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Monday, April 24, 2017

My Favorite Family and Friends!

Judith is the author of The Sacred Women’s Circle series, romantic fiction that honors spiritual practices that nourish the soul and celebrates the journey from relationship to romance.

I've been bless to have a circle of good friends. Here I am with a few of them!
Judith with Gimi and Connie. We talk each week and support each other in manifesting our Intentions
Diana McCollum, Sarah Raplee and Judith: co authors of Love and Magick
Lois is my First Reader

My neighbor, Juanita, is a passionate volunteer with at risk youth
Judith with some of her Glasser Family

Something else that brings me joy are children. I worked in domestic and international adoption for a few months shy of 30 years. I also was a child protective service worker, an immensely gratifying position. In particular I take great pleasure engaging with little ones in the grocery store checkout line.
Colleagues from my child welfare days. Gabriella is dedicated to them.
When I was in the 8th grade I had a pen pal in Japan. We shared our hopes and dreams for our futures. (Remember this was in the mid-1950’s so my dreams were limited to wife/mother, nurse, teacher or secretary). I came across one of my letters (I always copied what I wrote her) a few years back. There it was in black and white albeit somewhat faded. I wanted to have 9 children (8 boys and 1 girl)!!! I even had names for everyone!!!
Judith with her granddaughters at her youngest's 8th grade promotion!

Judith, both her granddaughters and her great granddaughter

The Universe was merciful and I had one child, my son. He had two daughters, my granddaughters. The youngest granddaughter has two children—almost two and newborn.

Where I am in my life now, I remain grateful that I only had one child. Raising him as a single mom had its challenges. I won’t bore you with the details suffice it to say I have great respect for single moms everywhere. In fact, Hunter is dedicated to single mothers!!!

Also Lily is a single parents. And, even though Diana and Ashley are married, their husbands are not involved fathers.

Which is worse, knowing you are a single parent or parenting alone because your husband, the father of your children is emotionally and often physically absent?

Learn more about The Sacred Women’s Circle series on her website.
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© 2017 Judith Ashley


Sarah Raplee said...

My daughter would say it's worse to parent alone when your partner is emotionally and physically absent. She divorced her daughter's father for that reason. Because of that decision, my granddaughter grew up with a step-sister her own age and a stepfather who put his girls first and still does!

Barbara Rae Robinson said...

Love the pictures, Judith! You've lived a full life with many interests and much accomplishment. I applaud you. And I'm so happy that you have your little family. I feel blessed with my son and daughter, one granddaughter, and her son and daughter. It doesn't have to be a big family to be a loving family.

Judith Ashley said...

Sarah, I'd agree with your daughter. If you are single and parenting, you have more options and opportunities for support. It's that "being alone in a crowded room" syndrome (if there is such a syndrome) - but that loneliness is far worse than being alone in your own room or home - at least in my opinion. When I was divorced, my son and I lived in Oregon. My ex-husband lived in Ohio, remarried and had a family. He wasn't available as a long distance dad although I did know several divorced dads that took the time and effort to keep involved with their kids.

Judith Ashley said...

Thanks for stopping by, Barb. You are right - it isn't the numbers in a family that is the close connections that make a loving family.