These past two weeks have been of great turmoil. My husband is sick. He has been sick since the beginning of July, I did not understand the whole scope of this until a few days ago, but I have been sensing something wasn't quite right the whole summer. He has nothing life threatening, but we are still going to the doctors and trying to figure out how to get rid of his ailment. It is a challenging time for us, but we know God will take care of him and restore his health in His time. This has been our wake up call to do better as a couple.
We finished our weekly readings, we played some math games and did some math, the girls worked and played, we had a more or less stable routine. Week 6 was fine, week 7, or this past week, was a bit weaker, my mind wasn't there and Tuesday I was with my husband for 7 hours at the ER. But as I say, he has nothing critical. I have reflected and thought I may have not giving him the attention he merits this year, I could find excuses, but there are none. So we'll take this difficulty as an opportunity to grow as a couple, and to come out of this stronger.
It is difficult to go on with your homeschool plans when there is illness in the family, I can't imagine how to keep going on in the aftermath of any catastrophe or bigger tragedy. I can't but think of my friend Jeanne and her post today too. My moral and spirits, and my energy weren't much there these past weeks, but as I'm typing this, I'm feeling a bit better. I've finished The Making and Unmaking of a Dullard, which I STRONGLY recommend. Charlotte Mason followers, you will enjoy this book much.
Two Mondays ago we did the most bizarre nature walk I don't recommend, :) I truly believe the girls will remember me as their weird mom who made them walk among the side road under a scorching heat, with grass so tall that it was impossible to advance, and I admit, maybe dangerous, as I thought after we did it. I never thought those flowers you see while you drive by the road could be so difficult to get to. I had read Outside Lies Magic and I was determined to explore, even in the city, a city like mine, with no sidewalks, with bikers who risk their life in those narrow spaces between them and our pick up trucks, and where waking is simply something that only the homeless and suspicious people do. But there is beauty to be seen. Sometimes, when you are forced to drive very slow in traffic, your eye can meet from wild flowers to cattle, to gorgeous black birds and crows, and even some deer we glanced one night back from church at the light of the moonlight in a dreamy flash.
CMME. I'm on the last lesson, lesson twelve, and I can't say enough how gratifying this experience it has been for me. Many things make sense now, I've grown a bit in knowledge of Charlotte Mason, the course has made possible to truly read and translate the originals, which I have not always had the energy or will to read by myself, and which are truly intimidating and complicated. Reading some of CM's work in lieu of Stephanie's lessons, has always been much easier to understand, and to see how to apply it to our everyday. Reading Cindy's posts on her full reading of School Education has been greatly inspiring too. You CAN read CM's originals too, and understand them, and know what to do with all that wisdom and inspiration you'll be getting.
That's all for now! Take care, my friends, and thanks for reading and caring for us!