Acclimating to Wisconsin had its ups and downs, especially with all the "bonus drama" surrounding us. Because we are living with Rob's Dad and Elaine we are able to take everything at our pace. They have little lists of things we need to accomplish, but are never forceful and always willing to help us achieve whatever is on the list. Some of us (Noah) hit the ground running with summer marching band practice and Boy Scouts. Other's of us (Micah) didn't have a lot going on and patiently waited for the next grandparent to be available to play Monolply. We slowly started to find our desire to make this place our home and to go on with whatever this new way forward was going to look like. There were good days - a church picnic, Noah marching in his first parade, Sarah starting driving lessons or traveling on her first solo plane trip to go see her boyfriend in Oklahoma, finding a running trail (that's me and Phantom). But there were hard days. The grief was unescapable and the weight of everything to come was overwhelming. When I couldn't stand to be in my own skin and thought that the sadness and complexity would overwhelm me we took off to see my brother and his girlfriend, Suzy, in Minneapolis for a couple of days.
July 18th/20th celebrating Phantom's 6th birthday with the grandparents and The boys on the bike trail (my new running trail!!)
August 19th Micah enjoying the beach at Fort McCoy during the annual church picnic