Some days, I miss this old blog so much! My journal of thoughts and life and things … sharing them with the great big internet and a few friends who happen to read … Is anyone still there? In any case, after almost a year, I thought I’d write an update – I really don’t have a plan on what to say, I just need to WRITE:
July 2018 marks 5 years since we’ve moved to NW Arkansas. When I drive around now (and I do a lot of driving around, getting my kids to places they need to be), I know the “back roads” and the quickest way from my house to there. I know where all the “good stores” are now and have started “eating local” and going to the farmer’s market and other typical Fayetteville venues. I still don’t quite feel like I belong — but a few days ago we went to a 4th of July fireworks show in a small town nearby with a friend, and we actually ran into 3 separate people we knew from other places! Sometimes we run into someone we know at Wal-Mart or the mall or wherever … I guess we’ve interacted with more people than I am aware of. Granted, I have had 3 different jobs since I’ve lived here – and between school and the churches we’ve attended and hubby’s work, that’s a lot of people! Of course, there are a few people to avoid now too – ha!!! 😉
So, what’s new in the last year … WELL … the kids:
Drew will be starting his JUNIOR YEAR of college at the U of A in August. So far, debt free … by the grace of God and a few scholarships and him living at home. Currently, he is spending the summer with his “other family” in Texas – friends from long ago days who are still friends. His major is still International Business and German – with an emphasis on something else which I can’t remember right now? Supply chain management or data analysis or something like that … Stuff that’s way beyond my brain to comprehend.
Annie-Belle did it – she graduated high school in May. I think I am happier than she is – the teen drama and friends with boyfriends and so many other things have made me cRaZy. I think Annie was ready to move on as well, and hopefully she will find “her people” in the near future – there is OH SO MUCH life beyond high school! Currently, she is working at a children’s learning center (ie. day care – but don’t call it that!) to see if she truly does want to work with children in the future. She will (probably) attend college in the Spring or next Fall; she is, after all, just 17 years old until November. So far, she enjoys the kids, and her supervisor has already asked her to work more hours. I think that’s a good sign. I am impressed, most of all, with her ability to remember every child’s name – there are a lot of them! She gets that from her dad – he always remembered the children’s names when he was a school administrator.
Mimsy is still our little Joy. She finished 2nd grade without ever getting “her pin moved” (the cautionary sign of misbehavior at her elementary school) – 3rd year in a row. This is absolutely shocking to me – but I am incredibly thankful!! She talks A LOT at home, so I guess that is when she makes up for the NOT talking she does at school?! We don’t really do all the things that I did when I was younger and a SAHM with my first 2 kids: no MOPS, no Musikgarten, no piano lessons, no soccer … I feel a little guilty that she might be “missing out” – but she seems content to just be home or tag along with her siblings. She loves Lego Friends, dolls, reading, and playing games on her tablet. Child care and mom guilt are still my biggest worries … thankfully I have had a WONDERFUL job the last 16 months that allow me more flexibility to be there for my children as much as possible. And currently, my mom is here for 2 weeks to watch Mims since Annie works now, and Drew is gone on his hiatus. The girls will be going to camp after that for a week, then Daniel will take a turn at child care for a week since he has vacation days (and we aren’t going on vacation this summer).
Looking back, we are in a better place than we were 5 or 6 years ago … however, the financial struggles still loom HUGE. We are finally in a debt reduction program that gives us accountability – I hate it!! but at the same time, I know it is the only way we will ever get to move on and dig out of our financial hole. I am thankful for the simple life that our low-budget lifestyle has forced us to live. We stay home a lot – we do things that are free for entertainment – and we are always on the hunt for a bargain. While we haven’t kept up with the Joneses by any means, we have enough. Granted, I still struggle with wanting MORE – I would give my pinky fingers to get on a plane to go to Germany to visit my aging relatives, most of all … but God knows … and hopefully, some day, I can go back.
Meanwhile, I am also satisfying my writing need as well as my longing for Germany by trying to maintain my other blog: Klein Bisschen German (currently being neglected)
And I’ve had fun writing for the NW Arkansas Moms Blog. So far, they have published 3 of my posts. It is a volunteer gig, but at least I am WRITING – and I get rewarded with perks like FREE coffee at Starbucks occasionally courtesy of our owners and a being a part of 20-some ladies who also love to write – we share ideas and tips and life stories via a Facebook page. Here are my articles:
So, that’s what’s going on in my part of the world … I hope all is well in yours!