Friday, June 18, 2010

Blog Break

Photo credit H. Evans

Life is intense on many fronts. My husband is working crazy hours. We start Isaac's assessment in a few short days. The yard needs attention as does the house and well.... there are kids around here who need attention too...some more then others.

I have this love hate relationship with google and I just need to shut the research down and live.

So, I am outta here at least till the end of June if not longer. I need to clear my head with fresh air, a good book, coffee with a friend and NOT a computer screen. I need to stop escaping into a virtual world and engage fully with the living one.

Love to all my blogger friends.

See you soon.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

To Much Information

I love having a veracious reader in my house. It is one of my greatest pleasures to see my daughter devour book after book. It does have it's pit falls though. She has been into reading guiness record and science fact books lately.

As we sat at breakfast yesterday morning she asked me...

"Mom did you know that when you flush the toilet the germs can spread up to a 6 feet diameter around the toilet."

I said "ewwwww...really?"

She replied "Just thought you'd want to know. I guess that's why toilets have lids."

Yes, I guess so as I thought about my toothbrush being well within the 6 foot diameter range. Sometimes knowing less is better.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Typing out part 3 of Measure of Success was an exercise of faith. This post was originally written several weeks ago. All of them written in one hour. Just one of those times where clear sight flooded my heart and I wrote. Then, I really embraced what I was writing. I not only believed what I was writing but rejoiced in it.

Today, I find the rejoicing part difficult. I know He is enough, I know that the difficult things I face are really grace in disguise. Mercy that I cannot yet see and means for Him to show himself to me. Yet, that knowing isn't enough sometimes to really hold onto the rejoicing part.

I guess I find the difficultly being my own child SO hard. It's different when it's me. This mama bear in me just wants peace for him. I am not a fear based kind of person for the most part. It hasn't been until I lost our son Jonah and now the struggles with Isaac that I have really struggled with gripping fear. That powerlessness to not be able to save your child. I couldn't make Jonah live and I can't make Isaac neuro typical. HE has a story designed for both my sons and honestly with my limited vision I would have chosen different roads for them both.

But this IS the road we travel, their story and path. It really is wasted energy and effort to worry over what I can't change. Yet, I still catch myself battling for hope.....battling to embrace the gospel which has met my greatest need and that of both my sons. And I know that even then, in my hopelessness He still provides and works for our good. I'm glad that I don't have to get it right to get the best plan for our lives. If that were the criteria we'd be hooped.

We start an official autism assessment for Isaac next week. We have six appointments in about 10 days. Some days I think I know what they will tell me and then others I'm not so sure. Very much appreciate your prayers during this time.

Measure of Success ~ Part 3

(Read part 1 & part 2)

So bring on the mess
Bring on the failure

The more I see myself for what I am and what I cannot do, the more clear He becomes to me.
The deeper the gospel, the death and resurrection, penetrates my soul and my thoughts the more filters out into my actions.

HE is ALL I need.

HE is ENOUGH for me.

It is His true kindness that I fall short.
True love for my soul the He lets me trip.

I would not listen
I would not see
I would not know

I would continue on the temporal path pursuing things that die and perish. is a true rescue mission.
Rescuing me from myself.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Not even sure where to begin.

The input from the homeschool convention far exceeded my expectations. One of the main speakers was Carol Brainer. She made me laugh, cry and relax. I needed all three. She just comes from such a real life homeschool perspective. I am still processing all I took in and it can be a slow process with the little time I have on hand most days.

I was also introduced to something called RDI. So much to process here too. It is the first thing I have been exposed to regarding help for Isaac's struggles that sounds somewhat comfortable to me. She gave me great hope that the brain is not set by the time they are 6 years old. I have grown weary of reading and hearing that early intervention is a must. It's not an option for us as he is almost 7 years old.
God met me with much grace this weekend. He prepared things in advance for my good. So thankful for that! So grateful for my DL school principle and teacher that really care about each of my kids.

Journey and her teacher

Journey graduated from Music for Young Children this weekend. Four years of hard work and lots of fun. We are so proud of her!

I hope to share more detail as I have time. Life is full and now that we can get outside I am less interested in my keyboard. I think Spring has finally sprung...our first rain-less day in a long time.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

See You Next week

I am attending our local homeschool conference this weekend, as well as, having family in town. I have drifted in many ways from how we started out on our homeschool path. Somethings were necessary to change and others I simply lost focus. My hope for my next year is to return to some of our original ways of learning. A little less fill in the blank :o)

I recently read this thought provoking post about home education.
Definitely some food for thought there.

To end our upcoming weekend we have Journey's piano recital and MYC graduation.

See you next week.

A little something I have been thinking on lately:

"Regardless of how I may feel, anything that makes me need God is ( ultimately, in the truest sense) a blessing."

Nancy Leigh Demoss

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Sixty Seconds on Tuesday

We were talking about how plants and people help each other out. We breathe out carbon dioxide which they use to then make oxygen for us to breathe. He was quite taken with this idea.

Caught him helping the plant along in the process by breathing on it.

Such a literal sweet boy I have.

Plants are our friends.

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