It's been a long time since I've posted anything here. I hope you will excuse the absence, life has been pretty crazy the last 6 months or so.
Here's the quick version:
September - Took on a second job as a children's art teacher at our local art gallery. A wonderful learning experience and so much fun with all the kids!
October - Found out I was pregnant. Mike and I (and all our respective families) were (and still are) incredibly excited. I spent the better part of the October and November sleeping and trying not to feel nauseous, though my first trimester symptoms were no where near as bad as some peoples.
November - We learned that the kidney surgery that Mike had last June didn't work and the problem was beginning to reappear and cause him a lot of pain. Surgery is scheduled for sometime in the new year.
December - On November 30th my dad had a severe stroke. He was immediately sent to a larger hospital in a larger centre. My mom was luckily able to go with him and was by his side everyday. He spent two weeks in ICU in a medically induced coma before he was stable enough to move to a stroke ward. We spent an impromptu Christmas with him in the hospital. Thankfully none of his language centres were affected and he maintained most of his cognitive functions so we were still able to communicate with him. He did lose all movement on his left side and his vision was impaired.
January - We're having a little girl! Or at least, the doctor who reviewed the ultrasounds of our little bundle of joy was 99% positive that's what it is. Shortly after this wonderful news (though we would have been thrilled either way), my dad was transferred back to our hometown hospital to await an opening at a rehabilitation centre. In the month since we had seen him at Christmas he had made incredible improvements, but there was still a long way to go.
February - Mike has surgery on his kidney... again. We cross our fingers that this time it fixes the problem. I quite my second job as an art teacher because the stress of my dad's stroke and so I can be more available to assist him, my mom and my sister. Near the end of February my dad was transferred to a rehabilitation centre about 5 hours away from our hometown, my mom goes with him again. Now he has regained a lot of movement on his left side, he is able to walk with assistance and his vision is getting better.
And that brings me up to today, March 2nd. The sheer amount of ups, downs and in-betweens leaves me with my head spinning sometimes. I'm so thankful that my pregnancy has been more or less a breeze without any sort of complications. And I'm thankful that, as bad as my dad's stroke was, that it wasn't worse, that he is improving so much every day.
I have a lot to be thankful for. But some days it takes all my energy to remember that and to keep trudging forward.
So, that's my life right now - one day at a time, looking for the good, looking forward to the future and trying not to look back at what was.
I want to say that this post means I will be back and will post more, but I can't say that. With everything going on, creativity, photography, and keeping updated on my internet life hasn't been a priority. I think I need to continue taking a step back and focusing on my family. I do occasionally post on Instagram still (@_ashleymoore) if you want to see what's going on, and I'm always happy to get and respond to emails sent from my contact page. But I don't know when I will post here again.
Thank you all for your understanding and I hope you are all doing wonderfully well!