Over the past three years I have lost four amazing people in my life, my grandparents.  This morning at 2:15am my last remaining grandfather lost his battle with cancer.  It has been an extremely tough past few weeks as his condition worsened.  Never once in the past nine months did he admit he had cancer or ever really share with us the amount of pain he was in.  Not only was he a strong man, he was a World War II veteran and one of the most intelligent people I have ever known.

I can’t imagine not being able to hear his voice or share my next exciting wedding with him, but I know that he will be with me in spirit each and every day.  All of my grandparents have played vital roles in helping me become the person I am today.

I had one grandfather trek all over London and Paris with me in the search of the perfect pair of shoes to not find any, and return home to purchase a pair of Doc Martens that I could have easily purchased while in London.

I have become a food snob thanks to my grandmother who made me try everything once.  From tofu to I believe cow brains and every veggie under the sun. She made me a seafood lover and taught me never to say no to lobster and that ordering room service is never a bad thing.

My other grandmother taught me the importance of saving receipts as I follow in her footsteps when shopping.  Buying clothing one day and returning it the next, because I do not like it or I was to lazy to try it on while shopping. We used to share a love of reading US Weekly and Ok magazine to keep up on celebrity gossip.

And last but not least, my grandfather (who passed away today) taught me how to make eating an art form, helped me construct a wall of photographs out of plexi-glass and gave me a history lesson whenever he could.

Each one of them are in my thoughts each and everyday and I am so thankful to have them be a part of my upbringing and I hope that I can make them proud everyday of my life.

I also wanted to extend a special thank you to all of my clients who have been so supportive over the past three years.  I deeply appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers during our time of grief.  I honestly do not know what I would have done without all of you.  I am so grateful and lucky to have the best family, friends and clients in the world.

I will be taking the rest of this week off to join our family and friends, please feel free to email or call, just know that I may not be able to return your calls or emails until early next week.

All the Best!


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September 3, 2009 - 11:07 am

Ashley and Seth - Amanda – We are so very sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers go out for you and your family.

August 28, 2009 - 10:29 pm

Danielle Lilly - Amanda, I am so sorry to hear about your grandfather. Time with family and friends is the best medicine for times like these. It sounds like you really were blessed to have so much time with 4 wonderful people. Hope each day is getting easier and easier. – Danielle

August 22, 2009 - 12:51 am

Jennifer and Richard - Dear Amanda, We are sorry for your loss. Please know that your family is our thoughts and prayers. Jen and Richard

August 20, 2009 - 5:36 am

Kara - Amanda, I am sorry to hear about your loss. Looks like you have great memories to hold close to you. I will keep you in my prayers, Kara

August 17, 2009 - 7:28 pm

Cyndi Klose - My prayers are with you my friend. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

August 17, 2009 - 3:33 pm

Erica - Amanda,
Thinking of you and your family during this rough time. I am glad you were blessed with wonderful grandparents who enjoyed spending time with you and helping to mold you into the wonderful woman that I know you are. God Bless and Praying for you.
Erica and Andrew

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