Time flies when you’re having fun, and/or have a toddler.
Clearly, I’ve taken some time away from blogging. I desperately needed something to “give” and unfortunately, it was writing. Not to say that I consider myself a writer, because the only writing I really do is songwriting. I digress. Here we are friends, a year and 2 months later.
Canaan update; he is thriving! Little man is doing so well, it’s unbelievable! In fact, when people who don’t know our story hear about his start, they are amazed! His heart is doing well for the time being, we have to have another check up in the spring and for it he will need to be sedated, he’s just too wiggly. He is awesome though. I swear, I don’t know how I managed to get a kid who is exactly like I was as a child. He is absolutely fearless! Here’s a couple of pics.
I want to write a ’10 things about Canaan” post soon. Hopefully during this Christmas break, I will get to.
Momma update; as you might know, I am a teacher but I am also a musician, I decided after studying music in college, that one subject was just not enough ;). When we adopted Canaan, I decided to leave my position at a local elementary school and stay home with my dream baby. Well, six months into staying home 100% of the time, I realized that it is just not for me, every other day though, I wish it were. I’m just not a very domesticated person. SO, November of last year, I followed a life long dream and opened a business. I own and operate a music studio here in our little mountain town. I teach kindermusik classes and give private lessons in voice, guitar and piano. I am loving IT! It is stressful owning a business, especially when you’re an accidental business owner like me (more on that later), but I feel more fulfilled and excited with my work, than I ever have. It’s awesome to get to love what you do! Check it out, if you’d like… www.heartstringsmusicstudio.com. I also recently began a pretty big life change with my health. I’m hoping one day to tell that story, but so far, I’m not quite there. It’s such a sensitive subject and I”m not comfortable yet with the world (or just general public) knowing all the ins and outs. Some of my extended family don’t even know all of it…
Daddy update; After leaving full time ministry, when we had to leave our life in Canada, Brandon had a few years of “figuring out” to do. We really felt like we needed to step away from working at churches, maybe for a while, maybe forever. We also felt that it’s nice, sometimes, to get to serve and love your pastoral staff really well. Especially after being pastoral staff who weren’t loved well. If you want more of that story, look here.
All that to say, Brandon spent a year unemployed but working when and where he could, doing anything (which is BONKERS and not by choice!) and then finally got a position at a prison that is about 45 minutes away. After two years working there and really struggling with the work environment (clearly, IT WAS A PRISON FOR PETE’S SAKE?!), he got a position with our county’s Child protective services. This new career has been awesome and it’s a regular schedule that is only 5 minutes away. You don’t realize how nice an 8-5 is, if you’ve never had it. Let me tell you, it is SO nice! So far, it’s just an incredible fit for him, ya’ll know how we are all about adoption and seeing children in good, healthy situations. He has literally come back to life before my eyes. Ya’ll he is just the most amazing man. He is the best daddy I’ve ever seen, he is a sweet and tender husband, you should all be jealous! I mean just look at this picture and try your best not to swoon.
We also moved to “town” and into a small but bigger home last year after living in a tiny house, less than 600 square feet. Now, live in a super cute house that we hopefully closing on in a couple of weeks. This story is also CRAZY….I need to tell it too, shew, too many stories to share! Life is good and crazy for us!
God is good, He gives and takes away. He desires good for those that love Him and most importantly, the biggest story of my life, He GIVES A CRAP, about me, who is the most wretched. There is Hope. Emmanuel, God with us.