I'm so sorry that I've been MIA for so much of the summer. I've been trying to check in here and there when I can, through facebook or the blogosphere and I truly had every intention of getting back to more regular posting a couple of weeks ago. But you know how life goes.... Just when you think things are finally settling down, something else happens and the world goes spinning out of control, all over again.
There have been some very sad events for our family over the past few months. In mid-July, my husband's 65 year old uncle, (who has early onset Alzheimer's Disease) went missing, several hours away from his home in Maryland. From the look of things, his car ran out of gas on a very rural, desolate stretch of highway, in Pennsylvania. According to the state police, it's an area where the nearest store, gas station or residential area is miles and miles away, in any direction. The area surrounding the highway is densely wooded, which has made the ground and air searches they've performed, quite difficult. To date, we've had absolutely no leads... no clues whatsoever, as to where he is or what has happened to him. Unfortunately, the more time passes, the less hope we have of a positive outcome.
Sadly, we've also lost 2 extended family members, a very dear friend and most recently and so tragically, the son of long-time friends, at the age of 28. (he was also our daughter's first boyfriend and they were still close friends) We're all still in shock, truth be told. To say that it's been nearly impossible to focus on much, other than getting through it all with some semblance of sanity in tact, would be an understatement. For those of you who are so inclined, prayer and positive thoughts are very much in need and would be so greatly appreciated by me and by my family at the moment.
To the wonderful friends who already know about some of this, I can't thank you enough for all of your kind words, thoughts, prayers and concern. I've said it many times over the years, but I just have to repeat myself... The blogosphere is seriously one of the most amazing, supportive communities that I've ever been a part of and I thank you all, from the bottom of my heart.
So.... I've started to attempt to cook a few actual meals again and I do have a few posts in the works. It's taking a little more time than usual for me to get them up and running, but I thought I'd post a little sneak peek at what I'm working on...
Thank you all so, so much for hanging in there with me.
Much Love and Many Blessings,