Finding A Place

Sitting on the recliner this Friday afternoon – the house is silent. I worked this morning and then decided to get the boys early just to spend more time together. After a quick run to Staples, we made it home and now both are napping. I decided this was going to be one day I wasn't going to touch a single box to unpack…I think we all need a break from unpacking.

These past few weeks have been fast-paced as we sorted through our old house, packed-up what we wanted and moved into our new house. Everything in our crowded garage screams, “Find me a place” – yet, not everything will make the cut. I've laughed so many times during this process…finding one of the first pictures ever taken of Steve and I as a couple…we both had longer hair then! I came across the bread maker we got from Goodwill within the first year of our marriage…Steve LOVED making homemade white bread and slapping on some peanut butter once it was made! I found DVDs that we used to watch all the time…I'm still thinking about selling these being that Netflix is everywhere now! I found notes written to me from my pen-pal in Arizona…we started writing after my high school missions trip…the last letter was her thanking me for the friendship over 10 years…CRAZY! Each letter was handwritten…even after I had email, it was still the most fun way to go! So many memories!

We have also been trying to find our new place as a family too. Steve started traveling to UCF in Orlando on Wednesday. This will be a change…I will be working and taking care of the kids pretty much by myself for the next 15 months. However, after three days, I think we have the morning routine down! Josh gets up (with the sun I guess) and puts on his clothes we together pick out the night before. Then he comes to show me, I wake-up and get his breakfast going. While he is eating, I get dressed and Josh is done eating right as I am done too! We make his lunch together then let him watch tv while I get Caden up and dressed and fed! The boys have both learned the routine…it helps the morning feel not as rushed! I joined a community choir and the boys LOVE listening to the music in the minivan on our way to preschool! Too funny…but it gives me time to practice!!

My CIDP has really been all over the place! The week we moved, I was in horrible pain…to the point my cardio doctor almost hospitalized me. My neuro is simply amazed that I've been walking without a cane the last few days. The cane is there as a “just in case” method…I'm definitely encouraged to use it. My pain is beyond comfort at night. Because I have been unpacking, organizing, going to work, caring for the boys…I'm exhausted…but still in pain. Some nights I just sit here in the recliner and eventually I drift off to sleep. The doctors tell me I'm getting used to the pain…which isn't a good thing. We are waiting for a new IVIG supplier, being the one we were using is no longer in business. Hopefully once ordered through USF next week, it should be in by the end of next week or the start of the following week. IT would be SO nice to have a normal sleeping routine again!

WE are enjoying our new house! Tons of new memories to be made. Out (and learning from) the old and in with the new! House warming party will be scheduled soon!!

Bethany is an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. Bethany defines herself as a child of God who loves to use her passion for change to inspire others. She has overcome disabilities, wading through the trials and rewards of marriage and motherhood. She enjoys being a wife to Steve for 10 years and mother to three boys (ages 7, 5 and 2). She is a double brain cancer survivor, a 9 year veteran in the field of youth and children's ministry and has published poetry, featured blog posts for numerous ministry websites and children's ministry curriculum contributions. Bethany is currently working on her first book to be released this Fall as well as various freelancing projects. Bethany always welcomes new coaching clients and speaking opportunities!