Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Catching Up

Time is just ticking along. It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just two weeks away. Here's just a snapshot of what's going on in our house these days:

- We are in the process of celebrating Hannah's 13th birthday- a sleepover with friends last Friday, a dessert open house on Saturday, and an open house with the Indianapolis Fever tomorrow night. But, the best is still yet to come! That's all I can say about that:) Stay tuned.

- God is doing amazing things in our childrens' hearts! It seems each day lately has been filled with a new realization of God's forgiveness and new questions about what it means to be a Christian. I'm in awe at the Lord's individual work in their lives. He's calling out to them one by one. They are responding and growing.

- Our homeschool group has ended for the semester. It will be nice to have some more concentrated time at home, yet the friends will be missed.

- I'm loving the local library which offers homeschool classes on a regular basis. It helps that one of the librarians is a homeschool mom herself. The oldest three just took a class on giving a powerpoint presentation. I was impressed with what the produced and presented.

- I have been going to the chiropractor and rehab since the beginning of the semester. Thankfully, I've gotten much relief and now have moved on to the final phase. Apart from my ice skating mishap on Friday, it's wonderful to not be in continual discomfort.

- I'm doing a few projects around the house. My favorite is repainting the baseboard and doors which currently have flat paint that just smears the dirt when being washed. I'm trying to do a bit each night after the kids are in bed. It's rewarding to finally fix what has been annoying me for a long time.

-I'm preparing our pantry for the Elimination Diet that we will all be starting after Thanksgiving. This has entailed making a lot of unsweetened applesauce, as well as creatively using what's in the pantry. We are hoping to get to the bottom of some consistent reactions the kids have been having with eczema and digestive problems.

So, what's been going on in your world?


Jill in PA said...

I am interested to hear about your diet. All 3 of my children have awful eczema on their hands. I did as a child also. I have been reading Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, and trying to make changes in our diet. We have been through ointments and steroid creams and I don't want to use those anymore. There has to be something natural to heal the skin. I am hoping with our dietary changes we can heal from the inside out.

I enjoy your blog. I homeschool and am also a registered nurse. Almost 2 yrs ago I "retired" myself to be at home. Life is never boring. I feel very blessed to be at home.

Jill in PA

Tisha said...

What type of paint are you using on the baseboards/doors now?

Monica said...

Jill, nice to meet you. I plan to blog our journey through this elimination diet. I hope you are able to come back and be helped by it.

Tisha, I'm adding a coat of semigloss white over the white construction paint that has been nearly destroyed. I look forward to washing my doors and having them actually become clean:)

Jill in PA said...

Monica. I was again researching ointments for eczema. I repeatedly read that Bag Balm works. This was originally used for cow udders which makes my 8 yr old son laugh hysterically every time I apply some to his hands.

I found it at CVS in the lotion section. It is in a square green tin. Amazingly it seems to be working. It has only been 2 days, so time will tell.


mindi said...

Sorry about the diet :( I don't know what we would do if the kids had problems with what we ate. Currently , we barely have TIME to eat :D Though we do at least sit down to eat dinner.
Anyway, it was good to read through your blog and catch up. Hope all is well, you are still my inspiration!