And here I was, planning to get back to blogging and do it regularly, but as this post is almost two months later, that clearly didn’t happen. But what did happen was that we had a great summer with our family and friends which ended way to quickly. And then… well I hinted at this a long time ago, but this fall we made a huge decision for our family going forward, we started homeschooling!!!! Yes folks, it’s true, we decided to pull our children out of the public school system and start teaching them at home, it’s kinda exciting. And that probably explains why I haven’t had much time to breathe, let alone blog.
It’s been about 6 weeks and I can cautiously say it’s going well… although I can pretty much guarantee this won’t be a blog where you come to for homeschooling advice. Rather, we are likely to be the blog that other homeschoolers visit so that they can feel good about themselves… haha But we are creating a daily routine for ourselves and things do seem to be getting learned so that’s good. I’m cutting them some slack right now because I KNOW without a doubt that none of my children would have ever flung a math book across the room at school, but at home that can seem like a good thing to do. I guess trying to set up structure and routine in a place where you feel the most comfortable isn’t the easiest. But we are persevering.
And the kids are doing really good, and seem to be enjoy being at home. They really like the fact that if they hunker down and get their work done, it leaves them more time to do what they want to do. And I like that we can tailor their education to each of their strength’s and weaknesses… which also means we have to work around my strengths and weaknesses. Weaknesses in the plural. Homeschooling is humbling, it really is.
On a lighter note, I want to take this moment to brag that our William came in 2nd in his cross country meet last week, way to go William!
He couldn’t run in the Public School’s Cross Country meet this year, but ran in the Christian school meet instead. There was still a large crowd and Jason thinks there were over 75 boys in his race, maybe more, so we were really very proud that he did so well. I’m not sure where he got his speed from, maybe from his dad, but it certainly is fun to watch.
I wish I had been able to be there, but as it happens I was in Toronto at SickKids that day. I had been asked by the PACT team if I would come and speak at a seminar they were holding on palliative care, and I was very honoured and so said yes. My mom came to be our substitute teacher for the day, and my dad came with me to Toronto. I thought that I might cry too much or take too long, but praise God, it all went well. There was a question period afterwards and I really enjoyed that, the students of the course asked me questions and one of the Dr’s on the team sat with me and facilitated as well as asked me more questions, and I just thought it was a really neat experience. Not only was I pleased to give back to SickKids in this way, but I was able to see lots of our 4D staff, and one of our nurses from the CCU, as well as some members of the PACT team I hadn’t seen since last August. Going back to SickKids is always bitter-sweet – but going there makes me feel close to Ava so it’s all good. Jason and the kids wished that they could have joined me, so we are hoping to go back again soon.
As far as the other kids and what they are up too… Sarah is doing pretty good with her diabetes and her pump – she actually deserves a whole blog post for an update which I will do next. And Sophia is just her happy sunny self… although lately it seems that she is fed up with being the youngest child. She is taking to heart every time she doesn’t get to do something or feels left out – it’s tough being five years old. Erik is programming his heart out – which means he is still doing things that befuddle me completely so that’s good I think. Jason is keeping busy as always and I am so thankful for such a wonderful supportive husband who takes such good care of us all.
I wish I had some recent pictures to show you, but I’ve been terrible and haven’t been taking pictures lately, so I will have to leave you with some that we took during our vacation in August. These first three are pics of us sending off Chinese lanterns to remember our sweet little Birdy. Jason found them for us and we loved sending them off… they were beautiful and it felt very fitting…
And here are the four turkeys all together…
So that’s what we’ve been up too in a nutshell. We are so thankful for all of our blessings and God’s mercy towards us… it’s amazing.
Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think,according to the power at work within us,
21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.