Sunday, May 23, 2021

House Hunting

Leif was able to drive up to Northern Cali (Auburn, Carmichael, Cameron Park) and walk through several Beautiful homes today. We're Praying now that one of them will become ours if it's meant to be.🙏🙏🙏🙏

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Joshua Is Sick. Autoimmune ?🤷‍♀️

So little man is home. Not in the hospital. He's been having strange intense dizziness, stomachaches, headaches, and body aches that have come and gone for the last two weeks. Two nights ago after 3 days of playing in the sunshine he started in with a low grade fever and it all intensified. I took him to his pediatrician. She ordered a huge list of blood work. They drew as much as they could for his little body without an IV to replenish.  She's thinking possibly rheumatoid arthritis/autoimmune brought on by the Mononucleosis virus had two months ago. But the nerve racking thing is this all started on a night that he had rolled down a really big hill at the park. So we have to rule out traumatic brain injury since I didn't see him rolling and may have missed something. The pediatrician told me to take him to the children's ER yesterday for a faster scan. After 5 hours of waiting in the ER. And absolutely ZERO testing, The very rude doctors came in to tell me they can't do MRIs from the ER. Unless their admitted (she didn't say that last part.) Because she didn't want me pushing for admission. But I did anyway. But she refused. It was utterly exhausting, frustrating, and PTSD triggering (a different story for a different time!!) So Monday we'll start the process of detective work on what's going on. Until then, Leif had InstaCart deliver yummy ice cream for Joshua and I to eat for dinner.💗💗💗

Thursday, May 13, 2021

A Visit From Hendersons For River's Angel Birthday

We have just completed a Wonderful visit with the Hendersons. Karin brought the kids out our way for a visit. The visit happened to fall on the one year anniversary of River's passing; her "Angel Birthday."  On the last day of our visit we went to the pool in the morning. We were all sitting in the hot tub and suddenly a big Beautiful butterfly came flying around us and twirling in the air above. I immediately felt it was a reminder from River. River's baby brother called out, "River Loves Butterflies!!!"🦋 ... No coincidence. I feel bad I didn't get a picture. But I was just enjoying the moment. 
We had the most Incredible opportunity to go on a Whale Watching boat ride. We found a pod of dolphins.

Saturday, May 08, 2021


Just a quick update as I try to wake up and hit the ground running. Here's a few pictures to show that we're still having fun through all the crazy of life. 
Leif is still working in Travel Nurse Management in San Leandro. He travels back and forth to us 7 hours one way. He works 3 twelve and is home 4 days(ish) 1/2 of that is driving. He's definitely proved his love to us with all these miles. We cherish our time together. 💗
We are down to the final days before we close on the sale of our home here in Huntington Beach. We will be moving up to northern California. We have to be out by May 28th. No we have not finalized on a home up north yet. We are putting down an offer on a nice one this weekend. But the market is incredibly competitive and it will be in the Lord's hands and plan from there. We will stay in a vacation rental until we get a house.
My health is holding strong enough and I feel blessed with the strength to do what I need to do. Praise Be for that! All of the kids are finally back into school full time. Jakob is Amazing at pull vaulting in track and field. Caleb is doing well in middle school and his teacher's love him. He is also the president of his Deacons quorum at church. JJ loves working on the farm at school and is back to playing games in soccer. He's a great contributor to the team. Joshua is as cute and active as ever. He is doing Fantastic with his speech and physical therapy. We can't wait to get him a yard to play in.💗

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Leif just left to go back to San Fran to work. Every time he goes back feels like I'm coming off of a high. The rest of the day I'm just in bed, vegging. I'm exhausted! And sad. But I totally keep a wall up and distract myself from thinking about that. Thank Heavens he is able to come back every few days. We've experienced worse. Weeks and months apart with no visits are a lot harder. But it's still hard!
Today we were going to get the house tidy before he left. Instead we ended up researching about a house we're interested in. It has SEVEN bedrooms!! It's in a totally different place then where we've been looking. But still drivable distance to work for Leif. It's in Marysville CA. Right next to Tuba City. 
I just sent a link of the house to my family. That was a mistake. I was not thinking straight. I was excited and wanted to share. Not thinking about how outrageous it seems to my family financially and all that the house has, a pool and basketball court. Let's just say I'm not getting a lot of constructive enthusiasm. So that's a bummer. But, what do ya do?🤷‍♀️ it's hard to understand how and why we stay in CA to our family's. Well, my mom actually just said she loves it! So there's that.😁💗
Ok I'm exhausted! Time to find some distraction. 

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

In May 2019 we brought home our first foster kitten. Since then we have fostered:
25 Kittens (3 passed away)
3 Mama Dogs
41 Puppies (2 passed away)
So during our time here in Southern California we fostered almost SEVENTY animals!!! What an INCREDIBLE two years!!! Thank you @wags @tobiessmalldogrescue @thelabellefoundation and @readings for blessing us with this Precious opportunity to Love!! I will miss working with all of you Amazing people!!
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