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Old 03-28-2006, 02:13 PM   #1  
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Well, I think I did this backwards. I've been reading this forum for a few days and just posted my first posts and now am introducing myself. Guess I was supposed to do that the other way around

Anyway, I'm Lorna. I'm a single work at home mom (I'm a midwife) of a darling 2 yo little girl and I also have custody of my 14 yo sister. My sister ran away from home last year because of abuse from our parents. It's the same abuse that I lived through and from which I ran away from when I was 15. I filed papers to gain custody of my sister, but our parents didn't even contest the custody and signed custody over to me. I have 3 other younger siblings still living at home and an older brother who is trying to gain custody of them. The state says there is no proof of abuse and refuses to pull the children from the home. I have a total of 8 siblings in all. Only the 3 living at home and 1 other sibling still have any contact with our parents. My parents were very abusive in the name of "discipline" and very religious. It has taken me years of therapy to get to where I am today and my sweet Daisy is just starting her road to recovery. I've come to realize that she never lived up to her name until she came to live with me where she could finally bloom. Anyway, I say all that becuase I always end up having to tell it as people wonder why I am raising my sister. They always ask, "Oh, did your parents die?"

My daughter's name is Ysbet and she is just the most precious little thing! I love being a mommy. I always knew that I wanted to be a mother, but chose to pursue my dream of being a midwife first. 5 years ago my ex-partner and I started our long journey to try to get pregnant. 7 months after I got pregnant my ex decided that she wasn't sure this was what she wanted and left. She's now completely out of our lives. Which is fine. I'd prefer to be single than with someone who wasn't sure they were doing what they want.

I turned 40 this past year (yes; I am old enough to be my sister's mother) and am loving every minute of aging! I feel younger now than I ever have. My other interests besides Ysbet, Daisy and babies are gardening (we do organic raised beds), stamping (that's what brought me here), knitting (I'm a yarn snob and only knit with ethically obtained natural fibers), vegetarian cooking (gotta do something with all those veggies we cook), and living life to its fullest!

Well, that's a bit about me.
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Old 03-28-2006, 02:40 PM   #2  
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Yes; my sister stamps. She really enjoys it when we get a few minutes when Ysbet is off engaged in something or sleeping when we can get all inky and have fun. She's a total technique junkie! She loves to learn the latest tricks. She's much more into writing though, which has been good for her. We do lots of art "therapy" (as we call it) as we find creating beautiful things helps us heal from tragic childhoods. I just hope the next few years can help get Daisy on the road of feeling good about herself and I can undo a bit of the damage that our parents inflicted on her. I'd like her young adulthood to be much less "angstful" than mine was.

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A big old howdy from Northern Virginia , welcome to Splitcoast. The people here are some of the nicest folks and helpful too. I hope you and your sister have fun here, the gallery is just amazing, there are some real artists here, it never ceases to amaze me the quality of the cards and other items I see in the galleries.
Also on a side note I think how you helped your sister was a wonderful thing to do, and one more question, does you little one's name - Ysbet - mean anything special, its very pretty and unusual (well it is for me but I'm from NY originally LOL )
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Waving back to Lorna....
Welcome Lorna glad you stopped in and posted. I am glad you are happy at where you are at and your sister is on her way to recovery also. With your support and loving guidence she is in good hands. Art therapy is great also having a pet. I see you also do organic gardening. Thats my next step to being green and learning to recycle more and I just started knitting. There are so many things I want to do but there there is not enough hours in the day to do them...
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Yes; my sister stamps. She really enjoys it when we get a few minutes when Ysbet is off engaged in something or sleeping when we can get all inky and have fun. She's a total technique junkie! She loves to learn the latest tricks. She's much more into writing though, which has been good for her. We do lots of art "therapy" (as we call it) as we find creating beautiful things helps us heal from tragic childhoods. I just hope the next few years can help get Daisy on the road of feeling good about herself and I can undo a bit of the damage that our parents inflicted on her. I'd like her young adulthood to be much less "angstful" than mine was.

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Good for you for what your doing for your sister! I'm sure it will help you too.. You girls could do stamp therapy!! Welcome to your sister too!
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