2.15.2015

hello
i live in arizona now.
we live in a tiny apartment.
we are buying a really lovely home in scottsdale.
i am so excited to get in there.
it's hard to describe how much it already feels like our home.
you'll see, it just fits us like a glove somehow.
it's not even my normal style, but it somehow feels like our home.
but, it's not even a red and aqua 50s style kitchen at all….you'll just have to see.

for now, i am trying to be grateful for today.
to breath deeply through the daily mess that happens from schooling and living in a tiny space without our things.

these photos are the start of a little series of photos i call "apartment living".
when i feel like i want to scream, i take a picture instead.






1.06.2015

are we there yet?

tonight i am packing up all the school books we will need for the next few months.
we are leaving soon to move into temporary housing in the phoenix area.
we will look for a home once we get there.
one good part about moving with a big company is that they have a system down for moving their people.
they help us sell our house.
they help us ship our cars.
but even a big wireless phone company can get a little thrown by hawaii.
it's just a little farther and a little more complicated.

my head is spinning.
there are still kids to pack for that haven't worn shoes that aren't flip flops in a while.
figuring out what to pack and what is not longer needed.
i'm ready to go.
the drawn out part of moving on is….rough.

but i don't want to forget to have fun with them!
 as we try not to get too behind in school to allow time for house hunting once we get there.
deeeeep breaths.
i have to take them to say goodbye to the places that they love.

 all while trying to keep the house spotless for potential buyers that want to have a look.

when we get to arizona, we will have been apart from reedo for almost a month.
ouch.
the best part of this new chapter and the light at the end of the tunnel is that reedo's new job will not require as much long travel time.
that is why we are making this investment.
that is what is getting me through tonight. 

1.04.2015

moving on

we did it.
we lived for two years, almost exactly, on an island.
there were such amazing things about it.
i've never felt more brave than when i moved away from the place i'd always known.
i've never felt my patience grow as much as when i homeschooled my children while my husband was gone half the time.
the ocean! i like the ocean so much more after living here in hawaii.
my kids are thriving and expressive and growing and bonded in such a new way and i know that this adventure has been so good for us all.
i wouldn't change it for anything.

and now my reedo has a sparkly new job in arizona.
what a gift to have a good job.
a job that my husband wants and is good at.
arizona, huh?
ok.
sounds hot. and sandy-ish. and brown.
i'll be honest, though. i didn't really feel excited about hawaii either.
i think i may be a piece of work.
the strange thing about me, lately, is that as we drive around the island doing our "last time on the north shore" and "our last time" at this place or that place i start to feel oddly comfortable in this phase of leaving. i haven't held on very tightly to any of this.  i remember the music that i listened to as i left california and the feeling of loss is bizarrely comforting. weird, huh?


i'm ready for this next place.
i'm ready to be surprised.
i'm ready to see what the Lord has got for us.
i'm sure it won't be what i would pick, and i think that may be best, ya know?




1.03.2015

and then over a year went by….

i am still here.
on our little island.
my hair is longer.
 my kids are still my favorite and also with me all the time.
which is challenging.
 jake is practically a teenager and also nowhere near a teenager.
 we are super beachy and tan and full of aloha spirit.

 ty is still amazingly kind and patient and thoughtful.
he's one of those people that makes you realize how mean you really are in comparison.
 ella is amazing and strong and won't take….crap from anyone.
 so…
now we are moving.
to arizona.
california to hawaii to arizona.
i thought i should try and blog a little so as not to overwhelm instagram with my information and words.
remember how when i used to blog i was terrible at responding to your commentary, but still really liked reading it?
that will be the same and maybe worse since i will be moving and stuff.
if i was ty, i would respond to everyone, but there can only be one ty in the world.
maybe i should teach him to blog….

11.15.2013

books

i love reading
we all love it over here.
my favorite part of homeschooling is the reading part.

this year we are reading the Little House on the Prairie books and i had no idea how hooked we ALL would be.
it's amazing.
i really believe that God speaks to me through books.
i mean....the Bible, of course.
but i have found that he can use any book. (and anything!)


these books are written for chidren, but they are for everyone.
and they are especially for us reeds this year.
we are not going west to homestead, 
but we are traveling to different homes with only really our family as a constant.
we aren't fighting prairie fires, 
but we are learning to make a home somewhere unfamiliar.
our "pa" isn't going off to harvest in neighboring counties for the summer and coming back on foot in the snow,
 but we all know JUST how the Ingall girls felt when we find ourselves listening for reedo's footsteps and counting the days until his return.
it's just a gift.
the kids beg for more every night.


the more i read to my kids 
the more they seem to love reading.
to me and to themselves.

and just one more thing.


i have found that reading something they are enjoying to them 
while they sketch or do quiet legos has made me feel like a really good mom.
do your kids ever just really want you to "play" with them and you just don't have it in you?
you want to be with them, but you just can't pretend to like legos or barbies right now?
well, that happens to me a lot 
and i've found that if i first just volunteer to read while they play it still counts as playing to them!


yesssssss.
just a thought.
you should try it.