Life or Something Like It

Theme for November

Theme for November

Theme for November

We are almost done for the year *insert angels singing.*  With that being said (sung), this is the Theme for November.  THANKFULNESS!  September was an epically crappy month, followed by a way less stellar October.  Honestly, January through now has been a real crapfest.

I have been struggling with anxiety and depression terribly this year, as most people have.  Everything is moving at a snail’s pace.  I feel as if I have been living in fear because of situations beyond my control.  If it could happen, it has happened this year.

So For This Month

I want to continue with my guest blogger pieces.  Honestly, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading them.  Also, praying over these girls and their situations.  I can see many things shifting in their lives and that is because they are releasing the control Satan has had on them.  These girls are reclaiming their position of the King and are trusting in the process.

Secondly, I will be posting things that I am personally thankful for.  It is easy to forget what to the thankful for when things are going good or bad because your mind is on other things.  I want to stop and focus on all the things.  From the smallest of smalls to the biggest of bigs.

For Today

I am thankful for Flash!  We have discovered that Flash is a GIRL!  My first grandbaby will be a girl.  I am beside myself.  She has 20 more weeks to go and then I get to sniff the hair off that baby.  Also, I am thankful that her pregnancy has been relatively smooth and that my son-in-law is finally “getting it.”  Bless his heart.

I challenge you to find a notebook, start a blog and keep a list of things that you are thankful for.  It changes your heart and your perspective on all the things.  The best part is that you stop focusing on the drama in your life and you place that energy of prayer on another life in order to make a difference.

 

 

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Update on my Family

Update on my Family

Update on my Family

Well, I guess it is time for an Update on my Family.  It has been a while since I’ve given one and I guess it is long overdue.  Can I just say, I am SUPER glad September is over!  That whole month weighed so heavily on my heart.  Reading the stories, reflecting on my journey, and just allowing myself to feel.  Suicide is a real thing and it is out of control, if you ask me.  Please, check on your friends and family.  Spread love and kindness.  Help.  Be an ear.  God is so much bigger than that moment of uncertainty!

Bug & Ben

They are still married (yay) and are doing well.  Still young, still got a lot to learn, still navigating all the things but all in all, things are good.  They are both working from home, so that is a LOT of togetherness!  In that togetherness, they forgot to be socially distant and are now expecting a little one.

Let me repeat.

They.  Are.  Expecting.  A.  Little.  One.

One more time for those in the back.

I AM GOING TO BE A GRANDMOTHER.

Breathe.  It’s fine.  I’m fine.  Breathe.

Don’t get me wrong, Flash and I are excited to meet each other.  Hunter named the baby Flash because well, he is 6.  We don’t know if it is a boy or girl.  Honestly, I could care less.  I used to think that was a crock of crap when people said that.  Now, I get it.  I truly don’t care.  So, I am going to be Lolli and Big Daddy will be Pop.

Get it?  I wanted us to be Harriet and Nels or Alice and Mr. Edwards.  Only Bug agreed with that, no one else did.  Whatever.

Peach

My girl did it.  She graduated college with her Bachelor of Science.  Sadly, her last semester had to be done virtually because of stupid co-vid, but she did it.  Come November, she is walking for graduation.  I could not be more proud of her.  I mean, geez.  She is brilliant and beautiful.

Trying to find that “big girl job” has been tedious, but she is working.  It is not her dream job but that will come.  She really is good at what she is doing, it is just hard emotionally.  Her niche is geriatrics.  She loves the elderly and has such respect for them.  The love and grace she shows in working with them…the respect.  She is her mother’s daughter.

Echo has a friend now.  My Ted moved in with them and so did Maureen Kitty.  She is a plant mama and has a cute little apartment that she has decorated so pretty.  This girl of mine…she is going places (just not too far from me!)

Gigi

Its been a hard summer.  Honestly, its been a hard 13 years.  I am not going into any detail because my head and heart simply can’t.  This month, she will be attending school, away from us.  She will be learning a trade and life skills to move forward in her life.  This has been a hard decision for us to make but it is necessary.

