In the name of God, here's looking forward to a single, unified Orthodox Church of the United States.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Whiney-ness and Happy-ness

Yesterday was kind of rough. I think I need a break from Baby. Just a couple hours, you see, where I'm not worried Jack could wake up at any second, where I can just do what I want with no pressure to hurry and finish before he starts crying. My mom has been an amazing help on this journey called Motherhood, but six days ago my family got a new puppy (I was against it, but, not being a permanent member of this household, was overruled) - and suddenly I don't feel right asking her to hold Jack for a while so I can have a break when she's been dealing with Libby for the past hour and finally has a minute to herself. I don't expect my parents to be parents to my child, but I suppose I have been rather spoiled up till now and this past week has been hard.

There, that's all I'll say on the subject.


In happier news, we may have found a house. =D

It's a 100-year-old farmhouse out in the middle of nowhere on 2 acres with 38 more behind. Absolutely perfect. Dad would take the 38 and I'd take the 2, with the option of purchasing more in the future. It's not set in stone, in fact the whole deal is perched rather precariously on a hill of sand, but I'm confident that if this is the home God has set aside for me and EJ it will go through.

Here's praying. (^_^)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Is this crazy?

I want to start a blackberry and honey farm.

With EJ's enlistment up in January and us facing the prospect of 12 more years of school before he becomes a doctor, I've been brainstorming ways to bring in some extra money that won't require me to leave the kid(s) with someone else. Not being the crafty type, I've so far come up with 1.) daycare (is that hypocritical?) and 2.) blackberries and blackberry-pollinated honey. I wouldn't want to open a full daycare - I don't have enough patience - but I could taking care of one or two other children and I could sell the blackberries privately and at farmer's markets (apparently, blackberry canes are really too fragile to handle a pick-your-own-type operation, although I don't actually know ... plus, thorns ...).

I dunno. Is this crazy? I don't want someone else raising my kids, but we're facing some lean times in the years ahead. I'm not sure if I even have the work ethic needed to maintain an operation like this. Some prayer is in order...

Friday, August 10, 2012

House Hunting

This poor little blog is so neglected. I guess I just wasn't meant to be a blogger. Oh, well, I'll keep puttering about, recording bits and pieces of my life as my fancy takes me.

The Big Issue right now is finding a house. EJ and I were counting on the VA loan for financing because we have no money for a down payment - come to find out the VA loan has a "job consistency" requirement, meaning you have to have worked in the same field for at least a year with a consistent income or you don't qualify. Since EJ will be switching from avionics to waiting tables, that puts us out of the running for that loan. Soooo, this means we're either going to be living with my parents for another year and a half while EJ establishes himself here and we save up some money, or completely changing the type of property we go after. Right now we're both leaning towards the former. I don't want to be a burden on my parents any longer than we have to, but I also don't want to give up my dream of 10 acres and a goat (ok ... ok, two acres and some chickens, realistically speaking). And, so long as mom and dad are willing to have us, I think it's worth waiting another 18 months to buy the property we'll be living in for at least the next 15 years.