Saturday, November 1, 2014

Decisions Decisions Decisions

Sometimes there are decisions in life that none of us really want to face.  Our family has some of these and we always face them together.  One of my decisions just today was to make a post, (perhaps some of you were able to see it), but then make the decision to remove it.  I chose to remove the post because after some thought and re-reading it, I decided it sounded more like airing the dirty laundry of my family than a written thought process to a decision that is difficult to make.

We, my daughter and I have to make a decision as to whether to continue to homeschool my grandson or not.  He really, really does not want to go back to public school, but he is a bit young to be allowed a lot of weight in this decision. I mean after all he is only 7.  He is a twice exceptional young boy who also happens to be extremely headstrong.

While I have enjoyed teaching him, he is becoming more difficult to handle at my age and my daughter just can't do it because of the type of schedule she works.   We have tried adding another person to the mix; a friend of my daughters who is exceptional with him.  He adores her and she does manage him quite well, however there are other things to consider.  One, she is not consistent enough, for instance, 'little man' has just spent the last 3 weeks without any Spanish instruction, science or math other than what I could pull together for him at the last minute.  Two, she has not followed my request for what he is being taught for example,  I have an Autumn lapbook that he was really excited to start and she has yet to even open the materials, rather she decided he needed to know about the scientific method, theory and development of a hypothesis.  She spent two days on this subject and proudly announced "He has got it, he is so quick."  Well yes he is, however when we put it to the test with a quiz, he failed miserably and then was left with horrible feelings of failure.

For him to continue to feel like he is a failure is unacceptable to me so I think at least that part of the decision is made, she will no longer be a part of the "homeschool".  We will have her do things with him that are hands on that she is also keenly interested in such as photography and art.  These however, will not be considered classes or "schoolwork" but just a fun day off with a friend. .

Whether I continue or not is still undecided..  I want our relationship to remain strong and loving and at the moment that is suffering.  Little man is very emotional and stubborn as well as confrontational when he is not getting what he wants and I am just not sure that I can handle much of that anymore.

Thanks for listening.  If you have suggestions for how to handle errant tutors or assistants and/or headstrong, twice exceptional children, I would be all ears.

Have a blessed day.
Mimi

Friday, October 10, 2014

BLOGGER HIGHLIGHTS

Ok, admittedly, I have been MIA for sometime now.  I am sorry, I know that I have lost subscribers due to this, unfortunately it was unavoidable.  I am back now and the first thing I would like to do is sing some praises.

First of all, we all read other blogs all of the time, right?  Well I am no different, sometimes I have time to read a bit of all of them and sometimes I can only read a few.  I follow so many that it is difficult to keep up sometimes.  But today I especially want to sing the praises of two bloggers.

Raising Lifelong Learners by Colleen Kessler.
Adventures in Mommydom by Ticia. (sorry I don't have her last name) but that's ok she is a great blogger and has great ideas.

Colleen is the mother of 4 gifted/twice exceptional children so what she says always makes sense.  Not to mention that she also has a masters in gifted education, taught gifted students as well as being a gifted intervention specialists in the public school system.  She has written dozens of books and often does video conferencing where she and others answer questions of other moms and homeschooling grandparents (me) about things that we just don't have enough information on.

Her blog, Raising Life Long Learners is always informative and there is never  blog that you won't learn something.  She often also answers questions and blogs on the issues we have with gifted and/or twice exceptional children.  I know that I, for one and truly grateful for the information she shares.  I have realized as I attempt to teach my gifted twice exceptional 7 year old grandson, that even though I did not realize it, I have been dealing with this issue for for over 30 years.  With my "little man" and the issues that face him as he moves along, I realize that my own children were also very much like him, we just did not know it at the time and testing etc was not done so much back then. We did have my son tested by the counselor at the school he was attending and though they indicated that he did not test as gifted we realized that he had a photographic memory.  He could read something or look at something once and never forget it. To me this is indeed gifted, just different.

Colleen, thank you so much for your invaluable information and your patience with all the questions that you receive from all of us. May God bless you for all that you do and provide for so many people.