For 2 months, we were blessed with the best gift, at the perfect time.  A friend offered to let her come to her house for a couple of months to let life settle a bit.  It gave us all time apart to heal and reflect on what is best for her and the rest of our family.

I pray the Lord guides her every step.

Boo

Well, he still has a female friend and has mentioned moving out.  As I choke back on my vomit and tears, I now refuse to discuss it.  I was pretty good about the girls moving out, but why oh why am I struggling.  Geez.  His little female friend has captured my heart.  She is a sweet girl, though we often talk about making space for Jesus when they sit too close to each other!

He is still in college and loving it.  I think he wants to be a sports journalist.  He loves sports and he has discovered that he loves writing.  In his job, he left his first job for another and then left that one for the first one because he was going to be promoted.  He is a hard worker but his room is a pig sty.  I just don’t get it.

Catfish

Due to the events of the summer, D is away at school until December.  Some things occurred where it was necessary for him to be away.  I email him.  He writes (when he remembers) and he calls every Friday.  Some are good calls and some, he just misses his mama.  I sure do miss him but I know he is learning so much.  Thankfully, this school is geared towards the career that he is wanting to pursue.

Sadly, he got co-vid (well, he and 13 other boys).  That was crappy but luckily they were asymptomatic.  We have had to send him a lot of soap LOL and shoes.  He is wearing them out!  Thankfully, he is learning and working through the events of this summer and processing some of his choices.  I am super proud of him.

Jude

He doesn’t have a nickname…wonder how that happened?  I’ll have to think of one.  He is “virtually” schooling from August until December.  I am hoping he will be back in school in January.  The past year, we have been struggling and fighting to figure out what has been going on with him.  This summer, we finally got our answer.

He has Idiopathic Hypersomnia.  In normal terms, he has narcolepsy.  Let me tell you, it is not like what you see in the movies.  It has been so hard.  In the midst of all the testing for IH, we stumbled on Epilepsy.  Yep, you read that right.  He also has Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy.

Triggers

His triggers are stress and lack of sleep.  We have had TONS of stress this summer and he has narcolepsy, so there is your lack of sleep.  He had his first grand mal seizure and that is something I never want to see again in the history of ever.  We can’t treat the narcolepsy until the epilepsy is controlled.  The epilepsy can’t be controlled because it is triggered by the narcolepsy.  See the problem?

Kid

Good grief.  He is busy.  So.  Very.  Busy.  He talks.  All.  The.  Time.  He is virtually schooling and doing pretty good.  Amazingly enough, he was promoted up a reading level…to HIS reading level on HIS grade!  He is reading so well.  Treatments are going as well as they can.  His OMS is still there and prevalent, but he compensates like a beast.

He is getting so tall and loves being outside.  His favorite thing to do is run.  “Mom, I just need to run.”  I can think about to when he was in a wheelchair.  Most days, I just sit and watch him run back and forth through the yard and I smile.  This child is fearless.  He brings joy to my heart.

As For Us

We are healing, as a family.  Big Daddy is adjusting to working from home.  I’m looking at going back to work part time.  We have A LOT of kittens.  When they are weaned, we are getting the mama’s fixed so we don’t have to worry about that anymore.  I know you want to know their names…right?  In no particular order:

Karen, Inez, Joan, Janis, Joplin, Lloyd, Linda, Lonnie, Ronnie, Roger, Kim, Pat, Wenago, Tibebu, Ephraim, and Bart.

So freaking cute.  I love cats.

I guess that is all for now…until next time.

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Take Care of Your Mental Health

Guest Blogger, Jenna Sherman, is writing again to help you to find ways to reduce your stress and Take Care of Your Mental Health.  Due to the subject matter of this month and continuing pandemic of Co-vid19, self-care and reducing stress is imperative.

Take Care of Your Mental Health

How Families Can Reduce Stress and Tension During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been going on for months, but for self-isolating households, this time probably feels much longer. Keeping up with current guidelines and information is stressful enough.  Many families are also dealing with stress from being stuck indoors together. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to address household tension.  This will help your family grow closer as you ride out the rest of this pandemic.

