SO much has happened since I last wrote.
Remember how I said that - regardless of whether or not I got pregnant - it was going to be the start of a new life for us?
Well, I wasn't kidding! Though at the time, we didn't quite yet know exactly what it was going to look like. But in the last few weeks since our failed IVF, we've been working on figuring a few things out. It hasn't been all rainbows. I mean, we've had to think about completely re-inventing our lives, which has actually been a very, very difficult, complicated thing to do. I hope to write more about this as it's been quite an experience (and continues to be). But it's one of those times when we've have to completely surrender to a life that is nothing at all like what we had planned on. Yes, we've been applying every bit of the truths that we have written about here on the blog. They have, once again, proven to be life changing. Good things have been happening in our hearts and souls. To me, it is one of the greatest miracles of my life.
For now, I'll get you up to date on some HUGE, HUGE things that have happened in our lives (I still can hardly wrap my head around it all.):
-The very next work day after our IVF didn't work out, Danny gave his 2 weeks notice and quit his job. We had been discussing this for months and determined that if the IVF was unsuccessful, we would most likely make some big changes. And because I wasn't pregnant and we weren't planning any more treatments, we had so much more flexibility. Most people our age are very concerned about schools, insurance, security, having a home, having a job, having a car, possibly living near grandparents, etc.-all to accommodate a current or future family. Since we always planned on kids, we were very concerned about those things, too. But since kids are not currently in the picture and we also don't have to be in one spot for infertility treatments (which has been my life for the last 10 years), well...it changes things - a LOT.
1- We're currently in the town of Cotacachi. All the sidewalks look like this.
2- An early morning view of Cotacachi, before all the merchants are open.
3- A view of a crater in the Andes Mountains, near Quito. This gives you an idea of how green the Andes are.
4- We had to quickly order some books before our trip.
5- The downtown streets of Cotacachi look a lot like this.
Now, have you ever been to Ecuador? Do you know anyone who has lived here? We would so love to hear ANY and all details you might have. (Also, we are so open to suggestions if you know of another country we should consider, though for now we're particularly interested in countries with a low cost of living.)