Wednesday, March 11, 2009

There Are Times when Life Becomes Much More Important Than Blogging . . .

My lovely and gracious step-mother, Norma Noel Denny, passed away yesterday. She was a wonderful companion to my father, and much loved by all of our family. I will be taking time off from the blog so I can be with my family during this time.

(Since I was already going to be away part of next week to participate in a panel on foodblogging at the SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, it might be more than a week before I manage to update the blog, but I'll be back as soon as I can.)

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99 comments:

Kelly said...

Heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. You will be missed, but it is understood that family always comes first.

Take care.

spunkysuzi said...

My condolences to you and your family.

Margaret Polaneczky, MD (aka TBTAM) said...

My condolances to you and your family.

Ditto - Family first, blogging second.

Ricki said...

Oh, Kalyn, I'm so sorry! What a lovely photo. Sympathy to you and all your family.

Mindy said...

I too offer you my condolences.

Beanie said...

Prayers and sympathy...take time to reflect on her life and remember what she brought to it...

Trish said...

My thought of sympathy are for you and your family and will keep you in my prayers.

Lisa said...

I'm so sorry to read this Kalyn. My mother in law suddenly passed away a month ago, so I can feel your pain.

sassymonkey said...

My condolences to you and your family Kalyn.

Grandma Poppi said...

So sorry to hear of your family's loss. What a lovely looking lady. Some things are surely more important than blogs.

indosungod said...

Take Care. Kalyn.

carondg said...

Oh, Kalyn, I'm so sorry. My thoughts are with you and your father. I know he's not well so this has got to be especially devastating to your family.

Hugs,
Caron

Janet said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your step-mom; condolences to you and your family.

J.Danger said...

I am so sorry Kalyn. My condolences to you and yours.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Peace and Blessings to you all.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Our thoughts are with your family.

Mrs. L said...

Oh Kalyn I'm so sorry. My condolences to you and your family.

Erika Jurney said...

I'm so sorry Kalyn...

melissa said...

Many loving thoughts are with you from across the miles. Be safe traveling as well.

Meghan said...

Kalyn - I am so sorry to hear about your step-mother. I will be praying for you and your family.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I'm so sorry - please take care.

DineInDiva said...

My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Elenka said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Looking forward to your return.

Danetta said...

I am so sorry for your family's loss. Prayers for your family.

Julissa said...

Blogging can wait, be with your family and try to start the healing process.

Trish said...

Oh...my sympathies are with you and your family. You are right...family first...I've been there with my own mom less than a year ago. Take care. Blessings on you and your family as you seek comfort at this time. My prayers will be with you.

Amy Sherman said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Hang in there! Sending you much love and best wishes.

Hollie Nell said...

I literally just discovered your amazing blog last night. I just started the SB diet and it's amazing even for a non cook like myself.

I send my sincere condolences to you and your family. But I look forward to trying more of your amazing recipes.

Sara said...

Sorry for your loss Kalyn.

Kalyn said...

Thanks everyone for the nice thoughts and good wishes. I really appreciate it.

laurie said...

Kalyn - I'll look forward to seeing you when you get to town. All the best to your family - such a sweet picture of your dad and stepmother.

amanda said...

so sorry to hear about your family's loss! you're in all of our thoughts.

Arfi Binsted said...

My deep deep condolence, Kalyn. Yes, like you said when I lost my father-in-law, it is a hard time for you and your family right now, but there's one thing to hang our head up that the loved one is at peace right now, painless. Hugs to you, Kalyn. Hugs to you.

Wazzup said...

I'm sorry for your loss... all the best to you and your loved ones.

Cindystar said...

A great hug to you and all your dearest, a sweet pray for yor step-mother.

The Italian Dish said...

Best to you, Kalyn, and I'll look forward to your return. Take care.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. Please do what is best for you and your family. I'm sure I'm not the only one who will say to do what you need to do for YOU, we will still be here. *hugs*

carole with an "e" in NYC said...

Condolences to you and your family. Photo of them is lovely.

Melanie said...

My sympathies to you and your family.

Roberta in Maumee said...

Hi, Kalyn--your affection for your stepmom is clear in your words about her. I am so sorry for your loss. Peace, from Roberta in Ohio

sra said...

I am sorry, Kalyn. Take care.

Bibi said...

Norma Noel.......a beautiful name for a beautiful woman.........I am so sorry for you loss, Kalyn

Anna said...

Condolences to you and your family, K.

Derrick T. said...

My deepest condolences go out to you and your family and friends.

Nupur said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Kalyn. Condolences to your whole family.

Lynne said...

I am so very sorry.......

KnittingReader said...

My deepest sympathies for you and your family. Take care of yourself.

Elaine Ausmus said...

Kalyn, remember to love and appreciate the gifts Norma brought to your lives. Blessings, Elaine

Jason Sandeman said...

Nothing I can say will make it better, so please accept my sorrow for your loss. You will be in our prayers.

ashley said...

I'm sorry for your loss Kalyn. Prayers and sympathies.

j & j dish it out said...

We are so sorry to hear of your loss...you are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.
Jaime

Bruno said...

My condolences Kalyn.

Just Another SAHM said...

Take care of yourself & know that we're all thinking of you & your family.

Cora said...

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

Quel said...

Sending positive vibes y'alls way.

