So in March of 2022, my older kids, Felix and I all moved into the house. Jarrod decided he needed some time away after our relationship had been on the rocks for nearly a year, and he stayed at the trailer alone.
Meanwhile, with the kennel, I was aiming to have it open by spring break, but the building failed the inspection and the owners and I had a long list of improvements to make to bring it up to code. There's a LOT more to that, but details aren't necessary.
Within a few weeks of living separately, Jarrod said he wanted a divorce, and so we both went our separate ways for a while. He had regular visits with Felix, and from my perspective things were going pretty well. He was seeing someone, and I was enjoying my independence. I had time to go do things I wanted to do, alone or with a friend, while Felix spent time with his dad. I reconnected with an ex briefly. Then one night Jarrod and I sat down and had a serious conversation. We had both had our freedom to do whatever we wanted for a while. I was accepting it a little at a time, though divorce was not what I wanted. But he admitted he didn’t really want that either. And through several intense conversations, we decided to seek marriage counseling and stick with it.
In June, Jarrod moved into the house with us and we’ve been working on our marriage ever since. It’s not an easy recovery, but it’s coming along. We renewed our commitment to one another at our first ever live Billy Strings show. And we continue to improve.
As of right now, the kennel building is still not ready. The list of improvements continues to get shorter, and my current goal is to open by October. I really hope it works out, because I’m quite excited to get started, and I’ve already advertised within the community a little. I don’t wanna keep everyone waiting, or even worse, let them down. And I think it would be amazing to be able to offer my services in my own community when I know how badly it’s needed.
And the biggest positive aside from buying the house, is that Felix is walking now!!! He’s been going to physical therapy weekly since last fall, and it’s really paying off. He walks most of the time, still sometimes walks on his knees and occasionally crawls. He’s a lot more coordinated with his hands and can play with smaller toys now like hot wheels. He still doesn’t feed himself or talk, but his communication skills are definitely improving. Jarrod and I understand what he wants and needs most of the time. And via speech therapy, we’re teaching him to use programmable picture buttons to tell us some of the basic things he needs.