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Return From Summer: The Update

Posted by Rachel R. Vanderveen on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 at 9:02am.

The summer is drawing to close and so is my pregnancy with Vanderveen number 6. We have had a long and full summer, and one of the highlights was going on the longest vacation we have ever taken. Since we’ve been married, I haven’t vacationed well. After about 5 days, I really just want my bed back and my home back and all of my familiar things back. I get anxious and eager to go home, much to the vexation of Clint, who has always vacationed exceptionally well. This year, we made it in Sandpoint for 18 days---a record for both of us. Neither of us has ever had a vacation this long in our entire lives, and it was just lovely.  

This summer has been marked by an outstanding sense of peace and quiet for both of us, which is why you’ve noticed the hole in the blog---we’ve been relaxing and waiting for this baby to come and join our family. Now September is days away from being real, and, being huge and pregnant, I’m enjoying the crispness of the morning air.

I am sad to report that I will not be delivering this sweet babe in the new South Health Campus as was previously thought, since the hospital has pushed back their open-date from September into December. So it’ll be back to the Rockyview this time round.

Our garden has given our family so much joy, as we harvest before every meal, looking for what is ready to eat and planning a meal around it. We have grand plans for a much bigger garden next year, and we’ve learned some hard lessons about garden care and maintenance. (Caterpillars decimated our whole crop of broccoli).

I’m being brave this year and switching some of my homeschool curriculum, from the program I’ve been used to, into some material that’s a bit off the beaten path. Homeschool just isn’t as scary as it was last year when I was new to the game. More members of my family have joined the homeschool parade and so we’re also excited to have a widening net of support around us as we pursue this alternate education lifestyle! Faithy-Bear is already reading, and she hasn’t even started kindergarten yet. This is another beautiful testament to how well homeschool is working for our family. In a culture of learning, it’s impossible for these little sponges not to soak up information, even when it’s not being directed straight at them!

That’s the update to fill the hole in the blog. I’ll try to be back as often as I can with new blogs, but let’s be real, there’s a baby coming in 6 weeks, I might be a little MIA.

Rachel Vanderveen

The Vanderveen Team
Maxwell South Star Realty
Phone: 403.253.5678 Fax: 403.592.6736

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