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Dec. 20, 2011 4:09 am 
Updated: Jan. 13, 2012 1:31 am
Thank you so much for all your Love and caring….
I think it’s about time to let you know how I am doing…without my sweetheart, Danny. I’m as fine as one could expect … coping, learning, and doing the best I know how. I have kept busy these past nine months with much traveling. As some know, my baby sis, Brenda, passed away a month and a half after Danny, so beyond the grief, we were all busy getting her teen boys situated. We loved and lost 5 important people in our family this year, all too young in my mind’s eye but I guess our higher power called, even Uncle Clinton, who was in his 70’s. I’m thinking we need to huddle together; my dear Family….5 people in one year is a huge hole in a family. And we have lost 3 wonderful Allrecipes Buzzers this year "Eakes" hubby, Russ, “Razzberryice” and “Sharyl4”,  "BevF"and I'm sure there are more we don't know about…hard to fathom. We have many candles to light this Christmas….

The GOOD NEWS is I did go to North Dakota in October to set Danny’s headstone and got to go see the ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL bench you guys bought! I cannot tell you HOW HUGE and beautiful it is! It’s about a block from his brother’s house on the same street. It’s called Centennial Park, on the grounds of the old elementary school that was torn down….now it’s a full block of trees, walkways, huge kids’ playground with nice play stuff, and a large pergola where they placed benches to sit. BUT Danny’s Memorial bench is the only huge polished marble/granite (?) one and is sitting in the prime position of the pergola. He will never be forgotten! It was Danny’s birthday so mid October our Maple Tree that you all had planted didn’t quite have all her leaves on (it was Fall) but she’s looking good and she’s taller than me by a few feet!.

Family members met at his gravesite to see his headstone and it was beautiful. The small cemetery that he is buried in with his other 2 older brothers, overlooks the farm his Lepp Family, the 6 boys grew up on! I never knew that the cemetery overlooked the old farm! And he is the closest guy next to the old church.

So honestly, it was a happy day to know all that! I’ve been to the farm and in the house a few times…it was abandoned many years before we married. The house still stands (not livable) and the farm is still owned by family members. So tho I was a horrible wreck all that day in anticipation….honestly…it was a relief… not bad… we laughed… his Mom and brother, Jerry talked about old times, no tears! My Father-in-law, my sis-in-law, Corinne (our nurse here in KY, she came down to help me out, INVALUABLE)…we all just walked around together in such a quiet and beautiful place…very calming. That cemetery is a history lesson in itself, so it was interesting to hear all the stories, they told. I love my Lepps!
So I stayed a week up in North Dakota…had my mail held, to be delivered the day I got back….AND GUESS WHAT WAS SITTING THERE WAITING? Okay…now that made me cry….
It was THE BOOKS that LadySparkles and Mike Harvey made from the world’s longest post you guys did! OH WOW! Perfect timing! They are huge, and she did so much work compiling all you all wrote! She made one whole book of Recipes and then a huge, huge book of all your well wishes from the Marathon post. And I was looking at one of the front of the books and said, gosh, this is a gorgeous pic, reminds me of my front porch. Well, It WAS my porch…. that Mike Harvey had made such nice artwork for the fronts of the books! Thanks, Mike…amazing work, between you and Carla! Mike, just recently read your blog that kept everything organized.<
I cannot thank you all enough… Baking Nana, Redneckgramma, Carrie, Celeste, Mike Harvey, and LadySparkles and all of you that kept the post going thru those our most desperate times. I’m trying to go thru each and every post as I can….I must say, it’s rough. You guys have all been so great and Danny was so proud to have me be a part of this AR Family. And I do have the recipes I need to start baking! Thank you all for being AMAZING to our family….posts from every state, and countries across the world. I can’t tell you how much it really helped our Lepp family to get thru the hard parts and to mend with all your prayers and well wishes.
