It is my hope that through this blog I can share experiences and challenges from day to day life.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanks Giving What else can I call this?

With great praise we are starting to see Josh move around and be himself as we have not seen for the past 5 weeks.  HE is over his slump PTL and on the road to healthy rumbustious recovery.  Sometimes I wonder  where he gets his shenanigans?

We took some time to back off on the core curriculum of school to give Josh a break and he was just overwhelmed by everything and healing.  But we have been learning about the Plains and Woodland American Indians and he really is having fun.  We will spend the next few weeks learning about the North and South west Indians.  I am often amazed what they comprehend and pay attention to.

We drove to his Doctor yesterday and on the way he told me that we have to start learning more about Indians because we have not had school for a while.  We had last week of for Thanksgiving...He is enjoying Homeschooling so much he is asking for more. WOW!

We are looking forward to what the coming weeks will bring and praying he will be walking hands free (of walker or assistance) by Christmas!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Frontiersmen and then some

This week we will finish out unit on Frontiersmen which introduced us to Daniel Boone, Davey Crockett, Lewis & Clark and John Sutter to name a few.  We also learned about trapping, tracking and fur trading and met a few Indians who helped the Frontiersmen on their journey.  Lastly we learned about animals that our frontiersmen may have encountered like bears, wolves, snakes and coyotes; and how different animals prey or protect themselves.  Next week we will begin our unit on North American Indians; coming at just the right time for thanksgiving and then finishing before Christmas.  It looks to be very exciting.

We too have been on a kind of frontier with our son.  After 6 weeks of being in casts to help loosen his muscles we thought getting out of the casts and being able to walk would be a exhilarating time for him.  Instead we have seen our son like never before.  HE seems to have lost his vigor.  With understanding he has been fearful to try walking or putting any weight on his legs.  We have encouraged him to just try, but instead he slouches in his wheel chair and refuses to try anything.  We saw one of his Dr's and she looked him in the eye and told him that his legs were strong and could hold his weight and the he CAN walk.  This talk helped for about 2 days and then we lost him again.

Funny to think that when the casts came off the Dr told us that we had to make sure he did not run, jump or climb.  I thought I would be always on him to take it easy.  NEVER thought I would be fighting listlessness.  I feel for the parents that daily love on children that CAN NOT walk or have mental or physical conditions that prevent them from moving.  I never thought that being a cheerleader could be so exhausting. Sadly there are days that just so tax me I can barely move.  Our son constantly complains he is tired and yet he does nothing strenuous which makes him tired--ironic.

"press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."  Philippians 3:14