Ticia of Adventures in Mommydom also is  a special blogger that I read.  Why?  Well because she endures much of the same thing that I do and admits readily that "the apples did not fall far from the tree" (my words) when she says that her children are active, she means active and I have one of the same type children (grandchild).  My daughter was the same, she talked all the time, could not shut her up and she was always on the move.  Her son, my loving little man is exactly the same but much more so.  He is also gifted, well considered twice exceptional I guess you would say and teaching him is difficult on the best of days.  Perhaps I am just too old for this anymore, LOL.  But I gain a lot of insight and information from Ticia on her blog Adventures in Mommydom.  For instance, I just saw a great post on Earth's layers and how she introduced it to her children. Thanks Ticia.

I just wanted to introduce you to these two bloggers today, in case you have not met them already, though I can't imagine that.  

Stay tuned for others as I continue to highlight the bloggers and homeschool moms who inspire me and keep me motivated to continue when I would otherwise give up. 

Thank you to both of these wonderful ladies and thank you for taking a moment to read this blog.  Please leave comments for anything that you would like me to specifically cover and I will be happy to do the research and post about it.

Be Blessed
Mimi

Sunday, July 20, 2014

To Cross The Ocean - Book Review

I elected to review this book and I have to say, I was not disappointed. Now typically, I am not thrilled with the typical romance novel. This book however, intrigued me. I get the romance of a young girl on a trip away from home alone and this is exciting to read. However, the part of this book that I loved the most was the descriptive nature of the book. "To Cross the Ocean" is about a young Jewish Israeli girl, an only child, who is yearning to learn more of what happened to her great-grandfather during tho Holocaust. Her great-grandfather has told her some of his story and unfortunately he dies before he can tell the rest of the story, so she, Nettie, studies all she can find about and talks her parents into allowing her to go on a Memory Trip that the schools in Jerusalem have for seniors each year. As it turns out her two best friends who were supposed to travel with her are not able to go, leaving her without roommates in the hotel in Poland where the romance begins.

I will not summarize the book here as I feel it will not do justice to the book, you must read this book to understand the ramifications of her faith and her love for her young man, Eric.

I do want to point out that in our American tradition of publications being absolutely grammatically correct, you will find this book lacking.  It is not grammatically correct in any sense of the word.  At first I found this a bit annoying however, after reading a few chapters, I find it makes this book "feel right".

As we all know, especially if we pay attention to those around us, most people from other countries often speak our language with some difficulty, with words left out of sentences, words that seem out of order in the sentence, that sort of thing.  Well this book is written much like it is being spoken directly to you in this manner.  I found it charming and it made it more realistic to me while reading.

I found this book fascinating, the details of the trip and the places visited in Warsaw, Poland.  Perhaps some will not find this to be true, but I happen to be one of those people who believe that everyone should know about the holocaust, why it happened, what happened to the people and how they suffered and how it affected the lives of the survivors and their children and grandchildren.  If we don't allow ourselves to know and understand about this, we can not prevent it from happening again and we MUST prevent it from happening again.

We all have the right to live as we please, love as we please, and believe as we please. Each one of us should respect the difference between all the people of this world and enjoy those differences.,  God made no mistakes and we can learn from each other.  We are instructed by Jesus Christ to love one another.

Personally, I think that is what I brought away from this reading, a fresh determination to love everyone as I believe God loves us to the best of my ability.

I hope you will get this book, you can find it on Amazon, read it and enjoy it.  I recommend it for all ages.



Be blessed
Mimi

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Book Review - Hidden Under Her Heart

Good morning everyone. I was sent a book to read and review entitled "Hidden Under Her Heart" by Rachael Ayala. First, let me say that it is a really good book. I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading others of this author. In review, I must say that I felt this book to be a bit long. It seemed that the content could have been expressed in much less pages. Though it may seem like an oxymoron, I think it is well written. The story centers around two major characters Maryanne and Lucas and their struggles with individual issues surrounding love, commitment, abortion and God.

I will not delve into the plot of the story, you really should read this for yourself, however, I can tell you that from my perspective, this book gives a really good look at how people really are.

