A Day in Our Island Life

August 16, 2019

Although my life isn't that different from that of any other working single mom in the US, it is a little unique so I thought I'd share what a regular day looks like for Earth and I.  My day usually starts at 5:30 and although some mornings I can manage a little coffee before Earth gets up, our room is pretty small and quite often he gets up when I do.

Officially In-Process!

August 14, 2019

  After discovering the wonderful news that you can now file for naturalization through the N600k process online I raced to get started on it.  Unfortunately, power went out to the whole island just as I sat down that the computer.  It was out all night but I was able to finish and submit Earth's application on my lunch break today:

  Besides being able to file online, you can now request an appointment date when you file.  I entered December 1, 2019 so, theoretically, if we have Earth's interview on that day and he is approved for citizenship, we could be home by Christmas.  I'm trying not to get my hopes up but can't stop myself from imagining how wonderful that would be.


August 13, 2019

   On Saturday, we let the ferry leave without us and headed to the beach to kick off our weekend!

Answered Prayer: Earth's First Day of School

August 6, 2019

  This whole situation is hard and there have been some very uncertain and scary moments but through every step Earth and I have taken on this journey, I have felt God's love and protection.  My friends, let this be a little bit of testimony to God's love for this little boy: Earth started preschool on Kwajalein today.  People who could have said no to this have said yes and very quickly when they could have dragged their feet.  People in high up places who normally wouldn't even be aware of us know about our situation and are tracking our paperwork and making sure it gets approved.
  So many prayers have been answered: We've been able to stay on Kwaj for the whole four weeks of our vacation pass, we were able to stay in a friends house which gave Earth a little bit of "normal" in all this, we were able to secure an excellent apartment on Ebeye, I was able to get a job that's perfect for me and our situation (y'all, I work in a library!), I was able to get the level of base access badge that I needed after initially being denied, Earth was approved for preschool, and I have been approved for a base meal card and a PO box.
  Earth and I are nothing amidst billions of people but God has heard our prayers and those of everyone praying for us and has answered every one.  We don't deserve His blessings but have been showered with them.  I'm felled by His love for my son.

First Day of School

School started yesterday!

Moving Day

August 5, 2019

Good morning from Ebeye!
 Earth and I moved into the apartment yesterday and spent our first night there.  This was my view from the dock as I waited for the ferry to work

It Takes a Little Getting Used To

August 2, 2019

  I've never been one to cry on my child's first day of school.  At the boohoo/yahoo parties, I'm definitely in the yahoo camp.  I love my kids but I don't mind having some time away from them and I actually think it's good for them to develop a part of their life that doesn't require me.  All that is easy to say but when Earth started crying when I dropped him off with Mama Elizabeth this morning, my heart broke a little bit and I almost cried myself.

A Little Good News

July 24, 2019

 You know how sometimes you start feeling down about things...

Operation Christmas Child Distribution

July 23, 2019

   My friend Katie is a missionary on Ebeye and they invited Earth and I to a distribution of boxes from Samaritan's Purse/ Operation Christmas Child. Since our family has packed boxes for Operation Christmas Child, I was really excited to see kids receiving them.

The Best Possible Worst Choice

July 21, 2019

  "I could never do that!" "What kind of person gives up their child" "How could they just give them away like that?!"  D and I have heard these sorts of things and worse since we brought Sky home.  My reaction has always been to say that I've been very blessed in my life to never need to make that kind of choice.  This left turn in our lives has made me think more about hard choices and what I would do for Earth if I had to.

An Apartment Update and a Beautiful Sunset

July 18, 2019

Our apartment at the Ebeye Wellness Center is almost done! This is the building we'll be living in and our apartment is the one on the third floor with the balcony towards the camera.  

This and That (Picture Post)

July 14, 2019

There hasn't been any progress on the job or the apartment yet but I know it will eventually all come together, meaning that Earth and I won't have quite as much free time as we do now.  We're making the most of Kwajalein while we're living here, hitting all the beaches and enjoying the laid-back lifestyle with our old friends.

Time Out

July 11, 2019

How do you explain a situation like this to a 3 year old? I've been struggling with that ever since D and I decided that Earth and I should make this trip.

Back on Kwajalein

July 10, 2019

  Earth and I are back on Kwajalein and it's really good to be back.  While I think it was really good for us to have some time with Earth's birth family, it was really hard for both of while we stayed in their house.  Believe me, the problem was definitely with us, not with them.

The Left Turn

July 9, 2019

  Not that long ago, I was having a heart-to-heart talk with D about how I was worried we were going to live in suburbia forever and never travel again. How my life was boring and everyday without much to look forward to.  As they say, be careful what you ask for...

Where We Find Ourselves

July 8, 2019

This is us at Christmas, before our lives hit a dead stop and then made a left turn.  Some of you may know already but for those of you who don't, I'll fill you in soon.  I've missed this space and am looking forward to sharing it with you again.  I wish it weren't under these circumstances but you can't always choose the direction life sends you in.
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