So, I have a little time to reflect upon my life. Let's see if I can do a nutshell version, for all you all out there who haven't heard from me in a while
- We have been in Redding two months past the one year mark. That went FAST. I mean, REALLY fast. JM is about to transition to another job at Bethel (which pays a little better, bless the Lord in heaven) so he'll have an even more steady schedule, which is great. It will give him time to work on the pedal board design company he has started and is super excited about. So, that's fun.
- We have a few friends. Connecting with people is slow, but steady. A small group meets in our house, so that has been really great, and it's about to expand a little as we begin to reach out to the "young marrieds" who go to Bethel's Twin View campus. I look forward to making new friends there.
- Samuel. Samuel is 19 months old and so much fun. He's putting together 2-3 word sentences. And he'll tell me all about something he did by using key words. "Walk. River. Deer. Bird. Kiss. Five." (He wants to give the animals kisses and high fives.) :) He is also developing his WILL. So that is an adventure. :)
- Anybody out there read "Loving Our Kids on Purpose?" A great book on parenting that totally changed my perspective on the world, parent or not. It's too much to try to write about with my limited amount of time, but it's made me realize what a passive person I have been all my life, and the ideas in the book are empowering me to use self control and make my own choices, rather than just letting life happen to me. It is difficult to unlearn habits I've had all my life, but I know it's going to pay off in the end. Also, we may not end up spanking our kids (much), something I always assumed would be part of my parenting style. Are you intrigued? I highly recommend the book. :)
- As I mentioned way up there^, we have a roommate coming from Germany tonight. She'll be a first year BSSM student and will be staying with us the entire school year. If she likes us, I guess. :) This is her first time in the States, so JM and I get to be her first introduction to American culture. That's kind of a big deal, huh? If we were pranksters, we could have fun with that. Anyway, she's just out of high school and seems like a fun girl. We're supposed to teach each other how to cook. Can't wait to make me some STRUEDEL.
- Speaking of cooking, I went on a 3 month diet trying to get rid of the thrush that Sam and I have had since he was born. I ate no grains, no sugars, no dairy (except yogurt), no fruit (except when I cheated with berries), no caffeine, no starches. What was left? Nothing. No, just kidding. Meat, veggies, yogurt, eggs and nuts, basically. I took probiotic supplements and antifungals. Ate loads of coconut oil. I survived it all, and guess what happened. Nothing. For real this time. Except gained 10 pounds. But the thrush is as bad as ever. Maybe I should just get PRAYER. I am at Bethel, for heaven's sake. Surely I can get healed of this thing.
So much for a nutshell. I'm sure I could think of more things to ramble about, but I guess I'll give her a rest. If you are reading this, know that I miss you and was probably thinking of you when I wrote it. Bye bye!