Friday, September 17, 2021

Hunkering Down (again!)

I realize that COVID is one big cycle for us. I do well for awhile, and then I hit another wall and that wall requires me to regroup and reclimb and refocus.

This week I got off of Facebook and Instagram (which I use sparingly anyways) for at least the foreseeable future.

It's extra noise. Why do I subject myself to extra noise?

It's hard because I use Facebook as a tool. I have a bunch of groups I run or help run: dogs, homeschool, adoption, ballet, etc.

But in the end, the ignorance is simply too much to bear.

The final straw was that someone called me a liar for saying what my husband sees.

I'm not sure if I can possibly illustrate with only words what that feels like. 

(You can imagine it doesn't feel good I would hope.)

So I am regrouping.

With my partner -- John. 

I love him.

I love God.

He will sustain us.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

A story of my life in two pictures

Jacob came across a black widow in the garden while JB was at work. He and Sidge decided to keep it in a jar since it had an egg sack. Jacob sent the following text to JB and me: 

Here is the exchange between John and me that followed: 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Happiness in the storm

Today was a hard day. We thought John would have the day off. But when of his fellow docs got COVID, and he had to go in unexpectedly. He will now have to work five days in a row which is never easy on us.

We are really fighting COVID burnout. But in the meantime, we are trying to find happiness amid two fathers (Craig and John) being gone. 

The kids had a picnic on the steps outside the camper!

They got to watch "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" together in the camper!

I introduced Sidge to "I Love Lucy"

While middle and high schoolers have been attending co-op for a few weeks, on Monday, EVERYONE started their co-op season!

Lotsa fun riding in the back of the truck heading to Grama's house for some fun times!

Here's Abigail's "first day of co-op" picture including the pencil carrier she made in Ms. Anni's sewing class.

Zach had to bring in some flowers for his first day of co-op. John helped!

Hannah made these glasses in church class on Sunday with Zach.

The four kids are taking a weekend sewing class with Ms. Anni!

So fun what they are learning to do with Ms. Anni. 

Little Trin hanging out in the camper with the big girls.

Abigail and Hannah tried out for THE NUTCRACKER and they both got a part! Abigail will be a solider and Hannah will be a mouse. CBT is working with a ballet company in Chattanooga on this exciting event.

As September 11 is upon us, these four kiddos, both children of Air Force veterans, smiling for a photo at Yoders.