Jon began working for USCF in May. He spent his weeks in SF, and came home on the weekends. Meanwhile, I stayed at home in Roseville with the kids as they finished school and we sold our house. Our house sold pretty quickly, but the process felt very long since I had to keep the house spotless with 4 kids on summer break - while my husband was semi-permanently out of town. In hind sight the process was seamless and the timing was perfect, but living through it was challenging. Jon's mom was our realtor & she was amazing. I think I would have lost my mind without her, she was great!
After our house sold we found a perfect little home just south of the city. We moved at the end of July (thanks to our families & their tremendous help with the process) and had plenty of time to get acclimated with our new surroundings before school began.
Once we got settled in, the only thing on my mind was ensuring the kids had a memorable summer. Poor kids spent the first half of their summer at the mercy of potential home buyers walking through our house with little - if any - notice & then had to pack up the only home they ever really knew and say goodbye to family and friends. It was pretty hard on them so salvaging what was left of our summer break was really important to me!
Now onto the fun part...
We have just loved our new home town. We are minutes from the city about a mile and a half from the beach and steps away from hiking trails. We feel like we've hit the jackpot living in this small community, so close to so much fun & less than 15 minutes from Jon's hospital. With so much to do, we've really kept busy going to beaches, exploring hiking trails, camping, fishing, discovering new parks and making new friends.
Except for the fact that we miss our family and friends back home we couldn't be happier at this moment in our lives. Coincidentally, this leads me to my next topic...Joshua's heart. I think I've spent the past month just completely letting go of the issues that have caused us stress over the past year and a half. It's been such a blessing the way our path has lead us to where we are right now & has taught me to always remain faithful even during the most challenging moments.
During the past month I've been able to more fully enjoy my role as a mother and grow closer to my kids and Jon. During this time I think I've almost forgotten about Josh's condition (well as close to forgetting as you can - you never really forget). That is until today, when he had his first visit with his cardiologist in SF. We've actually known his new doctor, Dr. Tyndell, since Josh was born. He was Josh's cardiologist while he was hospitalized at UCSF (for all 3 surgeries) and Dr. Rivera was his 'home' cardiologist. So we felt very comfortable knowing he'd be transferring to a doctor we already have a relationship with & we really like.
As a mom, I have to say it makes life much easier sending him to school happy with a smile on his face rather than tugging at his little hand and easing him through the classroom door and hoping it'll be a decent day. We really feel blessed with the way things are going for Josh.
Finally, apologies for the delay in posts to those of you who follow this blog and have been wondering how Josh is doing. We appreciate your love and concern so much & hope you are well!