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Monday, May 30, 2011

Slow and Steady Wins the Race






The end of the school year is upon us. The beginning
of the end is near. We are winding down our lessons.
Searching for the best ending spot to a fun filled year. As
I look back upon it I realize that it was not so fun filled.
We stuck strictly to our book work. We had no field trips.
We had several deaths in the family (one
just this week Grandma Lynn), injuries, and illness.
Lots of struggles but we have persevered.
Slow and steady wins the Race.

We are still struggling with finances but there are many
possibilities for Daddy again. Our hopes are high. He was
called back to the lumber Company just last week.
He is to begin next week but the work is temporary,
a month or two. However we are awaiting a call for something
else. I'd say we are sitting at the edge of our seats but
honestly I am putting less value into it as in how I feel.
I have laid my emotions to my family where they belong.
Financially taking care of them is important but I can't
let it take over my thoughts and focus. Oh and it has at
times. It has run who I was for awhile. I won't let it anymore.

I have learned so much this year more than book work
can ever give any one person. I imagine the
children have too. I used to struggle with
being home all the time and now I have learned to value
my time at home as a mom. I wanted something more when all
along I had what I needed. Then once I had more
I had to morn the changes and morn what I didn't realize
I had lost . It was an emotional time for me which
on occastion I still stuggle through at times. It's a huge
new adjustment to what our life is and means.
I have come to enjoy my time at home more than ever and
enjoy my new job. There is value in washing my childrens laundry
and sitting by the way reading a good story, treasure it
if you have it. I see our year as a learning lesson.
A life learning lesson. Yet We can manage with book work
only if need be, as if that is all we learned this year.

I am anitcipating the coming school year as most
homeschool moms do. I have high hopes for the fall and hope
to add in the "fun stuff"again. I have less far in the future plans
instead I have a lets see attitude. Slow and steady.






Our plans for the summer are small. There is no big trips
in view. Sometimes the small things matter most. I have
plans to spend much time enjoying our local nature . In
conjunction with our summer library program we will visit
the parks and look for the treasure to stamp our books.
This is a great way to get out and going. We will also be
utilizing that library program to get our young ones reading.
Nothing like spending the solitude reading a good book.

I will work this summer just two hours a day after summer
camps until children are picked up to go home. I also will
be working at our playground club twice a week. My children
are welcome to come and play too which is great to get
them out and going. They need forced outside sometimes.
My children like the air conditioning a little to much.




Today we are heading out to a family picnic at grandmas
house. I miss the times when all of us grandchildren
went and had picnics there. It will be a nice day to
relax and play with the kids.


Before I go let me tell you about my little turtle friend you
have been seeing
. My sister in law found him on the road
and picked him up so he wouldn't get hit by a car.
She brought him by for the children to see. Heart was
the only one brave enough to pick him up and take
photos of him. Afterwards he was released into the wild.






Have a Happy Memorial day!!

Nikki


















Sunday, May 22, 2011

Scary Story...



Well, You are probably wondering where in the world we
have been. I'll update you on the whole entire scary
story. It seems as if we have scary stories on a regular
basis around here. This post will be a mix of things.

Before the Scary story. I'll tell you that Heart and I



were able to visit the college for a new student day.
I don't think I got to tell you all about it. It was an
enjoyable day and I think it got her more excited
about starting. In the days that preceded we got her
schedule so now we have to work on picking up the
required books. I have heard that there are several
good places to try. Once I try these out I'll let you
all know how well they work. One student advised us
of a place to rent books. Much cheaper than purchasing
them from the school store. I am paper wise unorganized
at the moment or I'd find the link now and share it.

Now for the scary story... Sweet pea started with a
stuffy nose. I thought it was just a spring cold or
allergy but she had fever that lasted for four days.
It was over a weekend so first thing Monday morning
I called the Dr. I couldn't get her in till Monday evening
at 7pm. I took her and and explained what was happening.
I could tell that the Dr. was in a bit of a hurry. She told
me that the fever would go down that it was a stomach
viral. (vomiting and other fun stuff included.) So I went



back home pretty much doing what I was doing, which
always frustrates me. I got her ready for bed and
was going to lay with her on my bed a bit since
she was so crabby and not well. I laid her on the
bed. She made some funny noises and then started
seizing. She was face in the pillow so I turned her and
screamed my head off for someone. Of course not a
soul heard me so once the Seizure was done I grabbed
her and ran down the stairs more screaming my head off.
Dad was like what is happening while I called 911 and
explained that she had a seizure. For a moment
I couldn't find her pulse at first it was shallow.
Her entire little body was limp. I can tell you it was the
scariest thing you can imagine to see your child this
way. I seriously thought the ambulance was never
going to come. I literally probably could have walked faster.
since its right down the street. I know they did
their best getting here but when you are in
panic mode it feels like forever. I explained to 911
the situation. I say this as if I was calm. I was not calm.
I have had first aid training plus CPR and have
had several situations in the past. Once including my
son choking on a life saver but non like this.
They advised I take her temperature.
it was 100. When the ambulance got here it was 101.
When we go there it was 102 and then the emergency
room nurse took it it was 103.7. It had risen that high
in 15 minutes which apparently caused the seizure.

