Hello world!

I would imagine that after the opening of Julie and Julia this weekend the number of blogs has sky-rocketed.  I, like many others I am sure, was inspired by the story and the powerful impact blogging made on Julie Powell’s life.  I started thinking that maybe I could blog about my life.  I have been doing a great deal of inner, spiritual work – especially in the last 2 years – and have signed up for several inspirational daily emails.  Today I had 2 that made either direct or indirect references to blogging and sharing life experiences.

So I have decided that I shall blog and today is the day I will begin.

First, a bit of a prologue for those readers who may not know me.

Six years ago my sister was in a fatal car accident.  She was the single parent of 4 children, whom she had only months earlier learned were being sexually, physically and emotionally abused by her husband.  At the time of her death she was not yet divorced – waiting for the final report substantiating the abuse so she could be sure that he would not get custody or unsupervised visitation.

My clearest memories of that day are 1) being so glad that my mom had died 11 months prior and would not have to be around to bury a 3rd child and 2) seeing my life flash before my eyes and knowing that every experience I had had prepared me for what I knew I was meant to do – raise my nieces and nephew.

The past six years have been filled with more love, frustration, joy, loss, tears, growing and learning than I had experienced in my entire previous 41 years.  I hope my stories of life with these amazing kids help you to find joy and meaning in the everyday relationships you share with the children in your life.

copyrighted 8/11/09

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