Monday, October 29, 2007

So much to say and so little time

Thank you everyone for your wonderful prayers.

I am home for a while. Mom's procedure went okay. She has to start whole brain radiation as a precautionary measure. She will start around November 6th and have to go 5 days a week. While doing radiation, she can't have any chemotherapy. She has her pet scan tomorrow. This will tell if the cancer in her lung has grown and if it has gone anywhere else.

Her mouth is still drooping, drooling and talking weird. They told her it may never get better and it might go away completely. I know that it depresses her alot. I try to keep her upbeat. I will probably go up every other week to give Dad a break. But I will have to be home for Kat's acting classes on Friday!! Busy, busy, busy!!

I am going to attempt to add some photos in the order I want. HAHAHAHA. It never works that way for me!! won't even let me do it. I will try again tomorrow.

I never did get to post my reading list!! But I have been busy reading.

I finally finished "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Sure I can post pictures from the web, but not my own!!!

I also just finished "Courting Trouble" by Deeane Gist
Loved it!!!

I am now reading "The Marriage Game" by Fern Michaels

I love Fern Michael's books.

They are a great funny lighthearted romance books.

I love to read everything.

My most favourites authors are:
Stephen King
Dean Koontz
Jude Deveroux (she even answered my letter personally!!)
Diane Gabaldon

I have a few others that I read. But these are my top notch writers!!!

I must go and put my kiddos to bed and enjoy a nice cold leisure beer.

Love ya all and thanks for listening to me.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I am still alive!!

Life is so busy...I don't even have time to be on the computer. I try to read everyone's blogs, but no time lately.

Update on Mom, she is going to Jacksonville on Thursday to have the cyberknife procedure done on her lung cancer in the brain. I am going up tomorrow to be with them. Dave is able to take time off from work to be home with the kids and dog. (Another story for later.)

The procedure should take 1 1/2 to 2 hours. I am going to be there with Dad for support. And of course to help out after. She has been having a very tough time with it all lately. The poor girl calls me crying quite a bit. Glad for those free minutes!!! I am also glad that I am able to listen to her and try to cheer her up.

School has been tough. Trina always blames everyone but herself for her work not being complete. I was very "lenient" and let her go to Derby on Saturday. She wasn't suppose to go because her weeks work was not complete. She does her core subjects on line, so she must keep on pace!! (Which I love.) Monday she did nothing but complain, headache, tired etc. Hmm...wonder why I hate derby!!! I made her redo 2 assignments in History and had to listen to the complaining!!

On the other hand...

Dylan is doing awesome!!! I am so proud of us both....he use to get 40% on spelling tests and since I read Dr. Mel Levine's books...he gets 110% (we do bonus words)!!! Yahoo!!!! His tips really work!!!

Today for writing...he started a report on the Space Shuttle Discovery Launch. It fit perfectly into the writing topic!!!

I must go and eat. I will try to blog some more later.
Love ya all!!!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Daily Focus from Alpha Omega

First I want to thank all 4 of my blogging friends for their support and hugs. It meant so much to me....(I even cried)... Thanks for listening to me, it helps sometimes just to write and then when I got the wonderful replies it made it better to deal with. I still can't talk on the phone without "losing" it!!

I get this newsletter from Alpha Omega, and some days it seems to fit me to the letter T.
Not only in my homeschooling life, but my everyday busy part of life. It really "perks" my feelings. Now if they would only do one so I wouldn't want to drink beer!!! (I know you don't "know" me, but I LOVE my beer. I am trying not to LOVE it so much. It is hard.

I will write more of what is going on soon. I am so tired, and trying to get back to schooling daily, and clean my house among other things!!!
I miss reading all my blogging friends and will try hard to catch up this week.

The Dark Side of HomeschoolingTuesday / October 16, 2007

"The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness." (Psalm 18:28b) Who do you trust with your secret homeschooling anxieties? With an antagonistic public already waiting to pounce on your educational or parental failures, many homeschooling parents are reluctant to talk about their frustrations. Even within the homeschooling community, homeschoolers struggle alone in silence as they listen to other parents expound on their wonderful homeschooling activities and successes. Although spouses, homeschooling coops, and Websites offer some helpful advice and encouragement, most homeschooling parents long to talk to a soul mate - someone who truly understands the dark, ugly emotions of resentment and selfishness that can surface when homeschooling.No one wants to be negative, but the pressures of everyday life can put out the Lord's light in any homeschooling parent. The Apostle Paul understood his capability for evil and sin when he cried out, "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do" (Romans 7:18-19). Praise God, when Satan tempts us to be our worst, God is waiting to help us be our best. He gives us the power we need to say "No" to our selfish desires. He understands our homeschooling hurts and need for understanding (Hebrews 4:15). Most of all, in His warm embrace, we find the truest friend who is ready to listen and light our way through the dark times.If you sense the darkness growing inside your heart, don't sit in your silent pain any longer. Chase the shadows away and cry out to the One who cares about your every need. Let Him gently guide and lift you up with His forgiving love. "I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings." (Psalm 40:1-2)

Lord, I cry out to You today. I feel so bogged down in these emotions that are trying to lead me to despair. Help me find my way and remind me of the homeschooling blessings that You have given. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Hugs to you all

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Never a dull moment

Life is so terribly busy. I have tried to sit down and write my book list, but life gets in the way.
I am up helping my mom out this week and life took a turn for the worse.
For those who are new to my blog, my mom has lung cancer. I visit her every couple of weeks to clean her house and take her to her chemo treatments.
While visiting this week, I noticed that she talked a bit funny. She thought I meant her voice. We asked the cancer doctor about it, and thought it was a sinus infection.
I kept on noticing her talking differently. My hubby came up and said that she was talking out of only one side of her mouth!!
She started having facial spasms. She had 8 just this morning, so we took her to the
emergency room. After a 4 hour wait, and many tests, we find out that she has a tumor on her brain.
Needless to say, I am staying longer to try and help her and my dad.
I will keep you all updated and Please keep her in your prayers.
Love one another, our time here on earth goes way to quickly.