Friday, April 8, 2016

TGIF 4-8-16

Just a quick update for our Friday edition this week. I’m staying busy, keeping myself occupied, and mostly not having to try very hard, to be honest. It’s been a busy week. There have been several adjustments with the day job, and I’m picking up some additional responsibilities - some “temporary coverage” issues, and some just “stepping up” - so keeping busy is coming pretty naturally. Since I’ve made no secret of the fact that this is an emotional time period for my family and for myself, you know that keeping busy can be an important part of processing that.

As for that, thank you for traveling with me through this week. This has probably not been exactly what you signed up for, but it is an important part of the process. Sharing can be difficult, but it makes things better overall. As I have mentioned a few times now, this grieving process is a very large part of what I started Frequently Interrupted in the first place. I was having trouble with the grieving process, especially combined with my natural tendencies, and this was the therapy I needed. Along the way, I can hopefully open some doors for other people who might benefit from the experience. I will be talking about the grieving process and things that can be helpful through that over the next few weeks, but most of that will be through our more usual format of broader topics. Thank you for understanding the occasional speed bump, though. It is really appreciated.

On a far more positive note, for those who have not already heard, we officially completed our foster licensing this week. Heather and I are licensed foster parents in the eyes of the state of Arizona! It has been an unusual experience, and I have let you in on some of the frustrations and headaches involved, but it has mostly been a much easier experience than I expected, and we have completed the licensing process a little faster than the original estimates predicted. Only a little bit, but every little bit counts. On the whole, I would rate the experience more positive than negative, despite those occasional frustrations and headaches, and it has certainly been well worth it.

I have said this every time, and I will continue to say it every time, but there are far too many children in the foster care system, especially in this state, but also in the country as a whole. If you have the ability to help, please consider doing so. That doesn’t even necessarily mean being a foster parent, though the system could certainly do with a good influx of those. There are any number of ways that a person can volunteer to help these less fortunate children. Check into the system where you live to see what the local needs are, or feel free to drop me a line and ask what I know. I get flyers and emails and such on a regular basis.

Life is full of sunshine and rain. Sometimes the sun is too hot and sometimes the rain blows a storm, but it all comes together to make life. We can’t control the weather, but we can control how we respond to it. Sunscreen and umbrellas can do wonders. Know your limits, accept help when you need it, and just live. That’s really what it all comes down to. Just live. Well, live and love, but I think there’s a reason those two words are only one letter apart. What do you think?


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