I don't know why I haven't blogged for such a long time. I will think about it and then just not get around to it. Lots of stuff has happened since my last real post.
Emma turned two in June. She started nursery school, she is walking and is her usual happy self most of the time. She's had a few more trips to the hospital but no overnight stays for a long time.
Its been so long that I've forgotten how to do some basic things like post pictures to the blog. I want to show the 2 or 3 of you who will stumble on this just how cute she has gotten!
I'm still the only midwife in my practice. I've been on pretty much 24/7 call now for nearly 2 years. Not at all what I expected in the move here. It's tough because if I take a vacation or get sick I feel guilty about 'abandoning' my patients - but I do need to get away both physically and mentally.
For example, in July we went out to Oregon for our son's wedding. I would post a picture or two if I could find my notes on how......
Lately life has gotten even more complex. My husband was accepted into the aspirancy phase of the diaconate preparation here in the Rockford diocese. This means that he has a class basically 4 times a month, and I am required to attend about half of the classes with him. That at least forces me to take some time off call to be with him.
Another issue is that the chaos in health care is making life more complex for just about everyone in the field. The hospitals are all updating their computer systems and that creates more work for us in the field, since they all are using different systems.
We were able to attend one of the town hall meetings this summer, but I finally gave up waiting in line to comment. I am concerned about the powerful interests behind the scenes.
The Catholic Medical Association is having their annual meeting in a few weeks and we will be going, I am looking forward to that. We now have a local chapter and there have been a few really good meetings including one on theology of the body.
Our parish just started doing the Epic series on Church history. So far I've only had to miss one class due to a birth - and we've started RCIA again, and this year we have a fairly large group. Keeping busy.
We grew some nice vegetables this year and I have a freezer full of rhubarb for winter cooking. It is supposed to freeze tonight, I suppose that I will have to harvest all the last tomatoes, even though they are still green. It was not a warm summer, and the tomatoes suffered. The CSA came through but they had some of the same problems. It's at times like this that I miss living on the West Coast.
If any of you are still paying attention, put a comment in the box so I know you are there. Let me know if I should try to get back to blogging on a regular basis or just let it go.