Cindy

    I’m so sorry for your loss.Take care.

  • Danielle

    My condolences to you and your family. I was first reminded of my own parents’ mortality when I saw my mom struggling with rheumatoid arthritis for the first time. Nothing can ever replace a father’s love. You and your family will be in my thoughts tonight.

  • Victoria

    This post took my breathe away for you – I am so saddened by your loss. I pray you find peace where you can and remember him often.

  • Denise

    I just saw this post tonight and my heart is so heavy for you. I wish you and your entire family the best. I lost my Dad early and believe it or not the memories will eventually be joyful and not painful. All my best – Denise

  • Carol

    So sorry for your loss.

  • Jessie

    So sad at this news–I am so sorry. Praying for your comfort.

  • Taylorbunch

    Just wanted to let you know that we are sad for you and your family. I never met your dad, or you, but know from your posts that he was an awesome man and dad. Sending you much love and prayers during this sad time of life.

  • Leslie

    I am so sorry about your loss my condolences to you and your family. Take care.

  • KatieLovesWags

    I was so saddened to read of the passing of your father. I wish all of our lost fathers were with still with us, but instead we who have lost cradle our shattered hearts and are left to carry on.

    Soon your Dad will live again in your memories and imaginings.

    Sending healing thoughts from Down Under x

  • http://kokocooks.blogspot.com Suzanne (kokocooks)

    Annie, I’m so sorry for your loss. I lost my father in February, and understand a little of what you are going through.

  • http://notjustskinny.com J

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Annie. Remember that the love stays.

  • Erin

    I am so so sorry for your lost. You and your family are in my thoughts.

  • Michele

    I don’t know you, but I so enjoy your blog and I am sad for you and your family. Your beautiful post brought tears to my eyes. I am extremely close to my dad and my heart breaks for your loss. I wish you comfort and peace as you deal with this difficult time.

  • Georgina

    So sorry to hear of your loss…May God comfort you and your family during this difficult time…

  • Kelly

    Heaven bless you and your family during this extremely challenging time. My heart aches for your loss but know that God’s hand is in all things. God Bless

  • Jen

    Sorry for the loss of your dad. I am holding you and your family in my thoughts.

  • Monica

    Prayers for you and your family this season… God’s got his arms around you. Much love your way!

  • shellys

    Annie, my heart goes out to you. I lost my mom a year ago and though she had battled cancer for years It is still nothing one can be prepared for. I have nothing to make the hurt go away, just remember the wonderful memories and know that though you cannot see him, your father is with you always. You will be amazed when you are able to feel, how often you can feel him with you. I am truly sorry for your loss.

  • http://nevertoosweetforme.wordpress.com/ Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    I’m really sorry for your loss! Please take good care of yourself and your family!

  • Alexis

    I am so deeply saddened by this. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • stephanie

    I am so sorry for your loss. We are so blessed to have families who love us a take care of us. Their support is so valuable. I can’t imagine how you are feeling. My prayers are with you and your family.

  • Mhaila

    I’m very sorry for you and your family’s lost. God bless you.

  • Kim

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • http://successalongtheweigh.blogspot.com/ The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh

    I am so sorry for your loss. Nothing can prepare you for the unexpected loss of someone so important to you. May the wonderful memories you have of him comfort you in this time of loss.

  • Laura

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I have read your blog for years and have always been touched by your stories about losing your Mom and growing up with your Dad. Sending prayers from Missouri.

  • http://www.KatiesCucina.com Katie

    Annie–my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in your time of mourning.

  • http://www.mrsregueiro.com Krystal @ {Mrs. Regueiro’s Plate}

    I’m so sorry for your loss Annie. I have been thinking and praying for you and your family since this all happened, and truly giving thanks to those who mean the world to me. ::HUGS::

  • Nicol

    Annie — I am so sorry to learn of your loss. I live in Bloomington & am a loyal follower of your blog, though I never comment. At any rate, peace and comfort to you and your family at this difficult time.

  • Raylene

    Annie, so shocked and so sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest condolences for you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Ana

    Annie, I’m so sorry to hear of your great loss. Your family is in my prayers.

  • Stacey

    So sorry to hear of your loss Annie….

