My friend Elle: She was a beautiful soul – hilariously funny, witty as hell, spunky, kind and giving. She was an amazing cook, known for her creative and tasty ice cream experiments. She was part of our food blogging community and I was lucky to call her a friend since she started her blog in 2008. Elle was so easy to become friends with, she was so supportive and seemed to have more energy than anyone raising 4 children, cats and cute corgis, not to mention spending time with her loving husband, Bill, should have time for. But she did. She made time to make you feel special and remembered.

Well, Elle, I will remember you. I will remember your delicious entries in the Royal Foodie Joust and I will remember all the nice things you said about the competition. I will remember your beautiful jewelry and wish I had bought a piece from you sooner rather than later. A missed opportunity. I wanted to commission you for a special piece. I will remember your support for my blog, my life and The Foodie Blogroll – you were always sending us emails telling us what a good job we were doing, just when I needed it most. You were even one of our spokes-people. We even have your quote on our website:

“I’m thrilled to have gotten in on The Foodie Blogroll Publisher Program so I can be a part of it as it grows! Jenn (the founder) has been a blogger herself for years, so she knows what we want and expect in an ad network. I know she and her team truly care about the bloggers in the program. With very competitive rates and no crazy restrictions, you can’t lose. Above all, I know I’m working with people I know and respect.”

I will remember all the funny conversations we had on facebook and all of the sweet comments you left about Alba. This one being the most recent:

“Awww! Is it just me, or is she very tall?…She’s the sweetest little thing. I also love her booties 🙂  And lucky her for being tall.”

I will miss you my friend. It hurts to think I can never talk to you, or vent with you or hear your funny stories and read your statuses on facebook and twitter, or see more of your delicious creations on your blog. Halloween will be especially hard next year, as I know how much you relished the holiday.

I hope you knew how much you were loved and by so many while you were alive! All the outpouring of love across the globe for you these past few days is a testament to you and the mark you made in this world and the impact you had on so many lives just by being YOU. You are a star and will be forever remembered.