If you have been following along for the past few posts, you know my life went all topsy turvy on me in August. I didn’t talk a whole lot about anything except for how Jake and I were doing because that was the main focus. I didn’t feel right talking about anything else until I got through Part 3 of that series. Now that I have closed that book for now, I can update you on our Big Changes!
So, when we relocated from Florida back to Indiana almost three years ago, we moved in with my grandmother. It was originally just to get on our feet again and figure out where we wanted to live and all that. My cousin and her daughter also lived there. Well, a few months turned into two years. The situation was helpful to us and I also took care of my grandmother. Probably too much, to be honest. So the whole situation was mutually beneficial for a while. Probably until about June of this year, things were going okay. We were cramped but no one was necessarily unhappy.
Jake and I started to struggle a bit, and as you know- the affair happened in late July through August. Parts 1 and 2 sort of give you an idea of what life was like for me and our family between August and October. It was a crap storm and it was hard. Like I mentioned before, I wasn’t functioning anymore. Things were rough and everyone was getting restless.
Well one night in late September, things kind of blew up and Jake and I decided it was time to get out and move on. Without going into too much detail, heads butted and horrible things were said about and to Jake by both my cousin and my grandmother. Both of which had said to me multiple times that I hadn’t taken enough time away from him. That I didn’t let him stay gone long enough. They hated my decision and were resentful. The vibes were horrible, the tension palpable and not good for a married couple who is trying to fight for their relationship.
So we left. Abruptly. It was scary but we finally found a little old house in the town Jake grew up in! It is the cutest little home and I will share pictures as soon as I get a sunny day. Sadly the cute rose bushes out front have gone and died on me because it’s officially tundra-esque around these parts. I promise I’ll get some photos up soon though. It is basically the cutest little cottage with a little front porch and a huge yard. The prettiest tree in the back. I’m in love.
Our home is itty bitty, but we have the space we want and need. The girls are the happiest they have been in so long. Not that they were unhappy at my grandmothers but they were used to having their own space for so long in Florida, that it was a big change for them. My kitchen is so cute and I love having the space to create recipes again. Granted I am missing most all of my cooking stuff, so I will need to start replacing it all slowly.
All in all, things are good. We are happy, and we are moving forward! Jake is happy at his job, and is trying to convince his regional to promote him. We are praying it happens so he doesn’t have to start looking elsewhere for a better opportunity.
School is going well! I recently gave Addie a bit of a benchmark test on her reading skills and she is reading at a fifth grade level now. To think I was terrified I wouldn’t be able to teach her to read on my own, and only a few years later she is an amazing reader.
Piper is doing her thing as usual. We started school as planned, like I talked about here, this year. We did start, and we went for a couple months but I decided we are going to hold off until next Fall to really start with her. She is just not retaining like she should be, which means she’s just not ready!
There’s not much to update on me personally, you guys got the nitty gritty in my last post. I am just so glad to report that I am happy more than I’m sad. I am content and just thankful for this new chapter in our lives. God has blessed us and that is all I can ask for.
Oh, except for this little guy. I asked for a black kitten and Jake sure did deliver. If you’ve been around for a few years, you know about Neville, and you know he passed away. Jake found me this little man and he is so sweet and snuggly. His name is Archibald and he completed our chapter of blessings.
I thank you all who have stayed with me during my time away, my time back with the affair series and those of you that have been patient enough to hang out while I get my crap together. It means so much to me. I feel like I can finally resume our regularly scheduled programming. Your patience means the world!
Tell me below, have you had your life turned upside down on you with no warning?! What did you do? Did it turn out to be a huge blessing in disguise? Sound off!