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Babies will come when they want. Sometimes when we are ready and others when we aren’t. The later is true for us. I wasn’t packed and my husband was away at work still, set to come home the next day. Baby D arrived Wednesday October 15th at 7:54pm. I went to my regular 37 week prenatal visit that morning and had just missed my doctor who had to run out and deliver a baby so I had to wait and see the midwife, who is equally wonderful. She checked my cervix which had been just barely 1cm the week before. She had a slightly surprised look on her face and asked if I’d been tracking my contractions. Which I hadn’t because I mean I’d been having them for weeks and I was pretty settled into the idea of going until my induction date of the 29th. She thought it would be a really great idea if I went directly to labor and delivery to be monitored. I was 4cm on the outer edge and 2cm on the inside. With contractions pretty regular. I got over there around 1 and ended up admitted. They broke my water at 6:50, I can’t even tell you how long I pushed for. Honestly it was only 2-3 pushes and he was here all 6lbs 15oz and 20.5 inches. I can’t believe he’s here already and that I have a little boy finally after three girls. He’s perfect!

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Today we closed on our very first home. It was built in 1971, my hubby’s parents bought it before their first son was born. My hubby was born and raised in this house as well. It’s amazing to me that we can now officially call it ours. Although I guess not technically until tomorrow, and the bank owns it until we pay it off in 30 years. But technically it is ours now. I’m so thrilled this process is over. The stress was so great and I hadn’t realized just how bad until the lady at the title company today said ‘and that’s the last one, let me just go get you some copies!’, the weight that was lifted was wonderful.

I look forward to living here and watching my children grow up in the house their dad did. I feel closer to my father in law here too. There isn’t many days that go by when I don’t think of him. Even today my hubby and I talked about him. I think it would put his heart and mind at peace to know that we love this house enough to stay as long as we can. Also that my mother in law has decided to stay as well.

Here’s to many more years of joyful memories.

Rainbow in Fairbanks Alaska

Rainbow in Fairbanks Alaska

Our entire drive yesterday was rainy. It was bright and warm when we arrived in Fairbanks. Of course when we were in dinner it decided to rain. We came out and there was two beautiful rainbows. Of course I was only able to catch the one but still lovely. Of course this was taken with my phone.

Things going on with us at the moment:

  • A trip planned to Fairbanks for a Family Day at Mike’s work
  • Prepping for a move into the house
  • Orientation for the girls home schooling

And because thats not enough big things going on we’re adding moving my two younger sisters up to live with us.

My parents are struggling and it is so hard to sit by and watch it happen. Going to visit them throughout the month of June was a huge eye opener. It showed me just how much things have gone downhill for them while I’ve been here away from them.

My father lost his job last year, then his toes. He has not been able to secure a job since, Michigan’s economy just isn’t supportive enough. They waited on applying for disability, so sure that he’d be able to find something and it just hasn’t happened.

My mother has tried to apply for other jobs as well since she only works about 20 hours a week (thats all the company she works for is allowed to schedule people) and needs better employment. Its the same turn down everytime. “We’re sorry but you are over qualified for the position.” Basically she’s worked too long in her career and had one to many penny raises.

Their house was to go up for sale (auction for foreclosures) on July 1st. So the only home my two younger siblings knew will be gone to whoever wants it and can afford it. They’re currently living in apartment that they wont be able to stay in much longer, because with the end of my dad’s unemployment benefits (he’s already been extended and the extension has ended) they cant afford it on my moms pay.

All these things considered Mike and I feel it’s best if S and P come live with us. The upside to this also is that I’ve convinced my parents to move up here as well. They’ll be joining us later though, once they’ve heard about my dad’s disability claim and once they’ve decided what all they need to keep before they come.

I can’t imagine how it will feel for my parents to leave some of my siblings behind. But I think they’ve finally reached a point where they need to make a positive change. They’ve been supporting my sister S who is still in school (college) pretty much undecided about her future.

S is 23 and old enough now to take responsibility for herself. The fact that she’s panicking about my parents leaving because then ‘where will I live when I dont have school’ is kind of sad. She should have a paying job and look for a place of her own.

My brother M1 is 22 and currently squatting in the house that is foreclosed on. He seems to think that he can continue to just float on through life racking up student loans for failed attempt after failed attempt at school. He is in a word a jerk. He has no respect for any authority figure (the reason he’s been let go from jobs, schools, the military). I’m not sure what he plans on doing with his life either, other than possibly another attempt at culinary school in Colorado. How he plans to pay for it this time I’m not sure since the student loans he has already have started calling wanting their money.

M2 is 20 and only ever held down one job for a couple weeks. In four years he hasn’t had a single interview… Or so he says. I have serious doubts about whether all this time he’s actually looked for and applied for a job. Yes he did apply to a couple places while I was down visiting but only after being asked and getting pissed off about it. He has no home and no job. Its sad but my parents can barely support themselves how are they supposed to keep supporting another adult?

I’m so very proud of my brother D, he’s the youngest boy at 18 and freshly graduated from High School. He desperately wants to go to Eastern Michigan University. I’m praying that God will help him get the funding he needs, so that he can stay in a dorm this coming fall, and perhaps on his downtime Mike and I could fly him up here. Provided my parents are here by then and have a place of their own. That or perhaps him and his girlfriend will be able to find jobs that will help cover a small apartments rent for them there by the school. I pray that since he’s actively trying to make something for himself that God will give him what he needs.

So the only ones left are my two sisters P and S. They are 15 and 13 so too young to get jobs, too young to have to worry about supporting themselves. Mike and I want them to have a peaceful stable environment so thats why they’ll be with us. At least until my parents are here and on their own two feet.

This year hasn’t been all bad it just really feels that way. I’m trying really hard to remind myself to lean on God, and let him guide us through this. It’s hard though.

We could really use prayers of guidance and support through this time.

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