• Jessica Meyer

    posted on September 10, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Hi Amy! I came across your blog from foodie blogroll and I am so happy I found it. Your writing is great and I love all the pictures and recipes. Keep up the good work. I also blog gluten free and am the Austin Gluten Free Examiner. Here are my links. Feel free to leave any feedback :)
    http://peaceloveaustin.blogspot.com
    http://www.examiner.com/x-18200-Austin-Gluten-Free-Examiner

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  • Amy @ Finer Things

    posted on September 10, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Amy, this is beautiful. But I had to cry… my own Dad turns 65 in November. You just never know…

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    Amy Reply:

    I cried, too. No, you don’t ever know. Which is why it’s so important to appreciate what’s right in front of that. But I don’t have to tell you that, do I? :)

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  • Kim, The Food Allergy Coach

    posted on September 10, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Another very inspiring post, Amy. This one gave me chills. I can’t thank you enough for your honesty and for sharing such an important part of yourself. One of my clients mentioned to me today that they were extremely grateful for being referred to your blog! I am grateful for being able to do the work that I do, having a supportive husband, a loving family, and wonderful friends.

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    Amy Reply:

    I wondered if that was you – thank you so much for sending her my way. :) And thanks for sharing what you’re grateful for – it made me smile. (I’m grateful for the work you do, too!)

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  • Tiffany S.

    posted on September 10, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Wonderful post, Amy. Such a tragic story but it sounds like you’re in a good place with it now.

    I remember my Grandmother’s funeral when I was 14 and how stuffed I ended up that day because I just could not take the pain. So many days I wish I’d been able to listen to all the wonderful stories people wanted to tell me, but at the time I just couldn’t be the girl who was sobbing uncontrollably in a room full of people.

    These days I wouldn’t care at all. I would stand and listen and cry.

    Thank you so much for sharing your story.

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  • Sunny

    posted on September 10, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    I echo the comments above…thanks for sharing! I am grateful that I get to go camping with my family this weekend, for family that loves me and accepts me however I am, for my husband who seems to love me no matter what, and for wonderful supportive co-workers!

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  • Erin Elberson

    posted on September 10, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. Sometimes it can be difficult to open up about something so deeply personal, but it will always resonate with others. I am grateful for the lungs that expand, legs that move, and the fact that I can get up early and see the world begin. Just scratching the surface-heck any day upright and breathing is a moment to be grateful for and aware of.
    Be well,
    Erin

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  • Lauren

    posted on September 10, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Beautiful post. I know that losing a loved one is never easy, but you write about it so eloquently. 3 of my grandparents have passed away, and although their deaths ended suffering, it is still sad to know that they are gone, but I am grateful for the time I did get to spend with them, regardless of what they will miss.

    Thank you also for reminding us how important it is to be grateful and appreciate everything we have, for it is always more than we know.

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  • Alta

    posted on September 11, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Amy, your post today brought me to tears. It’s never easy to lose a loved one, and I can only imagine the loss of a parent. My mother lost her father last December, and my father lost his father in May. My father’s father was a big loss to me – he was the “Grandpa” I grew up with. (I even posted about him in my blog, along with a tamale recipe) I’m so happy for you, that you’ve found a peaceful, healthy place to be with your loss.
    I am grateful today for having a loving husband who is endlessly supportive. I’m grateful to have enough money to pay the bills. I’m grateful to have family and friends. I’m grateful to have my step-children in my life, and to have the opportunity to influence their lives.

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  • Junecutie

    posted on September 11, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Amy,
    I’ve been visiting your site for a couple of weeks, but I had never felt compelled to reply until now. I agree with you about gratitude. Sometimes for me, it’s as simple as just saying to myself, “I feel really happy at this one moment in time, and I am grateful for it”. I am continally grateful for a husband who’s a genius, but thinks I’m the smart one, and who knows me inside and out and loves me anyway. I am grateful for the love of my cats. I am grateful for the good health, wellness, and continued well being experienced by my little family. I am grateful for my eyes that can read and for my agile mind that can understand and enjoy what I read. I am grateful for so very many things in my life. Thank you so much again for sharing your feelings and experiences with us.
    Much love and many blessings,
    June

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  • cheryl

    posted on September 11, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Amy,

    Thanks for such a lovely, heartfelt, genuine and brave post. I’m sure your father would be delighted and proud of how you’ve learned to cope and thrive with life’s challenges.

    It was probably 5 years ago that I found myself unable to walk–even a step–and am slowly recovering, with many bouts of fatigue, pain, and illness within. Gratitude was one of many super tools to help me through that time. I have a fabulous husband, a wonderful job (2, really), a kitchen that I’ve made work with my physical limitations so I can cook and bake more and more each year, 2 rockin’ cats and a beautiful garden. I’ve been blessed with many people to help me on my unexpected journey, and I’m grateful to all of them.

    Cheers!

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  • Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen

    posted on September 11, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Wow, Amy I am kind of speechless here. Sometimes I think it takes come out of a hard choice and finding peace with it, to really start to live life fully. You see things in a different way after that. *hugs* for being you!

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  • gfe--gluten free easily

    posted on September 12, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Oh, Amy, you’ve put so much that’s wonderful in this post. I cried, too. I knew your father had passed on (remembering your explanation on Perry George’s name), but didn’t know how hard that was for you all. To see him enjoying all those things once again that he loved so much and then to lose him. Very tough indeed. I am so grateful to still have both my own parents. (Visited them on Thursday and took Snickerdoodle ice cream for Mom’s BD. A nice, relaxing visit–how nice to have those times.) I am grateful for my son. At 21, he is full of life and energy–even more so since he is gluten free. We spent the day together from breakfast, to shopping for school clothes at the store where he works and thriving, to lunch. It was a blast. I am grateful for my husband who is always “with me” if you know what I mean, celebrating life with trips and camping and everyday life, supporting my blogging and support group efforts wholeheartedly, and so much more. I am grateful for my support group–an amazing, everchanging group of people who are like family. I am grateful for all my friends, the ones nearby and the virtual ones (like you, dear girl), in the online community. Gratitude can and should lift one up … that’s for sure. It’s a very humbling thing, too.

    Many hugs and thanks for this post, dear,
    Shirley

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  • Linda

    posted on September 14, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    I’m just getting around to reading this post, and I’m glad I did. Thank you for sharing your life with us and encouraging us. I’m grateful for my husband, children, dogs, extended family, church family, house, and so much more.

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  • Kendra

    posted on September 14, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Hi Amy, I read your story and the Finding Balance posts today after stumbling upon your blog on another GF blog. I am thinking of eliminating refined sugar like you did – I could really relate to the cravings and viscious cycle. I am curious though – in one post you mentioned you are in awe of your husband who can eat a bite of cake and say “it’s not that good” and stop. Now that you’re GF and SF, can you do that with your healthier desserts, or does the sweet tooth still kick in?

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    Amy Reply:

    Good question – and amazingly enough if I don’t like it I don’t eat it. It’s great. Sometimes if I’m testing something in the kitchen and it’s not quite right I might take a few more bites trying to figure out what it needs. I do still like my sweets but I don’t over eat.

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  • Whitney

    posted on April 23, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Gratitude… after a rough patch (I was quite ill, overstressed, grieving a loss and had developed sensitivities to about 15 common foods), I remember making a list of what I am grateful for, yearning for perspective. The list included Jesus, my Savior; my wonderful husband; and my family and friends. I relate with your story in many ways, though weight hasn’t been my biggest struggle. Thank you so much for your encouragement and transparency—reminding people like me that they’re not alone! Bless you.

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