Hey friends! Occasionally I decide to take a break from the DIY, Design, and Delicious Recipes and share a “Five on Friday” post. These posts share glimpses into our life, and are a lot more laid back than a typical post.
- Melanoma Update- If you read my recent courage post, or have followed our story you might have remembered that I had a skin check appointment coming up. At the last minute my appointment got moved and exactly one week ago I was back at the Mayo clinic for my one year checkup. The WONDERFUL news is that the dermatologist didn’t see any sign for concern and said I have no signs of the Melanoma showing back up! This means that I’ll continue staying out of the sun, and that I don’t have to go back for another six months.
- Adoption Update- Recently we got the AMAZING news that our file has been submitted to the Embassy, and submitted to passports. Typically from this point it is only 4-6 weeks until you get to bring your child home! The big dilemma is that we’ve heard that currently Haiti is out of passport booklets. So even though everything COULD be ready to bring Ysa home by November, it’s sounding like it may not be until January. We’d really appreciate prayers that the passport booklets arrive so that we are able to bring our daughter home in 2016.
- Homeschool Update- I can’t even believe I’m saying this, but I’m actually LOVING homeschooling. Honestly I should probably just write an entire post dedicated to it, but right now I’ll share my update here. It’s hard finding time to run a business while having the kids home ALL THE TIME. It’s hard not getting to grocery shop alone. It’s hard that my house never stays clean anymore. BUT I LOVE that we can knock school out in three hours most days. I love our homeschool community. I love that we have the freedom to travel, to go ice-skating after lunch, and to declare a movie afternoon when we need a break. Even though there’s hard parts, the good has far outweighed the bad and I’m so glad we’ve taken the plunge to homeschool.
- Book Club- **this post contains affiliate links** In North Dakota I was part of a book club that met monthly that I really loved. Since moving to Michigan I have really missed our monthly meet-ups, and I decided to start a book club here in Marquette! For the first book I chose “The Kitchen House“, and then most of us followed that up by reading the sequel “Glory Over Everything“. This month’s book is “11-22-63” and I just finished reading it. I LOVED last month’s book(s), but I am on the fence about this month’s book. What I am really loving though is getting back into a habit of reading. If anyone has any great book club book suggestions I’d LOVE to hear them!
- Rain Shoes- I bought these shoes YEARS ago on a closeout deal for $19 to use as garden shoes. It seemed like for weeks it was raining non-stop and one day I decided to wear them out in the rain. Somehow that day turned them into my favorite fall shoes and I’ve been wearing them non-stop. Here is a link to a similar pair. You can bet these ones are on my wishlist!
- (BONUS) Bedtime- For years I have stayed up WAY too late blogging, watching tv, and being mostly unproductive (with bursts of productivity). Starting Monday I’m going to attempt to go to bed at a reasonable time and start my day earlier. Currently I sleep from about 12:30-7:30, my new goal is going to look like 9:30-5. If you’ve got any tips for making this transformation, for getting out of bed early, or for turning off the lights and tv early, I’d love to hear them! It’s finally time to be a real adult and stop pulling my college sleep schedule.
So now you know what’s going on in my world. If you’ve got a good book, or any great bedtime tips I’d love to hear them! We’d also really appreciate those prayers for our daughter’s passport. Thanks for stopping by to read!
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