It shows how and why most people feel the way they do about God and religion today.  I see this Maryanne's rape and the ensuing issues that surround this event and its connection to the church.  They simply try to protect the pastor's son.  (Yes, you must read to get the details).  When the average person takes a look at the church and the people within it, most often they see hypocrites and wonder, "why should I believe anything these people say?"  or "Really, this is Christianity, I want no part of it."  Seeing how Maryanne was treated by this church and not in so many words but by the attorney they hired to defend them, who was a person in Maryanne's past, it comes across clearly that the church is closing ranks and doing exactly the opposite of what Christians are supposed to do.

From the beginning, Maryanne believes she is worthless and undeserving. By the end of the book, she has same opinion of herself but is willing to turn to God for the sake of her child and tells him that she is bad and does not deserve His forgiveness, her prayer is really about her child.  This in and of itself this is the type of prayer of forgiveness that God hears loud and clear and responds to with love and grace.  Maryanne's prayer is not only the beginning for her to feel peace with her child and her circumstance, but it is beginning of her relationship with God and through that, God cleans up (for lack of better term) her life and her relationship with Lucas.

I think this is a good read for those who know they are not deserving but can see through this writing that it is a simple request that is heard and responded to by God when done with sincerity.  Though the book gives a bit too much information for my taste when it comes to the sexual innuendos and the descriptions of what happened to Maryanne, it is interesting and I enjoyed reading it.

I do recommend this to any adult who enjoys reading and is looking for a clear cut indication of the fact that God forgives our sins, however, I do not recommend this as a read for teenagers under the age of 16.  I simply don't think that younger adults have the cognizant ability to differentiate between fact and fiction in this type of story.

Get the book, read it and enjoy and you will see the title comes from Maryanne's pregnancy where her baby's preferred position is 'under her heart'.

Thanks for taking a look at my review.

Be blessed,
Mimi


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Free History Resources

I have been taking a few days off and now I am getting into the swing of gathering books and resources for our upcoming year.  Since we do school year round, this does not generally give me a lot of time to get this done so I have been on a whirlwind tour of all my favorite haunts and Amazon is one of the best I have found, especially if you are looking for inexpensive and/or free.

I have been working on History today.  History of the United States.  I have already accumulated scores of items on Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome and Ancient Egypt just for starters.  But I had nearly nothing at my fingertips for the History of the United States and I wanted more than just the dull and boring information that can be garnered nearly everywhere.  What I found on Amazon was a huge selection of ebooks that covered everything.  I also needed fun reading to go into this as well.

I have ebooks on David Crockett, the memoirs of Woodrow Wilson, notes and writings from Thomas Jefferson and many many more.  I have gathered some of what I found into a widget shown below.

Some of these are for younger children and others are for a more mature young person in reading style and content. I have found nothing inappropriate in any of these books thus far, but if you should in your review of these, please let me know and I will remove it from my list.  I have not personally read all of these books, yet, but I will and if I find that some are not appropriate, I will remove them.

Thanks for taking a look and I hope that you find something that will enhance the studies of your own children. There are quite a few here so be sure to scan through all 5 pages of the widget.


I am an affiliate of Amazon receive some compensation for your purchase of these products.  Purchasing through this link does not cost you more, it simply provides compensation for the advertisement done for Amazon.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Hym and Hur Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I have now read this story entitled Hym and Hur by Phillip Frey.  While it does consist of many chapters, I would have to say it would still be considered a short story.  While it is completely different from his book Dangerous Times, it is well written and shows just how far the imagination of this writer can take you.  From crime thriller to angels and love, what a leap, but wonderful done..

I won't do a synopsis of the book as I would generally, because I think it is a story that is well worth reading. This story is about life and death but in a much different way.  Angels, lighthearted angels; Hym and Hur and the angel of death, Death.  A deal is made to allow a person to prevent people from dying by just a touch, but it gets out of hand and has to be cancelled.

