Family, heal thyself...

We are busy around this neck of woods. (Here in Oregon)

I am feverishly working on several projects. One, I will keep under wraps for a bit longer - because I am incredibly distracted by the second, more important project.

Keeping Sassy and our family safe, healthy and strong.

It's a daunting task. However, we are all looking at this as a learning experience and are trying to extract all of the good that has come of it.

"What good?" you ask. Well, there's plenty.

1. We have felt an immense amount of love and support from far and wide. Thank you Sara for sending the amazing book called "The Gift of Fear". We will pay it forward. The other words, suggestions, recommendations and thoughts have all been shared and appreciated.

2. Sassy has decided that a career in some kind of law enforcement is now in her future- and frankly we are all so happy. We can't believe we didn't think of it before. It's perfect for her. This revelation has given her a new perspective on this experience, and that is a good, good thing.

3. We are spending a bit more time being nice to each other, and a bit less time screaming our heads off. For now.

So, again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You've wrapped us in love and support, and we are thankful.


SkylersDad said...

Make sure and have Sassy practice making a smart remark as she pulls off her shades like CSI Miami. I learned all I know from TV!

Best wishes to her and to all of your family.

Ash said...

Way to make lemonade!!


You're still in my thoughts. E

Irish Gumbo said...

(bowing) Anytime, dear lady, anytime. So glad you are making diamonds instead of burning coal :)

Karen Harrington said...

Hugs! Great big Texas hugs!

Sara J. Henry said...

Fantastic, and glad you love THE GIFT OF FEAR (no, I don't know the author!). It's an amazing book and things I read in it still stay with me - every time I see someone who makes me uneasy I remember that book and pay attention to my feelings. I cross the street, or get in another elevator, or take another route home. If I could I would send a copy to every woman and teenage girl I know.

Unknown said...

OMG Skyler's Dad's comment was hysterical...

Stay safe guys

Peace ~ Rene

Everyday Goddess said...

I love that!! You are all doing such a wonderful thing for each other!! Blessings to you!

If I may be "funny" for a moment, will she get to say:

"Hands Up! I'm Sassy, and You're under arrest"

ChiTown Girl said...

Wow, I can't imagine what it's been like for you and your family, but I'm praying that Sassy remains safe. With a Mama Bear like you, I don't see how it can be any other way. Stay strong, and nail that little punk!

Formerly known as Frau said...

Nice when something good comes from the bad. Have a wonderful Sunday.

Anonymous said...

You are a good mother and a smart woman. I'm glad that you're making your family aware of personal safety. Education and awareness, those are the 2 main ingredients. Thanks for sharing your newfound knowledge with others

You are the Famous VodkaMom!


S said...

That's so wonderful.

Mike said...

The world has changed so much! It is hard to watch everyone's back. Keep up the good work, you are helping other people realize that there are crazy people out there who would like nothing better than to disrupt your life in any way that they can.

Vodka Logic said...

What doesn't kill us makes us stronger... nice to see that what has happened will be used as a postive experience and gave Sassy a perpose.. too bad it had to happen at all but to have good come of it is great.

Brian Miller said...

in many ways our greatest adversities have the greatest potential to bring us together. that is amazing.

Marinka said...

That is fantastic news. You never fail to amaze me. Love you.

LPC said...

Just want you to know I'm thinking of you.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Ahhh, something good from evil. Love when that happens!

Can't wait to hear about "the other" project.

Kim said...

Sassy's done a great job of turning a negative into a positive!

Way to go, Vodka Mom, obviously you have a role in teaching her to make good decisions!

Anndi said...

I just got caught up on all this.

You're on the right path.

Cora said...

Oooooh, I read that book years ago and it gave me chills. It stuck with me though. It made me much smarter about listening to my own instincts. I definitely recommend it.

I was grabbed by a stranger in a park once and he tried to pull my into the woods nearby. I swear to you I didn't even panic, I just kinda rose up out of myself and assessed the situation and what my best options for survival were. I just kinda knew what to do and did it. And I escaped without even a scratch on me. Why? Because I lied. I pointed over his shoulder and told him my boyfriend was coming and I waved to the boyfriend who wasn't even there. The guy immediately dropped me and RAN FOR IT without even looking to see if I was telling the truth or not.

I sooooooooo deserve an Oscar for THAT!!!!


Pseudo said...

You are such a light my dear. Hugs to you and yours.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Stay safe...... Treasure this family time together.

Maureen@IslandRoar said...

A silver lining here?
I am so glad for all of you.
You're obviously a very strong family and I'm relieved this has brought you closer together.

