So let me briefly recap the events of the past 3ish months.
late March to mid-April: Officially accepted into the nursing program. Busy looking for a new home. Found one and signed the lease on April 13 with move-in date set for June 1st. Registered Natalie for school and had my fingers crossed that we would end up at Barkstall.
April to mid-May: Finish my spring semester and kids' school year came to a close. Become determined to get a head start on packing.
late May: still have not packed. Randomly decided to make a call about Natalie's school placement since I hadn't heard anything yet. Found out later that day that she was PLACED AT BARKSTALL!! Enrollment needed to be completed the following day! Thank you, GOD for prompting me to call!!!
May 30th: packing like a crazy woman.
June 1st-June 3rd: Entertaining kids while packing (haha) while Kevin paints and cleans the house.
June 4th: MOVING DAY! Loaded up the kids and took them to Lyila's! Thanks again, Lyila! We spent a very long day getting everything done. But oh what sweet relief to be all the way into our new house.
June 6th to June 11th: Kevin was completely immobilized due to all the lifting and painting and other amazing things he did to get us in our home.
June 11th: I started my summer
July 3rd to 8th: Embark on our first-ever family vacation to Pensacola, Florida. We had an amazing time. The kids did surprisingly well minus a few interstate-induced meltdowns. So well, in fact, that we're going to make this trip an annual one. We visited with some of Kevin's friends from his football days at the University of Tennessee on the way back. They were some of the sweetest people you can imagine. Can't wait until we see them again in September!
Today, July 12th: I finished my 5th week of anatomy and physiology today. Only 3 weeks left. I can't wait until it's done!!
Up next: Natalie is going to be busy over the next three weeks. She's at her dad's visiting with her grandparents now through Sunday. Then next Thursday they'll take her on another trip. She'll return Monday the 23rd. We'll have a meeting with her kindergarten teacher on the 24th, and then she starts school either the 25th or 26th!
After that: I officially start NURSING classes (!!!) on August 20th, and Nathan begins HeadStart after Labor Day.
In between all of these activities, I, along with my dear friend Christine, have been working hard on organizing the mom's ministry at church with a bunch of amazing women. We have about three to four meetings a month plus phone calls every day or at least every other day. God is all over this ministry, and we are so so so excited to see the impact of all this hard work in the coming year.
At the end of last year when I was envisioning how this summer would look, I never pictured any of this. It's amazing what happens when God lights a passion in my heart for Him and His work, for school, for the vision Kevin and I have for our family, for my future career, for all of it.
And I'll leave you with some pictures!
Grrrrr....well, I would leave a sampling of pictures over the last few months, but my phone and computer are refusing to cooperate. I'll get back to this later. I'm in no mood for finicky technology at the moment! :)