Ending On A Good Note

There were some really nice things about today. I thought I should let you know since the last post was really a downer.

We waited to start official school work today. We’re working on what I am going to call “Taking Back Tuesday”. Tuesday is garbage day. Every Tuesday for the last several months there has been something in the garbage that is special to Ethan. When the truck arrives, he mourns and sobs loudly. Ethan hates Tuesdays. The counselor suggested adding something to look forward to so it wouldn’t just be a hard day. So, the day started with TV and a leisurely start to the day. Next we made chocolate chip cookies. They were fabulous. There was no book work to be done until after lunch. I think it helped.

The kids all worked busily on housework today because they were motivated to earn money. The dusting is done, the sheet is fixed on the guest bed, Ethan cleaned off and straightened his bed, Audrey washed off the kitchen table and cleaned all the toilets. Isaac didn’t do much, but since he offered to give Audrey the money that she needed to have enough to order a “Frozen doll set” ($10 from Isaac!!!), she did some cleaning in their room and told me to pay Isaac for it!!!! Audrey and Isaac don’t get a long great. I am at a loss as to how this happened. I’ll take it though.

Speaking of money, I did a little wager with Ethan. I set a timer and told him if he could finish a certain number of pages in his math workbook before the timer went off, I would give him .50. Well, what do you know? It worked like a charm. I have not seem him work that diligently in a long time. I think I might be on to something with offering some sort of reward system. Hmmmmm…..

The only bummer of the day was that I had to call the AC repairman to check out why our house wasn’t cooling. It was low on freon and when he looked for the leak, he found it. We need a new coil. I don’t know all of what that really means. I just know that it means I get to pay $1000 tomorrow when he comes back to finish. I guess this is what our emergency fund is for, right? I just hate using it. I really like to have an emergency fund for my emergency fund. Unfortunately, my “house repair” savings fund wasn’t built up enough to cover it all without dipping into the main EFund. Please don’t worry that we’re destitute. We aren’t 🙂 I’m thankful that we can pay it without needing to go into debt. Not many people can say that.

It is working great now! It makes me suspect that it had not been performing well for a while. We should be good for a long time now, right?

I almost forgot one last thing. Jack Bauer is back! Nathan and I enjoy 24 so we caught the new season premier tonight on Hulu. Now we’re cliff-hung for a week, but it how we will be every week until the season ends!

Thanks to those of you who prayed for us today. I spend some time reading about the story of the Israelites marching around Jericho over and over again until the walls fell and that’s what I’m determined to do in this situation. I’m praying for relief for Ethan. I actually was able to have a good conversation with God today. I’m not giving up until the walls come down.

 

 

 

Keep Swimming. Keep Swimming.

We finally got the official word that Ethan was accepted in the Heritage Homeschool Tutorial for 4th grade. It meets on Thursdays! He will have classes for most of the day and then assignments that he needs to do each week. He will have classes in history, science, art, keyboarding,  and PE. It is going to be so awesome!

We’re dealing with a lot right now and could use prayer. Every time I think I should sit down and spend some time in prayer, I just push it to the back of my mind and do something else because there is a voice in my head that is telling me that God is going to do whatever He wants to do regardless of what I say. I know it’s not  exactly complete perfect theology, but it’s honest.

Therapy for Ethan went well yesterday. He really opened up. In that respect it was encouraging. On the other hand, as I sat there and listened to him, I felt so very sad and questioned how in the world I could have missed this for so long. But, as I talked to Nathan last night about some of the things that Ethan said to the therapist, we both realized that it was stuff that Ethan specifically didn’t tell us about or hid from us. There was no way we could have known the extent of this. We also need to talk to the therapist about ADHD because, I’m realizing that a lot of my school frustration with Ethan is that he cannot concentrate and sit still when it comes to things he is not interested in.

Nathan is still in quite a bit of pain in his shoulder.

Some things have been happening with my health that are hormone-related and I had some blood work done last Friday. The results were “normal”. So, I don’t have any idea why my body is flaking out on me and I need to make an appointment with an OBGyn if things don’t get better in the near future.

Collection calls for the house in MN have started.

So, we are dealing with a lot.

How can you help? First of all, please pray. I have not been able to and I need you to on my behalf. Second, we’d like to clarify for any concerned people that Nathan and I are in complete agreement that homeschooling is absolutely the best thing for our family. Please trust us enough to understand that we have not made this decision lightly. No parent should ever have to defend their parenting decisions to any one else. It’s a personal and individual decision. Lastly, if you want to, feel free to study up on OCD and hoarding. We don’t have an official diagnosis, but I’m about 99.9% sure this is what we’re fighting.  We need your support, love and prayers.

 

Today Was So Hard

Today was hard. I woke up feeling like I was getting a cold. I’m sure that didn’t help.

I went in the boys’ room and was so overwhelmed by the mess in their room and closet that I yelled at them. I went on and on and on. It wasn’t helpful in anyway. In  the end I really didn’t like myself. I was short later with Ethan again. It was really a terrible parenting day. I hope tomorrow is better.

At least I didn’t get stuck in traffic on my way to Franklin today.

Ahhh Bedtime

I love bedtime– the time when the kids are in bed and finally sleeping.

A long time ago when I was pregnant with Ethan, Nathan prayed for a curious child. I have not had a moment of silence during Ethan’s waking hours since.

I’m savoring the quiet tonight because I answered approximately 5,273 questions today.

Parenting

I love this quote by Bill Cosby

“No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I’m not talking about the kids. Their behavior is always normal.” -Bill Cosby

Not Too Late

I’m pretty sure I’ve never been successful with New Year’s resolutions. Most of them, I had given up on by this point in the year.

Lately, I’ve been inspired by reading the “Finish Year” posts on Jon Acuff’s blog. Every week he gives an update on Sunday of how he is doing on specific goals. I’m going to jump on that bandwagon almost  1/3 of the way through the year. Why? Because I’m not giving up on the last 8 months of 2012.
Hour Glass

(photo credit)

This is what I want to accomplish by the end of  2012.

  1. Have people over for dinner 9 times.
  2. Plan a fun event for the kids weekly.
  3. Track all the food that I eat at least 4 out of 7 days a week.
  4. Find/Make and follow a housekeeping schedule.
  5. Memorize the book of James (include kids in this if possible).
  6. Read 10 books.

There are other things I would like to accomplish and that I may or may not do, but I thought I would limit this list to specific things that are easy to measure. What’s on your list?