They took other tests, which was real fun with a sleepy
18 month old. Everything was ruled out to be the viral.
We went home at 2 am in the morning. Scared out of
our minds it would happen again. I watched her breath
and would jump up when I'd fall asleep. I took off
work that day to watch her. I knew dad was here but
I couldn't make myself go.

A few days later I took her back to the Dr. for a check

up. The Dr. couldn't figure out why this happened.
I mentioned her immunizations the week prior and she
said that was it. She had a reaction to her vaccinations
and then on top of that had this viral. (sore throat too)
The type of seizure she had is called a febrile seizure
which occurs when the temperature goes high rapidly.
We were advised that she may have these till the age
of 5 years and to keep Tylenol on hand to aggressively
treat any fevers. I have been watching her closely.
It was a slow recover and a tiring one for mom and dad.
Finally now I think she is doing well but I still on occastion
find myself feeling her head.

More tramatic maybe for mom and dad. Although she
does act things out. She remembers. Spirit has a
play tape measure and she will wrap it around her arm
and then pretend to take blood from her arm using
her finger. She doesn't let things go to easily. I

know she is young and eventually will forget it ever

happened but I will never forget it ever. SCARY .


We had to take 2 Sundays off of church so this
Sunday today will be our first there in awhile.
It feels good to go and be semi normal again.

Great to be back.
Nikki
Monday, May 9, 2011

simple womens daybook



Today is...
May 9, 2011

Outside My Window....
The sun is shinning, wash is on the wash line and
I have a day at home today. No work.

Weekend at a Glance.....
Saturday/ Sunday- sick baby all weekend.
I got nothing done other than holding Sweet
Pea and watching movies. It was actually
nice to sit and rest but not nice to have a sick
child.



Health Care....
Still no meds for dad.

From the learning rooms...

Spirit age 5- Lots of playtime

Superboy age 10-
History- History of US book 1 Native American study
Science- Water Shed
Math- decimals
Literature- Short stories
Grammar- Verb
Spelling- Barton book 5 lesson 4
Practicing spelling from book 3 and 1,000 word list.
Also working in spellingcity.com

Princess age 13-
History- World history.
Math= Review
Literature-short story
Grammar- direct objects
Science- Life Cycles


I am wearing...



Jeans capris and teal t-shirt

I am hearing ...
The fan, TV and Spirit crinkling a bag

Favorite things.....
Ginger ale

clipboards

m&ms

I am Thankful for...

Fever free child at least for now

A day off

surprises

laundry washed


I am praying for...

Financial issues-
Dad my have a job. Working on the details.
Keep praying.

family health concerns

Grace to live in the moment and have a positive heart.

Seeking courage and Patience


Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week
Monday-
Day off
Wednesday- Progress monitoring
Thursday- Kindergarten set up
Sunday- Services





Nikki
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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mothers Day!!


My 5 Greatest gifts!!!

“A mother's heart is the child's classroom.”
- Henry Ward Beecher



“My mother's menu consisted of two choices:
Take it or leave it.” - Buddy Hackett



“A mother is a person who seeing there
are only four pieces of pie for five people,
promptly announces she never did care for pie.”
- Tenneva Jordan




“You don't really understand human nature
unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round
will wave at his parents every time around
- and why his parents will always wave back.”
- William D. Tammeus






“When you are a mother, you are never really
alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think
twice, once for herself and once for her child.” – Sophia Loren






“Cleaning up with children around is like shoveling
during a blizzard” – Unknown

Nikki









Saturday, May 7, 2011

Changes and Promises




Today I want to celebrate the life of my oldest Child.

No it's not her birthday but the day after a
college day. A day at college brings thoughts.

It is the beginning of so many changes


for her. I see this photo she took of her and sweet pea and it's
almost a mirror of who she was and how far she has come.
It's so hard sometimes to let go of that little girl I held so
dear. Change can be hard and endearing at the same time.
How did this happen so fast? You have become such a
strong young women just as I had hoped you would.




Dear Heart,

It is so difficult to think of you as an adult. I worked so hard for
so long to spend special time with you amongst bouncing back and
forth to dads and grandmas. It took so much to stay connected
to you but was so worth the relationship that we have.

I think of the day you were born lately more often than I
care to admit. How sweet your little face was. That giggle
that would light my world and still does. You have
such a way with people that amazes me. You change the
mood of our entire home. It is different when your not
there and busy with things in your new beginning. You have the
ability to do something really great. Greatness can be simple. I sit back
in awe of you and your outgoing personality. No matter what you
do it will be perfect for you.



I am struggling now more than you probably realize to find
my place with you as your mom. I know that it is different and
will be but It's hard to find where I should be sometimes.
Just as I did when you were little and fell I want to rush
in and fix it all for you. I have to hold back and allow
you to fall so you learn the things that I learned. I want
to tell you all my life lessons so that you will miss the falls.
Somethings you have taken to heart and some you
will have to find on your own. I know you have to find your
own way. The protective mom is me wants to shield you in.