This is a touching short story of a couple of angels who obviously love each other and bring happiness to the world and about a human couple who are having issues, but who find a way to work them out through the events that are created in this story. An starving artist and a nurse.  The artist through the events in this book and the love of his nurse, manages to create a work that brings them together and allows them to succeed which is what angels of light are really all about, assisting the humans of this world in their daily living.

While I enjoyed this short story, I would have preferred the author take this idea a bit further in his creativity and enlarge on the idea in a book.  I think the world could benefit from knowing about angels and demons in a purely fictional manner.  This story could be a great stepping off point for such a book.

Phillip Frey has a wonderful imagination and uses it wisely in his writing.  I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read, including teens.  It would not be appropriate for young children.

I hope that you will take a look at this story, you can find it on Smashwords.  Enjoy the read.

Be blessed

Mimi

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

What Did I Learn Today?

Well that is a million dollar question isn't it?  My first thought was to title this post "What Did We Learn Today?" but I could not in all honesty do that because I am not teaching today.  In fact, for whatever reason, I slept off and on all day long.  I am not sure why, but my body and my mind just would not work today.  So did I learn anything?  The answer...

Is Yes.  But it was actually yesterday that I slept most of the day as it is now 4 a.m.  So what I learned actually happened in the last hour.  I was reading some post on a facebook group that I recently joined and visiting some of the links that I saw there.  And, what happened?  Learning happened.  Thank God for the peace and quiet of early mornings.

I read a blog by  Jody Hagaman.  In this blog, I learned, or actually both realized and learned that I needed to do something to help my grandson become a better person before I had an unruly teenager to handle.  I have been trying to instill Christian values and having some success, but also having a lot of tug of war going on.  But in this blog I saw a very simple step to starting him on his way to being the person he is meant to be.

I say it is simple, it really is.  You can click the link above for Jody and read for yourself, but here it is in a nutshell.  When you require a task of your child, do not consider that task completed until they have come to you and asked one very simple question.  "Is there anything else that I can do for you?"  She uses role play to instill this in her children and she learned it from another child.  Amazing.  It is just one more way we can train our children.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

This is something that I thought that I was doing, but when I take a long hard look at the lessons, I was teaching, I was not very happy with what I saw, so a new journey begins and it begins with me.

I have to change my perspective, let old things fall away, learn to zip my lip, and most of all let go and let God.  I have this wonderful grandson who is usually fighting mad, but from another source today I also learned that I and his mother are the reason for this.  A good read is a book called "Love Your Children on Purpose" by Danny Silk.  It was very insightful and informative and I learned some amazing things about not just my grandson's behavior, but that of most children I see around me these days

I don't want to be controlled, so why would I want to keep this child under my control.  God guides us in freedom, so I must learn this lesson from God and guide my grandson and any other child who comes under my tutelage in freedom, not control.

Since this is a confession of sorts, my own mistakes that I have felt conviction for by the Holy Ghost, I truly hope that it helps someone to see more clearly.

Thank you for reading.

Be blessed
Mimi

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Review - Charlie the Cavalier Begs for Attention

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I have been honored to review this great little children's book.  I trust you will love it as well.  This is a short picture book and as the author explains it, and we all know young children feel anxious when loved ones must go away.  Take along Charlie  and on Skype or some other form of visual communication show that Charlie is taking care of the adult who is away. Use the puppet to interact with your children.  Charlies loves to dance and sing and tell jokes and play hide and seek "peek-a-boo".  Children will see that Charlie is taking care of their loved ones while enjoying the playfulness of interacting. Use Charlie to connect with long distance family and all will be overjoyed at the feeling of being right there in the same living room.

At this time the book is only available on Amazon but will be available in book form in the next month.  Click here to get this now.  Or if you like you can visit Amazon and get this book for free on June 23. One day only, so mark it on your calendar.

Oh and did I forget to mention, the illustrations in the book are awesome.  Beautifully done so your children will love to read this book over and over again.


Thanks for reading and don't forget to mark your calendars for June 23 for your free Kindle copy of the book on Amazon.

Just click HERE on that date for your free copy

You can go HERE and subscribe to receive a free Charlie the Cavalier puppet and other activities.






