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  1. This is a wonderful and touching posting. You are blessed in many ways, including Sarah's books and thoughtful caring of you–but you also are a blessing to all of us. So, yes, I for one am happy to hold your hand.

  2. See you are cutting yourself short. Not only are you moving on already…I believe you could help other people in this manner and I agree-write a book of your own. You say things I would never be able to put into words,like-"Nobody sensible wants to move on from a past littered with precious moments" Whew-thats good.

  3. One of the main reasons I visit "you" every day, first thing in the morning, is because I find your authenticity, and your writing sooo wonderfully refreshing. Honestly, I love the way you write. I love the way you put yourself on the "page" for all of us to experience.
    Alison, share your beauty and your gifts with a larger audience ~ when you are ready ~ and write your own book…You will comfort many in the ways Sarah did and does you…In the meantime, just KNOW that you already offer many of us comfort, joy (you are so funny), and inspiration "here", everyday…
    Happy Valentine's Day!

  4. Bravo, Alison! I'm in awe of the way you express yourself and how you're able to lay yourself out here for the world to see. Your courage and writing skills are truly inpsiring and I love how you make your stories both touching and funny.

  5. You are so strong, and I think that moving on has so many steps to it, that you have already moved on so much without realising! I love reading your blog every day and admire your strength and honesty so much – I also cannot wait for your own book!!!
    x

  6. As someone who has gone through a very similar experience, I applaud you for being able to let others see and feel your pain. In doing so, trust me, you are helping them.

  7. That is the most wonderful bit of wisdom that I've heard in a very long time. Isn't it a pity that it hurts so much to learn life lessons?
    I would buy your book if you wrote one.
    And I've read Moving On, and you MUST read it.

  8. Alison, you slay me…while I am a big fan of Sarah, I so much more identify with what you write. There be "boys" and there be "men" . . .You've already started moving on – you stepped out in faith with your post.
    Happy Valentine's! Gail

  9. What a perfectly wonderful day to begin. I recently re-read Moving on, and once again enjoyed her so much. You know how much I think of you. It's hard to move on, to reliquish our dreams, acknowledge we maybe spent way too much of ourselves on someone unworthy… much easier to keep a torch out for the person we wished him to be, for the one who would make our all out attempt seem more intelligent??? That is how it seems for me, at least.

  10. Alison, I love Sarah's writing, too! I will be first in line to buy your book. Moving on is sometimes frightening, but it can be a very good thing too. Bravo to you! xx

  11. LOVELY! You are dreamy! In a girlfriend-you've-got-it, live-across-the-ocean, saying-beautiful-things, adored-by-many-women, wish-i-could-sit-and-have-a-snack-with-you kind of way! Blessings to you…a precious soul indeed!

  12. LOVELY! You are dreamy! In a girlfriend-you've-got-it, live-across-the-ocean, saying-beautiful-things, adored-by-many-women, wish-i-could-sit-and-have-a-snack-with-you kind of way! Blessings to you…a precious soul indeed!

  13. I recently began the job of my dreams, I'm now a librarian. One day, it will be your book I'll be placing in a prominent place on the "new titles" display shelf.

  14. Alison, I think you'll really love Sarah's book. I've lent it to my (young enough to be my older sister) aunt, who has gone through a lot of big, scary life changes over the past couple of years. I loved the book, and I really think it will help you 'move on' – and it's really OK to move on. We've been doing it our whole lives anyway, in different ways. I think that things always turn out for the best in the end. I know you'll be OK. More than OK.

  15. Alison, I think you'll really love Sarah's book. I've lent it to my (young enough to be my older sister) aunt, who has gone through a lot of big, scary life changes over the past couple of years. I loved the book, and I really think it will help you 'move on' – and it's really OK to move on. We've been doing it our whole lives anyway, in different ways. I think that things always turn out for the best in the end. I know you'll be OK. More than OK.

  16. I think you are doing very okay. You are where you need to be right now. Sometimes forcing ourselves to do things we aren't ready to do can be a disaster. I'm glad you are listening to your heart – knowing when to sit and allow yourself just to be – and when to push yourself up off the proverbial couch. It's very confusing sometimes isn't it? But you're doing wonderfully. And I'm glad you're not moving out of that wonderful cottage.

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