It's been nearly 8 months since my last proper blog post, and as I mentioned in my last brief post, so very much has happened since then. There were some rather bumpy moments, moments when I was truly scared and not sure how things were going to work out, or if they even could. However, one of my mottoes, if that's truly the proper term, is that there is always a solution*. I also have profound faith in my Gods; I'm a good little priestess and They have yet to not help when I sincerely asked, and as a witch I couldn't allow for anything other than for things to work out.
We were lucky. Things falling into place just as they needed to, money arriving unexpectedly when so desperately needed, and through it all my husband and I managed to not entirely lose our bearings (hell, we even managed moments of optimism and joy.) Like I said, we were very lucky.
As with other difficulties that we've had in the past, I find this to be a time that actually offered much. It is only in the darkest times that we discover just how strong we are and just how much we really are capable of. I've learned somethings about myself and life in general, I'd also like to think I've grown as a person.
Things are remarkably smoother now and, in all honesty, it looks like things are only going to keep improving. That's not to say that there won't be further difficulties, it would only be naive and utterly foolish to think so (after all, life cannot remain stagnant, good or bad; change is the only constant, progress the only way,) but they won't be anything that we can't handle. After all, my family and I have already gone through so much (and not just this last bump, but in my mind I'm thinking specifically of the waning half of 2010, a time period that almost destroyed me but instead left me stronger, more adaptable, and maybe a little bit scrappy.)
So, it's been 8 months. I quit my job in the high-behavior CBRF and am now working with the elderly and individuals with physical disabilities in their own homes as opposed to in a facility. Besides being so much less stressful (and potentially dangerous) it's a lot easier on me now that I'm pregnant again. Yeah, that would probably be the biggest change of them all! Baby #5 is due this coming April, and everything is going well with that. Hmm... oh, we also got a new kitty. His name is Archimedes and he's possibly evil. Or perhaps just misunderstood. The jury is still out on that one, but it would certainly be in his best interest to stop destroying things about the house.
We are also still homeschooling (only now both boys,) Aurora has her Dedication Ceremony coming up (hurray for Rites of Passage,) it's looking very likely that my stepchildren will be coming to live with us, and I have a new huge pile of books that I'm slowly making my way through.
Many changes, more than I've listed here. Some hard to adjust to, others as natural as breathing, but in the end, everything is still working out the way that it's meant to. And I'm happy for that.
I added headers to most of the pages! They're all pictures that I've taken at various sacred places my family and I like to frequent. I'm hoping to find excuses to randomly add more pretty pictures throughout the site. :D
*another possible motto would be act with wisdom.
Throwing the Bones
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