So. Today I'm writing less about Olivia's current activities, which include (but are not limited to): climbing on top of and into anything she can (surprising us with this every day!); pointing out many of her body parts and ours; sleeping in her own bed for naps and half the night (yay!); picking flowers; and giving hugs and kisses all the time!
Today I'm writing more about how we've managed to set Olivia up for a pretty good future these past few months, and it's perhaps one of the best feelings I've had! It's funny, we scrimped and pinched pennies for the past year while Josh was in school and we were waiting on the VA to make some decisions on both of our claims. It turns out, all those decisions were made favorably, and nearly all at once! The short version is we put a substantial savings away for a down payment on a house, put a big chunk into Olivia's college fund, paid of nearly all of both of our student loans, and purchased another (new to us!) car. While I think over the past couple of years, I feel like any hardships we dealt with have been sort of balanced out. I am thankful that it took the VA so damn long to figure our stuff out! If we'd been getting monthly payments the whole time, rather than a lump sum at the end, we would likely not have saved as much.
Additionally, Josh has been hired on at his work as a charge nurse, a big step for just graduating! We are all happy and proud. We are giving our daughter a good life. She is happy, and her future is bright. The best thing a parent can do.