I'm sorry I'm late on writing this blog! Things have been so truly hectic.
A lot of you are following my family and our "big move".
Well, that big move has turned into a much different move.
For those of you new to The Lovely Crow, I am Elizabeth Alan, author of those patterns. I'm also a military spouse. My husband has served in the U.S. Air Force for almost 13 years. We have 6 beautiful children. Ages 13, 11, 7, 6, 3, and 1. We've moved from East Coast to West and back again several times. :) It's been a wonderful adventure!
I juggle A. LOT. But I wouldn't trade my life for any other. My husband is absolutely the light of my life. If you knew me well, you'd get sick of me quickly because I am completely head over heels for this guy, and I talk about it OFTEN. He couldn't be a better man or father than he is. His support and encouragement, his amazing love and devotion to me and our family is in large part responsible for why I've been able to create this small business and write the patterns I do.
So there's the background.
Earlier this year, we found out that we would be moving to Turkey. We were all SO excited. 13 years in the AF, and we've never left the country! We made plans. I hired family members to help send patterns, I begged testers to help answer questions. Everything was set in place so that I would have a safety net while in process of the move. I had no idea how long it would be before I would be settled in Turkey enough to handle it all on my own again.
We packed up our house, and decided that the kids and I would leave for Tennessee (where family is) to spend a few weeks before our big move to Turkey! :) 2 years is a LONG time to be away from family, and I wanted some extra time with my mom especially. The plan was to be there for 2 weeks, and then drive back to Maryland in time to get on a plane with all 6 kids to Turkey! SOOOOOO Exciting!
I drove to Tennessee from Maryland (a 9 hour drive), and a little more than half way there, my husband called to inform me that in fact, the kids and I would NOT be going to Turkey. Now, while I can't go into details, a different opportunity presented itself, and in the long run, the kids and I staying here in the states while my husband goes to Turkey will turn out to be a very good thing for my family in the long run. But meanwhile, it means a LOT of big changes for me, for my children....
We arrived in TN where my mom lives, in a very small, wonderful town. It was after some prayer and opinions from a LOT of people I trust and admire that we made the decision that the kids and I would move to TN where my mother lives. We had already put in a notice with our base housing in Maryland, had already packed up the house, so that work was done. And I just could NOT face having 6 kids on my own so far away from family.
So I spent 4 days in TN. I needed to find a place for us to live! Because of the economy, there are just NO places to rent. The few that I could find were too small for my family, and the owners were not willing to rent such small places to such a large family.
I have to admit, I felt really hopeless and lost.
But my husband decided we would make an investment, and buy a house! So, I contacted a real estate agent, a man from my home church who has watched me grow up, and he is WONDERFUL. He took me around to a lot of houses and I found one that I LOVED.
We're in the process now of trying to negotiate with the current owners, and will probably be able to close around the middle of June.
After 4 days in Tennessee, I realized I needed to go back to Maryland and spend as MUCH time with my sweet husband as I could. So here we are, the kids and I, back in Maryland, living in a packed up house, out of our suitcases for just a few more days...
The movers will be here in a few short days, to pack up our stuff and store it until I have a place to move it. We're officially out of our house a day after that, and then the kids and I will be staying in a hotel with my husband until he leaves.
And then he will get on a plane. The kids and I will go back to Tennessee. We'll be homeless for about a month, until we can close on a house, and will be traveling back and forth between my moms and my in laws (both in TN).
And here we go! I'll be 15 months without my husband, raising our 6 children, while trying to build and maintain my business. I haven't cried. I haven't gotten excited. I think, actually, I've handled all of the very quick quick changes with grace. At least I've tried.
I've got these 6 beautiful wonderful persons looking to me, waiting for MY reactions, MY feelings. It's what they base their own reactions on. And I think I'm doing pretty well!
What does this mean for The Lovely Crow?
Well, it means I'm not going to have the amazing support and encouragement on hand from my husband. It means I'm not going to have nearly as much time to devote to my business. It means that patterns will come slow, if at all. It means a lot of things, and to be quite honest, I'm not sure HOW the next 15 months will look exactly.
Please just know, I'll do my best.
As always, thank you so much for the support, love, and encouragement from so many of you! Thank you for the sweet messages, comments, and emails I've gotten. I can't tell you how often one of those messages has lifted me up at JUST the right moment. I get a few mean emails here and there, but the largest majority of them have just been wonderful, and such an encouragement for me.