Well, I suppose I am officially back here for recipes, friends. Thank you for bearing with me while I needed to be there extra for my family. It’s been one heck of a year and a half and I simply can not believe how far we’ve come. I’m beyond grateful to tell you that Nick is doing great. Feeling great, looking great, bloodwork great…it’s all just so much to digest and I mean that in an over-the-top-overwhelmed-with-gratitude sort of way. To have witnessed first hand what that man went through was both a nightmare and a gift. He is just incredible. You know, when you’re in the midst of something that traumatic, sometimes you just go on autopilot and don’t have the ability to fully process what is happening. So now, all of that processing is happening and while it can leave marks and scars, we are so full of gratefulness.
Some of you have been here from the get-go; cooking along with me and supporting me in my little side gig that I love so dearly. And some of you joined us to stay updated on Nick; the prayers and support you provided us will never be forgotten. And now it’s time to turn the page to the next chapter.
It is with a tip toe that I step back into this recipe writing and sharing thing. You see, as many of you know, when you go through something traumatic, something that’s taken your control away, something that won’t give you and end mark or ever fully leave your life, you have this beautiful, yet sad sense of nothing is forever. And the truth of all of this is that taking this step back into something that I loved so deeply, that defined me and was my sense of “normal” life for so long, feels a little challenging. It means that it might not ever look like it did and that I could fail this time around. It means that I might never fully be able to unravel in it the way I did before because of the experiences that have changed me. And it means that I’m officially trying to turn the page onto the next chapter and there are so very many emotions that come with that. Because when you’ve reached the point of closure in situations like this, there lies the opportunity for it all to happen again. And that can feel really scary.
But it’s time and we can do it. Maybe it won’t be the same, but we can take everything we’ve gained and apply it back to where we started…with a fresh, new, revitalized perspective and creativity. I want to thank you all again for your support. Whether it’s been from the get-go, sharing NP with friends and family and helping me promote my small business, whether it’s been through the side jobs you have provided or participated in with me, or whether it’s the support you’ve given my family when Nick was sick. I am so very happy to be back here in my element, writing and cooking with all of you, and I look forward to what’s in store. And now…deep breaths🤍