Bet you thought I’d given up blogging, huh? To be honest, I wasn’t sure about it myself. This year I’ve been as active as ever on social media, but, more often than not, blogging felt like more of an obligation than a true desire. If you enjoy following along on our journey, I’m sorry to have left you out in the cold for a bit. But the creative fires have been stoked again, and the urge to process and share through writing has once again bubbled up. I’m back!
You’ll notice a new name for the blog, and some rebranding is just around the corner. “The New Normal” was a great way to describe our transition into living with Type 1 Diabetes, but now that things actually do feel fairly normal, I felt like it was time for a change. HIGHS&LOWS feels right for now. And it’s a play on words, get it? Because of the blood sugar thing? You get it.
I’m planning a flashback series to document the first seven months of 2013 for posterity’s sake, but here’s the bullet point list of what’s up with the Wheelers:
* In January, we moved out of our apartment and back into the house we own in Fort Mill, SC. It has definitely felt like a homecoming and we’ve enjoyed getting settled back in. We love the space and have big plans for making it our dream house (at least for now!).
* Cooper completed his year of preschool at Ivybrook Academy, and we could not have received better care from our team of educators. They welcomed and loved us, and we just had the best experience with all of them. Cooper will not be returning this year, however, because….
* I have taken a full-time job! It’s my first one since 2007, and my first traditional office job since 2003, so it’s a pretty big deal. I am so thankful for the time I had at home with Cooper while he was young, but a job came along that is something like a dream for me. After much prayer and discussion, Paul and I agreed it was the right time to just go for it. It is and will continue to be a big transition for all of us, but it feels right. We decided to hire a full-time nanny to be with Cooper this year before he starts Kindergarten next fall (oh my goodness! so close!!). Our friend Kelly has been babysitting for us for a while, and she and Cooper already know and love each other well. I’m now producing short films for INSP that air on the network and online.
There are lots of adventures and stories to share in the coming days. Thanks for coming along for the ride!