Our Love always,
Danny (in peace) and Cindy Lepp
& Marley Arf! Arf!

Dec. 20, 2011 4:17 am
The Picture of Danny and me is from last year at Thanksgiving in Charleston....Marley and Me this year in Charleston.
Dec. 20, 2011 4:35 am
You are loved. Both here and in heaven. God Bless you!!! XOXO
Dec. 20, 2011 4:50 am
Love is so contagious, and it's clear to see that you're a carrier. Thanks for sharing, Cindy.
Dec. 20, 2011 5:08 am
So true, Lucy! Love is let's keep passing it on! 5gals is one of my teachers that have taught me!XOXO
Dec. 20, 2011 5:49 am
Cindy you are truly a woman to be admired - so strong and full of love and caring for those in your life! Thank you for sharing with us.
Dec. 20, 2011 5:56 am
Cindy my's so good to hear that you are stepping forward, one foot at a time! Those steps are so painful at first but as you keep moving, those steps will get easier and feel more comfortable. I was so happy to see this blog, and to see you standing next to Danny's bench. Stand tall, stand strong as best you can, but know that you can collapse in our arms whenever you need to. Merry Christmas, XOXOX!
Dec. 20, 2011 6:15 am
Dear Wyatt, sending on Fairytale Brownies this year! Really wonderful, thoughtful gift! (((Hugs)))xoxoxo
Dec. 20, 2011 6:31 am
cindy, YOU, are an inspiration! keep on keepin' on :) merry christmas, luv.
Dec. 20, 2011 6:36 am
Ah Cindy ((((hugs))) to you. You and Danny have touched so many lives. You are very loved.
Dec. 20, 2011 6:51 am
We love you Cindy and Danny. And give Marley a hug from me and Klink.
Dec. 20, 2011 7:03 am
Love and hugs from Michigan..
Dec. 20, 2011 7:05 am
you KNOW we love you sweetie! as i've said before load up marley and drive south for a real southern christmas dinner, surrounded by folks that love you! i'm making the ingredient list now...we would love to add your name to the pot. make sure marley is hungry...too many cats here!
Dec. 20, 2011 7:27 am
Beautiful blog Cindy! Great sentiment and great pictures! God Bless you this Holiday season!
Dec. 20, 2011 8:18 am
Merry Christmas Cindy & Marley. (Danny in Heaven). The pictures are absolutely beautiful! Love and hugs!
Dec. 20, 2011 8:44 am
So sad, I would be lost if something happen to my wife.
Dec. 20, 2011 8:47 am
So glad you got back and were with family. Take care dear Cindy. Barks from our dogs to Marley!
Dec. 20, 2011 9:13 am
Take care Cindy.. God bless u.. & I think Lilly has a crush on Marley... She keeps nosing the screen when the pic is on.. :)
Dec. 20, 2011 10:01 am
Cindy, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear ones. As you know, I lost both my parents two months apart, my dog of 14 years, my husband's nephew, and his brother. I can truly understand your feelings. Blogging has really helped me to reconnect with my creative side and heal. I joined this site so that I could comment to you and read your blog. Keep blogging. Love the candle photo! Danny's headstone is beautiful. Love to you my friend. xoxo Kim
Dec. 20, 2011 10:07 am
Cindy-my heart goes out to you. Beautiful blog! The AR Family is so special here. May the Angels surround you with white light and Danny, too. God Bless!
Dec. 20, 2011 11:48 am
It's never easy when life changes what we are so familar with and love. May your heart find peace.
