Crash Test Vegetarian

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Every day may not be good…

Every day I’m reminded at how good we have it, and yet how terribly awful we have it.

Last year was the most difficult year of our lives, and it just doesn’t seem to stop.  Almost every single day we have something major to deal with – and I do mean major.    Yesterday was an electrical fire in our breaker box, caused by a short we reported to our landlord a month ago, in the breaker box that needed replaced ages ago which we also complained about (exposed wires?  no, thank you!) in this house that has put us through nothing but hell including WEEKS without a working toilet (there’s only one in the house!), leaking sinks, no hot water for weeks at a time, no heat for months at a time, plus one long run on sentence.

I missed another day at work because on this coldest of days we were without heat and had to juggle keeping a 12 month old warm and entertained while still keeping the house occupied to wait for repairmen. 

But, every time something like this happens, and we get through it – I realize how strong we really are.  How strong we are to have a 6 month old (nephew) placed in our protective custody, and almost at the same time be kicked out of our home because our old landlord of 4 years wasn’t paying his mortgage anymore and into a house that is LITERALLY crumbling around us… while still having to deal with my family that has abandoned us, and courts, and visitations, and an almost 6 month old (who’s now almost 13 months) when we didn’t even have any children of our own. 

I’m proud to know just how strong we are for being able to rearrange our ENTIRE lives, and lose SO MUCH for this little man that we have devoted our lives and hearts to, knowing full well that in 6 months or a year he may no longer be ours and we may never see him, or our hearts, again…

…and yet still manage to hold each other’s hand and keep our heads up high.

We are still laughing (although we cry a little more than usual).  We are still enjoying the little things.  We haven’t let these trials bring us down all the way, though sometimes they do a little bit.

Even though yesterday sucked, there is ALWAYS something good. 

I’m thankful for our lack of ability to cook to push me into trying Daiya cheese again.  I’d tried the cheddar variety before and it made me want to chop my tongue off, but I liked the mozzarella version, and I was able to have the best pizza I’ve had since going vegan almost a year ago. Eh, it’s the little things.

I’m also thankful that after the repair men arrived we were able to spend the rest of the evening at my In-Laws nice and cozy and warm where we enjoyed watching my foster son practice walking… for 3 hours! 

He’s up to about 20-30 wibbly wobbly-toddly-beautiful-screaming-in-frustration-every-time-he-fell steps at a time, and I’m thankful that we get to enjoy them.

I’m thankful that I was blessed with a mate that makes days like yesterday worth it.

Keep moving forward!

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Looks like I skipped the pregnant part of barefoot in the kitchen…

It’s been almost 1 month since my last post.  Lots of things have changed in our life as we try to get settled into our new home.

Soon things will settle down a little more and I will start posting now, but today I wanted to post in celebration of an amazing event in our lives.

He’s been with us for a while, but today we made it official.  We have custody of him while the court works things out for us to start the adoption process.    

Meet our son :

 

I can’t help but wonder if I will ever get used to that.

While we’re not raising him vegan or vegetarian for a number of reasons, many of them legal, but we have agreed to raise him with a diet halfway between our two.  He will be raised on all the yummy vegan foods that I cook, along with his dairy formula and yogurt, but will enjoy vegan cheese and milk products as he gets older, along with Tofurkey for Thanksgivings so as he gets older, he will be accustomed to plant based products rather than animal based ones.  But, in exchange, the husband (father??) figure reserves the right to let him taste his cheeseburger.

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Alien Baby

My husband and I have experienced some strange events of late.  The result of which have lead this little guy to be staying with us a bit for the time being.  My husband and I feel so blessed to be able to share some of our lives with him – for however long that might be – that we just wanted to share.

Meet our nephew, Davy. My husband is saying, “Pat-Pat-Pat” but the audio is terrible.

We hope, while he’s with us, we can give him plenty of stimulation, learning experiences and fresh baby food.

He’s almost 7 months old, and I’m a wiz with my food processor, so I hope to make his food while he’s with us.

This should be an interesting roller coaster ride. 🙂

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