Take Care of Your Mental Health

Before you can be there for your family, it’s sometimes necessary to take care of yourself first. Prioritizing your mental health is always important, but it matters even more during these stressful times. Following Barefoot Faith Journey and other bloggers who regularly write about important mental health topics is a great way to start your journey toward better mental health.

 

Practicing self-care is also important during the pandemic. Self-care can take countless forms, and it means something different to anyone. You might not be able to practice all of your usual self-care habits.  During the pandemic, it still helps to prioritize simple things.  Things such as exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, and eating nutritious foods.

 

If you find that you are struggling to cope, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has great resources available to help you through these times. For example, some resources can help you locate treatment options during the pandemic, while others can help you find solutions if you are feeling overwhelmed with finances or other stressors that may have worsened because of the pandemic.

 

Keep in mind that your children may also find it difficult to cope well with the changes brought on by the pandemic. Listening to your children’s concerns, providing structure to the day and giving context to the news are just a few ways to help, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Spend Time Outside

Getting fresh air is one of the most effective ways to bond as a family during the pandemic while also eliminating stress and boosting everyone’s mental health. You might not be able to enjoy all of the same activities you did before, such as pastimes that require you to be in large crowds, but there are plenty of other ways to get outside.

 

Going on a camping adventure is a fun and socially-distant way to try something different and get your minds off the situation at hand. Likewise, visiting local parks you haven’t been to before is a nice way to explore your neighborhood and stay active while self-isolating. You can even have fun without having to leave the backyard. Try having a backyard bonfire, playing yard games or stargazing.

Keep Boredom at Bay

Boredom can easily cause tension to rise despite your best efforts. Going outside is a great way to reduce stress.  There are also a variety of fun indoor activities that are equally fun bonding opportunities. For example, having a weekly game night is a good way to pass the time. Opting for cooperative board games and video games will allow you to keep the mood light rather than having it turn competitive.

 

If you want to get serious about online gaming with each other, make sure your internet connection can keep up. Upgrading to fiber optic internet is a smart move.  Especially if you plan on playing multiplayer games like Fortnite.  Also if you are letting your kids play games while you work from home.

Fiber optic internet can handle several devices at the same time. As an added benefit, a faster internet connection also makes it easier to download or stream movies.  This is good if you want to have a family-friendly movie night.

 

Some tension is to be expected as your family navigates the pandemic and adjusts to the new normal. However, it’s important not to let stress get the best of you. Checking in with your mental health, getting outside and finding ways to combat stress indoors will help your family weather whatever the pandemic throws your way.

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Is Your Family Ready for the New School Year?

Is your family ready for the new school year?

COVID-19 Resources You Need for a Safe and Successful New School Year

Is your family ready for the new school year? If not, you’re probably not the only one. After all, it can be difficult to navigate pandemic challenges along with the normal back-to-school concerns. That’s why you need the steps and resources below to make your life easier.

First, You’ve Got to Have Some Faith

This year’s going to be tough but you’ve got this!

Then, You’ll Need to Keep Things Clean

Homeschool or regular school, keeping your home clean is crucial.

Next, You Can Start Shopping for Supplies

No new school year is complete without shopping, so use these tips to make it easier.

Finally, Work on Getting Kids Into a Routine

Honestly, this may be the hardest part of the new school year, but these resources will help.

This year is going to be a challenge. So put the resources above to good use but also have some faith and patience with yourself, and your family.

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Self-Care 101 During Co-Vid19

Self-Care 101 During Co-Vid19
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Self-Care 101 During Co-Vid19

I have been in this house since the beginning of March.  Well, I have been “out” 2 times.  Both times were to take my son to treatment.  **Be jealous.**  I do drive around town, occasionally.  My son is medically fragile.  I choose to be safe and keep my behind at home.  My husband works outside the home 2 days a week.  Boo, our oldest son, does have a job.  For the most part, my family is contained.  We don’t see anyone and no one comes here.  YET…things are slowly opening up (wear masks and wash your hands)!  So, Self-Care 101 During Co-Vid19 is happening!