  • Laurie Paris

    Deepest sympathy Annie ! Your mom & dad are together now, and proudly watching over their amazing daughter. May you always feel their protective presence.

  • http://www.somewhereinvirginia.blogspot.com Cheri

    That was an all too familiar post for me. 13 year ago my father died 6 weeks after I had a baby, and 4 days before Christmas, having the funeral on Christmas Eve. Like you, it was completely unexpected, shocking. I know what you are experiencing, and it is something only time can take care of. You are in my prayers.

  • Michelle

    Annie, I am so very sorry to hear of your father’s passing, please know, I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://google Carolina Arias

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
    God bless you so very much

  • Celia

    Hello, we don’t know each other but wanted anyway to tell you that both of my parents (my father in January and my mom in August) passed this year. So I can understand a bit what you might be feeling. There’s nothhing I could say to make you feel better but maybe I can help with I’ve learned this terrible year, and it’s to be even prouder of everything my parents teached me, and happier for all the great, sweet, and full of love moments we had all together! Is the biggest legacy.
    The only thing I would love to have this year for Chistmas is a hug forma them, or at least, be able to smell them again but all the love they grave me is still inside me and will help to go through all of this.
    I truly hope this could help you a bit. I am deeply sorry for your loss.
    Celia

  • http://katiebirdflies.blogspot.com Kate Thompson

    So sorry to hear about your dad. I lost my dad over 7 years ago; a piece of me will always be gone. Take care.

  • http://vanessaandcompany.etsy.com Vanessa

    Annie~
    I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  • Stacey

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Annie. I can’t even imagine what you and your family are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • J

    Annie, I am so sorry for your loss. My dad also passed unexpectedly this year at the age of 60. He was the best grandpa to my 3 year old daughter, and I am so, so sad that he won’t ever meet his grandson, who was born in June. I am still in disbelief as we deal with the new “normal.” I don’t think we’ll ever move past it…we will just continue to move through it. I don’t have a blog, but I love to cook and follow other blogs, including yours. I found that cooking was a huge comfort for me after my dad passed. It gave me something to focus on, and allowed me to provide something to my wonderful family.
    I wish you strength and comfort in the days to come. May your dad’s memory be a blessing.

  • Meagan

    Annie,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My uncle was diagnosed with cancer about a month ago, and because of this, my family decided to come down to south Florida to be with him here. He and I live in the same condo building, and though I love to cook I have a very small kitchen. I couldn’t make the same lavish meals that my mom usually makes us because I just didn’t have the space. Instead, we focused on family this year, and the fact that God had blessed us with an opportunity to be together. We all had an amazing weekend, and my Uncle was in the best shaped he had been in since he started his chemo. Unfortunately, as my family was driving back home there was an accident. They lost control of their car, flipped and smashed into the trees in the center median on the highway. Two of my family members did not survive, but my mother and brother were thrown from the car and survived the accident. They were airlifted to the nearest trauma center, and are stable but still in the hospital. During the holidays it is so easy to forget about the true meaning of the season, and the fact that what matters most are the people you are sharing it with. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, and I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Virginia

    OMG!!! I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dear father!!! Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://www.whatkatiesbaking.com what katie’s baking

    i’m so, so sorry.
    this brought tears to my eyes.
    praying for you.

  • http://www.honeywhatscooking.com Honey What’s Cooking

    Hi Annie,

    I’m so sorry for your loss.. I hope you and your family find the strength to get thru this difficult time.

  • http://www.kitchenwithbrina.blogspot.com Beth

    Annie, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. May his memory be a comfort and a blessing.

  • Leslie H

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad. My Dad also died at age 59. Thinking of you and your family.

  • Misty

    Hi Annie- Just wanted to send our condolences and let you know that you’re in our prayers. Hang in there!

  • http://kdiddy.org kdiddy

    I am so sorry for your loss. :-(

  • Sam

    I am so sorry for your’s and your family’s loss. My greatest fear is losing my Dad and I can’t imagine the pain you feel. Please know that you are in our thoughts

  • Rachel

    So sorry Annie- you are in our thoughts

  • AMafi

    My deepest condolences to you and your family for your loss.

