Friday, February 15, 2013

Week 23 ~ Way Too Busy

On My Mind ~ This week was one of those crazy ones where way too much happened and I am left stressed and tired. I hope this weekend we can find some time to recharge. I made it through this whole week only taking one picture. I guess that shows my stress level is way up!

Places We Are Going ~ This one should be in two parts ~ medical and fun social events! On the medical front, we went to Duke Hospital where we had Goldilocks tested for inner ear issues and the possibility of Meniere's disease. She has been suffering with dizzy spells bad enough to make her faint since last Easter. For the longest time, her doctors thought it was panic attacks. We will have to wait for all of the test results to come back, but she didn't appear to have Meniere's. We will most likely be sent to neurology next. We appreciate prayers to guide the doctors in figuring out what is going on with our daughter.

 Here is the list of all the other outings ~
  • Visited Duke Homestead and learned about tobacco, which was a major crop here in North Carolina until very recently.
  • Visited Bennett Place, where the largest surrender of Confederate troops took place.
  • We made it to some of the kids' dance classes for the week.
  • We attended a birthday party.
  • We hosted a game afternoon for our oldest son and his friends. They had so much fun and are hoping to make it a more regular thing.
  • Two kids have dentist appointments today.
  • Three kids have neurofeedback treatments today.
  • We stayed at Ronald McDonald House in Durham for two days.
It sure is a pity how homeschooled kids get no socialization. Ha!

Books We Read or Listened To ~
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts
  • Little Town on the Prairie (started)
  • You Wouldn't Want to be a Ninja Warrior
  • Daily Life in a Plains Indian Village 1868
  • The Graves Family Goes Camping
  • U.S. Presidents (Basher Book)
  • The Jukebox Man
  • Faces magazine "China"
Our Homeschool Lessons ~ I discovered the new school room at Ronald McDonald House this trip. The classroom was always empty early in the morning, and we found it so much easier to accomplish an hour of school there instead of in their dining room.
  • Math work sheets every day
  • Journal writing every day
  • CNN Student News
  • Books listed above
  • Field trips
  • Reading alone time every day
  • Several cooking shows on TV
Lent ~ Instead of giving up things for Lent, we like to have a concentrated prayer time for an individual or group each day. Here is our prayer list for the 40 days of Lent (subject to change if we hear of someone in need). My kids came up with the following list all by themselves.
  1. The Earth
  2. Dogs in shelters
  3. Grandma
  4. Miss Susan
  5. Grandpa
  6. The President
  7. Grandma Sue
  8. Peace amongst the students of the dance studio
  9. Miss Dawn
  10. Mom
  11. Christel and Ruby
  12. Daddy
  13. Grandma Jennifer
  14. Grandpa Phil
  15. Christine Marie
  16. Miss Cloe
  17. Haley
  18. Miss Nicole
  19. Wuzzy, the dance studio dog
  20. Miss BJ
  21. Katie at choir (who is having many medical issues)
  22. Aspen
  23. Miss Kristi and her family
  24. Giles
  25. Thankful list to God
  26. Miss Angie
  27. Our family pets
  28. Children who experience crime in school
  29. Goldilocks
  30. Tom Sawyer
  31. Little Red Riding hood (last three are my kids' code names)
  32. Tim
  33. People with cancer
  34. People who are lonely
  35. Hungry people
  36. Our doctors
  37. Our neighbors
  38. People who are in the hospital
  39. People who are homeless
  40. Innocent people who are in jail
The Great Backyard Bird Count ~ I will be recording our findings for this later in the day.

Valentine's Day ~ We had a nice Valentine's Day breakfast of sausage, bacon, and a variety of fruit. Everyone received a clothing item that they needed. DH and I exchanged our annual love letter to each other. I look forward to this ritual each year.
I am joining ~

    Homegrown Learners
    Blessings, Dawn


    1. You did have a crazy busy week. I hope you can find some rest this weekend.
      I'm also hoping the doctors can give you an answer soon for what is going on with Goldilocks. That would scare me to pieces.
      We are collecting pop tabs now for the Ronald McDonald house. Def. want to support them after seeing how much of a blessing they have been to y'all and some other families we know.

    2. I love the idea of the concentrated prayer for each day. And I surely hope you get answers on what's going on with your girl!

    3. I laughed about your comment that homeschool kids get no socialization :). This is my first year HSing, and one thing I was worried about, but since we started I feel like I can barely keep up with activities and get-togethers!
      Good luck finding out what's going on with your daughter. So scary.

    4. Hey thanks for including me and my family in your prayer list, could you also include my friend Allison who is in her thirties and has cancer for the second time? Her birthday is this week and she is not doing well.

    5. What a wonderfully full week! I love all your priorities -reading, writing and field trips!

    6. I love that book list! Praying for Goldilocks.

    7. Looks like you had a very busy, productive week!

    8. Sounds like a crazy busy week. I know that anytime there are medical things that it just makes the week seem so very full. I'm glad you were able to do those fun field trips! Stagville is a neat place to visit next time you are in Durham too. Hope you get answers soon for your sweet girl!

    9. Y'all have been busy! Looks like a lot of fun outings though:) I love your list of prayers for Lent. What a beautiful idea!

    10. Sounds like a very busy week indeed!! will be praying for you daughter.

      PRaying that you have a smoother and quieter week this week!!

    11. I hope that this week is already much less stressful than last and that you've had time to recuperate a bit. I will be praying that they find answers and you find peace with this medical situation with your daughter.

      Great idea to have a prayer list for Lent.