Dec. 20, 2011 12:12 pm
You are in my prayers Cindy. May the hope and love of Christmas bring peace to your heart. Love you - Pam
Dec. 20, 2011 2:29 pm
That totally brought tears to my eyes...Much love and hugs, Cindy...Merry Christmas! :)
Dec. 20, 2011 2:42 pm
Cindy, Although we've never met, your story has touched my heart (as I can see from this and past blogs comments-you've touched many, many hearts). I wish you and your family a peace filled season (you & your family already have the loved part handled.) Merry Christmas
Dec. 20, 2011 3:05 pm
Cindy, you brought me to tears. You are an inspiration to so many of us here at AR. One step at a time is all that anyone can ever ask of you. It was amazing when everyone here pulled together as a family in yours and Danny's name. The longest AR post of all time was also incredible. May these days be filled with peace for you and for Marley and the rest of your family. And,,, remember to watch for those Cardinals at the feeder!!
Dec. 20, 2011 4:25 pm
My newest girlfriend is a near twin to Marley. During the summer, she kept showing up on our deck and sitting at the door for me to come out. She belongs to the next door neighbor but she likes to be here, too! ... Lady Sparkle was very diligent about getting the book compiled for you, Cindy. Many long hours compiling and many long hours editing. When you see her give her an especially warm hug! She's a great Lady, that Sparkle!
Dec. 20, 2011 5:23 pm
You are one of the nicest people I have ever come across and I am glad you are starting to heal. That post was utterly amazing, but we were happy to support you the best way we could.
Dec. 20, 2011 5:49 pm
Cindy - your blog is beautiful and you are truly an inspiration. May you have a blessed Christmas with many wonderful memories of your husband. Debbie
Dec. 20, 2011 6:53 pm
we all love you cindy...mylepp! i just share you.
Dec. 20, 2011 7:36 pm
It's been a rough year but you've been able to come through it with the strength and grace we've all come to admire. I feel fortunate to call you friend. I hope 2012 brings you good fortune, joy and happiness {{Hugs}}
Dec. 20, 2011 7:48 pm
What a journey you have been on this year! You are definitely an inspiration and a very sweet woman. I can only hope that I can be as strong as you when difficult times come my way. May peace be with you and your family this holiday season!
Dec. 20, 2011 8:56 pm
Merry Christmas to you and all of your family, my dear! It's bit a tough yeaer, let's hope next will be better. Thanks you for sharing this pics of the bench and tree -- it looks terrific! And, THE BOOKS! It gives me goosebumps to even about them! We love you and have the best holidays that you can!
Dec. 20, 2011 9:11 pm
Hugs to you and Marley and another hug to Lady Sparkle who worked so diligently to pull everything together for you.
Dec. 21, 2011 4:36 am
Hey Cindy-Loo and Marley too! Thanks for sharing your journey, you are one of a kind! Hang in there and keep smiling! XXXXXXXXOOOOOOOOOXXXXXXXX
Dec. 21, 2011 4:51 am
WOW my friend...BEAUTIFUL BLOG...i couldn't help that with every word and every pic i was sending u great big warm fuzzy HUGS
Dec. 21, 2011 4:55 am
was just thinking of you yesterday and then you appear just like an ANGEL...i've missed you so hopefully we'll chat in the not-so-distant future...seeing your beautiful face and being able to read your blog and see the pics first thing this morning will help me have a good day!!! thanks...and MERRY CHRISTMAS & ALL THE BEST FOR THE NEW YEAR...LOTS AND LOTS OF LUV from sadiedawg and i and the 'dud' too...take care my friend...luv ya ;o0) xoxox
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Dec. 21, 2011 7:55 am
Cindy, you are truly a very courageous woman. I can't imagine how hard it's been. You've handled your loss with optimism and true grace. You are an inspiration. Someday, maybe we'll meet. When we do, I will hug you tight! xoxoxo And, what a wonderful job Mike Harvey and Lady Sparkle did on the book. They are devoted and and hardworking friends.
Dec. 21, 2011 10:18 am
Ms. Cindy, (((Big Hugs))) wonderful blog! Peace and Wonder to you and Marley from the Sparkle house XOXOXO and a happier 2012! :)
Dec. 21, 2011 10:22 am
May the eternal flame burn forever in honor of the lost loved ones.
