We are almost done with school for the year. I try to only do lesson plans in 6 week blocks, or else I get really overwhelmed. My goal was to be done with school by our family reunion at the end of July. Then we could take all of August off and start mid-September. Doing school almost year-round lets us take long breaks when we need them, like at Christmas or when I have a baby or when we are sick. We have six weeks of school left which means that I had to double up and do 2 weeks of our curriculum in each of the three weeks I have left.
Have I ever told you I have no concept of time? For instance, whenever someone asks me when my chickens are going to start laying, I have answered with “in about 6 weeks” for the last two months. And I still haven’t purchased laying boxes for them. Even though I’m certain chickens will lay an egg wherever they feel like it if you don’t provide a place. Maybe there are eggs out there right now. I don’t know. Because my life is crazy.
Anyway. I’m really just going to barf it all out right here, because I’m having trouble processing my life right now. Hence, the lack of blog posts.
Was it really a whole three months ago that I mentioned I felt something big coming? There we were in March. Doing magazine interviews, making soap, planning for famers markets, loving babies, loving our neighbors as best we could, enjoying life. Really enjoying life.
And then we went through April. I turned 31! I can’t remember much of May, but I bet it was good. June started all three farmers markets, and a fourth one that we attend monthly. More soap. More school. More babies. More time with friends. More love. More enjoyment. More crazy.
And June is almost gone.
And August is starting to shape up to bring… lots of change and uncertainty.
Brent is interviewing for a position with his company in Atlanta.
Yay! The Promised Land?!?!?!!? And here is where I cry. Because I wanted for so long to go back. Alabama has been hard, y’all. We left Atlanta- a great church family, our blood family (and complete familiarity and comfort for me, since that’s where I’m from) five years ago. It felt like we had entered the dessert for quite a while. Our time here has been hard. We were all alone with little support for most of it. There are some hard memories that I honestly try to erase from my mind.
He means all things for good for those that love Him. And He took these hard things and used them to grow us as individuals, as a couple, and as a family. For our good and for His glory, He brought us to Alabama and put us through some fires.
And we’ve come out at the end of these 5 years so delightfully pleased with being here! We love our church. We love our baby sitters. We love our local farmers markets. We love our friends. We love our neighborhood. And be it ever so humble, we love our home.
And now that I’m perfectly content and settled, God says…. Move?
So, I’ve been ignoring it. I’ve been not talking about it. I’ve been secretly crying inside.
But I’m also excited! HOME! MY PEOPLE! I miss them! I miss my city! I’m anxious…what does God have for us there?
And then there are the what ifs. What if Brent doesn’t get the job??? Doh.
So, we wait. And we try to make some plans.
The new job will bring a different dimension to our family life. And that in turn affects Cheeky Maiden Soap. Is it time for me to lay it down? Do I just slow down a little? How do you slow down a business that is full steam ahead, regardless of you?? Newspapers call, stores beckon, magazine articles are published, people get dirty and need soap. How do I stop all this? I don’t think I can. =)
So, there it is. Why I haven’t been writing. I’m trusting the Lord and trying to get a grip on a life that seems to just be slipping through my fingers.
Meanwhile, I’ve lost somewhere around 34 pounds since Titus was born, and I still have a loooooong way to go. But it’s a start and I’m doing really good by the grace of God. We are getting a little more sleep at night as Titus grows. Evie still pees everywhere, but half the time gets it in the potty. Charis really wants a lizard for a pet. The chickens are ginormous and they make funny chicken noises all the time (still dumb as dirt though). Arwen got some cavities filled and thought it was the best thing ever. Ezra is progressing slowly with reading, due to his speech impediment, but we stay positive and work through it three times a week. I’m so proud of him.
So, what’s up with y’all? Click on the little number there to comment. I need more comments in my life right about now.