When Life Gets in the Way: A House + Love = Home Update

It’s turning into a hectic season. Some planned and some, a complete surprise. I will be taking a bit of a break to work more behind the scenes, to take some time off, and to physically heal. Before I wander off into the whirlwind of May, I wanted to give a quick update to everyone that follows our journey on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Our first homeschool year is complete, but we aren’t finished learning! I’ll be giving a year end update soon. We’ll cover curriculum used, and methods and processes that worked (and some that didn’t.) I will share some highlights from our school year and give you a glimpse into our 2019-2020 school year plans. On a personal note, I’ll be revealing more of my own personal growth as I have evolved in my role as mom and homeschool teacher. I can’t wait to share that with you!

I’m still working on how to expand my services as a homeschooling coach, because I’m discovering it is a much needed, in demand, and under-represented profession. I’m considering a few options, and I have some time coming up, where my brainstorming and writing will have time to play at the front of my mind as I heal from an upcoming surgery. A lot of that work is distance/online and over the phone. I am considering (on a local level) offering a service to help set up and organize homeschool spaces.

If you have followed recently, you may have been directed here because of a recent story I wrote for Love What Matters. You can read that, here, to learn more about the beginnings of our foster & adoption journey. We are currently licensing again, in a new state (ten years later!) I will be sharing more about that as we continue. Our process to become licensed is almost over. I will be sharing from a unique perspective, which I will dig into more as we go.

In family life, we are preparing for celebration. Our oldest son graduates from college next week. My parents will be heading to the Midwest to stay with us for a week and our daughter-in-law’s family will be visiting, too. Our younger kids will be singing the National Anthem for a minor league baseball game and have swim practice, and a dance recital all this month. We are preparing our home and hearts to expand by two, as we imagine we will be matched as foster parents by mid-June. There are beds to assemble, playground equipment to install, and the kid’s bathroom needs new flooring. Somewhere in all of that, I am undergoing preventative treatment, by way of a lumpectomy, to remove a pre-cancerous lesion. I learn more about that later today, when I attend a pre-surgery consult with a local surgeon.

If I sit (ha!) for a minute and think of it all, I can become overwhelmed. The Bible says, “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.” ~ Jeremiah 17: 7-8 And as my sweet husband reminds me often, “everything is gonna be great.”

I’ll be back soon, hopefully with a whole cache of new posts, fantastic updates, and an organized plan moving forward. In the meantime, catch up on old posts, interact with me on Facebook and Instagram, and I’ll see you soon ❤️

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