Bible Curriculum 50% Off SALE

Our favorite bible curriculum is 50% off until February 3, 2015!!  We love to study the Bible as a family, and Grapevine Studies allow us to.

 

Birth of Jesus

By using stick figures as you work through the lessons, you are helping your children engage both sides of the brain. When you engage both sides of the brain, the information you are learning sticks better and faster!!e

We had put our Grapevine Studies away at Christmas, and had not gotten back in since… We were struggling to get going again, with all the sickness we had and trying to get caught up.  So, Thursday morning, two of my kiddos said they missed drawing and memorizing the verses they were drawing about… We WILL be diving back in this week!!  I have it all set up and ready to go!!

God’s Wondrous Machine

I love science, especially biological science and human anatomy, how our bodies work and all that.  One thing I never learned much about was the nervous system… funny seeing as that pretty much is the control center.  However, that is not where any of my classes really focused and so I have always felt like I am lacking a bit of knowledge in this area…. But…

God's Wondrous Machine

 

The Electrifying Nervous System by Lainna Callentine M.Ed., M.D. Book one in the God’s Wondrous Machine series, has helped so much, and being written from a Biblical Creation Worldview, it is approved for use in our homeschool!!!

 

 God created you with much care, love and incredible design. For example: the human brain has 1 quadrillion “connections” (that’s 1,000,000,000,000,000!). It would take a million computers to have the same amount of connections to rival the brain.

The Electrifying Nervous System is just a mere $15.99, and filled with wonderful photos, rich content and engaging facts!!  My seven year old… a new reader is loving looking through this book and trying to read as much as he is able… we are going to start sitting down together and read.

There are eleven chapters covering everything from the basics of our brain, to the spinal column, to MRIs and CAT Scans, to the Blood Brain Barrier, to health and nutrition, to The Wacky, the weird and Wow Facts!!

Here is a video preview of the book.  I think you will really enjoy it!!

 

This book was developed by a homeschooling pediatrician.  It focuses on God’s amazing design and how he designed a hugely functional nervous system for the human body.  It is recommended for third through sixth grades.  However, my highschooler has now gained a new interest as he has looked through this book!!!

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When Mommy Gets SICK

When Mommy Gets SICK… keeping up the home, school and life with our children when we are sick can be a challenge. However, keeping our expectations in check and realizing that we can get on top of it all after we are a bit better will allow us to rest and get better faster.

There is never a good time for moms to get sick, but getting sick the first week back to homeschool after Christmas vacation, after a week with a sick baby and all other children having been sick?  No, not good.  When Mommy gets sick things can quickly turn to chaos in less than three seconds… or it seems that way…

When Mommy Gets Sick, part of the house may fall apart, but most likely, everyone will have food and survived.

However, I had somehow managed to get a new chore/routine system put together just in time.  I had lesson plans made out and we were pretty much easing into the new semester…. but I DID NOT get our meals planned and well, that is where nearly 3 gallons of chili saved us… I started handing out chores to get that chili made… I tried to trust my hubby with the seasoning of the chili…

We didn’t end up resorting to our Mommy Sick Day Binder, or starving.  Children all had clean clothes and managed to do a week’s worth of school even without my help.  It is probably the beauty of having older children.

Now, I am not going to kid you… the house was quite chaotic… I was a little upset when I saw the state our bathroom was in… Yes, cleaning it was on that new chore chart, but you know what?  The four who know how to clean the bathroom decided that someone else should do it… I think???

I know, that has probably never happened in your home, right?  I mean, when you get sick, the house just runs itself?Yes?  Well, please inform me how you have managed to get that accomplished!!!

Sometimes moms can get pretty sick.  This was one of those times.  I could barely walk on my own.  I had a headache, but not just a headache, a migraine, but not just a migraine, a migraine caused by a sinus infection, that had my tummy out of sorts, and had gotten into my ears and had me very sick…

My husband actually had to come home to help.  He stayed home except to check cattle for three days, and then on day four, took me to the doctor.  He hasn’t stayed home with me sick that much in our nearly 17 years of marriage.  Not even after a baby.  Not after any of my three c-sections…

So, what did happen in our home?  Well, honestly, I was out of it and I am not really  sure.  Everyone worked to stay caught up on the basics… except the poor bathroom.  lol  Something tells me everyone figured someone else would get tired of the yucky messes that take over a bathroom in nothing flat… I mean, we have three potty trained boys and daddy here… Sorry, in our home boys mess up a bathroom worse then my girls.

