Friday, April 10, 2015

Where are we? So much time!

November of 2012...that was the last time I blogged! Wow where did the last few years go, and why did I not keep on blogging? I guess I got blogged out. I blogged so much, did so many reviews, and I wrote less about my family, kids, our life. My blog became a chore, and an overwhelming job that I couldn't keep up with.  Well, I would like to get back into blogging about our family adventures and about what matters most in life.  We have had some very major, and life changing journeys over the last (almost) 3 years!
This is a family photo in the winter of 2012. I had just found out that I was pregnant with our last baby. We were picking out a Christmas tree. I used this photo to wish our friends and family on Facebook a Merry Christmas ~ our family of 8! :)
This is a picture of our kids in the summer of 2012. Katja was 1, Cole was 3, Madelyn was 5, Caleb was 7, and Nathaniel was 13.
I would like to give an overall chain of events, like an update, of all that has happened for the last 3 years. I will write other posts after this one to be more detailed and descriptive.

We bought a piece of land, 30 acres, north of where we were currently living.  We bought the land as a contract for deed.  It was a really good deal, and how we came across it was a God thing.  Terry started building our new home. After Katja was born, when she was only 2 months old, we moved from our lake home.  We rented from our relatives for 6 months.  Our new home was not ready to move into yet, but the propane prices to heat the rented house was a financial doom.  We had to move.  So, we lived "off grid", into a home that didn't even have running water. No electricity, no refrigeration, no stove....really, completely rustic and not normal.  
Summer of 2013, I had our last baby, a little girl.  I was thrilled with how everything went with the labor and delivery. I now have 3 boys and 3 girls.
It was a challenge, and very trying living the life style we were with being pregnant, having a new baby, and raising 6 kids there.  I am anxious to share some of our adventures in other upcoming posts. Another major thing that we faced was Cole was diagnosed with a rare disease: Langerhan's Cell Histiocytosis.  It is like a cancer, and treated the same.  It was so hard, sad, and quite the journey.  Currently we are coming to the end of our treatments. I will share more later. Our family sure doesn't settle or sit still long, because in the fall of 2014, Terry accepted a job with the Rail Road. Complete career change, move to a new state, have a totally new schedule, and leave everything we know.  Big, and major changes with this journey! Nathaniel decided to stay in MN with his Dad, Cole started Kindergarten, kids all started new schools, new medical doctors/clinics, new church find,
and our whole lifestyle changed, .....again.
So, here we are in Wisconsin, and doing life. There are ups and there are downs, but one thing always remains....God is faithful, he is ever present, and he never changes.