Dec. 21, 2011 10:25 am
Hi Cindy, wonderful post and happy holidays!
Dec. 21, 2011 10:33 am
Cindy I wasn't on AR this past year. Too much to get into now. Anyway, I continued to recieve emails from and keep up with you & Danny. When I returned I was so glad to see your name. It was one I was looking for. I am so impressed by you, by how well you have handled everything. You seem to be a strong woman. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and many blessings in the new year to deserve it.
Dec. 21, 2011 2:55 pm
Oh, Cindy... what a beautiful blog. My thoughts have turned to you a few times. Wondering how you are doing, holidays are so hard. Thank you for sharing the photos. Peace and blessings to you and your family and best wishes for the coming year. Jan
Dec. 21, 2011 3:17 pm
Love ya Cindy Loo Who!
Dec. 21, 2011 5:37 pm
Cindy you amaze me. What you have been through is over whelming. I'm proud to say I "know" you. Your friendship I cherish. I'm wishing you the best!
Dec. 21, 2011 5:50 pm
Sweet Cindy! Your blog is beautiful and I want to thank you for the photos of the bench and tree. You and Danny have been so close to all our hearts this past couple of years. You are often in my thoughts since Danny left us. I admire your strength and the love you shared was so beautiful. You will never lose that. Hugs to you and to Marley!
Dec. 21, 2011 8:07 pm
Hugs from Kentucky to all of you! Always chasing Marley down and keeping her dog self excited and happy! I'll try to get on more often this week! Love you all!
Dec. 22, 2011 11:54 am
HiCindy, thank you for your advice about the bread and rolls, so sorry for your loss, my prayers and thoughts are with you, and your family Merry Cristmas Happy New Year 2012. Your Friend from Canada Ann Carson
Dec. 22, 2011 12:50 pm
I loved your blog. I'm glad you'll have fond memories of your husband and sister. Wishing you a very blessed Christmas
Dec. 22, 2011 1:48 pm
The bench is beautiful and that maple will grow. Hugs to Lady Sparkle for making the books come together. Thanks for sharing your story. Hugs and Best wishes for the New Year!!
Dec. 22, 2011 2:51 pm
What a lovely blog. Thank you Cindy. Much love and hugs to you, Danny (in peace) and Marley. Take good care of you. Thinking of you always.
Dec. 22, 2011 2:56 pm
Thank you for the beautiful blog. Sending hugs to you and Marley!!! xoxoxo
Dec. 22, 2011 4:09 pm
I'm sitting here with a very wet face *and* a smile. I'm so sorry you've been dealt an unfair share of grief this year but thank you for sharing your thoughts and journey with us. Merry Christmas Cindy, Marley and everyone :-) Love, Wendie
Dec. 22, 2011 7:30 pm
Hi Cindy. I enjoyed your blog here. The photos were wonderful. Thanks for sharing. You continue to amaze me with your strength to move forward every day. You look beautiful too! Have a wonderful holiday and I am saying prayers for you and all of Danny's family that this Christmas will be a good one for them as well.
Dec. 23, 2011 12:23 am
God bless you, Cindy Lepp. I think I signed your world's longest post. I thought about you during that time and prayed for you. Sounds like things are settling a bit. May the joy of Christmas stay with you this year and may you receive blessings galore. You are a great example for the rest of us who will one day face our own dark days. Enjoy your Christmas and new experiences knowing others are thinking of you. God bless!!
Dec. 23, 2011 3:41 am
Cindy Lepp, your blog was well, so many things went through my mind and heart while reading it and looking at your pictures. A few tears later, just want to send warm Christmas hugs and thoughts to you. Add some peppermint and chocolate.