Yesterday as I was passing into the Valley I had a bright
sun behind me and a storm in front of me. As I entered
the trees I saw the most amazing rainbow. It was the
clearest I had ever seen in my life and it was reflecting
itself. I literally said out loud WOW , Gods Promise.
Then I thought of you and wished you were there to
photograph it. It arched the entire way just like in a
picture book. It jumped into mind that it was given
to me as a remembrance of all I have asked for for you
There it was His Promise so bright in the sky
and full of color. So vivid just as you are.
I can feel our relationship changing and I'm excited and
sad all at the same time. I can hardly wait to see what
our future has in store for us. I imagine we will only
become closer still.



No matter what our future holds you will always be my
Rainbow and I will always be your Mom. Now I know
tomorrow is Mothers day but I wanted to celebrate you.

I Love you,


Mom










Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Family Easter

Easter is such a wild ride around here. I stress at times
over the meaning of Easter and trying to keep it Holy.
I always have great intentions of bible reading and
special activities. Then reality sets in. All the activities
schedules run us so much that we miss all the important
things. Although spending time with family is pretty
important too. My brother was home from North Carolina
so we took much time with him. I am really going
to miss him although I may see his family again
this summer. My mom is still recovering from surgery
and had a terrible reaction to her medicine. I felt so
bad for her that she could not visit with family properly.
She spent most of the holiday resting.

As per tradition we all went to my dads party where
he works for Easter. It has become tradition to get a
photo with Pap (oh and the Easter bunny) on this day.
I think the kids enjoy spending the time with pap more
than they care about the activities. After we went to
Mom and Dads and had a pizza party since mom hasn't
been feeling to well. We also celebrated Paps birthday,
had Christmas with my brother and Graduation . It's
hard when family lives so far away. I had always
envisioned us living close together . Like right next
door to each other and our kids growing up with one
another just like we did. Its funny how life doesn't always
work out the way we had planned.

We split into age groups for the egg hunt. Sweet pea
loved it and had plenty of hard boiled eggs in her
bucket. Many of them cracked from her hard tosses.
Spirit had a bucket full and Superboy had 4. This did
not surprise me since running isn't in his vocabulary.


The weather decided to be strange Easter week too.
This day we had heavy winter coats on and a few days later
we didn't need any. It is still being wacky. Yesterday I needed
a jacket all day and today its supposed to hit the 80's.




Sweet pea loved her eggs so much that I couldn't pry them
from her when she got in the car. She fell asleep with them on
The way to paps. The next day we went to my church egg hunt.
Where I provided children with several crafts, a play area and
cookie snack to make. It was a great turn out and children
enjoyed the activities. They each went home with a
large bucket filled with chocolate. (we use plastic eggs
with candy) Many of the crafts and activities were bible
based. It seemed to be an enjoying day.

Sunday we spend in reverence to God. Worshipping and
having a family meal time. It was a nice quiet day
that I really needed and we got some of the meaning back
into the day.


*Please pray We are waiting to hear about work
for Carl. In particular a farm that looks promising. It
isn't a little farm but a major corporation.

We are also heading to Hearts college today to discuss
financial. Hoping all of my ducks are in a row.


Nikki











Monday, May 2, 2011

Simple Womens Daybook -- May



Today is...
May2, 2011

Outside My Window....
It is dark. I am up before the sun as usual,
off to before care, then staff training , then
school at home.

Weekend at a Glance.....
Saturday-


Lesson planning and organization with
sometime for relaxing.

Sunday-
Church services

Health Care....
Still no meds for dad.

From the learning rooms...

Spirit age 5- Kites, Wind, Rainbows
Lots of playtime

Superboy age 10-
History- History of US book 1 Native American study
Science- Water Shed
Math- decimals
Literature- Reading Li Lun
Grammar- Verb
Spelling- Barton book 5 lesson 3
Practicing spelling from book 3 and 1,000 word list.
Also working in spellingcity.com

Princess age 13-
History- World history.
Math= Review
Literature-Reading Treasure Island
Grammar- direct objects
Science- Life Cycles


I am wearing...



Jeans, red workshirt with Community logo
on the front and the words huge on the back
that says STAFF.

I am hearing ...
The fan all is silent. The day is about to begin.

Favorite things.....

Our caterpillers. They have begun to hang
from the top of the container this morning.

I am Thankful for...

A fairly clean house.

Our new toilet. Now you dont have to wait
what seemed like hours so you can flush it.
Its saving lots of time and water.

Rain.


I am praying for...

Financial issues-
We have two leads at the moment for work so
praying hard for those.
Dads old job that he was laid off from may be bringing
him back. That would be a blessing

If not however he has been called back several times
to a local company and is supposed to go today
to drop off some paperwork.


family health concerns

Grace to live in the moment and have a positive heart.
I did great with this one week and terrible with it
last week. I get so involved sometimes in my own head
and stressing about the little things. It's a work in progress.

Seeking courage and Patience


Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week
Monday-
Staff training
Tuesday- Meeting with College about financial
Wednesday- Progress monitoring and VBS meeting
Thursday- Princess end of the year review
Friday- Student day at the college and last co-op
not sure if we will make it though
Saturday- Free time
Sunday- Services


Picture I'd like to share.




Nikki

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