Meet our new blog! WordPress doesn’t require visitors to have an account in order to comment on blog posts and the editing features are much more user-friendly. Hopefully this will translate into us actually keeping our blog up to date and posting with some sort of regularity. WordPress also has this really cool feature where I was able to move all of our old posts from the blogspot blog to this site, so all of our previous posts are here too.
More importantly meet our daughter, Elizabeth!
This post is rather late seeing as how she’s almost 3 months old, but I’ve got an almost 3 month old baby so you’ll just have to forgive me.
I’m sure that most people reading this (hi, grandma!) will already be familiar with these things, but I’ll put it here for posterity’s sake.
We are back in Texas!
We moved back at the beginning of August. I was 30 weeks pregnant and we had no jobs and no place to live. It was a smart move 🙂 We stayed with Aaron’s parents for a few days and then made our way up to Fort Worth to look for work. We were blessed by our amazing friends, the Lehews, who let us stay at their rental house while we did our job search. We had already started the application process at Happy Hill Farm Academy as house parents. Thanks to some perfect timing and how awesome God works, we were hired and moved into our new apartment on August 16th. We began our training right away and have been working since. It’s been a great experience so far. We are the resident parents for the elementary-aged girls. We have 4 girls that live in our unit and while at times it is challenging, it’s also very rewarding work and there is most definitely never a dull moment.
On September 14th, I went into labor. At least I thought that I had gone into labor, but after walking and walking and walking the contractions kept slowing down and eventually stopped. Then at around 1:30 AM on September 16th I was awakened by much stronger contractions. We drove to Fort Worth (an hour away) to the Lehews home (they’re so awesome) and stayed there while we waited to see if this was really it. At about 5:30 I called our midwife and told her we were ready. We then drove another 20 minutes to the birth center in Hurst. Elizabeth was born at 11:12 AM and it was a wonderful experience all around. She weighed 6 lbs 4 oz and was 21 inches long.
Adjusting to life with a newborn has been wonderful, tiring, sometimes frustrating, and did I mention tiring. Really though, it’s awesome and we’re loving being parents. One of the best things about our job is that we work at home and together. While this was mostly true when we worked at Soltane, we worked out in different workshops and really only crossed paths at lunchtime during the day. Here we both work in the house and while the girls are at school from 8:30 to 3:30 we are free to do whatever we want/need to do. It’s been awesome being at home together with Elizabeth! How many kids get to have both of their parents at home with them full time? We don’t have the usual weekends off work week. Instead we work 4 days on and then 2 days off and rotate with the single house parent that is attached to our unit. Our days off are different each week, but it’s not too inconvenient and definitely worth it.
We do miss living in Fort Worth. Being an hour away from our old friends and our church is tough sometimes, but we drive in pretty regularly to hang out and visit. We’re making friends here at our job too, which is nice. There are lots of other couples here with kids, although we’re the youngest.
Elizabeth is becoming more interested in the world around her all the time and sleeping longer at night (thank goodness). We are coming up on a nice long break for Christmas (yay for working at a school). We’ll be off from December 18th until January 3rd. We have lots of traveling and family time planned, but hopefully will also have some time to visit with our friends around here and relax at home some too.
This post is getting ridiculously long, so I’m going to close for now. Here’s a few parting gifts to make up for lost time:
❤ – Tori