Homeschool Mother’s Journal: Screeching Halt!

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In my life this week…

After last week’s busyness, I was already tired. Then Princess Roo had a nightmare of a headache on Monday night, with all the symptoms of a migraine, and the emotional toll of seeing her screaming in pain (and then going completely still and silent to try to make it stop) was too much. I was emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually worn out.

After making sure she was okay on Tuesday, I took a step back from everything—came to a screeching halt. I have had physical symptoms that I am doing too much, and I knew I was going to have to slow down and take care of myself. I have written this week, but not as often. I have spent time online chatting with friends, but not as much. I have gotten into bed before 11:00 pm two nights in a row, and I’m going for a third after I finish this post. I am spending more time laughing and playing with my children and less time trying to cram more projects into my day. Will you join me in creating some margin in life?

Late Tuesday afternoon, the orders for Princess Roo’s lab work finally came in. I took her to the clinic to get blood drawn on Wednesday after we finished our lessons. She did well. Now we wait for results so we can get the final orders for her infusions and get going with those.

Update: Before I could finish this post and head to bed, we had a plumbing issue that we had to stay up late to deal with. Best laid plans . . .

In our homeschool this week…

It was a good week. We were able to stay home a lot, so our lesson time was more relaxed. We enjoyed being able to take our time, laughing over how-to paragraphs BookGirl wrote, and reading about Jane (from Dick and Jane) getting dolls for her birthday. We really enjoyed one another.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

The world will go on if you don’t do everything on your to-do list. Many of the things you think are “high priority” items are urgent, not important. Learn to tell the difference between the two, and organize your days accordingly.

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

We helped my grandmother celebrate her birthday this week.

My favorite thing this week was…

The slower pace.

My kiddos’ favorite thing this week was…

Having a “spring break” day today. We didn’t take a full week off, but we have enjoyed today!

Things I’m working on…

Wrapping up some projects for March and getting ready for Autism Awareness Month. It’s going to be big!

I’m cooking…

Chili, tacos, crock pot chicken, baked fish. Tonight is date night. I’m not sure what we’ll have for supper tonight!

I’m grateful for…

Supportive family and friends—both in real life and online.

I’m praying for…

A long list of requests.

I rewarded my kids this week by…

Letting them help me taste test a new gluten-free cupcake recipe we’re trying for our Easter cupcakes.

Something I am ogling or have my eye on…

One Year Alone with God: 366 Devotions on the Names of God {affiliate link} by Ava Pennington. I love studying the names of God. This is on my Amazon wish list.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…

Homeschool Collage -

  1. Original sculptures of our cats by Princess Roo.
  2. Princess Roo all dressed in pink.
  3. In the wait-long room before Princess Roo’s blood draw.
  4. Gluten-free snacks that double as spelling manipulatives. The letters kept disappearing, though. 😉
  5. It’s official! I’m Super Mom! Princess Roo gave me this sticker after her blood draw.
  6. Princess Roo was such a stellar patient that she got a bow on her bandage!

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14 Responses to Homeschool Mother’s Journal: Screeching Halt!

  1. Jenny says:

    That must have been so hard to deal with Princess Roo’s headache. Our own pain is bad, but when it’s your child and you can’t do anything, well…I am glad you were able to step back. Thank you for sharing Carol Anne’s fabulous post. I am honored she is part of our special needs team!

    • Exactly, Jenny! I’m so glad we’re on the other side of it and hope she never goes through it again.

      Carol Anne is amazing. I’m blessed to be part of HEDUA’s special needs team and am proud to call you both “friend”!

  2. Yes to adding margin…I’m with you!

  3. Mary says:

    Jennifer — I will be praying for you to put that margin into your life. It sounds like you are already doing a great job. I can’t imagine watching my little one with a migraine. How awful for both of you. Hugs, my friend.

  4. Michelle C. says:

    You’re doing a great job. Times are tough but moms are tougher. :-)

  5. Savannah says:

    Nothing makes for a better week than staying home a lot. I am sure your kiddos enjoyed the cupcakes, too. Thanks for sharing on HammockTracks. I look forward to seeing what you accomplish next week.

  6. Lauren says:

    Poor baby girl and her aching head :0( Praying they stay away and you’re able to get some real rest this weekend!

  7. Becca says:

    I love your tip – you’re exactly right. I really learned this lesson this past year during my husband’s heart transplant journey. It is something I wish I could tech others, but it’s really something you have to learn for yourself.

    • Thank you. You’re right! Unless you’ve been in a situation like that, it’s hard to understand. I hope your husband’s transplant was successful and that he’s doing very well.

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