The past year has been a roller coaster.
And that’s an understatement.
In August 2019, my oldest son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
After an ambulance trip and 4 days living on the pediatric floor of the hospital, we began a new chapter of our life.
At the end of August, my husband Ian finally got a job with the University of California, Davis.
An AMAZING job. We moved in with my parents and listed our house for sale. Ian lived away from us during the week, as his new job was 2 hours away and we had no money or place to live. He came home on the weekends to spend time with us. Our mental health and marriage was significantly improving. Amazing how financial stability will do that for you.
In October, we finally sold our home and moved to the Sacramento area.
Into a small apartment. With 4 kids and 3 dogs. We enrolled the kids into a charter school that received RAVE reviews. Little did we know, it wouldn’t be a great fit for our family regardless of the reviews and blue ribbon awards because the focus of the school was purely academic. And we found out, none of our educational goals for our children align with that! You live and learn right? Who knew the people who started a charter public school 6 years ago wouldn’t actually care about ACADEMICS? (there’s so many more important things to teach our children in my opinion…)
In March, the pandemic happened…
and like the rest of the world, we began distance learning with our 3 oldest kids. It was hellacious, to say it nicely. My mental and physical health was taking a turn for the worse by this time.
In May, our “joy baby” Gideon was diagnosed with Autism.
We are grateful for this diagnosis and ultimately see the Lord’s hand in this, as the services he is receiving here in the Sacramento area are MUCH better than what he would have received in the small rural community which we moved from and lived in the our entire married lives.
So that brings us to today. Still in the pandemic. Still in a small apartment with 4 kids and 3 dogs.
Still fighting daily for my mental health, it’s a battle I will win. But I must win it on a daily basis, it will never be “over.” I am struggling with my physical health. I’m coming up on 3 years being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Migraines and Arthritis. I’ve had the same amazing Dr. for 3 years who believes there is another issue under all of this, an issue we have to wait for to rear its head. Thinking along the lines of Multiple Sclerosis. A disease that takes forever to diagnosis. Baby steps. Living in the moment. I’ll get there.
So, that’s where the last year has taken us. And why I haven’t been writing. But writing soothes my soul and calms my mind. And I’ll be back writing more. Pinky promise.
I’m very active on instagram, in fact, that’s where I write the most (did you know you can actually WRITE on instagram? It’s like a mini blog, I love it!) So if you want to stay truly up to date, follow me over there: @em.mcvey