We're having a baby!
I've alluded to my pregnancy on this blog, but I never officially announced it. So...we're expecting! Unexpectedly! God is a comedian, but at least His timing is always perfect. We are due in January 18th and will find out about the gender soon.
We shared the news with our far-flung friends and family through Facebook with this fun throwback to the nineties...
After five years of hard work, Professor is officially Dr. Jorgenson, PhD in genetics. I couldn't be more proud! Neither of his parents went to college, so watching them watch him present his doctoral research was really something special.
Pookie is of the firm belief that graduation means root beer floats and parties. Something like that!
With the end of one season, another begins. At the end of July, the in-laws helped us pack up their trailer and move 600 miles south. It's a little scary being this far from home, but we're settling in and consoling ourselves that it's only "for a few years." Professor is doing post-doctoral research and already getting some positive results. The Lord is good--even if the results stop coming in (but we sure do like having them!).
We don't live in a basement anymore!
Of course, moving to a new state means a new dwelling. Do we still live in a basement? No sir-ee! We found a private homeowner with a two-bedroom apartment (a few hundred square feet more than our old place) over his garage. It's not immensely bigger than our old place, but the layout makes it seem huge and wedon'tliveinthebasement!! I keep window blinds up because nobody walks by and stares in at me; there are trees out nearly every window, so it's like living in a treehouse.
Plus. I. have. a. washer. and. dryer. I have officially joined the 1%, y'all! And yes, I've moved far enough south that I say y'all now. Deal with it.
I'm working like crazy!
If you had told me a year ago that a major income opportunity would be propelling us forward toward our financial goals, I probably would have laughed in your face. But it's happening! And I'm working my tail off for it! I'm up at 5:30 to work before the girls get up, I work all through naptime, we have TV time so that I can work some more, and I sneak in work whenever they're playing nicely. Sometimes even when they're in bed. I'm exhausted, y'all (see, there it is again, sneaking in...), and often feel like I'm not doing anything well enough. Add in pregnancy hormones and mommy guilt and some days I just want to crawl back in bed.
But. I will say it again: God is good. He is providing for our family in a way that I can clearly see. It is stretching but in a way that forces me to use my time more wisely. I also need to work on being fully "present" wherever I am, but the time constraints have already done some great things for our family. And padding the bank account in the process isn't too shabby!
Phew! That read almost like a Christmas card, didn't it? But now you are all caught up in the world a la Jorgenson. Come back soon, y'all! (Oops, there it is again!)