Family update

I used to be so good at keeping up with this blog.

erry' body is blogging these days.

So what's new?
Just a few days before Emberlee turned 1, John' parent's home of over 20 years burned down, and they lost just about everything except some key treasured items and the clothes on their back.

We sold our house in September, and while searching for a new place, lived with John's best friend. Just two days before we were to close on our town home, a huge storm came into the valley and flooded so many homes that FEMA had officially declared it a national state of emergency. Since we had just moved out of the townhouse, all of our belongings were moved into a storage unit, and the other half was stored in the shed at my Sister Kara & Brother in-law Mark's house. Both locations got extensive flooding, and we lost many of our belongings, including all our furniture (specifically our nice king size bed) except the kitchen table and two dressers. Many of my childhood treasures were destroyed, along with our wedding guestbook. And completely unrelated, I confirmed my decision to take a step away from the Church. I don't feel like these events were punishment or testimony strengthening- just life events in a cause and effect world, and though it was hard, I still dealt with it the same way I have always dealt with hard times.

We had two homes fall through, but quickly and quite easily got into another. We moved into our new home on October 29th, in the shadow of south mountain in Phoenix. We have a good sized corner lot, with rose bushes, fruit trees, pepper plants, and some other herbs already growing on our property. There are granite counters and a gas stove/oven in the kitchen. It's taking a lot more work and a little more money to get things feeling like "home" due to how dirty the house was left, and just replacing some items we lost in the flood. There seems to be a bit of a roach problem, but I think when we get all our boxes unpacked and things cleaned up more, it should remedy the problem. Our street has a surprising amount of foot-traffic, but it's incredibly quiet. No loud music into the wee hours at all. The commute to John's office is the best part- it takes 3 minutes. He has even walked. We have a fry's, target, ross, chipotle, safeway, a public park , community pool, and the public library all within 1 square mile. The school we want Paxton to go to is about two miles away, along with an organic farm/ market. So needless to say, we really like the location. We are close enough to the really nice neighborhoods to be out of trouble, but far away enough to have such an inexpensive purchase price. We got our home for $85k.

We are excited to have my Dad come to visit us for Thanksgiving in a few weeks, and to travel to Florida with him for Christmas. I hope to be starting at South mountain community college and hopefully start a part-time job in the winter when we come back from Florida.

We have had some difficult times, but we are grateful that we are alive and our family members are safe.


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