It's been months since I posted here, but I hope to be back soon with a really long update. In short though, my mother died in July and I just didn't feel up to posting in the months preceding and following her passing. And then, in a fit of madness, we decided to finally take care of all the deferred maintenance on our beloved "dilapidated castle". This fall we packed up all of our belongings, moved out, renovated our house, then moved back in. It's one of the crazier things we've done. We are still stepping around boxes and can't find the hardware for the bedroom blinds, but life goes on.
In the meantime, I did finally post over at Hopeful Parents. (Thankfully they hadn't changed my login or revoked my privileges in my absence!)