I cannot believe that it's been 3 months since I last posted. Soooooo much has happened since then. Our lives have been changed in several ways.
First, the car from the guy in West Valley ended up not being what we wanted. But we told him what we did want, and to let us know when he found something for us. (We still haven't heard from him.) I spent hours scouring KSL classifieds for a car, and found an '06 Toyota Sienna (van) that had a salvage title for only $5800. We drove through a torrential rainstorm to Utah county and test drove it, loved it, bought it. :) It's very nice, all leather with all the whistles and bells, and so under our budget. It was a miracle and we were led to it, we know. We sold Jordan's car in less than 48 hours, which was also a blessing.
About the next week, we got a message that DaVinci Academy was opening a branch in Logan, and asked if we were interested. DaVinci is a charter/homeschool thing where they provide the materials and an extra curricular day, and the rest is up to you to homeschool. I'd considered it; my cousin Diana has been with them for a few years. We have talked about homeschooling for so long, and suddenly we were faced with the reality of it. We spent Friday and Saturday talking about it, with the kids, just us, and praying. We were also refinishing the kitchen table. :D Suddenly it hit me so hard - this is what we were supposed to do. I just started sobbing; partly out of fear and partly from excitement, maybe some anxiety. But I just knew that it was right.
So, Monday, the kids went to their last day of public school, said good-bye and I checked them out. Holy cow - it was scary and exciting all at once!
Since then, it's been a ride. Good and bad, but always knowing it's what is right.