I shared some personal thoughts on our family blog tonight.
For the rest of the update on current life events, I have been house sitting for my sister and her husband for the last couple weeks while they are out of the country enjoying a fantastic vacation and a wedding. I brought my daughter with me, of course, and we are taking care of their 2 dogs and 2 cats. It's been a WONDERFUL break from the heat that was already encompassing life in Phoenix. I look at the forecast and compare Phoenix to Newport, Oregon frequently and smile as I set the heater here to 68 degrees.
The 2 dogs are beautiful black Russian terriers. They require a lot of activity to keep them and me sane, and it has been a lot of fun to get out and go on hikes with them. I throw Lola into her carrier on my back, and I am sure it's an interesting sight to see me hauling a baby and hanging onto the leashes attached to 2 big dogs. I love when I can let them off leash...they wear each other out. I really enjoy hiking along the coast on sunny days and in the wilderness on cloudy days.
In a couple weeks I will be back in Salt Lake City. I really miss Utah. It became my home. After a visit there, I will head back to Phoenix and find a part-time job. I am and am not looking forward to this. :) I am looking forward to getting in a position to find an apartment or home to rent and to have our family together in our own little space.
Patrick is living in Salt Lake City right now, working diligently on getting some projects finished up in his shop and getting packed up to move his business to Phoenix. It has taken longer than we expected, and it has been really hard to be apart for so long. Long distance marriage is tough. I miss our daily routine and sleeping so contently next to him. We pray continually that things will go well for him and he will be able to join us as soon as possible.
I have been busy being a mom to the most amazing little girl in my world. I can't believe she is 21 months old. I see her legs getting longer and more lean, as well as her arms, and I just get a little sad that my baby is growing into a little child. I love this stage we are in, though it exhausts me. She is so alert and smart and has such a fun personality. She's getting into her independent stage where anything I hand her is no good...she's got to get it for herself. I make sure to breathe deeply and allow messes to happen for the sake of memories and her learning process being fulfilled. Sometimes I want to just bite her cheeks, she's so cute!
I've also been crocheting a bit and keeping my creative juices flowing. It's a nice outlet. I made the beanie she's wearing in that last picture. Not too shabby for my first beanie with flowers!
Anyway, life is stressful for sure. But it is always so deliciously good.