Thursday, October 15, 2015

Small Success Thursday... Thank you Guardian Angels

Um....

Did you ever have a day where your child's doctor switches offices, and you need your GPS to find it, and on the way you are concentrating so hard on where you are going, AND you have the visor down because you are short and the sun is in your eyes.... only the visor causes  you to not see a stop light that just happens to be read as you are going around a corner.... and you see the truck coming at you and he barely misses you... and and then, you weed through downtown construction and pull into a parking lot scraping your husband's truck's rearview mirror AND some young kid says you are not allowed to park in the garage because it's for a certain medical building.... and then you have to leave the garage and find the right garage and your heart is still racing from almost getting in a wreck (on your child's side of the vehicle) and you have to park all the way at the top of the parking garage..... and then you finally get into the office like three minutes late and they say you haven't filled out paperwork since 2012, which is weird, because you know you've done it every year?

Edited to add... I failed to mention the play by play my child gave me of the almost wreck. That was fun. lol

Um... Yes. Yes that was my morning.... well about an hour of it anyway. Sigh.

OH MY GOODNESS!

Welcome to Small Success Thursday - I'm thankful for my guardian angel(s). Seriously some of us need way more than one.


On the way home, I thought, I have to blog about this. Please check out Small Success Thursday at Catholicmom.com. It's just a great reminder to find joy in the little things... to realize that we may not check everything off our lists as moms, but that we do have so much to be thankful for.

Yesterday was an AWFUL day. Ok, it wasn't third-world awful, but it was TRYING. Sigh. I hate even complaining about it. But honestly, my name could be Alexander (book reference). It was THAT.... sigh! Anyway...

Let's talk Small Success:

1) My child and I are alive (my mind just went #5 Alive (movie reference)). Ok, it's dramatic, but seriously, Thank you Clarence & Helen (my guardian angels).




2) Doctors My Child Clicks With. Ok, every child thinks they are smarter than their parents at some point. You know what I am talking about. I am so glad that we have been blessed with a few Catholic Doctors that understand my child's Aspergers AND placate me during a visit, when I need them to reiterate for the bazillionth time what my child's responsibility is. Today's visit was with our Dermatologist. My son was born with eczema and at times, he is a walking blotch. The patch on his thumb is growing and we have to use stronger steroids AND his arms are not improving because he has a special shower kit. And guess what, he's turning 12 in a week and he is responsible for making sure the lotions and potions get put on various spots. THE END.  I gave a signal to the nurse and the doc came prepared. I love it and I'm so thankful. Because - if the doc says it, it's true... never mind what we say as parents. Sigh.

3) Beach Vacation. Yep, we are going to the beach. We are going to visit a Sea Turtle sanctuary, a dolphin and wildlife area, and we are going on a sunset cruise on a pirate ship. And people.... we are doing this without other families, without our extended family... yep - JUST US! We even bought sand chairs. I'm not sure about murky Gulf Waters (um, we will be near Mexico on South Padre Island)... but I will put my feet and maybe my ankles in it. I've found a Catholic Church to go to. I know where the nearest grocery and hospitals are. We are all set people.

These are my successes today.
I hope you've enjoyed them.

Hugs & love,
Em


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Book Review Wednesday - Finding Patience


Good morning ya'll.

I hope your morning is going well.

I am trying to be more diligent in reading and studying my Faith. I am blessed to have many books (some that I need to review)... and so, this morning, I will start my post with a Bible Verse from the Magnificat Readings this morning:
Ephesians 5: 14-15
14 for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,“Sleeper, awake!    Rise from the dead,and Christ will shine on you.”15 Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, 
Lord, Jesus Christ, you have brought us safely to this new day, as you have promised to bring us safely to dwell with you one day in your kingdom of light. Through the intercession of Saint Callistus, defend us against all that would weigh us down and slow our steps, so that we may run with delight in the way of your Gospel, who live and erg with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
I'm going to try to do a book review every Wednesday.  That is my plan. So without further ado, let's talk about  Adventures of Faith, Hope & Charity - Finding Patience, by Virginia Lieto. Some of you may have read my interview with Mrs. Lieto back in August. If not, please find it HERE. She was lovely to speak with. 
Virginia Lieto
 My Review:

Let me state the obvious... I love to review children's books because I am a mom.

