I've resigned myself to writing the ending chapter, 'lean and mean'. There's so much I want to put in and say but I don't want to get in the way of the core story. Maybe I can look at it with fresh eyes later and think about adding more layers. My plan is to take the rest of July 'off' from writing and do some reading. I have Nancy Kress's 'Beginnings, Middles and Ends' and 'Self-editing for Fiction Writers' among many, many other books on writing. I want to read and digest them before beginning my second draft.
Finally, I've been waffling a bit on my epilogue plans. I know there are some events I want to relate regarding Jacob's homecoming. But in my mind, it's coming out as something I'm telling when the rest of the book has been me showing what's been going on. I'm concerned that a change of tone at the end might ruin things. I guess all I can do is write it, edit it, pass it around and collect opinions.
Can't wait to get back into the Throne of Writing (tm) and get to work.