But, I keep coming back to this, I believe that stories matter. And more than anything else, this blog has been a place to capture my stories. So, I am hoping to come back here and dust things off and re arrange and make myself comfortable again with the words. Life is an adventure, and I would like to share that.
It has been nearly a year since I have written here, and even longer since I have really written about what's going on with me and my crazy clan. I wasn't sure what to start with here and I figure an update is as good an idea as any.
A lot has changed in the past year for the five of us. All of the kids were in school last year and in a few weeks I will have a kindergartner, a 4th grader, and a 5th grader. It's hard for me to believe that my oldest only has one more year at the elementary school.
We spent a good portion of last school year fighting to find answers about our middle daughter's chronic health issues. We still have no reasonable explanation for why she is constantly sick or why she has struggled with side a wide range of symptoms. We did, however, learn how to manage her symptoms and boost her immune system so by the last quarter of the school year she had perfect attendance. This is a first for her since she started school and we celebrated BIG time! She also pulled out A/B honor role despite missing 19 days of school. God was good. He didn't answer my prayers of "why", but He offered comfort and guidance as we navigated "how". We are starting back with immunity boosters this week and hoping it's a much smoother school year for Goose.
A good bit has changed for me in the past 12 months. With all three girls in school my days were opened up and I began to look more closely at myself and what I needed to thrive. The past year I have learned what it means to make mental health a priority. For me this has meant daily medication for depression and occasional medication for anxiety. It means making my time in the Bible a TOP priority. It has meant going out of my comfort zone over and over again as I find rhythms and routines that work for me.
I also started graduate school and have loved being back in the school environment, even if if it is very different doing it all online. I am about to start my fourth class and have a projected finish date of Spring 2020.
There is so much more to share, and I hope to do that in the days to come. However, right now, this feels like a good place to stop. I am out of practice writing and it will take a while to get back into feeling comfortable again putting myself out there like this. But, it feels right, and I am excited to be back "home."