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Settled in my cottage by the sea

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Wow, what a journey it has been.

If you have followed you know that I went from being a mother with up to eight children at home (foster and bio children) and living in Arkansas, through a terrible accident and now, have finally landed at my cottage by the sea in Oregon! What a journey!

I am proud that I have maintained the 25 pounds I lost, but ready to begin losing again. Through the move across the country, starting a new job, adjusting to life with only TWO children and exploring the area I made a choice to be *aware* of my weight loss but not focus on it. I am holding around the 222 weight. However I have dropped another pant size so that is interesting!

We arrived here a month ago, moved into the cutest cottage high on a hill. At night I hear the ocean crashing. We have a garden with some veggies still growing in our yard and have found an eccentric farmer that we buy tons of organic beans, corn, onions, potatoes, squash, kale and other goodies from! We have been hiking every single weekend and spend several nights per week walking the beach looking for shells or tide pools. It's been wonderful.

Hannah has made a full recovery. She still has a small amount of memory issues but we are homeschooling this year to help her (and Jacob) recover and adjust. Its fun to build the sea into our learning. I have a fantastic new job doing what I love the most (crisis therapy) and work less then a mile away.

SO for the real news.... I am joining a female only gym that is 2 blocks from home! After the years in Arkansas where I battled 100 degree weather to run in, snakes and bugs, no gym within 30 miles it feels like SUCH a blessing to have a gym and healthy food available! I plan on joining next week if my knee injury is healed enough to get back in (unfortunate tumble off the rocks when hiking has slowed me a bit).

Looking forward to engaging with SP again and need to get busy joining some groups and challenges! Glad to be back!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BECKYSKEL 10/29/2013 3:02PM

    I'm so excited for you and your family! God has really answered many prayers for you. May God continue to bless you and your family!!

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CARLAWO 10/23/2013 2:34PM

    Glad to hear you and your family are doing well. He works in mysterious ways.


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GSDMOMMA 10/22/2013 10:28PM

    So great to hear from you and wonderful that things are going so well. It's sounds like a perfect place for you and your family!!

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LITTLEDEBI 10/22/2013 7:13PM

    Welcome back, so glad to hear you are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and life is good!!!

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ACT0612 10/22/2013 6:55PM

    Great news! Best of luck with everything!

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SINGER73 10/22/2013 9:23AM

    I actually was thinking about you yesterday wondering how it was going. I'm so glad to hear that everything is working out emoticon .

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NEVADAPP 10/22/2013 12:46AM

    Wow! It sounds like you've done really well for yourself and your family! Congrats on maintaining thru the past 4 months. Stay strong my friend.
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DYNAMICDEB53 10/20/2013 7:07PM

I went back and read your earlier blogs, you and your family have been through something all of wish would never have happened. I am so glad you are all better. Your new homes sounds lovely and restful. Nice to have gym and able to refocus on yourself a little.
Take care and hope these days are really nice ones for you all.


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GRACIEC 10/19/2013 11:32PM

    So glad to hear that everything has worked out so wonderfully for you! I've thought of you often and appreciate that you've gotten onto Sparks to update us on things! You sound so content! Hugs!

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KRITTEN1 10/19/2013 12:22PM

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TATTER3 10/19/2013 12:20PM

    Praying the adjustment continues to go well. Be blessed

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MJRVIC2000 10/19/2013 12:12PM

    We can find true hope always in Jesus Christ! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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