About Our Mountain, 10 Months Later

Wow!  What a lot has happened in the past 10 months since we started this blog!  And what a lot is happening now.  Our family continues to ride the roller coasters we’ve been blessed with, Life handing us every exciting new thing it can find to test us, amuse us, challenge us and move us along (I believe) in whatever direction we should be stumbling.  It’s hard.  Life is hard.  Being a grown-up is hard.  And on the children’s behalf, I’d like to say that being a child is hard too.

I’m proud of everyone in our family for rising to the occasion as best we’re able, meeting these challenges as they come, rolling with the punches, and basking in the joyful moments – sunsets, giggling fits, delicious treats, visits from loved ones, thoughtfully sent mail, heartfelt hugs, much needed jokes, moments of silence, togetherness, sharing whatever feelings – even the difficult ones – we’re having, crying together, encouraging each other, climbing our vast mountain together.  We’re a strong family.  We bicker and sass with the best of them, for sure, but the love we share is steadfast and real.  And it’s going to get us through the next 5 months, if my name’s not (for the sake of this blog) “kateinbrightplaces.”
See, as you know from past postings, Kane’s been out of work since his gig at Laika wrapped up at the end of April.  He’s been very active in the job-hunting arena, but it was looking like nothing would turn up before his rehire date at Laika in November (which, by the way, we’re thanking our stars for – Laika is an awesome company, and Kane’s very excited to be re-joining them in the near future).  But we came home from our recent camping trip to some excellent and very difficult news.  A company in Vancouver, BC, has offered Kane a job up there, on a five-month contract.  Long story short, Kane has accepted the position.  He’ll still happily be returning to Laika after his Vancouver project ends, but now that date will be pushed back a little, into January.

Kane boarded a plane yesterday to fly to Vancouver alone, and our three sweet girls and I will be staying in Oregon without him.  We’ll be missing him painfully, as I’m sure he’ll be missing us.  The decision to do this was a hard one to make, but we feel this is the best choice for our family.  Kane is, once again, showing his incredible bravery, loyalty to his family and selflessness in taking this position.  Not one of us wants him to go, but we’re all proud of him for working so hard, excelling so much in what he does, and doing what needs to be done to take care of his family.  We’re all so lucky to have him.  And we’ll all miss him like crazy cakes.

So what does that mean for our mountain?  It’s beginning to feel like a whole mountain range!  But it means that you (whoever still checks in on this blog) will get to read the harrowing tales of a family missing their man, of a mama juggling three very special kids, and if we’re very lucky – even some of the adventures Kane encounters during his stay in Vancouver.  Knowing Kane, we’re bound to hear some good stories.  Let’s hope Kane comes out on top in all of them.

So here we are.  We started this blog after our drama-filled Australia debacle came to an end, and we were catapulted from our California resting place, on a fortnight’s notice, up to Oregon to pursue new opportunities.  For months, we tossed and turned at night, feeling stuck and discouraged and hopeless, wondering what to do.  We now find ourselves, again, on the brink of significant change, with all but a moment’s notice.  What a ride this life is!

As Dr. Seuss says, in “Oh the Places You’ll Go,”

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

That’s pretty much how we’re feeling right now.  But Dr. Seuss also reassures us that chances are, life will turn out okay for us.  After all, we’ve got brains in our heads and feet in shoes, and can steer ourselves any direction we choose.  (says Seuss).  We’ll be okay.

Life is hard.  And we’ll be okay.

And I’ll leave you with these words from Dr. Seuss, same book:

You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never foget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)


Yeah, we will!  Keep thinking about us.  The love and support of our friends and family really keeps us going.  Thanks so much for all of that.

lots of love,

Kate, Kane, Shaelyn, Davia and Eila


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. kanekong
    Aug 10, 2012 @ 11:47:36

    Very nicely said. I didn’t get an email about this post though. I just discovered it while I was poking around. You should direct people to it. It’s a good read 🙂


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