Friday, June 27, 2014

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like School Time ~ Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

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Are you glad it’s Friday? J


Our week had a difficult start. My 81yo mother called Monday morning to say she was in the hospital. Her heart had gone into atrial fibrillation {fast, irregular heartbeat} over the weekend, and by Sunday night, she was getting dizzy. A friend took her to the emergency room, and by early Monday, the doctor had decided to do a cardioversion via esophageal imaging. In plain English, this means that the doctor would stick a tube down her esophagus and get some clear pictures of her heart {since the heart is up against the esophagus}. Then, he would shock the heart with low-pulse energy to get it back to a normal heart rate.

That didn’t work. The imaging showed that her right atrium is enlarged, and cardioversion won’t work when the heart is enlarged. However, they gave her a different medication, and by the time the children and I arrived Monday evening, her pulse was down and her blood pressure was normal. Praise the Lord for answered prayer! And thank you to all you Facebook friends who saw my post and prayed! J

Tuesday had a late start because of our late arrival home the night before. Our highlight of the day was perusing a catalog full of homeschool science gizmos and gadgets. Super cool stuff!! We could order dissection kits with seven different specimens or a course book with activities to learn about sutures. I think my should-have-been-a-doctor husband wants to try some of those experiments. J One thing is for sure ~ it made the Bigs eager for science again. That evening, the 12yo and 10yo dug out of the closet a couple of old Christmas gifts that were science-related.

By Thursday, we began moving all the 6th grade materials from the 12yo to the 10yo, moving 7th grade materials from the bookshelves in our bedroom to the 12yo’s school space, and shopping for binders to begin organizing the new 9th grade materials.



I also talked to my mother on Thursday, and apparently, she isn’t out of the woods yet. She has a clot in her right atrium, and she’ll visit the doctor on Tuesday to verify that the medication has dissolved it. Then, probably more examination of her enlargement. I appreciate your prayers.


On the blog this week…




I’m reading…


A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner – I’m only a chapter into it, but I’m enjoying her signature style of vivid and unique descriptions, lyrical almost, without pretention. It takes place in the fall {surprise! J}, so the only downfall so far is that it’s making me anxious for hot apple cider and sweaters and a trip to the pumpkin patch.


Anne of Green Gables Stories: 12 Books, 142 Short Stories, Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne's House of Dreams, Rainbow Valley, Rilla of Ingleside, Chronicles and More

I’m not reading it right now, but I did want to let you know that this bundle of twelve L.M. Montgomery books (all of the Anne of Green Gables books) plus a ton of short stories and a poetry collection are available for free on kindle from Amazon. I’m not sure how long this will last, so check the price before you purchase.


Building our home this week…

Built-in quadruple bunks are mostly done! SQUEE!!! Drywall mud is drying even as I post this, and painting will be done Saturday. 



The children are excited and choosing their bunks, and the whole house just becomes more and more real to us. We’re hoping to get the Certificate of Occupancy by mid-July, but only time will tell on that goal. J

We’re also doing a bit of packing. Saying see-you-later to friends is hard. J


Have a wonderful weekend! J







How was your week?



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