Hello adventurers, it’s been awhile since you heard from us but never fear we are alive and well. Unfortunately, I don’t have new travels to gift you with but I thought I’d give you an update on our life currently.
School for Luke
As mentioned in previous posts, Luke returned to school in January and that has been quite the adventure in itself. Calculus 2 is no joke, anyone that’s a whiz in this subject feel free to drop into the comments or our email ;). Luke is taking a full course load and still managing to be a great teacher to his online students in the wee hours of the morning. Though it’s not easy to wake up so early it really is a great fit for a college student. We’d highly recommend the gig to anyone else looking for part time income and needing a flexible work schedule. Blog post to our online work, here.
Hospice Social Work
I’ve been in my new role as a hospice social worker for almost three months now. I’m still learning a lot! It is not easy work and I’ve had people ask if it’s macabre. I guess it is in a way, but it’s also incredibly needed and rewarding to be with people at such a difficult time in their lives. I’ve always had an interest in death and grieving. I job shadowed a mortician in junior high (I apologize for totally freaking out my career ed. teacher for this choice).
I’ve read many books on burial practices, dying process and grieving. My personal favorite being Caitlin Doughty’s book “Smoke gets in your Eyes”. So while I know it’s not really a traditional job, it’s something I’ve been interested in (in a roundabout way) for quite a long time. I also made a new good friend through the job so that a big positive to me!
While on the subject of work, I’d like to give you a little call to action. Since joining the field of comfort care I have seen just how needed and precious our volunteers are to us and our patients. We can always use more, I promise you there is a hospice agency near wherever you live that would love to have just a bit of your time.
Volunteering in hospice can look like a lot of things, some patients just want to take a walk or go out to lunch with someone. Others may like to quilt, knit or whittle wood with someone (don’t worry you don’t have to know how to do either of those things ;), they’d be tickled to show you.) Some would like to chat on the phone, watch a show together, or help with cooking a simple meal. If you have any spare time at all to spend with someone who could use it more than you know, please do it! Comment, message me, I would be happy to help you find an agency needing volunteers.
Next up, Bobby! He is loving stationary life and loafs around our rent house most of the day. Speaking of rent house, I love having a washer, dryer, and dishwasher again but I sure miss seeing new views every week. Bobby was recently diagnosed with renal disease which made for a stressful week until we learned how to properly address it. Now he’s started on new prescription food and we’ll gladly accept your prayers for many more years with our pup. FYI dogs can live many years with this disease so don’t worry too much just yet!
Rent House (There’s so much room for activities!)
Goodbye sweet Gurdy
We also sold Gurdy last month! It left us feeling melancholy and nostalgic for more adventures. We know it was the best thing for us right now. With school and full-time work, Gurdy would’ve been in long-term storage. Which is not what we wanted for our old girl. We were blessed to find a family that loved her as much as we did. They decided to keep her name, and have already taken her to North Carolina! They have many more adventures planned for her. We are so thankful for all we learned through her renovation, travels, and even stationary life. I don’t doubt another RV will be somewhere in our future.
That’s all for now friends, stay warm and well, we will talk again soon!