Sorry for being gone so long. I kept trying to get the momentum going on the blog, but with having no set schedule for work, not having full time work at all, things were far too stressful when I added the blog onto everything else that needed to get done in a day. That was not what the blog was supposed to be about. It was supposed to be about sharing my recipes, sharing my stories and hearing yours. It was a way for me to think things through and to help others who might have gone through a struggle much like mine but not had the informational resources I was fortunate to have when I jumped into gluten free.
Today is a day to celebrate our mothers, and other amazing, strong women who paved the way to where we are today. For without them, we wouldn’t be here. As some of you know, I don’t have much of a ‘traditional’ family, and what family I do have (besides my son) wasn’t found until I was a grown adult. But as much as I love them, and I am grateful for the fact they’ve helped me live up to the dreams I gave myself, what I want to do on this day…which is also my birthday, is to celebrate the amazing women who helped me to transform my life. A day to celebrate life, celebrating the women who made it possible for me to celebrate my new life!
I’m sure many of you know these women. There’s Jen, who got an entire string of gluten and allergen free conventions going on to spread the word, and help educate us all. I loved volunteering for the convention last year in Dallas and would do it again in a heart beat if I could. Then there’s Shirley and Linda. Two amazing women who were my first brush with gluten free bloggers. I’ve made a variation on Linda’s hamburger buns too many time to keep count. And Amy, along with so many others who gave me the inspiration to post what I did myself. To follow my dreams.
For all of that, I wanted to tell them “THANK YOU”, for helping to give birth to my own ideas. Even as I struggle with the issues I mentioned about posting regularly, I constantly read what they had to say, and thought, and experimented when I could. But it’s not easy. I have to work full time and while I don’t have a kid I have to watch constantly or the like, it seems like my life is often too full to do everything I want to and still give myself time to relax. My collection of recipes is never going to be as large as say Shirley who not so recently started yet another gluten free recipe website, but one just about desserts. Yet, here I am; if I’m completing one fully developed recipe a week, I consider it rather productive. Often, Aaron and I will eat our own homemade fried rice (the secret is Oyster sauce and yes, I will be sharing that recipe as well) multiple times in a given week and a lot of naturally gluten free foods because we are still on a college student budget.
And now, with Aaron graduating in December, we have to look ahead to what is waiting for us. Aaron is considering the military (we’ve narrowed it down to the AF or the ARMY (Anyone wants to give us info on that to help us decide, we welcome it), and that’s induced a new level of stress into our world since that will likely mean moving and the chance of him deploying and we still have to wait a year to even apply due to some medication he was erroneously prescribed so we’ll have to wait a few months after his graduation.
I’m not going to make promises of what my plans are, because every day seems to change them. But I hope you’re ready for what I’ve got coming since I’m very excited for the ideas I was finally able to get down so I could share them with you. And to Jen, Shirley, Linda, Amy and many other bloggers, thank you for being my inspiration.
It’s my birthday and I’ll eat (gluten free) cake if I want to! Check back tomorrow for a new recipe!