Excitement #1

People of internet land, I am getting a massage!  I cannot tell you how excited I am.  When my friend texted me, she told me that A) she was opening up with HUGE restrictions based on our state.  She scheduled me.  Then, B) she had to cancel because the number of restrictions were hard, so she was going to have to wait until it loosened up a little bit more.  Safety for all people, ya know.  Mad respect for that, yet HUGE disappointment.  Then, C) because God is good…our governor switched things up again and I got scheduled again.

90 minutes of sheer bliss.  I can’t even.  Not only do I get to see the precious face of my friend but she is totally going to jump on my back and work her toes into my knots.  She is AMAZING!  I’m so pleased that she is so mindful of the rules, my health, her health, and all the things.

I might have told her that I was gonna walk in with nothing but my mask on.  She, politely giggled and said “Uhm, no.”  LOL.  I love the fact that we laugh and talk.  It isn’t total silence.  We catch up on all the things.  Then, when she does my back, I fall asleep and drool.

Excitement #2

I GET TO SEE MY MAMA!!!!!!!!!!!  Oh.  My word!  I have not seen her in 3 mths.  Now, we talk multiple times a day but I get to SEE HER FACE!  You will not be able to peel me off the ceiling!  As you get older, you realize that you still need your mama (and dad) and how precious they are.

I gave her instructions.  First, we were going to hug for an hour.  Then, she was going to rock me for at least 2 hours.  Next, I’m going to curl up in her bed and she is going to stroke my hair and sing to me while I nap for about 4 hours.  Last, I’m going to wake up and she is going to have cooked my favorites.  Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and lima beans.  Before I leave, we will hug for another hour.

She kindly said “now, Brandi, we probably won’t do all of that because there is no touching.”  Little does she know…I will wear a garbage bag or something to keep the cooties away.  I just want to see her person.

Excitement #3

We are meeting friends for dinner, at their house (where they have not gotten out…so no one will have been exposed).  Grilling out, swimming, chatting with other adults.  All my kids (who again, have been quarantined).  Stop it.  Just stop it right now.  I miss this friend, terribly, and I’m so glad that we have 1 case in our county.  For the most part, people are abiding by the rules.  There are the ones that don’t listen well, which is sad.  Having a medically fragile child puts all the things into perspective.

Excitement #4

I am getting my hair done.  Let me clarify, I’ve decided to let myself go gray (oh my word).  So, I’m just getting a haircut BUT I miss my friend.  I’m so excited I get to see her.  There have been some amazing humans touch my hairs.  I have been so blessed by the hairstylists who have become good friends.  Now, if God would just create in my hair a pretty blonde and ringlets, that would be great!

I have been cutting my boys’ and husband’s hair for a long time.  It is an art and I am not qualified.  Luckily, my husband lets me shave his off.  My boys’ hair, I have learned how to scissor cut and not make them look like they have an Amish hair-do.  I did, last night, trim my daughter’s hair.  My friend gave me tips and I did a pretty good job.  No layers, bangs, or anything wild over here.

Excitement #5

Because all things have been closed, my #2 daughter has asked that my oldest daughter, the youngest daughter, and me over to the place where she sleeps.  She wants to have a “spa” day and treat us all.  I mean, how sweet is that.  We will probably order pizza and watch movies while we pamper each other.  By “pamper” each other, I mean they give me a mani- and Pedi- because that is not something I’m good at.  Maybe we can get those peel-off masks that are so relaxing to me!

All of this is happening over the next few weeks, so it’s not like I’m doing it all in a day.  My mental health has taken a hit, like most people.  Self-Care is not selfish or wrong.  It is imperative that we take care of ourselves.

Listen to Me

Reach out to a friend, call your pastor, check with a counselor, call your doctor, take a bath, take a nap, read the Word.  Find a good book or movie or show.  Pet a cat, bake cookies.  Whatever you find relaxing DO IT!  There is no shame in having a movie marathon day.  Your mental health is so important.  If you need help, it is there.  You are loved, you are worth, you are strong, you are kind, and you are good!  Love yourself.  If you ever feel like life is too much, you can text 988 for help!  Or you can call Suicide Prevention Hotline.  Your life is worth saving!

