Hold on tight because there are a lot of pictures with a few words smashed in between coming your way!
This has been the heaviest winter in the Flathead Valley (where we live is a valley tucked among the mountains) in the past 15 years. Leave it to us to not only move in the dead of winter but to choose this winter of all winters. No worries though as things went fairly smoothly. The semi did very well, thanks to its EXPERT driver of course. The Uhaul got stuck only once, nothing that couldn’t be handled by a tow truck! We essentially had our very own football team (okay, the defensive line) to unload us so things moved quickly which was good because it was VERY cold.
We are renting a small home in Kalispell. We call it our submarine as the hallways are narrow and we are always bumping into one another. It is (a lot) smaller than our home in Cozad. Many of our things are in storage. But, this home is clean, updated and in an awesome neighborhood that is quiet. The yard is huge and fenced in and the owners are fabulous. An added bonus….we can have our dog and cat AND it is a month-to-month lease. Why is this important? We are looking for a small piece of land or a new home in a very specific school district which is prooving to be much more difficult than we thought. There are a bunch of little lots you can buy to build on in this district but they are so teeny tiny that you can see what your neighbors are having for dinner! #notforus We don’t need ten acres but we do need some elbow room. So, we wait. And, wait. The real estate market here is wild. We will likely have to pay at least twice what we were in Nebraska for that size home. Needless to say, we will need to get creative financially to meet our needs. Living here is completely worth it, though.
Adam continues to work from home and is doing well. When we bought the sign business we were hoping it would last until Lainey goes to kindergarten. He is the go-to parent, for sure. If she is sick, he stays home with her. He drops her off and picks her up from daycare. He works from home so he can be available, which he is.
My job is 100% different. My career has changed. I mean, I’m still in medicine. My mother would say that if it was 100% changed I would be something like a veterinarian so as I am still in medicine, I can’t say 100%. But it is different for sure. I am no longer in family practice and to say it has been easy would be dishonest. There have been some very difficult days. Some day when I feel up to it I will write about how I came to changing career paths. I believe I am where God put me. I know that God led Adam and I through all of the ginormous decisions that led to this move to Montana. This is what I remind myself during the difficult times. I am a constant work in progress for Him. As I said, I’ll write more someday when I feel up to it about what I am doing and how we came to the decision to go down this road. The one thing that is definite is that I miss the girls that I worked with in Cozad immensely. I cannot put into words how much. When I left they gave me a gift and a card. I miss them so much that I have been unable to open the card. I go to open it and start crying, so leave it for another day. These were the women that were there for me during my darkest days and they were there on the best day of my life. They witnessed the miracle of Lainey Noelle Carter unfold. Cozad, Nebraska is a place of magic to us. We will forever treasure our time there and the gift of life we were given.
Lainey is our life. She is beautiful. And busy. So busy. The move itself was very hard for her. I packed her room last….like not until two days before we loaded the semi. But, still just the house being in constant chaos and disarray had her upset I believe. She wasn’t napping and she was hitting Adam and I. Lainey and I flew to Montana and she did awesome. My little brother picked us up and she gave her Uncle Jesse a great big hug! Her favorite, however is Aunt Linden and she gets super excited to see her cousin Colt (like put your hands on your cheeks and scream with excitement excited!). She loves to give Baby Jase his sucky (even if he doesn’t want it) and loves to slide and swing, snow pants, boots and all. She has been quite sick since the move, having pneumonia and then bronchiolitis and then an ear infection. She saw an ENT who recommends we remove her tonsils. Her new pediatrician is great. Please pray for her health and for wisdom for Adam and I as we make the decision as to when to move forward with her tonsillectomy. We aren’t quite sure yet how we feel about her new daycare/preschool. Daycare here costs twice that in Nebraska. We were very spoiled in Nebraska where she went to an in-home daycare. She essentially had a second mama that we trusted with everything. Here she goes to an actual daycare center. For the most part they seem caring and she rarely cries when we drop her off now, thank goodness. It is hard because many days we feel a deep, deep guilt when pulling out of the parking lot. She is only this age once! We want her happy and thriving! We are on the waiting list for two other daycares that will likely have a spot open for her this summer. We pray for the wisdom to choose between those two or the one that she is in by then.
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Lastly, I leave you with Lainey doing “prayer hands” at the dinner table…