summer 2011

summer 2011

Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012

Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012

Thursday, September 5, 2019

what will THIS day bring?

You just never know, so keep your hair clean, ladies! You might end up in the E.R. unexpectedly! And I know, I know, having dirty hair isn't the worst of your concerns if that happens, but shh, what if it's mine? I am a firm believer that if you want to be treated respectably, you need to dress respectable. But anyway, on the last night Kathryn and Darius were here, Kathryn started having some heavy duty pain. I won't get into the details, but it was serious, so, I took her to the Emergency Room.

The final diagnosis was kidney stones, very painful. But the pain comes in waves, starting in the back and radiating to the front, she had to be checked and monitored to rule out preterm labor, as she is 27 weeks pregnant. Thankfully this was not the case! She had to spend the night in the hospital, but I came home and her husband spent the night up there with her.

She was able to leave yesterday and her flight home was okay, although she texted from Washington D.C., her layover, and was having some pain again. We all prayed for her, that her flight from there to Oregon would be bearable. She will see her doctor out there, of course, but I'm glad she made it home relatively uneventfully.

So lots of the kids were here for a cook out that evening, but honestly, I didn't mind just being with Kathryn. It's torture for me that she lives so far away.

Yesterday we drove them to the airport. Afterward, we went to Target, Suzanne, Anne, and I. We needed important things, like vegetable stock, so the girls could make homemade ramen. I got some canned pumpkin, and cake mix, did you know you can make the most moist and delicious pumpkin muffins with just those two items? Yes, one 15 ounce can, one box of yellow cake mix, and some cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. That's it. The cake mix was a dollar, and the pumpkin 91 cents a can. I won't eat those muffins (and it'll nearly kill me), but I do want to try pumpkin chaffles. Have you heard of chaffles? I have not tried them yet, but it's a waffle made with cheese, almond flour, egg...look it up. You can make them sweet or savory, so I am looking forward to trying the pumpkin kind.

Anyway, Suzanne and I decided to get an iced coffee from the Starbucks in Target for the way home, and while I was putting too much cream in them, my phone rang. It was Camille. She sounded like she was trying not to cry, she had missed the bus. Her last period teacher kept them after the announcements, made them sit there until they were all quiet, then her locker wouldn't open. She got out to the bus circle just as her bus was driving away. So there I was, twenty+ minutes away...poor Cam.

Five years homeschooling, and as I told them, you walk into public school and check your rights at the door. You are subject to arbitrary rules and the whims of teachers and administrators. No matter if you yourself are well behaved, everyone must walk quietly in line, and and and. But rules and regulations don't change surly and disrespectful children. The states can throw more money into the school districts, and change and update policies, but if those kids aren't taught basic morals at home, then it's all just putting bandaids on the issues.

Overall, the girls like school so far.

Miss Sonja K. is in a very unique program this year! She will be going to the high school only a few days a week for gym class, then to the hospital in the small city, for class room instruction, and to experience actual medical procedures. She will get to see babies born, and surgeries. It's for kids going into the medical field, and they will be taking college English, and a few other classes. Hopefully this will help Sonja get into the Physician's Assistant program, which requires a certain number of hours of experience. It's a Professional Studies Program, which integrates classes and actual work environment of the career area. She is very excited to be a part of it!

And this fine morning, I have to call the vet because Sunny's ear is bothering her. I hope to get an appointment in the afternoon after school so the girls can give me a hand with her. Never a dull moment, I tell you.

So that's all I have to say this morning. Oh, I got my book in the mail, and read it cover to cover already: The Complete Guide to Fasting, Jason Fung MD, Jimmy Moore. I highly recommend it. :)


Anonymous said...

Contact the school admin. Teachers do not have absolute rights...

Marilyn said...

Good morning! Poor Kathryn!! That is soooooooo painful and I know as that very same thing happened to me with my first pregnancy 53 years ago.......I was sure I was having a miscarriage. I also spent the night in hospital and I passed that stone. I never, ever had that problem again. Awful. Poor girl......I hope everything is good for her now. Such a worry. I asked my daughter....the ER nurse.......if they noticed whether people had clean underwear ( our mothers always said to be sure we had on clean undies incase we were in an accident) or clean hair and she assured me that they are so busy those are the last things they notice 🤣🤣 I shower and wash my hair every morning just in case though 😂 Poor little Cam left behind at school! What would happen if no one could go to pick up the child?? Some teachers really are dim wits (do you use that expression there?) though. They should know there are kids who have to catch a bus. The course Sonja is taking sounds fabulous! What a great experience and will give her a leg up when applying for college and a job. Wow......I’ve never heard of such a course. Well I’d better go......I’m going to make a big batch of marinara sauce.......will freeze some, and I’m going to make Stuffed Zucchini with this huge one my husband grew. I have some ground chicken and feta and spices and this marinara sauce and cheese and will bake it. I found the recipe on line and it looks yummy 😋 Have a great day 🌞🌞

Marilyn from Canada