The way my son's brain works is if he reads something in a book OR hears it from someone else, it must be true. You know what I mean, right?

I am always looking for books that will help reinforce what we teach him in navigating the rights and wrongs of things like virtues, manners, navigating friendships, and pre-teen angst. It can be hard to find great books because my child does not identify with Veggie Tales or other inanimate objects. Because of Aspergers, he just can't. "Vegetables are not nice mom. They aren't anything but food!" This is a direct quote from my six year old, when watching a movie years ago.

So when we read Ginny's book, with children, family and our Faith intertwined, it was something he could identify with. I wanted to yell - SUCCESS! In fact, he was really bummed when the book was over and wanted more. He is turning 12 soon, so don't let the age recommendation stop you from putting this book (and the series to come) into your family library. It's a quick read on a day that you need HOPE and reminders that God is in charge and we need to trust him.

Patience is not an easy virtue to master, and it is even harder for a child. As a military dependent, I moved a lot, and I can tell you that the anxiety of it is real. What a great benefit this book would be to young military children.

In the story, the Livingstone Family moves their home and the girls start a new school. It is hardest on eight year old Faith.  She struggles to be happy with the move and to like her new school. She doesn't fit in and thinks no one likes her. But she soon learns through prayer and conversations with her parents that things will get better if she trusts God's plan. She learns that she can struggle with things and they will work out for the best. She learns the value of patience.

I won't blow the ending, but I will say - it is happy! God is good, all the time!

Thank you Ginny for this great book. I am excited to know that there are more on the horizon.

I hope that you liked my quick review and that you will check out other reviews for yourselves.

Be blessed always,

Emily

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Moments - It's Been Almost a Month...

Happy Monday Tuesday all,

Wow.  I can not believe it's been a month since I've written. I've been so busy.

I'm still looking into having a Monday Daybook link-up. Don't give up on me, I want to create one but I am tech-challenged.

We have had a fantastic several weeks. Marque has been home. We are so happy to have him home. We will even be going on a 9 day trip to the beach. WOOHOO.

So much has happened in the past month, this will be way longer than normal. But bear with me. Plenty of pictures. <3

Here's What's been Happening!

In Davis Academy (our school)...

We started 6th Grade last Monday. And we had two deaths in the family. So we got some done, but have much more to do. We will be taking a little with us to the beach, but that's ok.

We are really going to enjoy 6th Grade. Here are pictures of the 1st Day and our Classroom.


Here is a collage of us watching the lunar eclipse. Love science. Love homeschool.


My student is really learning how to cook. One evening, he made baked apples with oatmeal crumble. And a scoop of ice cream.


In My Heart... 