Baby didn’t starve, but refused every single bottle of milk that my family lovingly thawed out for him.  Every. Single. One…  When a breastfeeding mom gets sick and is unable to keep any thing down for two days, her milk production kind of drops to nothing… he was mad, but not mad enough to take a bottle…

2015-01-10 11.02.06 Here I am trying to hold him and calm him down after one of the bottle attempts…

When mommy gets sick, the family will survive, but things will be a little different.  We have to hand it to our family for staying afloat while we were under the weather.  We have to praise our family for taking care of us.

I am doing better now, still not 100%.  Still wear down pretty easy and spend my afternoons resting with baby in my arms.  I have been down for two weeks with this stuff.

Maintaining Sanity With a Sick Baby

So, we rang in the New Year with the Icky Yucky Croupy Crud and I ended up with a sick baby.  I really dislike having sick kiddos… Respiratory gunk really stresses me in my RSV, pneumonia prone kiddos, and in babies… Sick babies scare me… It used to be no big deal, then… a baby died that I knew, I had held, and then another, and another… Now a sick baby scares me… I struggle to keep my sanity.

Surviving the Icky Yucky Croupy Crud With a Baby in the Home

The Moment I Went Into Panic with a Sick Baby

The three sickest kiddos I have had this week are, 1 who had RSV 2 times and pneumonia 3 times (7 yrs old), our NICU girl who has had pneumonia 6 times, RSV once and was born WITH pneumonia (not quite 6 years old), and Simon, our 7 month old… he just pretty much went from holding his own pretty good, to extremely bad, had me racing around the house to pack bags for the hospital while talking to an on call nurse on the phone, staying on with her while I gave a breathing treatment… All during a snow storm causing conditions that would make it nearly impossible to get to the hospital.  During Simon’s worst, I couldn’t see the horse pen, that I can throw rocks to from the house!!  My hubby was out feeding cows as we had a nasty storm moving in and it could become a big challenge to even get to them in the snow.  See, during all that, Simon was showing many of the signs that alerted NICU Girl’s nurse that she was in trouble and led to her NICU stay six years ago…

Yes, I was panicky…

However, as we all know, things still must be done… Laundry, dishes, meals, animals fed and more…

So, I Regain My Sanity?

  • First, I lower my expectations of what will get done.  I don’t go into survival mode, but I do cut out extras and many dailies.  Dishes, laundry, meals, and general straightening tops!!
  • Then, I assign chores out to those well enough to accomplish the minimal tasks.
  • Our meals become easier… crock pot starting the night before, freezer meals, and so forth.
  • Laundry is kept a little better under control by just wearing jammies all day and changing in the evening before bed.
  • We Pray, Pray and Pray some more.
  • Get to know your medical providers before you get sick.
  • Keep in touch with those providers.
  • I have a few 911 friends… those friends you can call to unload on in those horribly stressful times that can help talk me down and will pray with me.  During this time, I texted two and they were able to send me some verses of scripture to focus on.

We make time for rest… now, when I have sick babies, I rarely rest, but I will try to make time after they are well. When you have livestock, and lots of kiddos and all kiddos get sick at the same time… chores all seem to fall on you. So, rest for the kiddos, you can catch up a bit later.  If the cows don’t get out…

 

 

FarmLife Tuesday~Snow

FarmLife during the winter can be a challenge.  We heard the forecast, we kept up with our weather apps on the phone. We prepared as much as we could.   We then waited, watched, waited and decided it wasn’t going to snow… But, then, nearly 19 hours after it was said to start, it did, and not with a slow few flurries… no, if this would have been rain falling, it would have caused flash flooding… FarmLife Tuesday Tending to Livestock, sick baby, and keeping up during a snow storm on the farm.

