Thank you for visiting my page. This blog is for primarily intended to update my friends and family around the country on my health and the kids and such, so, hello friends. :) I appreciate you knowing that I would of course rather offer these updates to each of you over coffee so that I may hear about your life as well. Do know that I lovingly receive your updates!
Also, thank you, thank you all again for everything you did to make the transition to Texas as smooth as it was. I don't know what we would have done without you all. <3 Thank you for the going away parties and for all of you that sent us off with your warmest wishes. We have carried you all in our hearts to the big land of Texas. :)
Since we left
The road trip to Texas was mostly beautiful and smooth. 3 days of 5 people in the car and no one died or killed each other. We even managed to have a good time most of the time. I'd say that was a huge success, hah. Not to mention we outran/dodged this huge storm that was threatening to tornado over us depending on our route. Thanks Karl and Trish for lending the rooftop carrier! Thank you Jacsen and Nico for being the most amazing cross-country family movers! You all are amazing.
Being able to do more for myself I realized I'd really like to try to live independently if I can, while I can. I thought of all the things I would need to live mostly by myself, like an apartment off of the Dallas rail line for when my legs won't drive, a power chair accessible apartment, apartment complex, and neighborhood, in a decent enough area with those things that can make life independently live-able for me, like dishwashers, washer and dryer inside the apartment, etc.
Lo and behold, such a thing exists! Glory!!!
Our new life
Here's some pics since we got here:
All within walking/rolling distance: the DART rail, two playgrounds (one pictured above) with a park with cute ponds with fountains, quality coffee house, yoga, massage and chiropractic, farmers market, cute shops, international food
Neighborhood: Lots of green spaces, really good schools with lots of programs. People who are excited to have a blossoming little downtown :)
The kids are thrilled for all these luxuries. I can only imagine it must feel like winning the lottery to them. Here's more of our latest joys:
I feel so fortunate and grateful to have relocated down here and have the opportunity to be supported enough to live independently again; my dad will support us living at the new apartment, their other dad will get down here in early May and plan to take them part time, and hopefully my SSI application processes sooner than later. I'm in brainstorming mode about establishing some sitting groups and doing some talks around here. I'm also planning to go on retreat once we get all moved in, and it looks like I might have the support around me to do so.
If you would like to know how you may continue to help us meet our needs, please visit my "Giving" page (even just sharing it with others is a great help).
I hope you all are doing well. We are sending our love and gratitude to you all and again, we love getting pictures, updates, etc from y'all. :)
Much love and many blessings,
Drew, Stormy and Tommy