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I might have been rescued from that handbasket...

I know my last blog was full of depressing news. But I think things are looking up.

Cindy's remains were positively i.d.'ed, and her family held a wake and funeral (Police haven't released the body yet, but at least her family has closure). I feel better knowing she's able to tell the Medical Examiner her story now. Still angry as all h*** that this happened, but I'm confident justice will be served. Cindy's kids are with her siblings now, and hopefully they'll have happy lives.

My Mom is still doing well with therapy, and should be home this Wednesday with some home visits from a p.t.

We went to the Humane Society and adopted two cats - a brother and sister with the sweetest personalities. My old Clara hates them, but she hated Diesel too, so that's no surprise. Still miss my Diesel, but I'm certainly not so lonely with these two around. And they haven't been harrassing Clara much, and she ignores them unless they're in her face.

Looks as though we're going to accept a part-time job (must work 20-27 hrs a week) as live in caretakers of a Girl Scout camp. I've been waiting years for a position to open up, but the choice to move is harder now because we want to keep my step-daughter in the same school. We're going to pay for tuition as an out-of-district student next year, then she'll apply for Vo-Ag for high school. We've only had her with us for a year-and-a-half, and her mother moved every other year, so this is important to us. Poor kid has lived in 7 towns in 13 years - 5 different schools (one was only 10 weeks). It will be expensive the first year, but long term it will be a great situation.

Thanks everyone for the well-wishes and positive thoughts. Looking forward to a nice, calm summer.

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Comment by Aili in CT on June 1, 2010 at 4:38am
Cindy was killed around midnight May 6, they arrested her husband on May 9, her body wasn't found until May 17. He appeared in court once so far, but has not entered a plea yet. Trial is still a long time off...hopefully it will start during the summer, but I'm thinking it will be September maybe? He has until June 10 to get a laywer or decide to use his court-appointed one.

When Erin first came to live with us, I promised not to move her out of district. I told her about this job, she loves the idea of living at camp, but didn't want to leave her school. I wasn't going to break the promise and would have turned down the job if we didn't find a way to keep her in school here. So, next year we pay, and I have to drive her -- it's two towns over, about 20 minutes drive. Not a huge deal, and when she's in Vo-Ag, there's a bus. Another kid on the street is in VoAg too, and it picks up at the end of our road. If adults don't take promises to kids seriously, then those kids will grow up thinking promises don't mean anything. She's a good kid, and we get along, and I know she appreciates it already.
Comment by Irene Gallway on June 1, 2010 at 3:15am
I have been wondering if your friend had been found yet. What a sad senseless way to leave this earth. Have they found her husband guilty? The Caretaker job sounds like fun. Your wonderful parents to take into consideration you stepdaughter to make things easier for her. Also glad to hear your mother is doing well with the therapy.
Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on May 31, 2010 at 8:53pm
Thanks for the update - I've been thinking about you and all those in your life. You are a very special stepmom to be so concerned about stability for your stepdaughter. She is one lucky young lady! Good luck with your new endeavor at the camp. I hope you have a wonderful summer.
Comment by Dianne B/ Kelowna BC on May 31, 2010 at 8:49pm
A lot on your plate! Your step daughter will appreciate your efforts, if not now, down the road. My daughter and I just came back from our first Girl Guide (Canadian) camp this weekend. It was wonderful- the camp, activities and memories. She was so excited..... I'll always remember it. Enjoy your new job!
Comment by Linda Hughes on May 31, 2010 at 7:08pm
I'm glad to hear that your Mom's doing better and you got the new kitties - they sound like they will be good company for you.
Nothing is going to change the outcome for your friend, but it's a good thing they found the body.
Good luck with the new job.
Comment by Pam/NY on May 31, 2010 at 5:40pm
The summer job sounds like you need to take a journal...there will be many humorous and ? things happen. Sounds like a great story to write! Take lots of kleenex for when the home sickness sets in! lol You're great parents to put your daughter, first. She will remember this when she gets older and can know what decisions were made. You'll never regret it.
Comment by Terry F on May 31, 2010 at 4:57pm
Glad that things are getting better, Aili. Your new job sounds interesting. That's tough though, with your stepdaughter. And thanks for adopting two shelter cats, I am a foster mom for cats & kittens before they are adopted. What a great thing you are doing.
I am sorry about the death of your friend. I hope that justice will prevail.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on May 31, 2010 at 3:40pm
I'm glad there can be closure, but how awful and sad. My heart goes out to her kids.
The job at the camp sounds great. I hope it works out well for you and the school situation comes together for your step daughter. When will you move to the camp?
Comment by J.S. on May 31, 2010 at 3:30pm
I'm sorry to hear about your friend. Even if you weren't close, it still makes you sick to think of someone you know going through what she must have gone through. Her poor children are the ones who are going to suffer now. I hope they have good family to help them through this. Good luck to you, too on your new move.

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