Some things changed.
My husband stopped traveling so much for work. It took a lot of adjustment and grace to get use to this, but our family relationships are healthier with him consistently home.
Our children grew. They are 16, 15, 14, 12, and 10.5 The needs of teenagers and tweens are much different than babies and toddlers. While we still homeschool, three of my children will be attending a community college part-time this fall.
In the past, I had major issues with adenomyosis, endometriosis, ovarian cysts and fibroid tumors. Last winter, I chose to have a hysterectomy and removal of the endometriosis and cysts. During that surgery, I also had an appendectomy because my appendix was covered in endometriosis. The following month, I had a tumor removed from my arm. It has taken a while to feel more normal after all of that, but my quality of life and overall health improved significantly. I am more than the summation of my health problems, and I get tired of talking about them, but I also know that there are so many women who are plagued by these things and I just want to say that there is hope. Dr. Harkins in Hershey, PA, is probably the best women’s health specialist I have ever met. If you’re suffering in these ways and are at the point where you are considering surgery, go see him.
A friend took her own life. It’s still pretty fresh and I am processing it. Our family is helping to watch her children and be a safe place for them this summer while their dad works. I don’t want to say much about this situation directly for privacy reasons, but I certainly can say that I will forever be affected by this loss. Anyone who thinks that suicide ends hurt is delusional and is ignoring the amount of hurt it causes. That hurt is immeasurable, and it ruins the lives of everyone in their wake. Suicide is never the answer.
Some things stayed the same.
While I took time off of from birth work, I have a few doula clients and plan to be teaching The Bradley Method again soon.
I absolutely still love the Lord and I am in awe of the way He works things out for our good and His glory. We have been members at All Saints Church for ten years now, and we love the people there like family.
This isn’t the most exciting first post in a while, but it’s a start!
In a nutshell, I’m doing well and looking forward to writing here again.
Please bear with me while I find my voice.