Friday, November 21, 2014

The One with Pacemakers, Laundromats, and the Library ~ Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

Are you glad it’s Friday, friend? J


What a week we have had!

About the time that last Friday’s weekly wrap-up was posting, my mom went into congestive heart failure and was rushed to the ER. She had been in atrial fibrillation for nearly a week, but her heart rate had come down to normal when her lungs began to fill with fluid. After three different breathing treatments, she was finally breathing comfortably again and was admitted to the hospital.

Last Friday evening, we drove the hour there and the hour back to visit. When we left, Mom was well and expecting to go home the next day.

Saturday, we picked up our annual quarter of beef as well as the quarter of beef my husband’s parents purchase {an hour there and an hour back}. As they were visiting, Mom called to say that she had gone into AFib again that morning. I barely recognized her gravelly, exhausted voice. She wouldn’t be going home after all.


Over the weekend, we also had to face the fact that our washing machine was broken. We have had it for eight years and never moved it, and it didn’t even occur to me to read the manual for moving instructions. Turns out that the lid is supposed to be taped shut so that the lid lock mechanism doesn’t get damaged.

Oops.

Monday morning, we took school to the Laundromat. It turned out to be fairly fast and stress-free, thanks to humongous washing machines and an incredible indoor play area.





Monday afternoon, we picked up my husband at work and headed to the hospital again. Mom was still in AFib, and the doctors were discussing {again} a pacemaker. As much as I hated to see Mom go through this, it was an interesting learning experience for the children. The 14yo has been studying the heart and its many possible issues in health, so her recent lessons were spot-on. We were present for a doctor visit/exam and asked him about his education. {Harvard!}



Tuesday, we hurried through some school at home and packed up the rest to get to the hospital. Remember that hour drive? Mom had a pacemaker put in that afternoon, and the procedure went well. We were there long enough to watch the day nurse try two times for an IV stick as well as to interview the night nurse about his education and plans for the future. We also helped Mom wash her face and comb her hair before bedtime.



By Wednesday morning, we were exhausted. I hate to mention our timing, so suffice it to say that waking up was nearly impossible. We tried to keep a normal day with church that evening.

Thursday, we returned to our library day. Mom finally went home Thursday afternoon, feeling better and looking forward to resting in her own bed.





Whew! J


I’m reading…

Conveniently Wed by Angel Moore. What’s cool is that I know Angel in real life! I met her at a writing conference last year, and she is one of the sweetest, most encouraging people I know. This is her debut novel with Love Inspired Historical, and she’s good! Her book officially releases in the December bundle from LIH, and you’ll probably be able to find it at your local Wal-Mart or K-Mart as well as a book store or Amazon.


Building our home this week…

Still unpacking. J Gradually, we’re getting closet shelving up. Purchasing the materials counts as progress, right?



One is done, just the right height for Daddy to play hide-and-seek. J


Thank you so much for your patience with me this fall, dear friend. At the end of September, the Lord used my time at the writers conference to lead me about this blog. He inspired me with ideas and a few changes. Nothing major, just fresh. But then it seemed he put a hold on that. One thing after another has crept up until it's a struggle to find a fresh shirt in the myriad of boxes decorating my bedroom each morning. J So I appreciate your continued reading. My goal here is simply to write, to encourage, and to connect with you.

Prayers for a wonderful weekend! J








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Friday, November 14, 2014

The One of Adjusting Schedules, Back-to-School, and Unpacking ~ Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

Happy Friday, friend! You made it to the weekend! J

We are finally moved! {Okay, that’s the end of my exclamation marks for a while.}

We could have started back to school on Tuesday, after the big move. But quite frankly, we just didn’t want to. The children wanted to dig out the Legos and organize their bookshelves. Plus, they’re having a ball running up and down the steps and all around the house.

Wednesday, we finally started back, which means we’ll have to do a bit more school in December than we prefer. I counted out the days as best I could without a 2015 planner, and we just can’t take as much winter break this year. But we knew at the onset of building that our schedule would have to be flexible.

It’s a good lesson in adjusting schedules and attitudes to fit real life.

And…ta-da! For the first time ever, we can stretch out our table to its entire length without difficulty. It is wonderful to have the room to spread out books and papers and still let the little boys have space for coloring and workbooks.


Even SugarPup seemed to enjoy her newly expanded territory.


In our unpacking, we unearthed some terrific books my mother had passed on to me a few years ago. 



These books got my little homeschool brain a-turnin’. I’ve wanted the children to study art for quite some time but wasn’t sure how to approach it. Now I know. Books! What an easy answer. J Once we get a bit more settled in, we’ll all huddle up on the couch and browse through the books together, reading interesting bits and studying the pictures. We can find more books on the library on whatever artists or periods are of particular interest. Then, we’ll finish up our study with a group lapbook. Easy-peasy, fun, and educational!

Next up, the Great Depression! Then maybe a little shopping in the reproduction 1897 Sears Roebuck catalog….


On the blog this week…



I’m reading…

Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot. A friend loaned this to me, and I had a little bit of trouble getting into it simply because of our schedule. But Tuesday afternoon, weary from unpacking, I sat to relax and picked it up again. Wow! I didn’t want to get up until I had finished it, but duty called. I haven’t read much Regency romance, but I think I’m hooked. I adore her heroine, her spunk and wittiness. I’m hoping to finish it this weekend, even if it means losing sleep. J


Building our home this week…

Unpacking, unpacking, unpacking. J Going tomorrow for closet rods and shelves so we can unpack some more…. Yippee!


Have a terrific weekend!





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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Five Signs You're Living in a Home You Recently Built or Renovated

{My apologies for missing Tuesday's post, so here's a special Wednesday edition. J}

As you may know, on Saturday, we moved into the home we’ve been building for over fourteen months. This is the fifth home we’ve owned during twenty-two years of marriage, and, Lord willing, our last. J But this settling-in process is unlike any other I’ve experienced.

If you’ve built your own home or renovated a fixer-upper, you may relate to these…. 
  1. The phone tech spends five hours getting your phone and Internet in order. Before he goes, he calls in an order to get the 72 feet of cable he lay around your house buried. You sigh in relief that you haven't completed the final grade and seed for the yard yet.
  2. Half of your breakfast bar is covered in tools.
  3. Your new, beautiful chandelier is covered with a fine layer of construction dust.
  4. Your boys share a bathroom with an air compressor. {We'll get it out of there...eventually. I think.}
  5. As you walk through Menards, filling your cart with closet shelves and toilet paper roll holders, you call employees by name. A few even express their congratulations on getting the house habitable.

Life is crazy and blessed. Who wants normal, anyway? J






Have you built or renovated? What signs would you add?



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