Lily Loved Cookies

Hannah Jane Nancarrow

Lily loved cookies. Lily also loved burying her cookies in the garden, then digging them up the moment she suspected she had been discovered. She loved hot sunny days and cold rainy nights. She loved cuddling and trips to the park. But most of all, Lily loved cookies.
Lily loved to be held. She loved the feeling of being in our arms, squeezed tight against our chests. She loved sleeping by the fireplace and going for rides in the truck. She loved playing soccer with rolled up socks and her favorite blue toy. But most of all, Lily loved cookies.
Lily loved to bark. She loved to bark upstairs and down, in the garage and by door, and anywhere people could hear her. She loved sunbathing on the patio and laying at our feet. She loved growling at the vacuum and sitting shotgun in the car. She loved chicken and…

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Hannah Jane Nancarrow is a San Diego State University alumni, with a B.A. in journalism and new media. After graduating in 2011, Hannah worked in local T.V. news before her dad was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Hannah managed and contributed to her dad’s incredibly popular blog ( and social media platforms before he passed away, after 11 months of bravely battling and blogging. The diagnosis was a catalyst for her own writing and for following each whim and dream. Today, Hannah writes her own blog and has been a keynote speaker at San Diego Women's Week, Relay for Life, and a top fundraiser for cancer-related causes throughout San Diego. Hannah also has a passion for health and fitness, since losing 75 pounds in 2011. She earned her Spinning® and group fitness instructor certifications, and teaches weekly cycle classes in Encinitas, California. Hannah also earned her real estate license and works in the family business, Nancarrow Realty Group, in North County San Diego.

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12 comments on “Lily Loved Cookies
  1. B Boggs says:

    Such a wonderful story and so well written. What a gift you have! Beverly Boggs.

  2. jeannienor says:

    OHHHH, I am so, so, so sad to hear about Lily. Bless her sweet little heart! Jeannie

  3. Anonymous says:

    R.I.P.Lily,ur with your Daddy again! Poor Girl!!!! My condolences on Loren and Liky!

  4. Mary says:

    Rip pup pup, now she’s with her daddy

  5. Anonymous says:

    Lily upgraded to a lovely new zip code. How great for your dad, to meet her at the gate. Blessings to you and your family, and may your hearts continue to heal. God Bless.

  6. Jeff Tallman says:

    You young lady have become an awesome story-teller. Kudos from fans in Franklin TN (south of Nashville) – The Tallmans – hometown: Carlsbad CA

  7. Jim Eaton says:

    So sorry about yet another loss but your Dad is so proud of the incredible wordsmith his Daughter has become. And so proud of you for sharing….. so much. Jim Eaton 805-550-8970 (c) Warren/Eaton Marketing Group Whale Tale Wines LLC

  8. Margaret Hudson says:

    Go snuggle with your dad lily!

  9. Doris giannini says:

    Your dad made all of our days brighter. He just did!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. mgb229 says:

    Beautiful tribute to Lily. Very sad to lose her.

  11. Casey Callery says:

    You may never get this and that’s ok. I just want to tell you that I read all you write and love it. I met your Dad once at a book signing in a garden shop in South Park. It is no longer there but I drive by it often and think of him. He reminded me so much of my own father who died at 49. I used to watch the news every night just to see him. Losing my Dad was the worst thing ever. But somehow seeing Loren every night made me feel better… Richer. Thank you for sharing your life and memories with us. They have helped me more than you will ever even understand.

    A big fan!!


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