Yes, it’s been FOUR years since I last updated this blog. I think I had good intentions about 2 years ago, because I did some re-design work on it, but I never finished THAT… and thus, never wrote a post either.
Four years is a long time, and a lot has happened… Allan and I both turned 40 (and then some), and most noticeably there’s the fact that our children are no longer “littles”, and I have no babies or toddlers running around anymore. (You did not just hear me say HALLELUJAH under my breath, no.. you did not). Samuel is almost 12, “lil” Allan is almost 9, and Martha is almost 7. I’m in denial about these ages, but their soon-to-be-here birthdays will come whether I want them to or not. Samuel is already planning his birthday party favors (TARDIS and Dr. Who, all the way), and Martha has been planning her party for a couple of months. (She is our “cruise director”, and plans every day and every thing down to the last minute detail. I have no idea where she gets it. cough). Allan is not a planner, and he has a lot more time than the other two (and he takes after his Daddy in terms of all things time and clock-related), so he’ll start planning in late April.
All three kids are in school these days – 1st grade, 3rd grade, and 6th grade. This means I have 7.5 hours a day to work, relax, read, and nap. It’s been an unexpected season for me, as Martha has a severe peanut allergy, and we weren’t sure if she would head off to school or not. We home-schooled her first semester of Kindergarten last year, and she hated it. She is a social bug (see previous comment about cruise directing), and wanted desperately to be with other kids at “regular” school. The boys were (are) attending a fabulous charter school, and they have made us feel very safe in sending Martha there too. I still pray for her safety every morning when I drop her off, but she has attended for a full year now, and so far – so good.
If you read any recent archives, as you might, since I haven’t written very much in over FOUR years… you will see posts about my sister Sarah and her cancer battle in 2008. She survived that battle, and was in a remission (of sorts) for over three years. She had a sweet miracle baby during that time (who is now 2 1/2)… but unfortunately in August of this last year (2013), we found out the cancer was back, with a vengeance. It has been a tremendously difficult few months, filled with a lot of pain and heartbreak as the most advanced chemo didn’t touch the aggressive cancer, and she is now on hospice. I will likely write about this topic in the coming weeks and months, as it’s pretty all-consuming, and I have lots of words on the subject. All the words, they are rattling around in my brain, and I hope that writing might relieve some of the pain caused by all the rattle.
So… yay me! A blog post after many years of silence… a mini re-cap, with hopefully a lot more to come!