Time To Try Again!

It’s been an interesting blogride so far! One could say a bumpy ride, yet I am persevering. After hearing of brother (Major!) Jason’s promotion news, and wanting to give him an update from us, I’ve decided to pursue the blog option one more time, so as to be able to share with as many of you, my dear family and friends, as possible!

My friend Franny and I are in the middle of our second round of Simplicity Parenting classes (http://www.simplicityparenting.com). She is a certified Group Leader and I am again assisting. With each class I am reminded of what I wish I’d done differently with Jamil and Saleem, and so have the opportunity for some (self-)forgiveness, and release of regrets.  It’s hard, but good, work.  I am also inspired by the parents attending the classes, and so glad they are getting this info while their children are still young!

We were adopted by a cat this summer, named Richard Parker by Saleem.  He is proving to be a real blessing to us, in all the ways a pet can be.  We never realized what was missing before he came to us!  Now I can’t imagine life without him.

Shortly after he joined our household, I was gifted with the opportunity to attend an Animal Communication class (http://www.animalvoices.net).  It was a wonderful experience to learn that we could tune in and communicate with our animal brothers and sisters, and I got relevant info from and about Richard Parker that eased my worries about us being able to meet his needs.

The good news is, anyone who sincerely wants to make contact, can!

Oliver has been driving to school and back each day for the last month or so, with Greg in the passenger seat. He didn’t drive on the first day of snow but has done okay in the few days since then.  I am SO grateful to Greg for being the Student Driver teacher this time!

Speaking of being grateful to Greg, he is back to work after the gift of a 15-year hiatus. He’s working again for his brother Brad as lead Maintenance person.  What a blessing he is to all the tenants who benefit from his amazing skill in fixing things!

Some of the books on my bookshelf these days: The Wisdom In Your Child’s Face by Jean Haner; all the Tuscany/travel books by Frances Mayes; One Good Dog by Susan Wilson; Wild Moments: Adventures with Animals of the North; and The Martha Beck Collection: Essays for Creating Your Right Life.

A few of the movies I’d watch again: The Intouchables with François Cluzet and Omar Sy (French w/English subtitles); Pirate Radio; Paul; Contact; Bagdad Café; Waking Ned Devine.

Blessings to all on this beautiful day. May you find an unexpected moment of joy that brings a smile to your heart!

Shawn

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