I figured it was about time to write a new blog post. Things are all very different from the last time I posted. We're no longer living in California. In May, we left our little home in Redding and drove across country back to my home state of North Carolina. Our trip was just about as perfect as it could have been. We got to visit my cousin in L.A., we saw the Grand Canyon, and we toured Graceland in Memphis. Being on the road while pregnant wasn't too bad after all as we took the trip at the right time in the pregnancy before I got too uncomfortable.
At this point, I'm much bigger than when we left California. AND we finally know that we're having a little girl! It's been really cool bonding with her since we've known for sure — calling her by her name and imagining exactly what she's going to look like and what not. I didn't realize I'd enjoy the process so much. We've been buying for her and getting things prepared. It is hard to believe that she'll be here in just over two months!
It's been interesting being back in North Carolina in a part of the state that we didn't live in before. We're farther away from our friends and family than we were before. Even though we get to be with my Mom and Dad everyday, we do miss what our life was like in Asheville. But I am finding the little things to be grateful for: it's beautiful in this part of the state, we're blessed with a budding friendship in one of the young couples in my Dad's church, and the time we get to spend with my parents is invaluable as we've been away from NC for quite a while before this.
I had to scale down my hours writing for Bustle recently. I knew that would happen as I got farther along in the pregnancy. It's crazy how just working from home writing articles on my laptop can make me so tired! But I was writing 3 pieces a day/5 days a week. Now I've just gone down to writing 8 pieces in a 7 day period and at my own pace instead of being "on shift" for 6 hours a day. I'm very grateful to my editor for being flexible with me. So far, though I have found the job challenging in some ways, I have really enjoyed my work. I hope limiting my hours will give me more time to prepare for our little girl — and possible to work more on my novel, which I've been neglecting ever since I took the position for Bustle.
I am missing many aspects of our life in Redding. Being apart of Bethel Church is a dream for many people, and there are many times that I miss the community and the church life there. I often still miss our life in England, too. I find it difficult loving so many places at once. For now, I'm soaking up this time in North Carolina for as long as it will be. I'm trying hard to live in the present and not yearn too much for everything I want to see in the future. But isn't that everyone's struggle? We look back and look ahead, and sometimes we forget to look all around for the glory of what we have right now.