SaysPhoebe said...

Deepest sympathies Kalyn. How wonderful though that you and your family had such a wonderful woman in your lives.

We'll all look forward to your return, but your wealth of work will hold us over for now... As you said, take care of your family for now.

Of course, where I grew up, that meant plenty of love and plenty of food... :)

Thoughts are with you.

Vanessa said...

I'm sorry to hear that, Kalyn. Let me know if you need anything.

Eileen said...

Sorry to hear about you and your Dad's loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Maria said...

Sorry for you loss. Our thoughts and best wishes to you and your family.

carolyn t at tastingspoons.com said...

Sometimes life throws us a wake-up call, and this surely is one of them. Blogging shouldn't consume us. I'm so sorry for your loss, Kalyn. Be with your family where you're needed now.

Astrid said...

I am so sorry Kalyn. My heartfelt sympathies to you and your family!

Victoria said...

Kalyn, so sorry.... The fact that you actually took the time to post in your blog shows the depth of your character. There is alot of positive energy being sent your way from those here.

laura said...

I'm so sorry for your family's loss, Kalyn.

Deb B. said...

Kalyn, I'm so sorry for your loss. My mom was Norma also - and my mother-in-law - both wonderful ladies, as I'm sure your Norma was also. We'll miss you, but you need to do what you need to do, and all my sympathies for you and your family now.
Deb in NC

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Do take time to visit and share memories with your family. Take care Barbie Fortune

Kalyn said...

I'm really touched that so many people are taking time to leave a comment. Your support means a lot to me.

Christine said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Kalyn. My heartfelt condolences to your family. Take all the time you need.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

You are in my thoughts, Kalyn. Take your time; we'll be here when you return.

Katrina said...

So sorry to hear! Take care.

shdawn said...

Much sympathy for your loss. Much appreciation for your blog. Having lost my mother in October, I still will wake up and think of calling her. I have a peach seed I carry in my pocket that I found on the sill by her kitchen sink. It's hard and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

RecipeGirl said...

My thoughts are with you Kalyn. ((Hugs)).

Trig said...

Wishing you and your family all the very best at this difficult time. You've always been so supportive of all of us out here when we've had difficulties. You've been like a mother to the food blogging community, so you know you have a huge family thinking about you right now. You know what's most important in the coming days and it's not the internet. Come blog again later.

Penny said...

My heartfelt sympathy. Take care of yourself.

Sassle said...

Prayers and condolences to you and your family. I agree family always comes first!

Nate-n-Annie said...

Kalyn,

My condolences. I'm so sorry for your family's loss.

Aloha,

Nate

PS: thanks for the mention in your SXSW eats post.

Pam said...

My prayers and sympathy are with you and your family.

Sarah said...

Kalyn, I am so sorry for your loss and the loss that your whole family has experienced. My thoughts are with you. Let me know if there is anything at all I can do.
Love, s

Caroline said...

Thinking of you Kalyn.

Foodie McBody said...

Aw, she's beautiful... I am so sorry for this loss.

Murasaki Shikibu said...

My heartfelt condolences to you and your family...

Zelda said...

Sending you and your family heartfelt sympathies at your loss. Take care of yourself!

Zelda

crockpotlady said...

You and your family are in my thoughts. Please travel safely.
xoxo steph

ant_sheila@yahoo.com said...

God bless you in this time of sorrow.

katiez said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. My condolences to your father and your family

Deborah Dowd said...

Oh Kalyn,I am so sorry. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers- and we will all be here lifting you up until you are ready to return.

Anonymous said...

My condolences on your loss. For me, losing my step-mother was as devastating as losing my mother 20-some years earlier. I'm blessed to have had both women in my life.

manila said...

Sorry about your loss.
My condolences to you and your family. I accidentally came across your blog. This is the first thing I read on your blog. I really felt bad.

Aggie said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Blessings...

Kathy said...

So sorry to hear about your loss Kalyn. Hugs to you and yours.

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

My sympathies to you, dear Kalyn. How wonderful that you had such a loving stepmother.

Mimi

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of this lovely lady. I hope you take some time for yourself and to celebrate the gifts she shared with all of you.

Kalyn said...

Sorry I'm not getting back here that often to respond, but the nice comments mean a lot to me.

Sara said...

I'm sorry for your loss.

Kalyn said...

I'm just getting caught up on this after being at SXSW, and even found a few comments I thought I'd published, but probably just read in e-mail. Sorry about that! Thank you again to everyone for all the support and positive wishes. What a week, but it did help to have all the nice messages.

Meg Wolff said...

Dear Kalyn,
Sorry to read about your stepmother, that is so sad.:-(
The photo of her & your Dad (your Dad does look happy) is a nice one. Warm wishes sent your way at this time of mourning.

breadchick said...

Kayln, condolences to you and your family. My thoughts are with you.

Timothy said...

Kalyn, I haven't checked your site in a while, so I am late, but I am truly saddened to hear this news. Losing somebody so close is simply terrible, awful. My thoughts are with you, your dad, and your entire family.

lizriz said...

So sorry for your loss. Sending virtual hugs your way.

Jeanne said...

Oh Kalyn, I'm so sorry. I only saw this now, but I hope that you and your family have been able to provide each other with strength during this time. Hugs to you.

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