A long summer

21 Aug

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It has been a long, crazy summer. For better and worse, there has been a lot going on. Whenever I have a lot going on in my personal life, I tend to fade away from writing until I can process it. I think I’m ready to start processing and recording what we’ve been up to and the changes being made.

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Hubs and I have been working through some relationship problems that stem from personality, trauma, taking on too much and who knows what else. Over the past year our marriage has almost broken apart twice now but we’re holding on and working through the issues. I hope we keep moving towards a better place.

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N is growing and learning and he’s so fun to be around. I’ve been concerned about his lack of language development and I’ve had him screened which turned into a saga of its own. Long story short, he has a significant expressive language delay but little to no cognitive delay. The expert on neurodevelopment in the area recommended that he work with a speech-language pathologist and an occupational therapist to help him get caught up, so now we have an active referral. But this month is crazy-busy and if all goes well, I’ll have a new job in a month so we’ll have insurance changes, so I don’t want to get him into a clinic without having these details worked out.

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Which brings me to the other potential changes on the horizon: work. I’m done living this poor student lifestyle. I think a mentality of poverty has affected my whole outlook on life–we scrimp on things but then splurge at random times because we get so tired of being so poor. I think being more conscious of our lifestyle decisions and actually achieving our earning potential will change our relationship with our community, our family, our marriage, everything. So I’ve been applying for real jobs all summer and nothing has panned out yet but a ‘dream job’ has opened up on campus and I just had the first interview. I’m praying (praying!) at every free moment that I get another interview and eventually hired because it is the perfect job for me right now–and possibly as a career! I’m really excited about it and the anxiety that goes along with interviewing and not knowing makes me almost sick.

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Speaking of being sick, all the stress from the summer of busyness, turmoil, and too much sunshine has led both hubs and me to get a cold. A yucky summer cold at the worst possible time. So I’m sitting in my office now with hot tea, orange juice, and a healthy lunch trying to get on top of things as I wrap up teaching summer quarter and transition into the 1-month course I’m teaching next. With a wedding this weekend. And next. Luckily my parents and brother will be in town to help out!

It was a good summer, too. It has been sunny and beautiful. I’m back to teaching college writing. I’ve had many little epiphanies about how I want to live and work. I visited my family in big sky country for a week with N.

A few pics of my love-bug in MT with his family:

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