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. 

Racing for a cause

It’s official, I’ve paid my entry to the “English channel conqueror,” event and America’s Shamrock Run, both for great causes and fitness. I began racing for a cause yesterday and completed my first (of many to come) charity runs. 21 miles, planting five trees… my finisher certificate is below and my medal for finishing is being sent to me.

In March, I’m doing  America’s Shamrock Run for St. Jude’s children’s research hospital, they are accepting supporting donations on my behalf as well and I was given a link to share with friends and family… click here to support their research and work. Even $5 helps…

I am planning on doing more charity events, hopefully at minimum one every month, and preferably one’s I can bike and not run in (my knees can’t handle the impact of running). 

I absolutely love the idea of running/biking for a good cause and to keep fitness levels high. It’s like combining body and spirit into one exercise and the fact that you have to push yourself to complete the event adds mind into the mix.