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Meals for the Week (or More)

Hot on the heels of yesterdays post, these are my Meals for the Week (or More).  As I clean out my food areas, I do some “spring cleaning.”  This is where I make my spice mixes, if I am running low.  I make “cream of” soup mixes (mushroom, chicken, etc).  Also, I make packet mixes.  This can be Lipton Onion Soup Mix, Spaghetti, Chili, Taco, Fajita, Stir-fry, Ranch, or Italian mix.  I store all of these either in baggies or small mason jar.

More Upon More

Combining condiment jars is always fun (enter sarcasm) because my kids cannot seem to see an already open thing of ketchup.  So irritating.  I fill up the cereal canister, the snack cracker canister (we occasionally have mice so I try to keep things in airtight areas).  When I do this, I also make my grocery list.  This method just works for me.

Finding Suppers

I cook 5 nights a week, most weeks.  Sundays, I do not cook and Thursdays my husband makes me pizza. The rest of the time is me cooking.  Occasionally, my husband and son in law will grill, make steaks, or chicken strips.  Let me tell you, I do not complain.  So for the next week or so, this is what I have already on hand when checking my food areas.

Menus

Thursday (writing this on the 21st):  Pizza

Friday:  Hamburgers/hotdogs/fries (it is treatment day for Hunter, so I don’t cook)

Saturday:  My son in law is making his chicken strips and we will probably have leftover vegetables and mashed potatoes

Sunday:  I don’t cook

Monday: The men are grilling out.

Tuesday:  Brunzi Baseball Casserole, corn, green bean Casserole

Wednesday:  Chicken Alfredo Soup and Minestrone

Thursday:  Pizza

Friday:  Baked Spaghetti and french bread

Saturday:  Tenderloin, mac and cheese, Italian potatoes, and Lima beans

Sunday:  I don’t cook

Monday:  Parmesan Crusted Round Steak, baked potatoes, green beans, corn

Tuesday:  Martha’s Tacos and probably Shiro Wot

Wednesday:  Baked Penne with spinach, bread, and salad

Thursday:  Pizza

Friday:  Freezer meal, broccoli casserole, corn pudding, green beans

Saturday:  White Chicken Chili and Chicken Noodle Soup

Grocery Run

I will need very few things to complete these meals, so in reality, I’m saving money by not going to the grocery store!  This makes me so happy because that “extra” money can be spent stockpiling on something or house repairs…which we need many.

I challenge you to cook with what you have!  Limit your grocery budget to  $100 or less per week.  Save the leftover money and then either put it in the bank, use it to had to a debt to help reduce that bill, or do repairs.  You can do it!

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Stress Organizing Food Areas

It has come to, almost the end, of our meat.  We bought a whole cow last summer and it is dwindling down.  It makes me sad.  It’s been a long time since I’ve had to buy stuff in the market.  It is so much healthier to know what your cow has been fed before you feed it to your children.  Anyway, back to the topic of me Stress Organizing Food Areas.

When I had 3 kids, I would buy in bulk.  I would always have 2 flats of different vegetables, canned goods, seasoning, etc.  Now that I have more than the average amount of children AND my children are enormous…life is different.  If I had space, time, energy, and money, I would still be stockpiling.  Alas, I don’t any of those things.

Pandemic Changes Things

Now that the pandemic is rampant, things are limited.  Whether that is toilet paper, cleaner, or food.  It really does make you take stock in what you have and becoming a bit more inventive.  Also, less likely to waste food or throw things out.

I had these thoughts after the ice storm as well.  We did make some changes in some areas.  Now is the time to make changes in other areas too.  Luckily for me, I was raised by frugal parents and grandparents.  I’m not afraid to try something.  Making bread, cakes, muffins, rolls from scratch is normal.  Alfredo sauce can be made and not bought.  Spaghetti sauce, seasoning combinations…it is all trial and error.  My next goal is to learn to make my own pasta.  My mother in law did that and she gave me a contraption.  Now is the time to use it!

