I am so hopelessly behind on updating the blog! A lot has changed in our lives the past couple of months and it's hard to keep up with the blog for the meantime.
We're still in the middle of our house hunting venture. In a nutshell, it has been an absolute nightmare. We were actually in contract on a home a week after we moved here but one thing after the next kept going wrong (more than I could EVER properly explain). After a month of frustration, stress, and too many tears to count, I decided I wanted to wash my hands of that property and be done with it, and thankfully, Mitchell agreed. We've been out searching for new homes the past couple of weeks - we put in a few offers and none have worked out thus far. We found one yesterday that we are really hopeful about so I am praying that this is the the one. We should know by Tuesday. I am chomping at the bit to be in my own place again - I miss having all of *my* belongings/furniture and being in our own routine. We are so thankful for our family members helping us out with a place to stay throughout the past year of chaos in our lives, but we are definitely ready to settle down and get situated once and for all! I sincerely hope we never have to move five times in one year again! It stinks not ever truly feeling "at home" because you know the next bend in the road is just around the corner.
Mitchell is absolutely loving his new job. I am so, so relieved to know it's not "just" a job but something he looks forward to every single day, especially now that he's in a much better working environment. His passion for his job is back. He likes all of his coworkers (who are around our age with similar interests ), he loves the more laid back pace of the shop, and of course the better pay and benefits! He is truly happy there and can see himself working there forever so that is always a good sign! I am so happy God opened this door for him - it is truly the perfect fit for him.
As far as his tumors are concerned, he is hanging in there. I feel awful for him- the effects of radiation are certainly catching up with him. He has aches and pains more often than not and it has really, really taken a toll on his flexibility. He has a hard time even reaching his left foot to put on his shoe anymore - his range of motion at the hip is severely lacking. He also has a hard time squatting down or lifting his leg. It's so disheartening for a 25 year old man to be dealing with a "bum hip" already. I guess it's just one of those things, though - we had to do what we had to do to get it taken care of and this was just an unfortunate by-product of the high doses of radiation.
Piper is a bundle of energy and growing like a weed! She is eating really well now and starting to talk more. She's still not a big talker, but she has a handful of words and is learning more all the time. Well, to be more accurate, she talks a lot - yammering on and on - I just don't know what she's saying most of the time. She is sharp as a tack, though - she understands a lot. She loves to run and climb. My sister and Toby recently got a pool for their back yard and she looooves to swim! She has always loved the water so she really enjoys the pool. She also loves going on bike rides with mommy and daddy. She looks absolutely precious in her little toddler helmet.
As for me, not a whole lot has changed. Once we find a home and get moved in, I will start looking for playgroups and other things to do so I can meet people. We will also need to find a new church home - something I am dreading just a bit, I will admit. It's hard for me to put myself out there and force myself to meet new people, and my husband is even more shy than I am, so it makes it really difficult. I am certain God will lead us to the right congregation and we will know right away if it's a good fit. Here's hoping! It's hard to even know where to begin, though, there are SO many choices!
I am anxious to see how our first Texas summer will turn out! It's already pretty toasty here - it's been around 103 every day and it's only mid-June! I hear July and August are a real scorcher so Ashley's pool will definitely be a nice way to cool off!
I guess that's all I have for now. Please be praying that the right home falls into our lap soon. We're almost two months in to this journey and we still don't even have a house in contract or a closing date. Very frustrating indeed!