Sunday, December 29, 2013

In Our New Home

We now live on an island in the beautiful Northwest!

I love the home that Hubby picked out. The daylight basement makes it big enough for the teens, yet it won't feel overly large when the kids leave the nest. It is within walking distance to the ferry, only about a mile and a half. Hubby gets a boat ride to work every day! I was walking downtown on Christmas eve, and couldn't believe that I lived in such a nice place. People take vacations on our island, yet I get to live here!

We moved in a few days before Christmas, so things are pretty busy. I even drove down to San Jose and back during the past week to pick up some more of our belongings we stored at the older girls' place. In about forty-two hours, I drove for thirty one of them! No wonder I feel exhausted!

I'll write more later about the trip up here, spending time at the in-laws, Microbio Daughter's visit which helped the kids adjust, and celebrating Christmas in the middle of a move. But now it's time to get back to the job of unpacking and organizing.

Monday, December 9, 2013

So Proud of My Son

Yesterday I went to my oldest son's pinning ceremony.
What's a pinning ceremony? My son did a much better job explaining, but I am having a hard time figuring out how to upload the videos of the ceremony. But in a nutshell, it is a ceremony that welcomes nurses into the profession.

I was so proud of my son. He not only was asked to give a speech, but he worked hard in school.

He was a class representative, worked on the pinning committee, and maintained a 4.0 grade point average in an accelerated nursing program. He did all this while taking care of his family and working part time. Of course, he had the support of his family, which helped him through the tough year.

(I apologize for the sideways pictures, but I don't have the time to figure out how to flip them!)

My son won the Most Promising Student award. I wish you could hear all the nice things the faculty said about him.

My son worked hard and did well in school. He also already has a job lined up in San Diego!

I quit nursing school at the end of my junior year to have him and the other kids. I loved nursing and planned to return when the kids were older. But in my early forties, I made the choice to foster and adopt. I couldn't do both nursing and raising children from hard places. So I gave up my dream. But then my oldest son took up my dream and ran with it.

I would have made a good nurse. My son is becoming a great nurse.

Congratulations, Mr. Nurse!!!! I know you'll love it! You were made for nursing.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Happy Birthday, Mr. I

Mr. I turned fourteen today. He's almost as tall as I am now. Where has the time gone?!

We weren't able to make a normal celebration tonight because of the move. Hubby will come down tomorrow for the birthdays and graduation, but couldn't be here on Mr. I's day. A few of our family and one of his friends did go out for a birthday dinner, and a couple more later joined us for ice cream and cake.

Mr. I kept saying that it didn't feel like a birthday, but we did what we could. Sometimes there is only so much you can do, especially with a December birthday in our house, since all my boys and my grandson have birthdays this month. Hopefully we will be able to give him a better Christmas celebration in our new home. He is an awesome young man, and I want him to know that he is loved.

Monday, December 2, 2013

We Are Stronger Than We Think

Hubby came home this past weekend.

We had a delightful Thanksgiving dinner on Friday at the older girls' apartment.

It was the last time this year, and maybe for awhile, that we were able to get the whole family together in one place at the same time.

Just before we ate, Ms. D and I walked to the store, since she can't eat mashed potatoes without sour cream. She held my hand and was very well attached. I think she really liked Dad being home, even for just a day or two.

While we were walking, Ms. D asked me if it's been hard on me to have Hubby gone for so long. I said, yes, I really missed him. But even though it's been a difficult month, I was, we all were, able to accomplish more than I ever thought possible. We did things that we thought we couldn't do. We are stronger than we think.

I told Ms. D that she is stronger than she thinks, too. We all are. When we have to, we can do more than we give ourselves credit. We were able to do get the house ready to sell while Hubby was in Seattle. As far as I know, the younger kids are adjusting to the idea of moving and are doing well. My older girls were able to have Thanksgiving dinner at their place, even though they have been so busy. Drumming Son and his family are almost done with the year long intensive nursing school adventure. I have three in our family who are doing well in college right now. I was able to drive solo 1,400 miles in two days in order to move some things up to the Northwest this weekend. Thats driving twelve to thirteen hours a day for two days in a row!

I'm not saying that everything has been perfect. There have been times when I was a puddle on the floor and really needed help. Sometimes life throws curveballs that are so hard, you're knocked off your feet. Life isn't always neat and pretty. I don't think the saying, "God only gives you what you can handle," is always true. Sometimes we are given much more than we can handle, that's why we need God and others.

But when the dust settles, and the crisis is over, you realized that you were able to accomplish much more than you realized you could do. You wonder how you did it. And then you realize that you are stronger than you think, much stronger!