  • Jessica

    I am so sorry for your loss. Remember the wonderful memories when you are feeling sad and know he wouldn’t want you too be sad for too long!!

  • Linn

    I have been a fan of your blog since I discovered it over a year ago. My 6 and 8 year old daughters love picking out recipes from your blog and making food our entire family enjoys. After years of having to make food for very finicky eaters I was feeling very uninspired. Your blog has helped me rediscover my own love of cooking. Thank you Annie! My sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your father. You are an inspiration to so many. I am sure your father was equally amazing.

  • http://legallybaked.wordpress.com Kristi

    Oh my goodness, I am SO sorry! This weekend I’m lucky enough to have my dad sharing in the duties of nursing me back to health from having my wisdom teeth pulled. He’s been funny, annoying, loving, affectionate, even DRUNK last night out of sheer relief that I had come home from the hospital early… He’s not perfect, but he’s perfect for me. There’s no one else in the world like a dad. Love to you!

  • Delores Allison

    Annie, Dave, and Stephen,
    My heatfelt thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of your dad. He was my boss for almost 30 years at Unionville, but much more than that, he was my friend, and I loved him. God bless you all. Delores Allison

  • Marcie

    I am so very, very sorry for your loss. May you and your family be blessed with comfort.

  • http://peasandcues.wordpress.com Pamela

    I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss.

  • Elizabeth

    I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

  • Marcy

    I am praying for you and your family at this difficult time. Thank you for sharing such a personal story. I lost my dad unexpectedly when he was 48 and I still miss him so much – I am incredibly thankful, though, for the 21 years of father-daughter love that we shared! Thanks for your reminder about our many blessings.

  • Jocelyn

    i’m so sorry for what happened. my prayers are with you and your family!!

  • http://notahyphen.tumblr.com Sabrina

    You have my deepest sympathy. I hope everything turns out well for you, take as long as you need off the blog. We’ll all be here once you get back. You need to take care of yourself first.

    May your father rest in peace.

  • AJ

    Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jeannine

    Oh Annie, I’m so sorry to read about the loss of your father. I don’t comment often, but I feel like I have to say something to let you know that you affect far more people than you might realize. Sending all the very best thoughts to you & your family. I’ll be thinking of & praying for you guys.

  • Kristin

    I have never left a comment before, but have followed your blog for a couple of years, drooling over your food and trying many of them. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know from your blog how close you were to your father. May you have much comfort and many happy memories in the coming months and years.

  • http://chocolateandchard.com Evan

    Annie, I’m just catching up here – I’m so sorry for your loss. We never plan for awful things like this, but the love and strength of your family and many friends will get you through. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • marykay

    Just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to comment on how very sorry I am on the loss of your Dad. Your Dad was way too long and what a huge loss for your and yours.

  • marykay

    “you” and yours.

  • http://www.katiewithoutrestrictions.wordpress.com Katie

    Annie, I’ve never read your blog before but read about your dad over at Sunny Side Up In San Diego. I”m SO sorry to hear about your loss ~ you’re in my prayers!

  • Polly

    Annie, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. May you be blessed with the wonderful memories you have of your father. He will never really leave you, in fact, you may just have a special angel with you while you are working in the kitchen and loving on your sweet babies.

  • Lisa

    I hadn’t checked the blog in a couple weeks. I’m saddened by your loss. Having experienced loss in the past, I know how being in the kitchen helps. Creating something wonderful for others somehow unburdens some of the grief. You will always have your father. He created the person you are and left a permanent mark on his grandchild that will come out in bits and pieces through the years. May your future Thanksgivings not be marred by his passing but rather blessed by the celebration of his life.

  • Sarah Jarrell

    I don’t know how I missed this. I am heartbroken for you. Many prayers of strength coming your way!

  • http://feralkitchen.com Tessa

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Kim Weinreb

    Annie,
    I’m so sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your father. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  • Michelle

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your wonderful father! I also lost my father when he was 59, and what you say is true, no amount of time with him would have been enough. All my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during your time of grief.

  • http://southernsugar.wordpress.com Laura

    Annie, I’m so very sorry to hear about your father. I post over on The Nest as The_Quiet_One and haven’t been around much, so I just saw this today. My thoughts and good wishes are with you and your family.

