Change is comin’

July 18, 2010 at 9:10 am (Uncategorized)

This is good change, friends!  But, unless you’re the type to read the last chapter first, you’ll have to wait all other pertinent updates have been given.  🙂

In some ways, a lot has happened since I last updated…in January:

  • At the end of January, I received test results that confirmed gluten intolerance.  This means half of our family absolutely cannot do gluten.  It also means Kaiya is more likely to be gluten intolerant.
  • For Valentine’s Day, Jarid and I were able to sneak away to Prescott, AZ, a beautiful little town in the “mountains” of Arizona.  Jarid had a JUCO game to referee, so we left the kids with his mom and enjoyed the time by ourselves.  We even got to play in the snow on the way home.  Valentine’s Day was bittersweet, as my grandpa went home to be with Jesus late that night.  I can only imagine how awesome his greeting was in heaven!  Due to family circumstances, my grandpa’s funeral wasn’t held until the middle of March.
  • March began with most of the family getting sick.  Unfortunately, Benjamin ended up getting pneumonia and missed quite a bit of school.  When we traveled to Wyoming for the funeral, we had to pack the chunky nebulizer for him, which was quite the experience.  I also experienced my second-ever migraine the day of the funeral.  When we drove back to Colorado to stay with my parents for a few days, almost every single person in that house was sick.  Blech.
  • April was pretty quiet.  Kaiya did start riding her bike without training wheels.  She’s only 4 and a half!  Wow.  Oh, and we did manage to sneak in a trip for the four of us to Laughlin, Nevada.  Not the prettiest place in the world, but the kids enjoyed playing on the big river while Jarid had a few games.  We also drove through Lake Havasu and saw the London Bridge.  The kids were quite mesmerized.
  • May seemed to be the month.  The month that everything began to change.  We started the month contemplating a new business adventure.  This was also around the same time that Jarid and I started The 40 Day Prayer Challenge.  What a wild ride!  The doors were closed on the business adventure pretty soon after we added that into our prayer time.  We also had Kaiya tested for early kindergarten entrance and she easily passed.  (Keep in mind, this is also the girl who asked her daddy if girls wear “nine-a-shoes or ten-a-shoes”.)  May ended with Jarid in LA for a camp over Memorial Day.
  • June began with Benjamin’s last day of kindergarten.  It went so fast!  He came home with a perfect report card, making us so proud, of course.  We truly couldn’t have asked for a better experience for him.  That weekend, we were blessed to have Jarid’s best friend, Konrad, visit for a few days.  On June 17th, we welcomed Maya London Feldner to the family.  Jarid’s sister, Tara, became my new hero for bravely pushing out a 9 pound, 11 ounce baby without drugs!  Maya had to stay in the hospital for a while, like Benjamin, but she’s home now and is absolutely perfect.  Kinda makes me want another one…. 🙂
  • July.  Oh July, where have you gone?  We spent the 4th with Jarid’s boss, Kyle, and his wife and a few other friends.  That night, I accidentally “glutened” myself and paid for it for the next week.  At least I now know for sure what my reaction is to gluten.  On the 8th, we packed up and headed for California.  The kids had no idea where we were going, so it was a blast.  We stayed in Yuma that night and headed toward Carlsbad the next day.  LEGOLAND!!!  That will be a post on it’s own, as soon as I am able to get our pictures uploaded.  Suffice it to say we had a wonderful family vacation.  The kids never missed the DVD player, instead reading and drawing pictures and talking to mom and dad.  (Oh, and apparently Kaiya has become a reading machine.  The girl is reading Berenstain Bears books from beginning to end!)

I think that pretty much brings us up to date, at least as of about a week ago.

So, the change?

Well.

Last Thursday was my last day working at the credit union.

And.

I’m going back to school.  Full time.  To major in human nutrition.  🙂  At ASU.  One of the biggest party schools in the nation.  Rock on!!!

God has been so good to us, and has truly answered our prayers, even though sometimes the answer was a resounding “NO!”.   In fact, all of this began because of getting a “no” on the business opportunity.  All of the doors have been opened at the right place and time to make this happen.  I have to say, one of the biggest affirmations for me came at having Jarid’s total support.  We tried to make this happen last year, but he just wasn’t 100% on board with it.  This time, it was almost more his idea than mine.

Now, to address a few of the FAQ’s we’ve been getting…

  1. How will you afford to quit your job?  While we believe that our family’s finances are a very personal and private topic, I will say that God has provided a way.  Much of it will come through traditional financial aid like grants.  We also believe God has been preparing us for this over the past few months, as we’ve been sticking to the bare necessities and weeding out unnecessary expenses.
  2. But what about the kids?  With both kiddos going to school this year, we will be able to work our schedules around theirs.  For this semester, I will be in school only while they are in school.  We will see what happens for next semester and pray about it.
  3. Why human nutrition?  If you are at all familiar with our journey over the past few years, you’ll know that I have become quite passionate about healthful eating.  Our whole family has, in fact.  I don’t know how God plans to use this passion down the road, but I do know that He has inspired me to continue growing and learning.  And I do know that this IS part of His plan for our family.
  4. But I thought you wanted to do holistic nutrition…does ASU offer that?  Well, no.  I’m fully aware and prepared to have to sit through lectures, take tests, and write papers on concepts with which I don’t agree.  I guess that’s part of the game.  I’ll grin and bear it.  After that, I may go on to get my Master’s in Holistic Nutrition.
  5. What do you want to do with your degree?  I’m not completely certain.  Jarid and I are still trying to find a way back to Colorado, so that may play a role.  I can see myself getting really involved in the sports nutrition arena.   And, of course, most of my heart stays within the autism/nutrition realm.  Since the beginning of our journey with Benjamin, I have said that if I could help even one other family, all the heartache and hard work would be worth it.  That’s why we keep praying.  Daily.
  6. Do I have to watch what I eat around you now?  Are you going to crucify me for my food choices?  Oh, I’m so glad you asked!  The answer is an unequivocal “NO!”.  While I’m very passionate and firm about the food choices and philosophies for our family, that doesn’t mean I’m here to judge yours.  Of course I want my friends and family to live/be/eat their healthiest.    If you engage me in a conversation about nutrition, some of that passion may leak out.  But our conversations and time together don’t have to revolve around food!   We do what we do with our family because it works and we believe our overall family health is better for it.  Of course, I’m going to want to share our story and success with family and friends.  And if I am going to pursue a future in nutrition, I should be passionate about it, eh?

So there you have it.  Change is comin’ and we couldn’t be more excited!  We do ask that you keep us in your prayers.  I have no doubt that we will see hardships in the near future.  I truly believe that is the enemy’s way of making us doubt God’s wisdom and guidance in our lives.

With that, I’ll leave you with some pictures.

Love you all,

Staci

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