In September, Eric started a new job in Houston. We sold our house in October, moved in with family for a month, and then moved into our new house in November.
We found a new church and started getting plugged in.
We had a rough start to the new year with lots of catching up with school, and some various illnesses throughout the family. But once summer came, we had an incredible epiphany. This was the first spring, in many years, that Rapunzel's skin didn't get infected, or even really flare up at all.
WHAT?!?! Every spring when the allergens start blooming, her skins gets so flared, that she ends up with an infection and has to be put on antibiotics and steroids to reel it in. Then, with the summer heat, it's a battle until fall/winter to get/keep it under control. But this year, her skin has stayed beautiful! It's been absolutely amazing! She was able to go to church camp this summer. I went along as a counselor, because I wanted to keep a close eye on her and her skin.
She has suffered from "hypohydrosis" which means that her sweat glands do not function properly, and so her body has a really hard time cooling off and can get overheated very easily. Also, anytime she gets wet, her skin gets really itchy and if she doesn't apply moisturizer immediately, she'll end up scratching herself bloody. At least, that's how it's been every summer for several years now. But, do you know what? That girl sweat buckets while we were at camp! I've never been so excited to see sweat dripping from someone before! It was "hot as the dickens" out there, and she was red faced like the rest of us, but also drenched in sweat like the rest of us! She was so perplexed by it too. "Mommy, is the sweat supposed to be dripping down from behind my knees like this?" "Yes baby girl, it sure is!" LOL And while she did continue to use her moisturizer after her showers, it wasn't dire for her to keep it with her and apply everytime she got wet in the pool or lake (or in any of the other many ways they got wet at camp). Her skin looked fantastic! I literally broke down in tears at camp when I was sharing this news with another counselor. I am thankful to God for healing her! I'm well aware that this does not mean she is forever 100% healed. She still has eczema, and we still have to take care of her skin. But this was a HUGE victory!
In other news, all the kids have had a great time finding new things to be involved in since the move. Belle started taking art lessons and apparently, she's been harboring some mad drawing skillz!
Rapunzel took part in the kids choir at church and really enjoyed getting to sing on stage. This year she wants to audition for some solo singing/speaking parts!
Hercules played baseball in the spring. Their team won 1st place for the season, and finished in 3rd in the end of season tournament. Go Braves!
And Aurora played soccer this year. I think she enjoyed making new friends and getting new clothes more than the actual playing. But she still did great and had fun!
Hercules was diagnosed with Selective Mutism and we started therapy with him for that in April. We've seen some great progress, and will continue therapy into this next school year.
Speaking of next school year, things are changing around here for us! Belle and Rapunzel are both going to be taking some classes (English for Rapunzel - English, History and Government for Belle) at a local homeschool organization. Hercules is staying with me 100% of the time, and Aurora is going to public school. Lots of changes. I've gotten a lot of questions about why we are sending Aurora to public school this year. The short answer is: I feel as called to send her to public school this year, as I did about homeschooling her last year.
If you made it to the end, kudos to you. Now you are relatively up to date on the goings on of our family!