Hi! I’m PattyAnn, and believe it or not, I’m still the author of this here blog. I haven’t been on here in quite some time, and I was beginning to worry that you all would think I deserted my blog!
To be honest, I’ve been sick almost nonstop since January. Not.even.kidding.
I’m pretty sure our family has caught every illness that has gone around so far this winter. My kids and I have literally had one upper-respiratory bug after another, and each time I’ve caught it I seem to have gotten it a hundred times worse, requiring at least one round of antibiotics, sometimes two. As if that wasn’t enough, I also caught a stomach flu that ended up going into a full-blown ear infection! Crazy stuff!
So even though I’ve had about 20 different posts flying around in my head, I haven’t been able to write them here on the blog, and it’s making me crazy! Here’s hoping I’m on a healthy streak, and will be able to blog regularly now!
Along with trying to get healthy, I’ve also been going crazy as I’ve been busy prepping my oldest son for the required placement tests needed in order for him to attend the same online school that my older daughter’s been attending for high school. My son will be a freshman next year, and all new students are required to take placement tests for both English and Math. Unfortunately, due to some oversight on my part, I ended up having to do a lot of teaching before allowing him to take the tests, which totally wore me out! It’s amazing how mentally draining it can be having to do such intense teaching for two weeks straight! I am mentally exhausted, and I’m so grateful that we don’t have to deal with any more placement tests for a few years, until my youngest daughter is ready for high school. Phew!!
In other news, our family started the year off with a big change.
After attending the same church for 13 years, we felt the Lord leading us to a different church. This is something we never expected to happen, and yet, the Lord made it very clear that this season in our lives was coming to a close and that He had something new in store for our family. This wasn’t something we took lightly; we spent almost a year praying about this decision.
Over the course of that year, the Lord gave us one confirmation after another that He was indeed was calling us to move on. In September, we decided to visit a church that we were familiar with and had heard a lot about. And to be honest, on our very first visit to the new church, I knew without a doubt that this was the church God was calling us to. I couldn’t get enough of the worship service; it was as if my spirit came alive for the first time in a long time. And the message was just as life-giving and amazing as the worship; I was actually disappointed when the message was over because I wanted it to go on.
Even though the Lord had confirmed this in my heart, my family wasn’t quite on board yet. We continued to visit the new church a couple of times a month up until December, and it wasn’t long before the rest of my family was certain that they were ready to make the switch. And so, on Christmas Eve we made the switch, and I can honestly say that we haven’t been the same since.
But that’s another story for another day…..