Dec. 23, 2011 4:04 am
Awww Cindy, thank you so much for sharing all the pictures with us and the description of the bench and tree. I will hold you and Danny in my heart this Christmas, xo
Dec. 23, 2011 6:05 am
Cindy, I think of you, Danny and Marley often. Wishing you peace and comfort this season and blessings for 2012 and always! Mike and Lady Sparkle too! They did a wonderful job with tons of love. I am proud to be part of this wonderful foodie family! Hugs!
Dec. 23, 2011 9:02 am
Oh, Cindy! What beautiful memorials! My heart aches for you but I admire how you have handled your losses with dignity and grace. Please know we all love you and I know Danny and Brenda are looking down after you and Marley. Big hugs and a wet kiss for Marley!! Merry Christmas and I wish wonderful things for you in 2012!!!
Dec. 23, 2011 11:38 am
Thank you so much for the update Cindy. Blessings on all, you are well loved by all of us here.
lisa j 
Dec. 23, 2011 8:51 pm
Get lost lar789. You are on sacred ground. We protect our own. Cindy is special to us and nobody gives a $hit about your scam. Beat it.
Dec. 23, 2011 10:17 pm
Oh , Cindy. I'm pretty new to this site, and had no clue what has happened. You are an amazing person. Your helpfulness , and sense of humor shines. Peace to you and yours for the New Year.
Dec. 23, 2011 11:07 pm
Don't worry Lisa, he's gone!
Dec. 24, 2011 9:47 am
Morning Miss Cindy. This is a perfect blog for this most glorious season. You truly reminded all of us of the great community we have right here on Allrecipes. The outpouring of love and generosity was amazing during our AR losses. Thanks for reminding us of all the wonderful folks we have lost and all the great friendships we have forged. Our community is indeed blessed with so many wonderful folks and I am absolutely astounded at the generosity and love that has helped lift us all. Bless you Sweet Cindy and Marley too!
Dec. 24, 2011 1:31 pm
Hello Cindy, my name is Isabel and I am new, well kind of, to AR, I joined almost 2 yrs. ago. I never knew about this community, I just read this blog and I am in awe of the love and understanding in this AR community. In 2002 I lost my mom, 2005 my best friend and sis, 2007 my dad and 2 kitties to cancer, it is hard and I fell apart, took me 3 years to stand on my feet again, but there's so many pot holes on the way that make you trip and fall, and I keep getting up and falling, and it's tiresome, in 2000 my 2nd. hubby decided to use my lower back as a punching bag and now in 2011 I am using a wheel chair. I have to agree with mauigirl, this blog is perfect for this glorious season, I am typing and crying because of all the love and understanding I felt the other members of the AR family, had for you, that's wonderful, amazing. Cindy it takes a while but your heart will be able to think about them and not cry but laugh at the neat things they use to do, and say, just knowing who they were, smile Cindy, I just read this blog for the first time like I said earlier and I don't really know what happened, but it's okay, they are probably laughing proudly because they can see how many sad and lonely souls you are reaching with your story and amazing courage. Right now I needed to read something like your story. Your strength, your courage, make me glad to be still here, with my wonderful, marshmallow heart hubby, I guess they are right, 3th time is the one bringing you luck, at least he is for me after 2 abusive marriages. It's 4:00 pm here in London, Ontario, Canada and I got my decorations and tree up but I don't seem to get the will to decorate it, this is a marvelous season and my favorite, but my heart is not in it. Merry Christmas to everyone in here in this blog and Dear Cindy may the Angels be with you and Marley. I'll come back to this blog again, and get my heart and soul a boost. Thank you.
Dec. 24, 2011 3:38 pm
see mylepp, you make a difference in many peoples over. we all love you!
Dec. 24, 2011 4:15 pm
Jake says "ARFF" to Marley! Reading your blog makes all the emotions of loosing my Nanny and Uncle come flooding back. I won't be able to see my Nanny's headstone until the spring now. We had her picture put on it. It will be hard seeing it for the first time but I'm also looking forward to seeing how nice it looks. Loosing someone is so hard. Your blog gave me hope that one can get through it and keep on trucking! Thank-you for being an inspiration!
