Life is Ever Changing

If there is one thing I have learned, it is that life is ever changing. We learn new things, we discover new opportunities and sometimes they alter our dreams. In essence, we change our minds. We are human, it is what we do. I have been doing much research and exploring over the past year and every once in a while something catches my attention and I think, I just have to try this!

It all started as a way to get out of the toxic situation our home has placed us in. We ended up, against my will, throwing more money at our 1900 house that isn’t worth what we owe on it, to remove the lead. I have to say I have never felt healthier than when me and the kids were living out of state for the summer. Made me more convinced of what I had been thinking all along, maybe its something in the house making me sick…

After being diagnosed with Lyme Disease and Mycoplasma from a tick bite in September, I began treatment. Let me give you a pierce of advice right now, if you ever find yourself with Lyme Disease and your doctor says, “Here, take these antibiotics for 2 weeks and you’ll be magically all better”. don’t believe them. Luckily I had enough previous knowledge of Lyme Disease to know that what my Dr. was telling me didn’t sound right and I sought a second opinion.

Would you look at that EVIL NASTY thing?!?!? **Shudder**

We discovered that I have been it so hard by it in such a short time due to an underlying issue with mold toxicity. I know, fun right? All the pieces are finally starting to come together. We are no closer to being removed from the toxicity of the house, but now I’m beginning to understand all the unexplainable things that have happened to my family. My husband, previously even tempered, developing horrible mood swings and almost bi polar like behavior, often for no reason (no, he has never tried to physically hurt anybody but not knowing who is going to be from one minute to another takes its toll on an already stressed family). My kids with new allergies where just a few short years ago nobody in my family was allergic to anything, my youngest with developing asthma and other respiratory symptoms, none of these things run in my family and this, perhaps, is a cause. There are other things I can pick out as well, but I’ll stop there and is, perhaps, a topic for another post.

In the past month, though not for the first time, I have been considering homeschool for oldest, my 11 year old, 6th grade son, Caleb. He has been struggling in school since kindergarten and I have felt that maybe he was not in a setting that was best for him to really learn in. After beginning my research, my middle child, 8-1/2 year old Abigail, expressed a desire to also homeschool. A flurry of thoughts and emotions are now running through my mind. Oh my GOD! Can I really do this or am I going to totally screw my kids up? Is this the right thing for my family? and about a million other questions. Facebook is a fountain of information with pages and groups specifically dedicated to homeschool families and they are a fountain of information. They were kind and patient while I expressed my thoughts, desires and concerns.

SO…. As of June 2016 We will be a HOMESCHOOLING FAMILY!!!!!!

Oh MY God! I can’t believe I just said that!!!! I haven’t actually said that out loud before. I’ve said it in the privacy of homeschooling Facebook groups but this makes it REAL!

It is still our dream as a family to:

 #1 Get the heck out of here and some place safe and healthy.
#2 Live off the land on our own piece of land in a tiny house and raise our family and our animals but wait, there’s MORE…..
I’ve been doing a lot of research about how I want to teach my kids and give them the best experience of life. I want them to not just see it on TV or in a book, I want them to LIVE IT. SO….

#3 my goal to Road School. I want to make it possible for my family to live and travel the US (I’d say the world but I’d like to start realistically and I and PETRIFIED of flying). I want us, as a family to really experience life if only for a year or 2 before we really decide if/where we want to settle down. After all, how can you possibly know where the best place to live is if you really haven’t experienced it. I hope you’ll continue to join in our adventure because it’s about to get REALLY interesting!

I will also be updating my Photography blog more frequently so, please feel free to take a peek at that too by clicking! Shades of life

This is not our rig, don’t I WISH!!! But this is our goal! 

Hiccups and happy moments

It’s been a while since my last post. There have been some good and some bad developments. We are STILL not back into our house. My husband is working hard to finished the work and get every inch of the house wiped down so it can be inspected and we can move our family back in while we try to sell it. For now we are still invading my husbands uncles house but we’re doing well and our dog is even getting along relatively well with his 14 year old dog. We were worried because we weren’t sure how his dog would react but after a little bit he settled down and accepted our dog as an acceptable house guest. 

We have had to accept an unwelcome reality that there is no way we can sell our house for enough to make it possible to get the help of a real estate agent. We will be lucky if we sell for what we owe, making it impossible to pay an agent so have to attempt to sell it on our own. 
On the plus side, I managed to get a JOB! I thought this was going to be the hard part but I found a job within a week of the beginning I my search. SO many applications I filled out and I got ONE call for an interview, but one was all it took. It’s not as many hours as I had hoped (yet) or as much as I was hoping for hourly but it’s a job, a decent job at that and it’s a step in the right direction. In order to succeed I’ll still have to find a way to supplement that to make up the difference. 
My husband says there’s no way this can happen in a year and wants to drag his feet in a house we can’t afford for another 2-5 years (don’t ask me how hat is supposed to work). This is possible and I WILL make it happen. 
My next post will probably be a video tour of our newly detoxified house. My husband tells me it looks FANTASTIC and I’m sure it does, but it unfortunately doesn’t negate the fact that we cannot afford to live in it and it’s time to move on. 
Oh! PS: I don’t have a computer at the moment so if any comments happen to have been left on any of my posts, I’m not sure I’d be able to find out.. So I’m not ignoring, just ignorant lol