It’s been one busy year for our family. We’ve had ups and we’ve had downs. And learning how to navigate life as a family of three in a “new” place only magnified each of those events. Please, don’t confuse me for complaining here- we’ve loved this last year for so, so many reasons. But it’s not all been sunshine and roses- there have been some hard moments mixed in with all of the amazing.
I have to tell you- I have grown to love and appreciate my hard working husband more than I thought possible over this last year. The passion, dedication, and hard work he puts into Tin Roof Society is nothing short of inspiring and impressive. When you live with someone, you see everything. And what the rest of our family and friends didn’t get to witness for a good portion of 2015 and into 2016 was how sick Shawn spent most of it. He’s no martyr, that one. He pushed right through a “mysterious illness” which, after five doctor’s, six months and 35 lbs. of weight lost later, we finally discovered was advanced typhoid. That diagnosis caused us a sudden trip back to the USA last January to make sure his intestines were all in tact… (sounds fun, right?) My point? This guy goes hard y’all! Through all of that, he barely slowed down (despite my efforts!).
I am incredibly happy and immensely thankful to say that his health has improved greatly over the last eight months. But, I’d be lying if I said that everything didn’t eventually catch up to us. We realized around the end of May that we were getting dangerously close to burnout. And as much as we enjoy our day-to-day here, we needed a break. We really wanted to escape from city life for a few days, reconnect as a family, and just catch our breath. We needed somewhere where we could just “be”. [Read more…]