A new dawn

 Happy St. Patrick’s day!!!

Yesterday was the first day since my father passed, that I could wear a smile for a bit, and while it didn’t last too long, it was a sign. Yesterday showed me that life will eventually hold some semblance of normalcy for me, that I’ll be able to smile and laugh again. Today, I can already feel small shifts in my emotions, tiny glimmers of hope that each day will get the tinniest bit easier without my dad around.

This is something I’ve dealt with since February 13th and it’s now March 17th, over a month of sadness, and while it still continues, it lessens a bit finally. I don’t think I’ll ever be the same after this honestly, but I will push onward and upward, for and in my father’s memory. That being said, there is more news…

We may have found a synagogue here in Philadelphia, in the form of Rodeph Shalom, a beautiful reform synagogue, that’s only 11 minutes away from us via bus. We had an interview with their membership director yesterday and we feel it went well. We plan on attending every service and engaging in being as active as possible once we’re members!

I also received my first Tanach and Siddur as seen in the picture above and both volumes are utterly gorgeous editions. Once I am finished reading Living Judaism by Rabbi Dosick I’m going to begin a steady diet of Torah reading and getting my prayer aspects aligned (3 times a day). 

So much has been going on lately that it’s hard to remember it all honestly! 

Today was my ten-mile marathon supporting St. Jude’s children’s research hospital and it was a lot of fun. I had one donor on it, but that’s okay, between my donation and the donation from my benefactor, it was successful none-the-less. 

We’ve been spring cleaning around the castle as of late; we’re three days in, with several more days left till we’re finished. We’ve been cleaning and rearranging every room and in the process, our vacuum broke and we had to order another. Our old shark vac got a dust bucket emptied salute after 2 years, and we got a new Hoover vac in its place. 

We’ve also been getting necessities for our Jewish household, havdalah and seder plates and such, truly immersing ourselves in all things Jewish. It’s absolutely beautiful and we’ve all fallen in love with the Jewish people, culture, and shared history, religion, and music. 

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