I'll pick up with the end of the year and try my best to work my way to the present day. My family and I went to Nigeria for the Christmas holidays. We were there for almost a month. We had a great time. My husband and most of his extended family all came together to celebrate the life of his father. It was a ten year memorial. Here I am in asoebi or traditional attire for the event.
Below is a picture of all the grandchildren lined up according to birth order. All but one grandchild was there. I think that's a pretty cool picture. My hubby is the first one is line.
Here we all are, can you find me?
Our house in the village. I think there were 50 people that stayed in this compound during the holiday. It was stressful and fun at the same time.
While away in Nigeria, my mother was diagnosed with cancer. Mom had been feeling very sick before I left and I knew there was a chance it was cancer. I was hoping and praying that the diagnosis would not be cancer but we don't always get what we hope for. It is a slow moving cancer but it is still cancer. Her prognosis is good and as I am inspired I will write more about our journey into the world of cancer. Her diagnosis is Multiple Myeloma which is a cancer of the plasma cells. I would have written about this situation sooner but out of respect for mom's privacy I did not. Mom later gave me the clearance to share and so here I am several months in writing about it. I will share more on this later. Here mom and I are at our first cancer support group meeting.
I am so grateful to have found this group. It's really good to be around others that can identify to what we are going through. Mom and I are committed to making as many meetings as possible.
The boys are doing well in a traditional setting. Each boy has been recognized at their schools for hard work, good behavior, good grades or some other characteristic. Which is great but has put me in sort of a tailspin. I was so invested as a homeschool mom I have to find out who I am without the title homeschool mom. That may sound strange but I'm really struggling to adapt to my new role. Home education had become a large part of my life dominating so much of my time and even most of my conversations. Again, many of you may not relate but I have to find other things to discuss that are not homeschool related and I still need to be comfortable when I engage with those around me who are still homeschooling without feeling weird. I'm reading a book to help me surrender certain areas of my life over to God and not obsess over them. I'll probably post more on that later.
My leg is healing well from surgery. I have some pain in my knee where the surgeon went in to place the rod and some swelling in my ankle close to one of the pins. The surgeon recommended I wear compression socks. Ugh the horror! I reminded him that I was only in my thirties and that compression socks would not do anything for my sense of style. But alas I'm wearing the socks and they have helped with my swelling. My sense of style is still intact.
In February, I went to Cancun with a few of my friends to celebrate one of us reaching forty. Forty, can you believe it? Seriously where is the time going?
Mexico was great except I was horribly sick with the flu. I couldn't stop coughing and blowing my nose. But I did rest which is something that I don't do when I'm at home so that was nice.
When I returned from Mexico I celebrated my thirty-seventh birthday. We didn't do much because my husband said while I was away he was so overwhelmed caring for the kids that he forgot to plan something for me. Hump! All I have to say is he better have something awesome planned for Mother's Day.
Graduate school is going well. This semester I'm taking three classes, nine hours which is considered full time. This summer I've decided against taking any courses. Instead I am going to relax, and perhaps get some time to finish some sewing and knitting projects. After this semester there are only three semesters left. It seems like just yesterday I was applying and waiting to hear back and now I'm nearing the end of the classroom portion of the journey. In the fall I begin practicum then internship, which means I will have an actual case load of clients that I will counsel but have a supervisor who will meet with me weekly and advise me on how I handle my cases. Words can't express the excitement and sheer terror running through me.
In March, I went to Montreal Canada for the American Counseling Association Conference. This is my second conference that I have attended. Last year I attended in Florida and this year I was able to go to Canada. Canada was cold, extremely cold. I have pictures but for some reason that aren't loading to my blog. I was able to tour Norte Dame Basilica and a few other things in Old Montreal close to the convention center. The conference was fun and I met a new friend.
Well that's all for now. Hopefully my next update will be sooner rather than later.