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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Resurfacing

The last week and a half has been a roller coaster, to put it lightly.  I feel like I’ve been to hell and back a few times.  Rather than focusing on the shocking and sudden loss of Dad, I’m trying to focus on some of the more positive aspects of the way things occurred, such as the fact that we had just recently enjoyed a nice family weekend including some extended family from out of town, complete with grilling (because if it didn’t come off of a grill, it almost wasn’t food to Dad) and birthday cake.  The fact that he had recently picked up Andrew to spend the night so he could have Gagoo’s undivided attention and those best buddies could play, play, play.  And the fact that my brother who moved to Atlanta earlier this year came in to town in the early hours of Thanksgiving day did get to see Dad and talk with him for a few minutes before they went to sleep.  The sudden and untimely nature of his death makes the entire situation much, much worse for those surviving him, but I take comfort in knowing that he was in such a happy place in his life when he left this world.  After years of sadness over Mom’s death, it was so nice to see him whole and happy again.

This weekend we held a celebration of life in honor of Dad at the elementary school where he was principal for close to 30 years, and then enjoyed an after-party/wake at his favorite local bar.  The outpouring of love and support we witnessed was truly amazing, but not at all surprising when I think about the kind of person my father was.  Person after person spoke of his friendly personality, gregarious nature, reliability, and emotional strength in trying times.  I already thought Dad was the best man I’d ever known, but hearing familiar stories as well as new ones brought my love and admiration for him to a whole new level.  I know that the healing process is only just beginning but that was certainly a good place to start.

I also must take a moment to thank all of you, my loyal, caring, and wonderful readers for your words of sympathy, encouragement and support in this tough time.  I have read every single comment, email, and Facebook message.  Many of you commented that nothing you could say would matter or help but believe me, it really does help.  Those of you who said that even though we’ve never met, I have been your friend in the kitchen for a long time – you have no idea what that means to me.  That is why I keep doing what I’m doing here in this space of mine.  So thank you, thank you, thank you for your uplifting words in a very trying time.

I’ve been back in the kitchen this weekend and will be back to blogging as usual this week.  I know that this new chapter of time is only just beginning but right now I’m hoping time spent in the kitchen will provide both distraction and therapy while I learn this new normal.

  • http://www.mommablogsalot.com Jen E @ mommablogsalot

    Annie, I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am to hear about your loss! I honestly cannot even imagine. Hope you are doing okay and that your time in the kitchen helps.

  • http://www.mommablogsalot.com Jen E @ mommablogsalot

    Annie, I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am to hear about your loss! I honestly cannot even imagine. Hope you are doing okay and that your time in the kitchen helps.

  • http://profiles.google.com/liz.nelson.531 Liz Nelson

    Annie–this was very touching. I hope whenever this much sadness enters anyone’s life, they can take the time to see the positive as you have.

  • http://profiles.google.com/liz.nelson.531 Liz Nelson

    Annie–this was very touching. I hope whenever this much sadness enters anyone’s life, they can take the time to see the positive as you have.

  • Jess Joseph

    Hi Annie

    I frequent your blog & I was going through in my head who I can bless with this article that I read today. Hope you have a merry Christmas. God bless.

    http://www.girltalkhome.com/blog/comfort-at-christmastime

  • Anita Flynn

    Annie:
    I normally stalk your blog (It’s a bit unhealthy, really.)
    After your post regarding your absence, I checked it less and less. Instead of clicking excitedly to your page to see if JUST MAYBE you had put something new up, I began to turn to other outlets of creative blog-reading. (None were as good as yours, I do SO love you.) I fully understand your lack of blogging, so please don’t take this as me complaining you weren’t blogging… I’m just explaining I missed you.
    Anyway. Today, I was referencing (As I do A LOT) one of your recipes, and I needed to include a picture. To my UTTER JOY, I saw that you have been posting for the last week or so!!! I am so glad to have you back, and you are welcome in my meager kitchen any time. :)
    <3

  • Anonymous

    I was only gone for a week, but very glad to hear you missed me so much :) Thanks for the kind words.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=144100201 Amanda Hinkle

    I continue to think about you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Julie

    Annie, you are an inspiration to me. Hope you had a great Christmas! -Julie

  • Alexis

    Annie, I know it’s been a few months now but I had stopped checking your blog after your father’s passing. I didn’t know if or when you’d be back blogging…now I see that you’ve been blogging quite a bit which makes me happy. Can’t wait to try all your new recipes. I really enjoy them. Keep em coming :)