As of August 4th, we have been living in Washington for 1 year! Time seems to have flown by, and also dragged on all at the same time. I still remember crying my eyes out as I hugged my family goodbye before we left. I didn’t talk the whole first hour of our drive and I was sick to my stomach… but that last part was probably because I was pregnant and hadn’t realized it yet ;).
I thought it would be appropriate to give a family update, one year into our adventure. A lot has changed, and thankfully some things have stayed the same.
The biggest change has been adding a new member to our family! This last year I was pregnant while adjusting to our move. It was really hard being away from my family (especially my mom) while I was sick. I was afraid that my pregnancy would have complications like my last did, and I felt so alone. There were some hard days, and a few set backs (like having to have another c-section) but thankfully everything worked out, and Emersyn Claire is such a joy in our lives! I still can’t believe that she is here, and that just one year ago we weren’t even expecting her presence!
The second biggest adjustment was adjusting to how busy Grant was (and is!). I knew going into this that Grant would have to work hard, but it didn’t dawn on me just how hard it would be for me. Most days, Grant was at school (either in class, or studying) from 7 in the morning until 8 or 9 and night. Sometimes he would stop home for dinner, but he always left quickly to get back to studying. Randsom and I both missed him, and honestly I know it will be even harder when school starts again this year. Thankfully, Grant is loving school, so that makes it easier to get through the long days without him. I know that 3 years from now I will be writing about his graduation, and it will all have been worth it. Going into this next year, my expectations will be more managed, and I will have two kids to fill the lonely days.
We became members at our church this year, and we are slowly getting more and more connected. I’m thankful to be surrounded by such a strong community of believers! We have met so many great people, and I’m blessed to have made a few mommy friends. I can’t wait to start Bible Study again in the fall and reconnect after a summer away.
I am loving our home here, we are so blessed to be in a house and not an apartment. I’ve enjoyed decorating with the knowledge that things will stay for a few years. I’ve never been motivated to hang pictures or truly decorate before because we moved so many times. I’m excited to share some of my projects with you guys! I’ve already shared Randsom’s bedroom, which I LOVE. Our neighborhood is also wonderful, I love living a few blocks from an amazing park with a beautiful lake. We have really enjoyed the small town feel, and also the amazing local farmers market every weekend. Overall, Washington is really starting to grow on me. It will never be “home”, but it holds a special place in my heart. I even miss it a little bit when we travel.
I can’t wait to see what this next year brings!