Saturday, November 22, 2014

Family Updates--and news on upcoming surgery


Honestly, when I felt God calling me to homeschool our kids, I really questioned it.  I was really looking forward to having some "me time" while the kids were in school someday.  And by "me time" I mean some time where I could get the house cleaned, meals planned and prepped, grocery shopping complete, laundry and dishes done, errands run, bills paid--and hey, maybe even get a work-out done.  So, when God called me to homeschooling I really wondered--"how in the world am I going to get everything done AND teach our kids?" Well, God has a way of equipping you for things He has called you.  While I will admit I am not always able to get everything done that needs to get done on a daily basis, I am able to do the important things.  Perhaps in a few years and after experience, I will be better in this role.  And being the kids' primary teacher has been so much fun!  Of course I know how they learn better than anyone else does (after all, they are our kids!), so it is fun tailoring their education to their specific learning styles.  It is a blessing to watch them learn something for the first time--like reading, or spelling, or math, etc.  I get to see all of those "a-ha" moments that are followed by the biggest smiles ever! So, I have a much different (and better) attitude towards God's call now.  I felt a bit like Moses at first when God first called Him to talk to Pharaoh and the millions of Israelites ("you are wanting me to do what, Lord?  But....").   But now I am in the "thankfulness" state and am praising God for allowing me the time and health to teach our kids.  I get to be with them nearly every. waking. moment.  :-)  And, we get to take field trips whenever we want!  Here are some photos from some of our recent field trips.

Checking out a monument in front of the Texas Memorial Museum

Luke is seeing what it was like back in the days of the pioneers.  Here, he is pretending to fetch some water for a bath.
Abbey's turn to do the same.

imagining what it would be like to live on a farm in the pioneer days.
checking out an old horse-drawn carriage.

Creating at the Thinkery

Like many people this season, our family has been stricken with a slew of illnesses recently.  Abbey and I have this awful cough/congestant that has lasted for several weeks.  The doctor put her on an antibiotic on Thursday, so I am hoping she improves.  She actually feels completely fine--just has the awful sounding chest congestion.  I do as well--of course, when a cancer survivor has a cough that won't go away, our minds often go to the idea of it being cause by metastasis of cancer to the lungs.  So, for me, we are waiting until after Thanksgiving.  If I still have the chest cough and wheezing we will do a chest X-ray.   Luke and I were also both stricken with a bout of Food Poisoning last weekend.  I am 99% sure it was food poisoning, because we both ate the same exact thing at a restaurant and then both became sick at the exact same amount of time later.   Needless to say, we are all ready to be completely healed!   I just made a homemade decongestant/expectorant I found here on the website today.  Hopefully, it will begin working soon.

Upcoming Surgery:
As a part of my ongoing cancer treatment, I am having my ovaries removed on December 15.   Because my cancer is estrogen positive (meaning estrogen makes the cancer grow), the less estrogen in my body, the better.  Thus, I have finally come to terms that this means having my ovaries removed is a good idea.  It has been such a tough decision--especially at my age.  It is a decision that took a really long time to make.  And honestly, I still don't have 100% peace about it.  No ovaries means instant menopause--in my 30's.     Estrogen provides so many health benefits to one's body--it is helpful for bone health, brain health, skin health, sexual health--pretty much everything.  So, life without the ovaries will bring about some issues we will have to try to tackle with health supplements.   Prayers for peace with the decision (if it be a good decision), would be greatly appreciated.   Recovery shouldn't be too difficult.  The surgery will be robot-assisted and lifting restrictions should only be a couple of weeks.  I am going to miss not working out for a while though, because I have really been enjoying being consistent with working out.

We are already excited about Christmas y'all!  I know--it's not even Thanksgiving yet.  But Thanksgiving is so late this year.  We decided to get down our Christmas decorations at the beginning of the week this week, and slowly get things out.  The kids have really been enjoying helping decorate.  Luke helped me decorate the tree one day.  He was such a good helper.  As we put the ornaments upon the tree, we talked about Jesus Christ, our savior and the reason we celebrate.  So, even decorating was a fun learning experience.  By starting early, our hope is to have everything up by December 1, so we have some time to enjoy it all.

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