Saturday, October 4, 2014

It's Been HOW Long?

Holy moly, I just realized how long it's been since I wrote a blog post.  MONTHS - almost five months.  A lot of life has happened in those five months. I'm not going to recap everything at length, since even a short list is a bit overwhelming when I think about it.

Since May the kids and I have:

Home schooled Safety Guy for the last quarter of the school year.
Put our house on the market (oh, what a PAIN staging a house is!).
Sold our house (in less than three weeks - hallelujah!).
The kids and I MOVED (a short word for a long, arduous process, since we moved it all ourselves)
Horse shows for the Princess (three 4H shows, one county fair, and the State Fair).
The Princess joined the marching band in her new school district.
Safety Guy joined the JV football team in his new school district.
The Princess spent a week at the NY State Fair Youth Horse Show (and won 5 ribbons!).
Safety Guy broke his leg (fractured fibula, during football practice- a stress fracture that went undiagnosed               for two weeks, and became a true fracture).
Job hunting for me (dozens of resumes, one interview, and one sub teacher job in the new school district)
My Mom's cancer/miracle (PET scan indicated it had returned; surgery found NO cancer at all)

So, the long and short of it is this:  We have been truly blessed with a new place to live that not has only allowed us to keep our cats and have enough space that we don't drive each other bonkers, but also allows me to garden with the landlord's blessing.  The new school district is working out very well for both kids.  The Princess loves being in the marching band (she's in the pit crew, doing percussion), and Safety Guy has been supported and encouraged by his JV teammates.  So far, school is going well academically for both kids.  I was just hired last week as a substitute, and my first day back in the classroom is Monday.

I'm humbled and grateful to the Lord for how things have worked out this summer.  It hasn't been in my own strength or timing, that's for sure.  Finally, I feel like we can relax into a new routine, and I'm hopeful for the future.

God has indeed been kind to us through it all.

P.S.  We also adopted another guinea pig (Fergus, a solid black Peruvian - in other words, a real-life tribble).  We also made it through the Big Storm of 2014 with a couple branches through our roof and lots of downed branches in the yard, and we were lucky - many people nearby had whole trees on their houses.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Hopefulness and A Little Rest

Wild flowers in Hickory, North Carolina, last spring.

Today is Mother's Day, and my goal is to just enjoy the time with my kids.  Ice cream at Zem's (the local hangout of choice, our favorite treat) is a distinct possibility.  Gardening may happen (but I'm NOT going to clean house today!).  I am so grateful for my kids, and love them more than I could ever have imagined before they were born.  I hope we have a good day together.  My husband and the kids took me out for lunch yesterday, and the kids gave me their gifts Friday night, because they couldn't wait:  lovely gold cross earrings, my favorite bi-colored mini carnations, and a Wonder Woman card.

It's been an eventful week since my last post.  The house went on the market, and we've had 5 showings already (plus a walk-through just for realtors).  We looked at another rental yesterday, and took it on the spot.  I've been home schooling Safety Guy, whose anxiety has been really bothering him (panic attacks several times a day).  The house has been cleaned within an inch of its (and my) life, and I'm still finding small things to clean.  (Shhh, don't look in my linen closet - I haven't gotten to it yet.)  I'm emotionally tired but physically okay, aside from the "I'm not 30 any more" aches and pains from intense cleaning and yard work.  I'm trying to stay positive, and I'm continuing to apply for jobs as I go.

We're excited and relieved to finally have a rental to move to in a few weeks - and we are so blessed that not only is it in the school district we wanted, but we can also keep BOTH cats and the guinea pigs there.  It even has a basement, so Safety Guy can have part of it for his Man Cave, and a garage.  The location is in a nice neighborhood with lots of families, blocks of streets for walking and biking, and a couple parks, and it's close to the city for my job-hunting efforts.  It's also not far from where their dad works, which is good for all of us.  The property manager says I can even do some gardening there.  After drawing a blank for so long in finding a good rental (and seeing the Rodent Palace last week - a massive reality check for the kids), securing this one yesterday is a HUGE relief for all of us.  It's a duplex, and the neighbors seem really nice and even have a daughter close to the Princess' age.  If this turns out to be a good situation, we may stay for several years.

So, over the next few weeks we'll be doing more packing and sorting.  We'll be looking for a climate-controlled storage unit, since one of the things I don't want in the new rental is my mother's 60 year old Hammond C3 organ.  I don't play it, and it takes up a LOT of floor space, but I don't want it damaged in a regular storage unit.  Someday I'll want it back in a house, since I haven't been able to bring myself to sell it, but this rental just isn't big enough for all of our furniture.  There are other things that can be safely stored while we're renting - like the big fish tank, and miscellaneous keepsake boxed items (like the few boxes of the kids' baby/toddler toys for my hypothetical future grandchildren).  We'll have some storage in the duplex, since it has a basement, but I'd rather maximize the living space.  The bedrooms are very small, so the kids will have to prioritize their stuff too.

On the education front, Safety Guy's IEP meeting is tomorrow.  I just want to make sure it has what he needs to go to the new district.  I don't want to fight out the events of the past month/several years there it's the wrong time/place, and I'll be meeting with the IEP team in his new school over the summer anyhow.  I just want some closure.  I'm going to look into transferring our son to the new district early (i.e. the first week of June as a home schooler), and I'll be talking with them about how to make his transition go as smoothly as possible in the fall.

So, rest is a relative term.  But I'm still hopeful that things are starting to turn around and come together, and that by the end of the summer we'll have many things settled that are currently up in the air.  I pray for peace and wisdom as we continue to walk along this path.