This picture is just thirty minutes after it started snowing.  The flakes were huge and heavy.

Lots of Big Heavy Snowflakes

Just look at those snowflakes!!

It was a winter wonderland….

But…

We have livestock, there was an Arctic front on our doorstep and our sick baby was getting sicker…

Sicker as in, I had packed a bag for the hospital…

I had been staying up all night with him for several nights.

I was worn out and now was worried that if he REALLY needed to go to the hospital, we wouldn’t be able to get there…

But…

God worked it out…

I spent some time on the phone with an on call nurse explaining our situation.

Hubby brought home a loader that could get us out if needed.

The people who have cattle here broke through the drifts by morning.

Baby did get a bit worse, but we worked through it.

We kept animals watered even in single digit temperatures.

We stayed warm.

We had lots of family time just relaxing…as much as you can with a houseful of sick kiddos.

We survived…

The livestock survived.

All are feeling better.

Winter on the farm is not all fun.  However, it is worth it.  We get to see God work through issues that no man could take on and come out ahead on.   FarmLife is not for everyone.  It is hard, it is time consuming and never runs on a plan… As soon as you make a plan, a cow will get out, a horse will get sick, or deer will take out a 1/2 mile of fence. FarmLife… I love it. I live it. I thrive in it!

Merry Christmas~Free Gift

I want to wish all my readers a Merry Christmas!!  Our family will be busy over the next week or two spending time together, making memories.  This is likely the last blog post for 2014… I would like to give all of you a freebie for your family to save a few of the memories…

We are Growing, Keeping in Touch

As my blog grows, I am adding new ways to keep in touch.  Some of you probably follow through email, Facebook and so forth.  I am now adding a newsletter that I plan to be sending out about once a week or every two weeks.  I will share a few links to blog posts, special…

Dear Weary Mom

You are not alone.  We are all right there with you.  Even that mom over there with the perfect hair, perfect nails and happy smile. We are all weary moms… at least we all go through seasons when we are weary. Some of us just wear it on our faces a bit more.  Some have…

FarmLife Tuesday Catching Up

FarmLife this time of year is less crazy on the farm, but is a time to catch up on appointments and such.  So, we have hit the road, A LOT… We have doctor appointments every day this week.  EVERY.Single.DAY.  However, some are follow up appointments, some PT, some chiropractor, but all at least an 8…

A Christ Centered Family Christmas

Over the last week, we have set the books aside and tried to focus more on Christmas celebrations…  Well, in between doctor appointments that is.  As we got rolling through December, I quickly realized with four to six doctor appointments a week, we were going to miss having a Christ Centered Family Christmas if we…

Leftover Turkey Cheesy Mac Casserole

Maybe you have eaten all the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving?  Maybe you have some frozen in the freezer for a rainy day?  Maybe you need to gather ideas for the next turkey?  Well, this Leftover Turkey Cheesy Mac Casserole works for chicken and turkey it is good either way… or shall I say GREAT!!  It is a…

FarmLife Tuesday ~

Well, this week’s FarmLife Tuesday is a bit boring as it  was work in the shop week.  I kind of tend to avoid the first week when hubby heads to the shop to actually work on equipment during our down time.  Why? Because it is kind of a HUGE mess.  He spends this first week…

Educational Holiday Gift Guide

? Happy Holidays! ? The Educents team is excited to share their favorite deals and products with you this holiday season. Each staff member chose their favorite deal for the holidays and included it in this handy guide. Check out the deals, including free apps, art & craft supplies, personalized books, LEGO sets, martial arts…

Upcoming Family Movie Night Choice

Our family loves a good movie.  You know the ones the family can enjoy?  During the winter months, we actually have time to watch movies as it gets dark early enough we are inside sooner. We typically have more than one Family Movie Night a week during the winter months. Well, When the Game Stands…

44 Animals of the Bible Review

As one of the Moms of Masterbooks Bloggers, I receive a book each month written by one of the Masterbooks Authors.  I have been MIA from the group for a few months due to being a mom to my sweet baby, and needing extra time to adjust to adding baby 7.  I joined back in…