I just realized that this month marks 2 YEARS since we moved from St George back to northern Utah. I can't believe how quickly time is flying! It seems like yesterday that we were packing up 2 trailers with all our belongings, and saying goodbye to friends.
We had a wonderful holiday season and Jack was spoiled rotten by Santa and family. Its really hard to not spoil your ONLY child, especially when you have very few other people to shop for. I guess that's the joy of being a parent though, right?! Right. I thought so.
Jack is growing up SO much and is truly my little buddy. I feel so lucky to have him as my child(despite the times when I'm crying about how to parent him!). He is enjoying this year of preschool and LOVES learning spanish in his class. His obsession with sports and numbers is at an all time high these days. I never know if I should be proud of him or concerned about it. I have to check all the local sports scores before I go to bed each night because I know its the FIRST thing he will ask me in the morning. We went to a Jazz game the other night and he spent the entire game figuring up the scoring differences for each team and each player. He told me the other day that his favorite toy is his calculator. Um, okay. Got it at the dollar section of Target. We've also been working so much on reading this year. He is doing so well and loves it. I admittedly love hearing him read and find so much pride and joy in listening to him. I love seeing his mind in action!
Our lives are continuing on as normal. Busy, but normal. I am still working full-time at St Marks in Salt Lake, and can't wait for the winter to end and to have an easier and safer commute to work. I honestly feel blessed everyday that my car is still running. 245,000 miles and still running flawlessly. I couldn't ask for anything more.
I am also still working PRN at Park City Med Center. (that means whenever they ask me). I take a lot of call there and get to work a few shifts each month. I really love it and wish they needed me full-time! Between the two jobs, I stay way more busy than I'd prefer. I would never be able to do it if I didn't have such a wonderful family that helps me out EVERYDAY! It is such a great reminder of why we moved back. There is nothing like having family around. I am SO grateful to them for everything they do. We usually sleep over at someones house at least once a week so I can take call and they all welcome us every time. I am grateful for Jack to grow up with all of his cousins and to have the close influence of his Grandparents and Aunts and Uncles on a daily basis.
Being a single Mom is hard. Even 3 years later, there are still so many challenges that come up. I am eternally grateful for the abilities and blessings my Father in Heaven has given me. I wouldn't be able to survive and keep my head above water without them. I can't imagine trying to do it without a good job, family, friends and good health. It seems like life takes us on such a roller coaster ride, yet for me the one thing constant is knowing that Heavenly Father knows and, love me and wants me to be happy. When I keep that in mind, it makes weather the storm much, much easier.
Here's a few snapshots of the last little while....
ice skating, Jazz game, Christmas presents, donning a headband, and labeling his bathroom door "man" since he is so deprived of using the men's restroom(his over-protective Mom DOES NOT allow him in there alone) in public.