In Cleaning Out and Organizing

Refrigerator, everything has a place.  I can easily see what is what.  Our fresh veggies, I can make a side dish out of.  Fresh spinach, I can put in anything.  It really takes on the flavor profile of what you are cooking.

I had a MASSIVE influx of baby carrots.  There was some I had bought and then the school brought food for the week.  Lots of cherry tomatoes, fresh broccoli, celery, and carrots.  The broccoli, I stockpiled till I had a good amount.  Last night, I made Chinese stir-fry with a couple of packs of round steak (from our cow), the broccoli, and I even used the cherry tomatoes.  Big Daddy is not fond of those, at all.  If you chop them up smaller and saute them, he didn’t even notice.

Sadly, the celery, I can’t get anyone to eat.  Not even with peanut butter on it.  We did not waste them.  A couple of kids tried to eat them but we had so much that it was almost like torture for them.  We fed those to our chickens, which in turn, gives us eggs.  Does that count?

As for the Carrots

We all eat them on salads.  Also, the kids like to eat them by themselves with a bit of ranch.  I will snack on them.  Still…we had so many.  A couple of days ago, I made some carrot cake muffins.  I could have made a cake or a loaf of bread but muffins freeze well and the kids have been eating them for breakfast.  It is a super simple recipe that I have used for years.  I will try and remember to post it by Monday.   That used up a ton of carrots and I still have a bunch more.  I may make more and freeze it.

Freezer Organization

For my freezer, I have the one that pulls out from my fridge, a big chest freezer, and then our old refrigerator we use out in the garage.  The kitchen freezer, I utilize the 2 big bins and then the pull out drawer that has the ice maker.  Up there, I put ice packs, Berbere, Tumeric, Yeast, or sweets.  In one side bin, I put meat for super.  For instance, when I buy sausage, shrimp, fish, etc.  On the other side, I have all the kids frozen lunch items.

In the freezer in the garage (the refrigerator one), we keep extra bread, french bread, buns, or things that I bake.  My big chest freezer is where we have our beef.  Then the little rack has odds and ends.  For instance, we have the 2 other packs of round steak, stew meat, steaks, etc.  The base of the freezer has our patties and ground beef.

In recyclable bags, that is in there is where I organize all the other things.  I don’t like it when things fall to the bottom because they end up freezer burnt and wasted.  1 bag has all our frozen veggies, another has our bulk chicken that I have broken up into baggies.  There is 1 bag that has some odds and ends.  My son in law has a few bags stored up in there.  I think the last bag has meat that I have cooked and refrozen for another meal.  We also have a little shelf area that has freezer meals on it.

Pantry Area

My pantry has 5 shelves.  The top shelf, I have broken up in 2 different baskets and some clear canisters.  I think I got them from Dollar Tree.  One basket has junk food/sweets/things my son in law buys and hides here.  Another basket has all my leftover flour, sugar, almond flour, teff flour, and such.  Then, in the canisters, I have open bags of flour, sugar, etc.

The next shelf has my suppers organized.  When I make out my grocery list, I always look to see what I have on hand and work my suppers around that.  So, on that shelf (for the next 10 days or so), I have my suppers planned out and put together on that shelf.  For instance, I am making Brunzi Baseball Casserole, green bean casserole, and corn.  I have all the ingredients for that in one area.  Then there is pizza where I put all the ingredients for that, etc.  This helps me use up what I have and not overbuy.

The next shelf, I keep a container with packet mixes (when I buy premade packets), our bread box, and our extra canned stuff for me to use for the next round of meals.  That way, I will always know what I need to use up and incorporate every week.

The Rest of the Pantry

The third shelf is all things kids and paper products.  They know that if it is on their shelf, it is free for all to eat, just not in excess.  There is always a variety of breakfast stuff, lunch stuff, and protein snacks.

The fifth shelf has some appliances, a little basket with sauces and condiments, and oils.  On the floor of the pantry houses, canned drinks, water, lunch boxes, and such.  Everything has a place and most times all things are in their place.

