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Friday, April 11, 2014

Staaaay Tuned!

Next week is Vacation Time, woohoo!

Greenville, SC here we come.



 It's been about 2 years since we had any kind of vacation (overnight/weekend) and 4 years since we took a full week (to KY, and it was awesome).

We're looking forward to the zoo, Riverwalk Park, the Bob Jones Christian art Museum,
mountains, and more.  We are going to have a blast!

And this means pictures.  I'll try to post as we go along, but no promises. The fun just might
get overwhelming! (and that will totally be ok.)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Menu

Haven't done this in a while, so here ya go!

Breakfast: For the boy, usually stick cheese with pretzels/cheese crackers, and some fruit.
                  I have fruit, crackers, veg with dip, or this week: English muffins with
                  egg, cheese and Canadian bacon, yum!

Lunch:      Usually sandwiches. Ham, bologna (the boys fave) or tuna.  Crackers, fruit, veg and
                  dip round it out, but we sometimes have leftovers, too.  Occasionally HM* pizza.

Supper:     And...here's the actual planned portion of this post:

                  T: Subway (Drake had turkey, Dh had Seafood Sensation, I had Italian BMT)

                  W: Spagetti with garlic bread and salad

                  Th:  Salmon patties, mac and cheese with broccoli

                  Fr:  Shake and Bake Chicken,  corn, peas

                  St:  Pork and rice, green beans

                  Sn:  Steaks, potatoes, greens

                   M:  Beef Stir Fry over noodles, bread

                   T: Hash brown casserole w ham/in     

Saturday, March 22, 2014

So.....

I buried my mama yesterday.

It was bittersweet.  Painful because, well, this as far as we can go with her in this life, but sweet b/c we came together as a family to do it.  Distant cousins came, and we caught up a bit on life, and afterward my family (sister and brother and our spouses/kids) sat around laughing and chatting like old times, before the anger and bitterness tore a rift between us.

My mama would have been pleased. Would have said "Now that wasn't so hard, was it???", and "Why couldn't you all do this before I died???".  I don't know how long this camaraderie will last, but I hope the rest of our lives.

It's my prayer that we grow as a family and as individuals, not only together, but above all closer to Him.  Pray for that with me?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Winter of our Discontent

(This is the post previous to the one below, that I never uploaded.  Done now for my future reference.)

Wow, what a season.

I do not say this lightly.  Here lately our families have been dealing with all kinds of issues from simply worrisome to totally tragic.  I'm ready for a new, quiet season.

In December, my mom got pneumonia, and in January we placed her in permanent nursing home care.  Two weeks ago, she had a CVA (mini stroke) and is now undergoing therapy to regain full use of her arm, and maybe to walk again. She is almost nonverbal now, though. The occasional sentence is about all we get from her now, though she will answer your questions.  She is just very 'inward' focused.  I hate this, to see my vibrant mama in this state.  Still, I am grateful to have her cognizant at all.

Last Friday, MIL and I were at Sizzle (girls night out at church) and had the best time.  We were sitting in my driveway talking after when my niece (her granddaughter) called with urgent news.  MIL hurried home, DH called her on the way to see what was going on.  My SIL had been shot in her driveway. 

We hurried over, then to the local hospital to wait for her arrival.  As it was, they airlifted her to Savannah. By the time DH and MIL got there (I stayed home with Drake) she was dead.  Shot 7 times.  Murdered.  We don't know why or by whom.  It has been horrible.

Compounding this is inner family issues for MIL that have become a nightmare, but we've done our best to help her through, and will continue to do so. Lori leaves a 16 year old daughter, her parents and brother.  Prayers for them would be appreciated in the days and weeks to come.

Hurry up, Spring!  We need brighter days.

Blessed be Your Name

Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name
When the sun's shining down on me
When the world's 'all as it should be'
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name
Read more at http://www.lyrics.com/blessed-be-your-name-lyrics-newsboys.html#poCzqbcBgtisSGtS.99
Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name
When the sun's shining down on me
When the world's 'all as it should be'
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name
Read more at http://www.lyrics.com/blessed-be-your-name-lyrics-newsboys.html#poCzqbcBgtisSGtS.99

In the past month, my SIL was murdered, shot 7 times in her front yard; my mom suffered a blood clot/brain bleed that has left her (after surgery) in a coma.  It's been nearly 10 days and she hasn't woken up. 

Blessed Be Your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name

Blessed Be Your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name

Read more at http://www.lyrics.com/blessed-be-your-name-lyrics-newsboys.html#bYyxjDfmSYg7EYUV.99
Blessed Be Your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name

Read more at http://www.lyrics.com/blessed-be-your-name-lyrics-newsboys.html#bYyxjDfmSYg7EYUV.99

On Saturday, if there is no sign of improvement, we'll remove life support. If she remains stable we'll transfer her to Hospice here in our hometown.  Please keep us in prayer, this is awful.

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name


.......Blessed be Your Glorious Name!

Lyrics by Matt Redmon/Newsboys, Blessed be Your Name



Monday, February 3, 2014

Well on his way!

Or, More Homeschooling!

We took a break in December, due to family issues, holiday stress, and general burnout.  That break lasted until February 1st. 

My mom got pneumonia, had a hospital stay, and now is in a nursing home. It's only in the past few days that I've had the energy or clear headed (hearted?)-ness to pick up lessons again.

These are the results.


 
(The word below Drake is Mario, his favorite thing in the world right now.  And that really is a 9, and not an i or a lollipop, lol.)

When we quit in December, Drake would happily trace letters and numbers, but only reluctantly attempt to write them on his own.  I was 'writing' most of them by guiding his hand.  Now? After his break, he's wide open to doing it himself! 

Both letters and numbers have been completed with only verbal cues as to how to form said characters, and he gets it 90% of the time.  Only a few times have I had to show/correct him on a letter.  I'm so proud of my big boy!

Come on, 2014 Homeschool, we've got this under control!