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.


2 thoughts on “Keep Swimming. Keep Swimming.”

  1. So, you have all the paperwork in to the bank, and they haven’t told you anything, and yet you are getting collection calls. That really doesn’t make sense… Sorry it is happening.

    I am glad you learned some things about Ethan in the session. I know it is very hard to not know things about your child, but it happens. There was a lot I found out when my kids were grown, that I had been totally unaware of at the time. They chose what to share and not share, and we parents can’t do anything about those things they choose to hide so well. So realize it is normal, and don’t fret about it.

    I’m sorry you are getting flack from some about homeschooling. Hang in there – it is the best thing you can do for your kids. And try to remember that young boys, across the board, are not very good at sitting still and focusing, even at age 9. The first book I read on homeschooling said that boys up until about that age shouldn’t even be expected to sit still and learn. He didn’t advocate ANY book-learning for boys until they were 9 or 10. My child was Nathan, who is a LOT different from Ethan, so I went ahead with the schoolwork and he did fine. But it might simply be a lot to ask of Ethan at his age. He can still learn a lot in short spurts or in more active learning situations. And most likely, his attention span will increase as he ages. The most telling thing you wrote was that he has trouble in “things he is not interested in.” Just think how hard it is for any of us to focus on things were are NOT interested in!

    I’ll continue to pray for all the situations you are facing.


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