Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Homeschool field trip

We went on a field trip to today to a Science Museum in a neighboring bigger city. This was planned with the science coop class that we had been in at the beginning of the "school year" but which proved to be a scheduling nightmare for us. I see the woman who coordinates the coop frequently, and she has invited us to participate in these field trips.

The program today was mostly about dinosaurs. Of course, the biggest problem with most "scientific" programs about dinosaurs is that they present evolution as fact instead of as theory. I was quite pleased with this presentation today, though. While they did talk about the "timeline" of hundreds of millions of years, the presenter stated everything like this: "Scientists Think that ...." While she didn't say "this is a theory" to the children, she definitely presented it in a manner consistent with the presentation of theory instead of fact. We had discussed prior to the trip that things might be presented a bit differently than what we believe. I must admit, that we all learned a few new things. We had not studied at all about the Rancho La Brea tarpits, but we learned quite a bit about them today....as far as the types and quantity of animals that have been found there. Did you know that the fossils of over 2000 saber tooth cats (smilodon) have been found there? Or that there have been 59 different species remains found there?

There were also exhibits of artifacts and fine art, but YDS will only tolerate so much, and about half way through the day, I got a migraine, so while YDD went into other exhibits with another family, YDS and I were out in the yard where he could run around and burn some energy.

It was a beautiful spring day today, so outside was a good place to be. YDS seems to be coming down with a cold, though, so he was not quite as fast as he would normally be.

Dear Lord,
Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this program today. Thank you for the opportunity to educate my children as You lead. Please guide us as we enter the end of our structured school year. Education never really stops, even though we grow older or take a break from the more formal. Lord, help me to realize how much my children have learned and grown this year, and help me to continue on Your paths in guiding them.

Amen.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Solemnity of Joseph

On March 19, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Joseph, Husband of Mary. I like to think about St. Joseph and what great strength it took for him to say yes to God and become Mary's husband. In that time and place, Mary could have been stoned to death for being unmarried and pregnant. Joseph could have cast the first stone. Being kind hearted, he had "decided to divorce her quietly," until God sent an angel to tell him it was true that she was carrying God's own son. Fast forward a few months...Joseph and Mary have to travel to Bethlehem....WHERE HIS FAMILY is from, and where he undoubtedly has relatives. They can't find a place to stay. Imagine Joseph's relatives telling him he is crazy to have married her....and not offering a place for them to stay. They turn to the Inns where they are told there is no room because of the census, and they wind up in a stable. A weaker man might have abandoned Mary and Jesus at that point, but Joseph stuck it out. He LISTENED to God when He sent a messenger and he was OBEDIENT. He took Mary and Jesus to Egypt when he was told to, even though it would have been easier not to go anywhere. I know how I would have felt about packing up and leaving home in the middle of the night with my own children (Travel with little children....on foot or donkey or camel....in the desert....egads!) never mind that Jesus was not his baby....

Dear Lord,
You blessed St. Joseph with strength of character and a gentleness of spirit. Please help me to be like him that I may learn to listen for You and be more obedient to You.

Amen

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Well, DH's father was sent home on Friday and readmitted to the hospital on Saturday afternoon. They had sent him home without making sure his digestion was working...so he wound up back in the hospital all blocked up. Not fun. On the other hand, my Mimmi was admitted to the hospital on Monday morning last week and was moved to a rehab facility on Sunday. They finally figured out that she has a fracture in her sacrum. Gee, no wonder she was in pain and couldn't stand up! Of course, she also finally told the doctors that she had collapsed into her chair after cleaning. I think that was what really did her in...she sat down too hard. She is 90 and has osteoporosis...DUH!

We finally had some winter here this past weekend. We got around 10 inches of snow on Friday night and another 2 inches last night. I am looking forward to some warm weather, though. I am tired of layers of clothes and still being cold!

Dear Lord,
I am trying to listen for your voice. I know you have a plan for my life and for the lives of my grandmother and father-in-law. I trust in you. I believe in your love and mercy. Please help us all to remember that you love us.

Amen.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

What a day!

Last evening we got a phone call telling us that my father-in-law is in the hospital. He had a gall bladder attack. This is the second attack in the last 6 months or so. When we talked to him about what the surgeon said after the first attack, he informed us that nothing needed to be done right then. Well, according to the surgeon who removed his gall bladder today because his blood counts were so high (and climbing), the gall bladder was gangrenous and if it had remained another day it might have killed him. On the bright side of all this, they were able to remove it laparscopically so he does not have a huge incision. He does need to remain in the hospital until Monday or Tuesday on IV antibiotics to make sure they got all the infection.

This morning, I got a call from my parents. My grandmother is ill with a bladder infection and needs some help getting to the bathroom, etc. Well, come to find out, the real issue is that Mimmi strained some muscles moving furniture to wash the floor and cannot get up and walk. Poor Mimmi is 90 and suffers with dizziness. On top of the pain in her hamstrings, she is dizzy. On top of all that, she has no appetite from the UTI and is probably dehydrated because she has to run to the bathroom as soon as she has a drink.so she does not drink enough.

Looks like it is going to be a busy week!!!!

Dear Lord,
Please bring your healing to Mimmi and F-I-L. Lay your love on them and help them to accept the help that family members will be bringing to them. Please help the family members to be kind and loving and to reach out sincerely in love to assist them.

Amen.

Monday, March 05, 2007

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Explaing the facts

ODD is nearly 17 and has been driving since October or November (approximately 4 months, anyway). I have added her to my auto insurance as an additional driver. She pays the difference in the bill that adding her caused. I have also asked her to put $5.00 per week of gasoline in the car to accommodate her driving to and from work, CCD, the bank...you know..the everyday little trips. The other day she took the car on a trip that used approximately 1/4 tank or 3-4 gallons of gasoline. In my neck of the woods, this adds up to somewhere between $6 and $8. She then proceeded to tell me that she was "paid for two weeks of gas" because she put in $10. Of course, she says this to me on the fly. Today I explained to her that she is not paid for 2 weeks as the trip to visit BF at college because he was sick is an extra and uses more than her weekly gas amount. I got the standard "Whatever" teen reply. I am hoping that she got the picture....

Dear Lord,
Help me to teach ODD that she needs to be responsible for her costs when using the automobile. Help her as she drives to be a careful driver and to be mindful of the actions of the drivers around her on the road. Please be sure her Guardian Angel is alert at all times that she is not at home. Help me, also, Lord, to loosen the apron strings so she has the freedom she requires at this age with the safety net she also needs (even if she doesn't think she needs it).

Amen