Dec. 24, 2011 5:12 pm
Oh dear made me cry! But they were happy tears, so happy you got your tree up and even tho you didn't feel into the spirit, you got it done.Thank you for your sweet words... May you and your family have a blessed Holiday season!
Dec. 24, 2011 5:17 pm
Jason, thanks so much for doing the Christmas Card Exchange...great job!Don't feel nervous about visiting your Nanny's resting spot, she's in heaven watching over you. Merry Christmas to you and your family up there, Jason! Stay warm!
Dec. 25, 2011 8:51 am
Merry Christmas, Everyone!
Dec. 25, 2011 12:24 pm
Merry Christmas, Cindy and Marley...what a beautiful blog!
Dec. 26, 2011 1:36 pm
Thank you for the update, Cindy! Lovely blog - the bench looks wonderful! Happy New Year to you and Marley. ?
Dec. 26, 2011 1:37 pm
That was supposed to be a heart. Didn't work. :)
Dec. 26, 2011 5:42 pm
Sorry I wasn't there for you at that time but am lucky that you and I have become good friends.I'm glad you have so many wonderful friends to get you though this trying time.Love the bench.It's beautiful.Wish we could have something like that for my folks but they are baried in a VA cemetery.
Dec. 26, 2011 8:49 pm
Dear, Sweet Cindy! I love this blog, and I love the pictures. You truly are a treasure, and an amazing friend. You and yours have been a constant in my prayers, especially throughout the holidays. I hope you aren't offended as you read through your book...there was a spell there during the Marathon when Toni and I were pretty much alone, and you KNOW how we are!!!!! Thank you for the Christmas card- it meant a lot. And call me sometime soon- it has been too long. God bless and much love!
Dec. 27, 2011 10:25 am
Merry Christmas Cindy - you & your family will be in my thoughts & prayers as they have been since your loss. You truly are a special person.
Dec. 27, 2011 5:04 pm
I second that emotion! You are such an inspiration to so many Cindy. You have touched so many of us here.You have always been so kind to everyone. Bless You Cindy!
Dec. 27, 2011 11:02 pm
This was so beautiful, and I'm so glad I have gotten to know you. Love you Cindy....(and Marley too!) HUGS Wendy :)
Dec. 28, 2011 2:08 am
I too am in tears. The blue candles are absolutely beautiful. I'm glad that you are able to find the strength to keep moving forward. It takes time, one day at a time, and you are doing fine facing each of those new days. A lot of sorrow for one year and I hope 2012 finds you more peace.
Jan. 13, 2012 1:31 am
Oh, Cindy! Not sure how I missed this! So glad I saw the link tonight! Thank you for sharing! Love you!
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Down here in Central Coast Florida since late Aug. 2012. I still cook and bake and its so good to be around family again!
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There is just one of me but I do cook dinner almost every night. I love easy dishes on the nights I really don't feel like cooking. Grandmommy Capps lived in Rocky Mount, NC....Sundays were a holiday! Dinner was at 2pm. Leftovers were snacks later(dark thirty)....she was a great biscuit and piemaker. Being the oldest of 23 grandchildren, I was the BEST dishwasher! Hand wash everything in a washpan! I've never heard of it??? You need one to play as your wash sink,and then you rinse in the kitchen sink.....It was air dry either....someone had to dry ALL the dishes! I love my Sis for that!
My favorite family cooking traditions
We have ham, blackeyed peas, collard greens, and corn muffins on New Year's Day for good luck! Peanut blossums are my favorite cookie for Christmas!
My cooking triumphs
"Banana Crumb Muffins" were delicious & gorgeous,looked store-bought!
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I have left the neck(in the bag) in the turkey in the past 5 years! I should know better! Always rememember to check BOTH ends of the turkey before you cook it! I'm Blonde...Sheesh!!
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