Hi all. I know it's been a while... Things have been pretty calm. I'm happy about that. Belle's release date from prison is Feb 10. A week from tomorrow. And, frankly, I'm a bit nervous. I'm hoping she is ready for a real, meaningful life and we can leave the disaster that was the last few years behind. Bill, Pat, Rose and I will be picking her up. Over to bio-gma's to get some things, then back to our house so she can get cleaned up... We will feed her "real" food, maybe a movie. Then Bill will take her back to bio-gma's. I've made it abundantly clear that Belle CANNOT stay with us. I've watched Pat blossom in the last nearly 2 years since she left. Rose has never known the stress and conflict (5 months old when Belle left). I want to keep that status quo. Pat is scared and said if she stays he will leave. I won't allow that. It is MUCH more his home than Belle's. I love her. So much... But I love him, too, and she's much more capable of independent living. Time for this mama bird to make sure baby bird #1 flies.