Looks like my last real update was almost a year ago. Yikes. In reality, it wasn’t so much ¨life got in the way¨ as, I didn’t really have a comfortable way to post anything other than pictures; since I like to tell a story along with pictures, I decided to wait until I could type and ramble as I’m known to do.
The kids are doing just fine in school. Miss Hurricane is now going into 7th grade and had an easy transition into middle school; she’s made some new friends and is still taking Japanese and loving it. She’s also sprouting into quite a young woman, and a wonderful person all around! I think she’ll take after her dad in being vocal and passionate about the issues in which she believes. Mister Twister will be a senior this year – oh my. How can that be?! In just over a year, I will have to let him run free in the world if he so chooses! That is both scary and a bit of a relief, although I do feel he is relatively ready for the world. The world is ready for him and now my feedback and advice matters just a little less than in the past. He has an idea of the direction he wants to take after high school, and he knows he has the safety net here should he need it. He has also done well in school, having completed three years of Japanese and one year in the choir. He has a fantastic baritone and seems to be developing into a bass – I love to hear him singing as he learns pieces for school, and I love having music around the house anyway, so to hear music from him is doubly good!
We as a family went hiking out in the Red River Gorge last fall. It’s become a yearly event for us now! Living in Kentucky makes it a great day trip and it is our favorite place around here. I have about 160 pictures from the trip and I will find a way to get them up, even if it’s just a link to an online photo album. I remember getting some great sunrise photos, and being autumn the colors were just as pretty.
The holidays went as in years past with visits to and from family, both here and up north. It was around this time I finally became completely irritated at my retail job, and I started looking more earnestly for something better. January and February in this part of the country knocked us for a loop; we got about 20¨ of snow just here at our house over the course of a week, and the kids had about 2 weeks off school for it. In March, Ardeo and I celebrated 13 years of marriage with another weekend camping in the Gorge, and it was still freezing and cold out! We still had a good time though, because there’s nothing like bacon and coffee all made over a campfire. I have a few pictures from that trip too, since he took me to his family’s farm back east. His family has lived on those acres for over 200 years! They are one of the founding families of Kentucky and it is only an hour north of where my ancestors lived during the Civil War.
Upon our return from that trip, I got a callback for an interview, through a temp agency, from one of the companies to which I’d applied for work. The interview took place on a Wednesday, I was called again Thursday with a job offer, and I gave a week’s notice to my former employer so I could start on April 6 in a new position. I had been working at that store for over 3 years with not much going for me as far as climbing a corporate ladder, and while I’m thankful for the experience and the friends I made there, it was definitely time to move on. The manager there is a lovely person and offered to give me the opportunity to return in the future should I want or need to do so, which does not happen often with little notice of an exit. (Thank you, RA & SS!)
Last week, the company I had been temp’ing for offered me a full-time position! So now I’m officially an employee of theirs and no longer work through the temp agency! I was honestly so excited, I cried happy tears! I’m back to a good place, and the thought went through my mind – just like when I was a single mother in 1998, I can now be independent and still provide for my family and nothing – or no one! – will impede that or take it away. I knew within a month of starting here that this was the place I wanted to retire from, and now I am absolutely on that road. There’s probably a longer story there, or maybe some sort of explanation, but now is not the time (I have to get to bed, I work early!).
Overall it has been a good year with many blessings. I am ready for whatever life and the universe decides it wants to throw at me now! I hope your year has been as good!
Namaste, my friends ~