Thank you for reading and I hope that you enjoy the book as much as my grandson and I did.

Be blessed
Mimi

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dangerous Times Book Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

This is a book that I read yesterday.  It is available from Amazon on Kindle and there are many other places to get it as well. This is an adult only book.

This book is for me a bit terse.  Two sentence paragraphs make it just a bit jumpy for me.  I prefer a more thoughtful process to paragraphs.  The plot is a wonderful thriller and it changes from one moment to the next.  Each character creates a new avenue for crime and thrill, with each comes a desire for money and the things they believe that money can do for them.

The inner circle is Frank the sociopath on the road to steal the wealth and use it to kill his way around the world.  Franks' wife Ty who just wants the money as pay back to her Uncle Eddie who was responsible for the killing of her parents.  Franks' lady on the side, Emily who believes she will be the recipient of the good life with Frank once they have the money. Then there is Charlie, the person to whom Frank goes for the new identity and of course, the person he is going to kill to get it.

Other characters are John Kirk who has been selected as the one who will die for his identity for Frank. Frank at one point believes him to be dead but by another's hand.  Staub, John's boss and the ultimate sleaze who actually winds up in the grave he digs for John. John's mother who is a drunk because she is still grieving the loss of her husband, John's partner, Lisa, who is just wants to be rich and does not care from where it comes.

There is the detective Hicks, who is suffering from the death of his son and the loss of his wife, until he meets Ty and decides that she is his future. His best friend on the force Tim Burns, who mourns the loss of his wife but has suffered through the drunkenness to become a better man.  There are other incidental characters who make up this book as well, to fill out the blanks, bodyguards, cousins, basically anonymous couples who play their part by finding the bodies.

Overall the book is a good read.  The author introduces the characters and their situations succinctly and with little fanfare but as you read you understand them and why they behave in the manner that they do.  How they come together in the end is the happy ending to this book.

Due to this books graphic nature and the adult language, I would not recommend it for anyone under the age of 18 and only for those adults who enjoy this type of work or who are able to simply skim over he bad language.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves crime thrillers.

Thanks for reading.

Mimi
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NATURE OR ADHD?

This is a question I ask myself on a daily basis.

Hi, as you all know I am grandmother to a gifted 6 year old that I also homeschool while his mother works to handle the financial responsibilities.  So, for two years now I have homeschooled this child and have had advice from all sorts of professionals as well as other homeschooling moms about how to handle and teach this gifted child who just can't sit still.

He has been to the doctor and has been diagnosed as having ADHD and has medication that is supposed to help him with this issue.  The medication does work, it calms him down, slows him down and basically turns him into a different person.  I don't like it. So I keep reading and searching for other answers.

First of all, I find that I must just learn to deal with some things.  I don't like a lot of noise; this child screeches and makes all sorts of sounds for no apparent reason.  I don't like to hear toys or other things being banged on the floor or other furniture; this child does it all the time.  I don't like jumping and running and horseplay in the house; this child does it all the time. First thought was DISCIPLINE.  Being a strong disciplinarian by nature, this was of course the first avenue of endeavoring to get this child to (behave) sit still for 10 seconds. I tried this for nearly a year.  Doesn't work, not even close. So at my wit's end, I give him the medication and we get through the work for the day.  But I still search.

This is what I found.  I read a blog about why children fidget.  This article was so well thought out and written that it made a believer out of me, but I did more searching and found that it is corroborated in many places.  You can click on the link and see for yourself.

So I let this child move.  Try to minimize inside (we have a small house) because the vibrations of hardwood floors sometimes topple things over. This seems to be working great.  He is more often ready to sit down and listen, as long as he knows that I am going to let him get back to it within a few minutes.  I keep our "still" time down as low as I can, sometimes 15 minutes or less.  Why not right?  We have all day to do what we need and if it does not get done today, who cares, there will be another day, that is what homeschooling is about, making education of your child fit the child.

I hope this has enlightened some of you, if not then you were ahead of me already.

Have a blessed day.

