Meet Kathren, the newest member of our little family. Kathren is named after Catherine the Great because of her regal bearing, but my daughter likes to spell her name the other way. I'm not going to argue. :-)
We went to a local no-kill shelter here in the city and found Kathren yesterday. There were so many cats to choose from, but this one instantly came up to us and wanted us to pet her. Our hearts were won over and we brought her home. She's starting to settle in, though is still a bit skittish and shy. But she still loves to have us pet her and "talks" to us a lot. My daughter absolutely adores her.
After my personal life took a disastrous turn last week, I knew that my daughter and I would both need a loving animal in our lives to bring us joy and help us to cope with what we're going through. So when I mentioned the idea to my daughter on Thursday, she was ecstatic and couldn't wait for the weekend. We went to the shelter's website and looked at all the cats. She had a favorite one that she wanted, but when we went there yesterday, that cat had already been adopted. No worries! Miss Kathren was ready and waiting for us.
She has already stolen our hearts and made life a little easier to bear. I have every confidence that she will soon adjust to her new surroundings and love her life with us. :-)
And as for me, well, life continues on. Every day is a little bit better and I have received such a an amazing outpour of support from my friends, my family, and you, my blogging buddies, that I am deeply humbled. It is so wonderful to have such a caring group of people to surround my daughter and I.
I managed to get some editing done this weekend, and my daughter and I did quite a few fun things to lift our spirits. We both laughed a lot and smiled a lot, so that always makes things easier.
I've recognized that my healing process will be a slow one, and that's ok. I need time to sort through all my emotions and thoughts. Thank the Lord I am a writer. I've been filling up pages in my journal and I've also had the chance to take a mini "vacation" from it all by diving into my novel. I can't tell you what a blessing that is! It has helped so much. I hope to focus on the important things in life now - my family, my friends, my daughter, my faith, my health, and my writing.
Time for a new beginning.