Anonymous said...

dont laugh at my remark, cause Im very serious.....I find the way you and your family have handled this to be inspiring, wise even....life is short, and sometimes we get all caught up in feeling sorry for ourselves(ok maybe thats just me) but you guys have taken a bad situation and turned it around, sassy has made a career choice, you all as a family have realized the importance of family and love and bonded together.....seriously WAY TO GO!

continued peace to you

Unknown said...

I've never heard of the book before but I'll be checking it out as well.

I'm glad that most importantly, you're all safe.

Sassy is going to make a great law enforcement officer because she is learning firsthand what it feels like to not be safe.

Keep it up, Girl!

Beth said...

I read The Gift of Fear several years ago and it totally transformed my way of thinking in various situations. Now, instead of taking verbal abuse that has the potential to escalate, I go ahead and call the police. People can get over that shit. You don't get over getting killed.

Congrats to Sassy for figuring out her career path. It sounds exciting!

Anna Whiston-Donaldson said...

Hugs to you! I've heard GREAT things about that book.

Liz Wilkey (a.k.a. A Mom on Spin) said...


I hope the less yelling doesn't go on forever, you know.

What fun would life be then?

Ladybird World Mother said...

Ooooh. Another book to read... which really sounds like a good one. Glad things are sorting themselves out... Sassy rocks. You all do. xxx

Nina said...

Life lessons are never easy but make us stronger. Thanks for the info on the book. I'll pass it along to family and friends. Love and Light, Nina P.

http://howtobecomeacatladywithoutthecats.blogspot.com said...

Sounds like Sassy's on her way to being a positive force for change instead of allowing herself to slide into victim mode. Sassy Rocks! (And so does your whole family.)

Joanie said...

That sounds like a terrific career path for Sassy!

How did the college visitation go?

suzanneelizabeths.com said...

Time and time again you show us all just how amazing you are. Best to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

So elated to hear y'all and weatherin' the storm and have found some blessings in all the madness. You're never far from the thoughts of all of us here in Texas.

Take care of you.

Ellie Belen Ambrose said...

Balance and Harmony, is what we should all strive for in our lives when dealing with the human condition.

When this crisis hit your family, your family showed that coming together, supporting and caring for each other deeply, and taking the most proactive positive approach to the situation, and to life, is a life lesson for all. Be vigilant!

Stacie said...

Take good care of each other! Isn't odd how serious a situation has to get in order for family members to be nicer to one another? I wish it could happen without all that you are going thru. I wish I could have without having to go thru something as serious as what you are enduring.

♥ Braja said...

Wonderful :))

Captain Dumbass said...

I'll leave (Oregon) out of my web of criminal... criminaly stuff.

Zip n Tizzy said...

You've got a smart girl there VM. You know that already though.
You know I'm thinking of you and sending you (((HUGS!)))

mo.stoneskin said...

Haven't been here in a while (or anywhere for that matter), but sorry to hear that things have been tough.

Bit worried bout (2) does that mean you'll now have to start paying taxes and cut off your connections with the rest of us?

WeaselMomma said...

Way to go finding that silver lining!

Carrieann said...

My mom and I were talking about you guys on the phone the other day. You are definitely in our thoughts. Stay strong!

Melissa aka Equidae said...

I am so happy for you..may you carry on in this path! passed from SITS

Unknown said...

Fantastic book and others like it. I first saw this on Oprah many years ago and shouted YAY!

Sassy is going to make a great detective!

Dee-Zigns Handcrafted Jewelry said...

Yes, I agree with EM that you're making limoncello out of lemonade. Damn weirdos.

I have his original book, and it took me a long time to read it because it freaked me out so badly. I sent a copy to my niece so she could protect her kids.

Unknown said...

Law Enforcement...what a great field for Sassy to pursue. You must be so proud of her. My best wishes that everyone continues to be happy and safe.

The Blonde Duck said...

I used to pretend I was sheriff of our street growing up--riding up and down the block. It came in handy when I became a journalist.

Joanna Jenkins said...

I'm in a sea of comments here but just wanted to say I'm cheering you on! I'm glad to see some good is coming of it all.

Hang in there and keep up the good work.

Crys said...

That is very empowering that Sassy was able to pull something positive and inspiring from the experience. I'm very glad for her.

Petra a.k.a The Wise (*Young*) Mommy said...

It's awesome that you guys are pulling together and finding the silver lining in this situation. You're such a good momma bear!

Midlife Roadtripper said...

Never know what life will bring us, do we? Onward, Vodka Mom. Best of luck with this new venture.

linlah said...

All positive steps forward and a career goal to boot.

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

Just letting you know that my thoughts of you and your daughter's safety are going out to you. Take care, dear.

Fragrant Liar said...

Alright, lemme at 'im!

Sam said...

I don't what the situation was with Sassy, but the hairs on my neck are already up. I know that as the mother of two pre-adolescent girls this needs to be a book I read. Thanks for sharing.

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