Today I got home from work, put all 13 chicks outside to play in the 'baby corner', let the 8 big chickens out, got my chores done, and then relaxed in the sunshine with a new book from the library. The big chickens, baby chickens, and all 3 cats (our 2 + DD1's from her dad's) were around me in harmony as I sat in the sun. DH and DD2 got home and joined me, then DD1 came out and joined us as well. Every critter at my house was outside, in the sunshine with me, peacefully hanging out together. It was absolutely awesome! And it lasted! DD1 played with chicks as well as her cat. DD2 chatted with us all. I told them which chicks were being sold at the poultry show 5/2. DH kept the sarcasm friendly and to a minimum. After a little while we all decided on something simple and easy to have for dinner, and DH went in to make it while DD1 took care of her cat and DD2 helped me wrangle the babies as they were put away for the evening. It was only a couple of hours, but it was pure heaven for me. I feel more positive than I have in ages. We've had so much upheaval in our lives from 2/25 through now. So many tears and so much anguish that a 'normal' day seems noteworthy and special. I pray that we have more of them, and that they all feel as special and noteworthy to me! Thanks for letting me share. Thanks for the kind words of support when we were going through the worst days!!