Homeschool Mother’s Journal: A Pain in the Neck

In my life this week…

My husband was away on business the first part of the week. The girls and I did fine, but I do not like single parenting. I forget how much I rely on my husband’s support and an extra set of hands during the week until he’s away. Fortunately, his job doesn’t require him to travel much. This week reminded me not to take him for granted!

I had some mid-back problems earlier this week too. That changed to neck issues on Wednesday, and by Thursday I had very limited mobility in my neck. A visit to my chiropractor didn’t help as much as I had hoped because there’s so much inflammation. I’m working on reducing that, and it’s a real pain in the neck!

In our homeschool this week…

We made good progress in academics this week. We had things to wrap up before we take some days off for Thanksgiving next week. The girls begged me to skip some subjects and have a “light” week, but I told them we’ll do that next week. 😉

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

While homeschooling allows for flexibility, there’s a time to buckle down and get the work done. Pray for wisdom to know when to be flexible and when to stick with the program so you can accomplish your goals for the year!

I am inspired by…

The brave men and women who fight with our country’s armed forces to defend the cause of freedom around the world.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

We had a pretty normal week here with therapy sessions and dance lessons. We did have a  play date with my sister and her children. The girls enjoyed that, and my niece and nephew had such a big time running with the “big kids” (my girls) that they were exhausted when we parted ways.

My favorite thing this week was…

Packing Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts during a family box packing party.

What’s working/not working for us…

We continue to work on character training with We Choose Virtues. We have ended up going down the list in the same order as the virtues are listed on our poster, and we just started a new one: Content. There’s no better virtue to work on during the holiday season. We all need to learn to be content, especially now!

We are still using Heritage History as a big part of our social studies lessons, and we love those books! The girls are begging to keep going next week on our break because they want to find out what happens in Stories of the Pilgrims and Puritan Twins. (I’m planning to share more before the end of the month, but if you just can’t wait, visit Heritage History’s website and use the code jennifer when you check out. You will get a free Early America library with the purchase of any curriculum CD through January 1, 2013!)

Questions/thoughts I have…

How long will it take for my neck to get back to normal? I have things to do!

Things I’m working on…

Getting caught up on some reading projects and working on some writing, including journaling my way through the holiday season with some help from my coach and friend Laurie Wallin. I’m taking time to confront some issues I’ve been pushing under the rug for far too long.

I’m reading…

Ongoing reading/study projects:

  • The Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
  • Power Thoughts: 12 Strategies to Win the Battle of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
  • IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity by Colin Gunn and Joaquin Fernandez
  • Trusting God Day by Day (devotional) by Joyce Meyer
I started:
  • Simple Blogging: Less Computer Time, Better Blogging by Rachel Meeks.

I’m cooking…

I made another batch of homemade burritos because BookGirl didn’t get enough last week. I also made another huge bowl of potato hash. This time I seasoned it with a spicier seasoning salt instead of our old standby. We liked it better with a little more kick. (The potato hash recipe came from Simplified Dinners – Gluten Free, Dairy Free. We have been using it for a while and continue to save money and time with its recipes.)

I’m grateful for…

My husband and how much he loves and cares for us.

I’m praying for…

Our nation, Israel, and many personal requests for family and friends. And my neck.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

Some of my favorite photos of the week from our box packing party, a waiting room shot of BookGirl, and Princess Roo just being…a princess.

I’m also linking up with Collage Friday: Turning Off “The Growth Switch” at Homegrown Learners.

Homegrown Learners
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Photo credit: Jennifer A. Janes

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8 Responses to Homeschool Mother’s Journal: A Pain in the Neck

  1. Mary says:

    Hi Jennifer — I’m sorry about your neck pain. I know first hand that pain colors your entire outlook on life, so I’m praying this inflammation goes away! Do you take Magnesium supplements – I think this helps quite a bit.

    I love your shoebox pictures – what a blessing they will be!

    Happy weekend!

  2. Dawn says:

    I am sorry about your pain. I hope it improves soon.
    Blessings, Dawn

  3. Lindsay @ Bytes of Memory says:

    Sounds like a great week! I am looking forward to a lighter week next week too :-)

  4. Becca says:

    My girls wanted a light week this week, too, but like you I said no because we’re taking all of next week off! Did you get the homeschool kit from We Choose Virtues?

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