A Happy New Year Update

January 1, 2019

Hey all! I know I've been super quiet lately.  I'm going to just be honest here.  I'm struggling.  It doesn't matter how I work my schedule, I'm always short something.  Between Jacob and Hope's needs, homeschooling, making actually semi-healthy meals for my family, cleaning, church, appointments, dance, gymnastics, etc. there is literally no time for anything.

 

Unfortunately, that means that blogging usually gets kicked out.  I've had several posts I have really wanted to write over the last few months and I literally can't find the time to do any of them.  I am also currently enrolled in my very last college course to finish my bachelor's degree (YAY!)  So any small amount of computer time I get is dedicated to that.

 

That class ends in February, so I'm hoping that by March I will be in a better place to blog regularly.  But it will still probably be hit or miss.  I'm in a season of my life right now where blogging is very difficult to do. 

 

I love all of you, and without Facebook there isn't a whole lot of contact happening.  I hate that.  But I'm not sure what to do about it right now.  As soon as I finish my class I hope to reevaluate where I'm at and see if I can schedule in some blogging time.  But until then I want you all to know that I haven't forgotten about you and about this part of my life.

 

I still haven't finished the resource pages, or transferred my old blog posts onto here yet, and I think about all the things I'm not doing every day.  But my kids are just more important at this stage.  If there is something you'd really like me to post about or get on the website please let me know. 

 

There might be some quick updates I can do here and there like this one, and I'll definitely prioritize any requests I receive.  Other than that, everything here is finally settling down.  We moved a year and a half ago, but we are just now semi-settled and in a good routine. 

 

I am currently on Day Four of an intense healing protocol.  I have made a video about it that you can watch here.  And I will also archive it on our Videos page.  The kids are all doing well considering everything.  Our doctor has helped us heal some of Zhanna's gut issues and her digestion is more comfortable than it has been for probably most of her life.  Jacob has had a difficult few months, as he always does around the holidays, but we have a couple new avenues we are pursuing to help with his cognitive and emotional struggles and we are very hopeful for progress.

 

Evangeline just keeps getting older and it's totally unfair... but she is quite happy with it.  She does sewing and dance classes and loves both of them.  I can't keep enough books in the house for her, and she still has a love for anything science or medicine related.  Stephen is currently in gymnastics and he's almost reading independently.  He can spell words on his own easier than he can read them!! He loves figuring out how things work, so he takes after his grandpa and great grandpa in that way.  

 

Kyrie is also getting bigger; she's in dance, and she absolutely lights up during her dances.  She looks so at home there, and that's really fun to watch.  Christine is crawling, and has been for some time. She has quite the personality coming out!  But she definitely is not as easy as Kyrie was as a baby, and I find much more of my time is taken up with her.  She is quite talkative and makes adorable noises when she's happy and has really good angry growls when she wants to!  

 

Iakabos is also branching out in his blogging and he wrote this article for our church's website. It's about the experiential and more difficult to explain side of conversion from one faith to another: What Changed?

 

Many blessings to all of you, Merry Christmas and a super Happy New Year!

 

All My Love,

Amelia

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