A Week, Briefly (Very)

I was already away from the table giving baths to other kids when this happened.

It has been a dark week mentally and emotionally for me.

The same blessings and joys surround me as always do, but I have not been able to comprehend them.

I'm pretty sure it's hormones.  I celebrated my 45th birthday fairly recently, and my body is changing.

I don't like it.

But I have to accept it . . . and figure out how to cope with it.

One step I've taken is to work extra hard on keeping a (private) gratitude journal. A second step has been listening to General Conference talks while I make dinner--this is in addition to my regular daily scripture study.

I'm going to need some more plans, but these are what I have so far.

Picture by Little Princess--the tree that guards our back deck.

Stuff we've accomplished:
*Pixie finally finished her final English essay, and she is officially done with 9th grade.
*Nature Angel has worked like a demon on math and now she has only 6 lessons left to finish Saxon 5/4.
*We've done what we have to in order to complete review obligations in Whistlefritz Spanish, YWAM Publications, Apologia Internship for High School, and Memoria Press Second Form Latin.
*We've read a lot of library books.  Mister Man discovered The Magic Treehouse series, and he's been devouring them for a couple of weeks now.
*Rose Red is continuing her American Lit CLEP work.
*Super Star has done math and CompuScholar every day.  She's mentally finished, though, and I think this might be her last week of such work.

Nothing stops her!  Lola believes she can do all things, and apparently she can--even washing her hands by herself before meals.

*We've been reading a Rush Revere book we got for free at a homeschool convention some time in the past.  It's got a lot of lame modern humor, and there are more holes in the construction of the story than seems possible, but we've stuck it out because it's prompted so much research to verify the truth of the story's claims.  We read with the computer open and ready to search.  And there are really good pictures.  Nonetheless, we won't be picking up any more of the books in the series.
*The littles and I are now reading The Secret Garden.  Mister Man loves it, but I'm trying to figure out a way to get Brother and Little Brother back together reading picture books before bedtime.  Brother is just not handling chapter books well. 

Another picture by Little Princess of our ripening strawberries.  The kids have taken turns eating 1 or 2 each day.

It was COLD this week, so we huddled indoors a lot.  Today is Friday, though, and the weather is warm and humid.  We had breakfast at the park this morning, and we'll be cleaning out the wading pools for some water play after quiet time this afternoon. 

As I tucked in one batch of little kids, this crew watched funny pet videos.  They laughed until their sides hurt.

Sir Walter Scott and the older girls will spend several hours delivering flags (church fund raiser) for the Memorial Day holiday, and Pixie will work from 2-9. 

The kids are riding bikes, playing in the sand pit, and climbing the apple tree right now.

Nature Angel has the first signs of a summer cold, and Mister Man says his throat hurts . . . we may be in for a quiet weekend.

I won't complain.

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  1. Sorry it's been hard this week! Hormones make everything harder, especially when they fluctuate.

    We've never tried growing strawberries! How fun! Right now our garden has spinach, lettuce, collards, carrots, peas, and beets growing. And weeds - lots of weeds.

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  3. I am sorry that you had a rough week. It is so hard to put one foot in front of another when we feel a heaviness inside. I think you are doing a marvelous job. We disliked the Rush book series too.
    Blessings, Dawn

  4. Really hope you are feeling better soon. At least you're working on a few parts of the puzzle while you figure the rest out.

  5. Be gentle with yourself. I know it's hard for those of us with a larger than average family to do much in the way of self care. Your value is not in your physical body. You are the most important person in the world to a whole flock of young people, and while that can be exhausting, I think it's even better than being pretty or not creaking a bit when you get out of bed.


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