Mimi.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Book Reviews Coming - Stay Tuned

Good afternoon to all and I hope that your mid-week "hump" day is winding to a pleasant close.  Dinner is about to be on the table and I thought I would quickly let you all know that within the next couple of weeks I will be posting a review for a couple of books.  Dangerous Times and Hym and Her are the titles.

These books will most likely have adult content that is not appropriate for children.  However, I hope to have a few children's books to review in the next couple of months.  I am looking forward to commencing my book review journey and hope that my reviews point you in the right direction.

I also am looking for some Christian books for my grandson for reading and hope to be able to review some of those for you as well.  It really does help to know what others think of a specific publication.  I know that I have chosen books based on reviews many times and have thus far not been disappointed in my choices.

Have a great finish to your week and I look forward to hearing from you all throughout the summer.

Be Blessed
Mimi

Monday, June 9, 2014

Made It Through Our Second Year

Well, we have completed all of our testing.  He did really well.  We don't usually do many "tests" and I rarely give a grade on his work, but this last few months he has asked more often  "How did I do?" so I decided to do end of year testing and give him grades for the work.  We did Math, Language Arts and some specific Reading Comprehension.  We have also worked on his spelling for the last few weeks a bit more than normal because I noticed that he could spell some words that I just pulled out of my own vocabulary, yet there were second grade level words he was missing.  So I just quiz him on occasion to keep this in the forefront of his mind.  He was misspelling words that he sees on a daily basis.  I am not sure why this is happening, when we talk about it, he says it is because the spelling does not make sense to him.  "Too many letters that just don't belong there."  So I have given him some examples of Italian, Greek and Hebrew languages to look at and explained that our English language is derived from these languages and/or a combination of them.  This seems to help him understand but he would still rather spell them the way they sound.

So now that the testing is over and we have 6 weeks of free time.  What to do?  Well we are going to take a short boat ride up one of our many rivers to check out the wildlife, dolphins, turtles, birds, etc.  He is excited about that.  He also wants to go back to the Marine Science Center for some time with one of the young people who work there for some "conversation".  A trip to North Carolina is also planned, as well as a trip to LegoLand and hopefully Sea World as well.  And of course, there is the water park, which he loves.

So what is up with everyone else for the summer.  I hope that you all have a wonderful summer vacation. We will be back to the school year on August 1 and "little man" will be entering the world of 3rd grade.  He is sort of excited, but also a bit hesitant.  His words were "But, Mimi, isn't it the work going to be harder?"  Actually, not, as he has already been doing some of that level already.

Good luck to all and Happy Summer Days!!!  I'll be around with posts about our travels and perhaps lots of photos.

Oh, I almost forgot, we also are going to be rearranging our classroom/craft room so that he has a bit more room for some art projects and science experiments.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Loving & Learning

As you all know, I homeschool my grandson, now working on ending up our second year.  I think it has been a wonderful year.  We have had ups and downs and lots of meltdowns, but I am learning more and more about this child and how he thinks.

I have chosen to simplify our lives a bit but using more online activities and less worksheet type learning.  He does have a workbook for some things and a friend comes by and teaches him Spanish, but we have become a bit more relaxed and we do NOT have school on the days that his mom isn't working.

As we progress however, I let a lot of things fall by the wayside.  We don't do much history, science, geography or social studies.  Concentrating on math and grammar and spelling and of course vocabulary has been our priority.  Since he "hates" math and writing, I found that Khan Academy and Adapted Mind have been phenomenal sites for him to master the math skills and he enjoys it.  Getting him to learn his multiplication, well that is a whole other ball game..

Today we did get in a bit of history on ancient Romans.  He found it very fascinating that in reading about families and how they lived that they often ate "peacock brains" and 'flamingo tongues".  Yuck, right?

Dealing with this highly gifted, twice exceptional child has been a true learning curve for me.  First there are they typical challenges, ADHD, highly gifted, an only child and living in an area where there are very few children for him to get to know or have play time with.

The one thing that I think that I learned over the past two years that is most important is that my grandson learns by asking questions.  I can ask him questions all day long and generally the response I get is "I don't know." or "I don't remember." but then within seconds he is asking me questions, hundreds of questions and through those questions, I get to teach him vocabulary, spelling, grammar and even some history and science.
So all in all, I think we are getting to the point we need to be.

