Homeschool Mother’s Journal: Genetics Update

In my life this week…

We had our third out-of-town specialist visit of the month. This week we visited genetics. We got a non-report. They had no new information to share with us, so we’re left with the meager information they gave us two years ago and the promise that maybe a more detailed, more sensitive test will be available in the next year or so. We are supposed to wait two years and then bring Princess Roo back to have that new test run, the one that should give us more information.

I was disappointed (again) by the visit, but Princess Roo had a good attitude about it. When the doctor and genetics counselor left the room, she said, “It doesn’t matter that they don’t know. God made me, and He knows.”

In our homeschool this week…

We did core subjects at home on Monday and Tuesday this week. On Wednesday, we left for the specialist appointment a day early so we could visit a hands-on science museum that wasn’t too far out of the way. We packed a picnic lunch, snacks, and drinks, and spent a full day there before traveling on to a family member’s house to stay the night. On Thursday, we made the genetics appointment and then had lunch together. It was still early, so we decided to use the reciprocal membership benefits of our science museum pass and spend the afternoon at another hands-on science museum. I really enjoyed the time with the girls. It helped take the edge off having another appointment.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Take advantage of membership passes at zoos, state parks, and science museums in your area. The cost of a year’s membership to the ones in our area is less than paying for admission a couple of times, and having a pass means that we get to take great field trips throughout the year for the cost of the gas to get there and picnic food! There are usually “membership benefits” that mean you get the inside scoop and first access to special events too!

I am inspired by…

My seven-year-old. She has gone through more than many kids her age (and some adults), but she manages to keep a positive attitude throughout (most of the time).

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

We spent time with cousins Wednesday evening and were able to visit two hands-on science museums using our membership card to one of them!

My favorite thing this week was…

Spending two entire days with the girls, laughing and having fun with them.

What’s working/not working for us…

Having three out-of-town specialist appointments in a row over the course of only three weeks has worn us down. We spent the month on the road and are all exhausted as a result. I have already taken steps to make sure we don’t go through this again by scheduling the spring appointments at least a few weeks apart.

Questions/thoughts I have…

What was I thinking six months ago when I made these appointments?!?

Things I’m working on…

Getting some rest and trying to get all of us back into a somewhat normal routine.

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

I started:

  • IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity by Colin Gunn and Joaquin Fernandez

I finished:

  • The Battlefield of the Mind Devotional by Joyce Meyer

I’m cooking…

Actually, I didn’t cook much this week. Unless you count the PB&J sandwiches we took on our field trip on Wednesday. DH and I sat down today and planned a great menu for next week, though! We’re making a brand new (to us) Taco Soup recipe from Simplified Dinners (GF & DF) tomorrow. I’ll try to remember to take a picture and let you know how we liked it!

I’m grateful for…

Safe travel to and from our appointment this week. Traveling home was a white-knuckle experience. We dealt with delays on interstate because of construction, a detour to bypass the rest of the construction, and downpours that made it difficult to drive. Our trip home took twice as long as it should have, but God saw us through!

I’m praying for…

BookGirl, who has been congested and pale for a few days, although she doesn’t have fever and says she feels okay. Our nation and the upcoming election (including early voting).

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

Some of this week’s highlights:

  1.  Princess Roo’s reaction to the collapse of her “earthquake-proof” building. That design still needs some work.
  2. BookGirl emerges from an “earthworm tunnel.”
  3. Princess Roo relaxes on a bed of nails.
  4. BookGirl makes her début as Arkansas’ premier meteorologist.
  5. Chick-fil-a in Arkansas roots for the Razorbacks.
  6. Princess Roo gets a visual and tactile representation of her heartbeat/rate.
  7. BookGirl attempts to get the electric current all the way to the top of Jacob’s Ladder.
  8. Princess Roo loves mirror play. “Huddle up, princesses!”
  9. BookGirl examines different single-celled organisms under a microscope.

I’m linking up with:

  • iHomeschool Network – Homeschool Mother’s Journal
  • Homegrown Learners – Collage Friday
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3 Responses to Homeschool Mother’s Journal: Genetics Update

  1. Mary says:

    Jennifer,

    Your little one is so wise. You have steeped her in God’s word and his promises and she obviously GETS IT. What a blessing.

    Now these appointments are over and you can enjoy November, right?

    I’m so happy you are linking with Collage Friday. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you.

    • Thank you, Mary! She really amazes me sometimes.

      Yes, now that the appointments are over, we go back to our usual therapy schedule and enjoy the holidays together.

      I’ve enjoyed getting to know you and your family better through Collage Friday too. I can’t believe it took me so long to figure out how to do a collage! 😉

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