Wow, I haven't blogged for a LONG time. It has been a crazy 6 months. Here's the highlights:
My third baby girl- Z - was born December 25th. Yes, that makes her a Christmas baby, no it doesn't matter to me. We celebrate Hanukkah, so she gets 8 days of presents and then her birthday, so I promise she's not missing out on anything. And no, she does not share a birthday with Jesus. ;) She was born at home into my hands after 71 hours of labor- my second homebirth VBAC. I still haven't written up the whole birth story, but I'll be sure to share it here when I do.
On December 31st, we unexpectedly lost our apartment managing jobs. It was a shock since we had perfect or nearly perfect performance evaluations for 2.5 years. They claimed that the new managers could do major renovations, plumbing, electrical etc. that D was not capable of doing, but they had never once told him that he needed to do more than he was doing. So who knows! Now we've heard from a friend who still lives there that they have gone through 3 managers in 4 months. Their loss!
Ultimately, I think it was a God-thing, because we had been praying about what to do/ where to go long term. We knew we didn't want to manage apartments forever! I think this was his way of saying "time to go!" We stayed with my parents in California for a few months and then decided to stay in our home town while D goes to school for firefighting.
The girls are adjusting pretty well here, though E often says how much she misses her friends and L asks to go swimming every day. There is no pool here, which is quite disappointing for them both. There are lots of things that we are all missing- swimming, friends, cultural events, homeschooling groups, events and play days, the ocean, the greenery..... but I do believe this is where YHVH wants us for now, so here we are.
And it's not all bad. I am enjoying the sunshine here after the years of Oregon clouds and rain. It's nice to be near my parents. And we are slowly getting plugged into the community here.
I am going to start posting regularly again to journal our unschooling adventures and my random musings.