I haven’t posted for awhile… I have been busy, and I haven’t taken many pictures. My aunt and uncle and another uncle came to visit from out of state. My mom’s sister married my dad’s brother (it is legal, I promise… just think it through!) – they are Sherry and Bruce. I used to see them every time I went to Kansas City to visit; they would come there or I would go to them. We were pretty close. BUT they moved to Colorado… and who wouldn’t… to live in a cabin in the mountains. So, it has been awhile since I have seen them. My uncle David (my dad’s brother) came, too. He tends to visit here at least once a year, so I have had a chance to get to know him over the years as well. They arrived on Monday and Tuesday and just left yesterday. My girls and I were over visiting at my parents’ many mornings and joined the family gatherings this weekend. It should have been a time of many pictures, but I was just enjoying the time – and I was tired (more on that later). Family is good. Well, my family is good; I know not everyone can say that. It is good to connect again, to talk, to laugh, and to just be. I don’t know when we will get out to Colorado. (Jeremy and I have been talking about it, but it is a pretty major undertaking because we have two little ones, it is a long drive, and there are lots of people we would like to see.) And I don’t know when Sherry and Bruce will return. And David, we’ll look forward to seeing him again; my mom’s sour cream raisin pie brings him back!
While they were here, I was juggling sick kids, a sick me, and job interviews. It was really like a three ring circus that left me exhausted. Both girls started with a cold, Ellie progressed to goop running out of both eyes. The doctor though it looked like possible the tissue of the eye was getting infected. Madison had it second. I had a runny nose – no eye stuff. Regardless, I felt run-down.
On top of this, I had applied for some teaching jobs for next year and was called in for an interview on Tuesday. They called me back for a final interview on Thursday, and I had a job offer to consider that day! What a whirlwind. I felt honored to be wanted for the job. The job was good – high school, mostly inclusion, a period to reteach students, good benefits, pay for all 10 years of teaching. It was a good offer. Jeremy and I decided though that our family could survive a few more years on his salary and keep me at home with the girls. It has been a learning and growing experience to be home, but I feel like I am finding my groove, and I want to see what I can do with a few more years. I have big plans on how to make my time at home more meaningful and less about surviving. Pray for me as I try to actually do this. I am excited about the time to be home, and trust that when I do go back to work God will open doors again.