My Favorite Family and Friends! by Rick Cano | Apr 24, 2017 | family, Favorite Things, friendships, Judith Ashley, Judith Ashley Romance, Sacred Women's Circles, Soul Nourishing Romance | 4 comments Judith is the author of The Sacred Women 4 Comments Sarah Raplee on April 24, 2017 at 8:58 pm 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! Reply Barbara Rae Robinson on April 25, 2017 at 1:53 am 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. Reply Judith Ashley on April 25, 2017 at 5:12 am 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. Reply Judith Ashley on April 25, 2017 at 5:13 am Thanks for stopping by, Barb. You are right – it isn't the numbers in a family that count…it is the close connections that make a loving family. Reply Submit a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.