After his experience in public school, I was not sure if I could ever get him back on track and interested in learning again and truthfully, he does still tell us and our friends, that he does not want to learn. That terrified me at first, but now what I really hear is "please help me learn my way".

I want to thank all who have given me insight and listened to my woes and I promise I will be there for you as well.

Look for my blog to become more and more efficient, less wordy (right) and hopefully more helpful to everyone.

Be blessed
Mimi

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Seasons

Seasons, I love seasons and I am very hopeful for this next season of my life.

My apologies to those who have been checking for updates and news of our little homeschool family here. I have been on a forced hiatus. I am not completely back yet, but hopefully soon. On November 13 my life changed forever. Thanks be to God that he sent his angels to protect me. While on my way for a long overdue dinner out with my BFF, I wound up in the middle of a police chase. The folks the police were chasing just simply came out of nowhere. I never even saw the car, no even realize that we had crashed until I came to with paramedics trying to figure out how to get me out of the car without moving my left arm. All I knew was that I was in pain, so much so that I kept losing consciousnesses. The accident had crushed my left elbow and shattered the humerous bone so now I have a steel plate and numerous pins and screws hold my bone together. Thank God. It totaled my car and they had no insurance, they got out of their car and ran, one of whom ran into a nearby house that just happened to belong to a retired police officer who held him for the police.

In everything that happened that night and since I have bones that refuse to heal, an arm that is shorter than the other one and that I will never be able to use normally again. The doctor has just now allowed me to type at all. I am not allowed to do any of my crafts, jewelry making, beading, crochet, nothing which meant that Christmas gifts that were in progress are still just that, in progress because I am not allowed to lift anything heavier than single sheet of note paper nor could I if I wanted to. But be that as it may, I am happy and blessed because I am alive.

If I could tell you all one thing that you should take from my experience, it would be this, no matter how old your car is or how serious your financial situation, NEVER, EVER discontinue your collision on your auto insurance. I did to save money and it cost us dearly. I was left with thousands upon thousands of dollars of hospital bills and no way to get another auto for my daughter to get to work. We are blessed with many wonderful friends who stepped in to make sure that she got to work and home.

My "little man" was wonderful and made sure I took my medications on time everyday and that I had to move only if I needed to for personal care. He was kind, considerate and loving throughout. As with most children however, this began to take a toll on him. Never being able to go outside or to the park and just being cooped up inside with an injured grandmother has worn on him a lot. He now has outbursts of anger and tantrums over school work that has to be done. This will go away when things begin to improve. But for now we do very little school work and most of what we do is verbal, but he has grown beyond his 6 years and sometimes wonders why he is so different.

I tell him God made him special because He knew that he would be needed in a special way throughout his lifetime. Right now he is just happy that my daughter was blessed with enough money for a down payment on a car and that he can actually get to go to the park and to church again, so life is improving even if my arm is not and that is a blessing in itself.

I will learn to live with the handicap and have learned to do a lot already from that same BFF that I was headed out to see. You see she had a stroke 15 years ago that left her with a paralyzed left arm and I have watched her for years and took lessons from what I have seen and it has made things much easier for me to accomplish many of the things I need to do. I am blessed, the accident taught me many things, the things I can't do, well they don't matter so much and the things I can do bring me more joy. I learned that there is joy in life no matter what you are going through and that trusting in the Lord is the only way to true happiness

I am starting a new journey in a couple of weeks. Though I read my Bible almost everyday, I am signed up for the 3030 challenge of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Study (not just read) the Bible for 30 minutes every day for 30 days. My life will change, of that I am sure. It will change more than it has already been changed and I can't wait to see what God has in store for me. I invite you to visit Joyce Meyer Ministries website and join the challenge with me at www.joycemeyer.org. Come on, let's get studying.

Thanks for listening and thanks for continuing to check in for updates. I will be back soon with hopefully many new ideas and information for everyone from homeschooling to walking with God.

Take care and be blessed.
Mimi