That's just flat out sorry. I should lose my blogger card. Heck, I probably already have with this lazy updating history I have.
Well, a year in a nutshell highlights are in order I suppose:
I am now a grandmother of THREE :-) Liam will be 3 years old in June, and now we add in Nova Delaney, born to Chris and Amber on November 1st...and Harper Kate, born to Johanna and Matthew on December 29th. We don't see Nova very often, but we have Liam and Harper here every week.
Abbey is off doing her own thing in Michigan with her boyfriend now. She turned 18 the end of January and decided it was time to stretch her wings away from family. I'm not sure I've adjusted to that at all yet.
KatiAnne is 15 and now living in Illinois with her grandmother and great grandmother so they have some help there with the day to day things. I's still adjusting to that change here, but they needed someone there daily to help out with the normal stuff. Mom can't handle the house and caregiver role for my 98 year old grandmother herself. It's not so much the big things that come up as the small, normal things. So, Kati was next in line so to speak and she'll just finish her homeschooling long distance so she can be a help there.
Last summer I started setting up classes to become a midwife. I completed my labor doula certifiation and if I'd slow down long enough to put the last bit of work in, I would have my postpartum certification as well. I still have several courses within that program to complete as well, but for now, I have ventured off into midwifery studies and I love it! I am over halfway thru year one and have set up a good foundation for the next years of study. I have also been blessed to have found and started an apprenticeship with a local midwife and her practice. I am still in the observation phase of that, but I have already learned a good deal and can't wait to step into the further role of student and later, assistant.
I have also completed my herbal studies with the Herbal Academy of New England. True, I have worked on that one for a long time, but it is finally completed and I am ready to move forward there as well. My focus is going to be on herbals directed toward the childbearing woman. I would love to schedule myself out perfectly and enroll in the Botanical Medicine for Women course with Aviva Romm in the next year or so. I've said that for a few years now though...still, it's a dream :-)
What else? A year is long time in many aspects, yet seems like just yesterday some of these things happened. Dewey is still on the road working. He is over in South Carolina this year, until spring 2019. We have made a few trips over to visit since this job has been plagued by the continual rains this year. It's finally gaining some ground and hopefully that will mean he can make more trips home here to see us. Chris is working just over the line from Dewey, in Georgia. Matthew and Jennifer are also working with Dewey this year. Jen wanted to expand her horizons as it were and give feet to her experiences for writing (we are still waiting on the sequel to Blakefield's Mansion to come out!!) so she started working with her dad so she could travel around more.
Johanna is still going through nursing school. Her goal is pediatric surgery. She is doing most of her classes online this semester as she adjusts to being mom of 2 and working.
We bought a new car for the first time in 13 years, LOL No more mega-sized 15 passenger van, we are now the owners of a Mitsubishi Outlander. Just big enough for the remaining family at home...I am down to just 3 here now...and the perfect car for my travelling for work and being on-call. The gas mileage is AWESOME...maybe not for those of you who already had normal cars, but coming from the 15 passenger v10, it totally has me awe-struck. I've made 2-3 trips back to Illinois every month since September and it's not even costing me $60 in gas to get there. That wouldn't even have wiggled the gas gauge in the van, LOL I am definitely enjoying the pocketbook benefits of the new ride!
I'm sure I have missed several events of the past year, but these are some of the highlights that stick out in my mind. The year ahead will be filled with grandbaby hugs, kayak and canoe trips with the kids, visits to Dad and sight-seeing in western South Carolina, midwifery studies and workshops, visits up north, and I'm sure much more.
In addition to needing to keep this online presence a bit more updated, I need to put effort into the business presence online as well as an on-going project for school. It's so very much a work-in-progress, but if you're interested in taking a peek, here's the link...
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