I Hope This Helps

Hopefully this helps you get some ideas on how you can utilize the areas of your food storage.  More importantly, to not overbuy.  Just buy what you need.  If you want to stockpile, that is great.  Buy 1 thing for now, if you are a smaller family and 1 for later.  For our family, I buy 3 now and 3 for later…when I stockpile.

Be creative with your menu and be open to adding things in that might be ready to go bad.  If you don’t have chickens, use the leftover food and compost it for your yard!  Also, if canned foods you KNOW you are not going to eat, donate it to a local food pantry!

Have fun!  Be safe.  Wash your hands.  Wear a mask.  It’s a germy jungle out there!

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Coming out of Retirement

Welp, the time has come…I am officially Coming out of Retirement.  I have homeschooled for 20 years.  Thankfully, I have graduated 4 of my 7 children.  This past August, we decided to put the last 3 boys into public school.  I’m not gonna lie, it has not been my cup of tea BUT I have enjoyed the break.

Here’s the Thing

I have a medically fragile child, so I’ve been traveling to and from hospitals and doctors for the last 3 years.  Since 2015, I have been on hospital patrol with my Lady, my daddy, my son, and random other issues throughout those years.  Sadly, my Lady went to hang out with Jesus and thankfully my daddy has recovered from his health issues, for the most part.  Hunter, we still travel.

I’m tired.  My brain and body were done trying to do all the things.  I needed to let go of something so we thought we would give it a shot.  Elementary school (Hunter, Kindergarten) hasn’t been that bad.  There have been a couple of moments where people have needed to be educated on his condition.  They were learning and I showed grace.  The lunch lady, Ms. LoAnn, is a freaking ROCKSTAR.  I’m good friends with the principal and have known her WAY before she started working there.  His teachers are amazing.  It’s been pretty good.

Then, There is Middle School

Now, that has been a little crappy with a side of sucking pond water.  They all know who I am.  We all try to play nice in the sandbox, but when someone craps in my corner, I get a little ill.  The school nurse…AMAZING, though I knew her before and loved her, that has not changed.  The guidance counselor and receptionist #love.  The teachers have been very good, so I cannot complain there.

Yet, there is bullying and racism.  There are issues with people who think they are “gods” because they can carry a badge and have “worked the streets”.  Well, let me tell you something Superstar Sam, you do not know my son(s) or how I parent.  Basically, we have told them to back the heck off or I’m gonna derail your train.

I Need to Stop

My blood pressure is rising.  Lately, it has gone well but I have stood my ground.  I am kind but I get my point across.  Okay, I’m not always kind :/  Whatever.  I stay in good contact with their teachers/coaches and I just gloss over the administration.  With the COVID-19 virus rearing its ugly head, school is canceled.

Mandated “homeschooling” is now upon us.  I picked up Hunter’s packet today and got the computers for the boys.  We start tomorrow.  Not gonna lie, I’m glad to have something for them to do.  We don’t do electronics much. They do not own cellphones (you have to be 16 in this house and my boys are 15, 13, and 6).  Also, we don’t have computers or tablets.  They watch a movie a day…maybe that in a 30-minute show.  We don’t really listen to music, ever.  There are no ipods or whatever they are called.

Playtime

They read books, play legos, go outside, ride bikes and scooters.  We play cards and board games.  All the things I did when I was a girl, only we are doing it at a time when it is not popular.  I don’t really care, my kids aren’t going to lose brain cells by watching mindless crap and filling their minds with junk.  Oh, and my kids can clean like beasts.  I have taught them well.  All of their future spouses will thank me 🙂

The Next Unforeseeable Future

Starting on the 18th, we will start school.  I have to get back in a good routine with them and cancel all things going on for the next month.  We may be out till the end of the school year, I simply don’t know.  For now, I believe we have 3 weeks worth of work with an extra week of spring break.  We are choosing to not get out, at all (insert crazy eyes).  Big Daddy still works and so does Noah (though his school will finish out this semester online).  I, however, will stay with the kids.  Since Hunter has OMS, we cannot expose him to anything.  It is literally detrimental to his health and/or life.

Pray for my sanity and that cases of coca-cola never runs out…like EVER.

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