My mother passed away this week. Considering she was never very motherly, it was an odd moment when I got a call that she passed. I never even knew she had cancer. I thought she had COPD.  Anyway... Here is what I posted on FB and it really just sums it up for me.
Please pray for the soul of my Mother. Sandra (Wren, Painter) Housh. She passed away today. I've always been sad that she was so tormented in life (mental illness), and I pray that she found peace and Our Lord before she passed. I am told cancer had ravaged her body, and that breaks my heart.
It is strange because I am really unsure how to mourn her loss as she really hasn't been steady in my life for the better part of 40 years.
I mourn for the mother I've always wanted, and the peace for all who grow up in such broken homes.
I pray for my siblings that continued to try to have relationships with her, that they may find peace and comfort that she is no longer in pain, and healing for themselves.
I'm so thankful that my bestie Domenica (30+ years) and my husband Marque (18 years) who knew exactly what to say this morning as I sat feeling guilty that the news did not upset me more. Edited to add, my thanks to all who have called, and my special angel who stopped by to make sure I am ok, on her birthday, no less. heart emoticon
I am sad for my child, who will never know the beautiful and talented person she could be at times. And for all my nieces and nephews who never really knew her.
I pray for my father, who never remarried and always loved her.
I pray for her husband of 33 years, that he find peace and comfort.
I pray for my siblings that continued to try to have relationships with her, that they may find peace and comfort that she is no longer in pain, and healing for themselves.I'm so thankful that my bestie Domenica (30+ years) and my husband Marque (18 years) who knew exactly what to say this morning as I sat feeling guilty that the news did not upset me more. Edited to add, my thanks to all who have called, and my special angel who stopped by to make sure I am ok, on her birthday, no less. heart emoticon I am sad for my child, who will never know the beautiful and talented person she could be at times. And for all my nieces and nephews who never really knew her.I pray for my father, who never remarried and always loved her. I pray for her husband of 33 years, that he find peace and comfort.Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
I mourned her so long ago, that it was difficult to process the right thing to do. In the end, for my sanity and peace, I did not go and celebrate her life. I am so grateful that she gave birth to me, but I had no relationship with her, not for a lack of trying on my part.  And so - I could not put myself through anything more on her behalf. I am at peace with it.  And yes - I do know it is hard to explain and understand if you didn't live through it. But if you know me, and how much I value relationships.... well then you should understand how hard it all was. On the advice of a dear friend, I will have Mass said in her name for a few years on her birthday. And I will continue to pray for her soul.

The following day, one of my favorite Aunt's passed. She lived a long life. Sigh.

It was an emotional week.

At Home...

Fall Decorating. I am not really into Halloween because I don't like SCARY. It's too devilish for me.  My husband and son did put up spiders/webs and ghouls to the decor outside, as they are trying to acclimate me to the "dark side". HAHA I will get the inside decorated before we leave and share pictures. I wanted to show you all something I found that is fun. It is still in the 90's here, so we can't decorate with fresh pumpkins this year. I did score these luminaries and have some electric tea lights. I will put them out on Halloween night.


Kitchen & Meal Plan:

Things we made - 

Apple Bread (would be great muffins)
Blueberry Muffins
Caprese Salad with basil we dehydrated
swirled rye bread
My meal plan this past week or so focuses on using what we have. It is about using all the fresh veggies and things that may expire so that we don't have to toss a bunch of things when we get back. For instance, tonight we are having baked potatoes and salad. Tomorrow salad and fish. Did I mention salad? lol I am determined not to toss good things.

Medical. We finally had our endocrinology appointment. What a great doctor. For those of you who don't know, we randomly found out that Christopher was born with half a thyroid (when he got his tonsils removed). And he has gained quite a bit of weight in the past year. This, as he continues to work out daily in addition to baseball, karate, etc. So he had growth plate x-rays, blood work done and met with a nutritionist. We have no answers yet. But we left with a plan on how to re-think our portions, etc. AND though he needs to lose 30 lbs, because he is young, we will position is as not gaining any weight as he is getting taller. Once we have answers, I will share more.

Things I am Reading...

Mostly happy mail (Read: diagramming book for the boy as maybe not so happy).
Things I Am Thinking About...
  • Organizing my blogs & writing more.
  • Concentrating on my Faith.
  • Homeschooling.
  • Our Nation and politics.
  • How sad and lost people are.
Things I Am Praying For...
  • All of the above. Plus,
  • Our Pope & Clergy.
  • Peace in my family.
  • Better help for the Mentally Ill.
  • For more people to stand up for what is right in our World, in our Faith, in our Families. We need to work from a place of honesty.
  • For the Soul of My Mother.
  • And for you.
Captured...

Jenna likes my hair.
My friend Donna knitted me socks. LOVE!

My handsome husband.

Nap after sleepover. HA
My Oldest Nephew got married. Awww

Karate Kick

The Rangers Girls gave him a shirt. So happy!

That is all for today folks. I hope you are not bored to death. HA
Praying for you all.

Blessings & Peace,
Emily