  • trycia

    I am sorry to hear about your loss. I, too, lost my dad suddenly at the age of 59 from a massive heart attack. It may not seem like it now, but you will get through this tough time.

  • Jessica

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I lost my father earlier this year, he was also 59 and he also passed suddenly. Its not something you ever “get over”, but it does get better. Be grateful that you were able to share your children with him. My father passed 4 months before his first grandchild was born (my daughter). The sadness I carry from him never having met her will live in me for the rest of my days.

  • http://anenglishgirlrambles.blogspot.com Denise

    I’m so sorry Annie, you and your family will be in my thought and prayers. Several years ago I spent Christmas in the hospital saying goodbye to my own Dad having lost my Mom only a short time before. It is truly devastating and I send you my love for I know what you are going through.

  • http://theapronarchives.com Aimee

    Dear Annie – I was so sorry to check in on one of my all-time favorite blogs and discover that you and your family have been mourning the sudden loss of your dad. I know I don’t have to tell you how much love and support is being wished your way from all of us that follow along your kitchen adventures, and share (in the tiniest of ways) your life’s ups and downs. My sincerest thoughts are with you.

  • http://thecommmunalpantry.com Kate Thompson

    4 years ago- our first American thanksgiving I found myself in a plane heading home to Australia…I also lost my father suddenly at 60…Baking became my therapy & 4 years later a blog. Tears, drafts, torn up notes- I somehow managed to wrote this 3 day before Thanksgiving 2011..http://www.thecommunalpantry.com/1/post/2011/11/sweet-cranberries-and-an-amazing-father-xo.html

    Time heals but the tears never stop…

  • Ashley

    Annie – I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now, and though I am not usually one to post comments, I wanted to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. Ever since I “met” you through your blog, you’ve felt like a friend. You are an inspiration to me in the kitchen and in other areas of my life as well. I cannot begin to imagine how difficult it is for you to lose your wonderful father, especially at this time of year, and I just wanted you to know that I’ve been thinking about you a lot, and praying for comfort for you and your family. I won’t try to offer you any advice, just know that there’s one more person out there who cares about you and wishes you well.

  • http://dailynibbles.com Sarah

    Hi Annie,

    I too have read and admired your blog for many years. These past few weeks have been busy with holidays, work and school. I just read about your father. I’m SO sorry about your loss. I tear up thinking about losing my loved ones, and my heart goes out to you and your family.

  • Kjersti

    Dear Annie. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I have been following you for more an a year and I think you are such an inspiration for other working mums. You and your family are in my thoughts.

  • FT

    Annie,

    I am so so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine how devastating it must be to deal with losing such an amazing man in your life so suddenly. Reading this post truly brought tears to my eyes. Death has been all too familiar this year but it is a constant reminder to reevaluate the way we live our lives and invest in things that will matter eternally. I pray that in this time, you find strength and comfort in your family, friends and God. I’ve never commented here before, but I’ve been following you for over a year. You are my hands down favorite food/baking blogger and you are truly an inspiration to me. You give me hope that I can really develop my passion for baking even while in medical school & residency. I’m a 2nd year medical student in Houston and I feel that we are very similar due to our love of baking (cupcakes especially), medicine and most importantly, family! Please hang in there, Annie. You are loved and you are blessed. I am praying for you and your family. May the good Lord comfort you in this difficult time.

    Lots of love!

  • http://Sweetcakes-Sweetcakesct.blogspot.com Laurie

    I am so sorry to read of your loss. Losing someone you love can be so devastating, especially when it’s sudden. I, too, lost my dad on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) in 2005. Getting through the holidays that year, and each succesive year, ,has been difficult, but the joy of having had him in my life helps me get through it. I wish you fond and loving memories of your dad, and prayers for strength.

  • mary jane

    Hoping you are coping with the loss of your father well, it is truly hard to lose a person you dearly love your own daddy…I sent a comment earlier and now I am thinking of you today sunday december 11, 2011 to let you know I am still thinking of you and yours, christmastime, hanukkah and new years will not be the same without your daddy, I know having lost both my parents before I was even 21 and my dearest grama right before I graduated from college, life is so very precious, I have prayed and chanted for you since the news on your blog, may God hold you and yours close to His heart whatever your religion know that there are people in this universe who care and send many prayers and good wishes for a life that will be healed from this pain of your loss..just a word of comfort..mary jane s.

  • Js41312

    I’m so sorry to hear about the sudden loss of your father. My father just passed away at 62 on 12/2/11, and I have a 17-month-old that was very attached to him. You are exactly right as you say that you will be adjusting to a “new reality”.

  • Anne

    So sorry about your dad. My mom died on the same day last year, so this Thanksgiving day was the one year anniversary. I hope your memories bring you comfort and your family brings you new reasons to smile.

  • Angela

    I am so sorry to hear this! I cannot imagine your and your family’s pain.

  • Kateiscooking

    Annie, I’m so sorry to hear about your father’s death. Until I read your recent Christmas posts I didn’t know. Your father had to be an amazing man to have raised such an amazing daughter! My thoughts and prayers will be with you during the holidays.

  • Duckchick1

    When I first read this post, I didn’t know what to say. I couldn’t even comprehend your pain, and couldn’t think of a single thing to say that didn’t sound dumb. So I didn’t post. Now, all I can think of is “I’m so sorry for this. And I hope the pain recedes over time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • sara

    I am so sorry. Sending healing thoughts to you and your family.

  • Loni Reyes

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Kevin Woodward

    Hi Annie. You don’t know me but I knew your dad. We went to high school together and lived next door to each other in college at IU. I just learned about his passing from a mutual friend Sena Fitzpatrick who pointed me to your site. I think about your dad a lot and searched for him online over the years, but never found him or connected. Although I haven’t seen or spoken with him for more than 35 years I can still hear his laugh and feel his smile. Knowing him, however briefly, made me a better person. I wish you all the best and know you will keep his memory and love alive in your heart. Kevin Woodward.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks very much Kevin. I appreciate it.

  • Jeannette

    Annie…I haven’t been to your blog in a bit but decided to visit today to see what I’d missed…totally shocked when I read your Thanksgiving day post….so so sorry about your father…I was just out for a walk today and my dad crossed my mind…and it hit me that even though we weren’t very close when he was alive…I sure do miss him now….I’ve been following your blog for a few years now and know that you were close with your dad…I remember you saying that he cooked for you guys nightly and that you guys ate dinner together often after you mom passed….he seemed like a really great dad and grandpa! You’re in my thoughts.

    Jeannette

  • Alysha Smethurst

    Annie, I just started following your blog & came across this post. As people mention clearly we do not know eachother however, I can related to the pain you have when loosing someone you love so much. My father in-law past away a year ago next Friday & even though time goes on you can’t help but think of that person daily & wish more then anything you could spend more time with them. My dad always told me that we need to be thankful for the time that we are allowed with people because others are not as fortunate to be given even that much time in life.

  • Melissa

    I just read this post, and I’m so sorry. I lost my Dad at the age of 57 on 09.20.2011, the worst day of my life. He battled leukemia for the 2nd time and after complications from a bone marrow transplant his body just couldn’t take anymore. I, too, classified 2011 as the worst year of my life. But it was also the best year of my life because my husband and I welcomed our first child into our family just 4 short months before my Dad’s passing. He brought a lot of joy to our family while our world was crashing down around us. So, I feel kind of connected to you because it appears that you had a similar year. I hope you’re doing as OK as you can be, and that you concentrate on your wonderful memories of him and making new memories with your beautiful child.
    Melissa

  • Inchoate86_205

    Annie I am new to your blog and am just now reading the post about your wonderful father. I am grateful to him for raising such a beautiful daughter who brings so much happiness into this world. I am also especially grateful in times like these for a loving Heavenly Father who cares for and loves each of us beyond comprehension. I know that because of our Savoir Jesus Christ families are forever. Thank you for all you do and share

  • Missy

    May your father’s memory be a blessing to all who knew and loved him. Hang in there.

  • dek2711

    Thinking of you today Annies..lots of love and hugs to you and your family.

  • annieseats

    Thank you, I appreciate it.