In my life this week…Last weekend all five of us went to visit with my husband's heart donor's mother. Tina is a lovely lady who is hurting over her son, Nic's, death. It was good to spend some time with her, and I am so thankful we continue to pray for her. She is moving forward with a new marriage and a degree almost completed. But moving has meant she left the home she raised her kids in and that Nic has never seen this new home. A tough time of transition for her, and we continue to pray. I had my second counseling session on Monday and somehow those 45 minutes fly by and I feel like we've barely scratched the surface. I also saw my primary doctor on Monday and he's really frustrated with the hematologist I had been seeing which was very nice confirmation for me. I have a new hematologist, but haven't made an appointment; it's on my To Do List. I will say I am passing some milestone of feeling better and that has been fabulous. I am trying to keep my focus on the progress made and not on how I still don't feel very good. Progress made means I am on the road to feeling better and that's way better than life 3 weeks ago.
In our homeschool this week… MWF all went according to plan, but TTh we jumped the tracks. Tuesday I hit the wall and
|Wednesday we spent an hour on the porch working on history.|
|Discovered on my camera; it is ODD's work.|
|Friday we met with our local homeschool group to learn about Portland. ODD ran the computer portion, and YDD was unthrilled to have her picture taken.|
My favorite thing this week was… Captain America! I deeply appreciate the family time the Marvel Universe gives us. It is often very difficult to find activities that the 18YO Aspie, the 12YO and 9YO will all engage in together. The first common ground we had was Harry Potter. Avengers and Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. and the rest of the universe is our current family bonding activity and I am thankful for it and all the people who work to make it possible.
Things I’m working on… still with the carb loading. I tried to start weaning off but my body is so not ready for that yet.
I’m cooking… soup! I have newly discovered the beauty of soup. I had heard how you just make a soup out of all your leftover produce, but the problem with that is I don't really like veggies. The idea of eating veggies floating in broth grosses me out. Enter blended soup. My friend, Wendi, has been feeding us before Bible Study at her house and she blended all kinds of veggies into her soup. Here's the amazing part: MY KIDS ATE IT AND SO DID I. Thus began my own experimenting. I made a sausage soup that I blended all the veggies and and beans, and then added chunks of sausage. The kids just asked for spicier sausage. I've started eating a veggie soup for lunch that is onions, carrots, bell peppers [all veggies that have carbos] in broth, and then add spiciness. I blend that all up and freeze in 1 cup portions. After I reheat it for eating, I add 1/3 cup feta or gorgonzola cheese. I am eating more veggies than I ever have, and it's just the veggies I need and I love that.
I’m thankful for… my God who loves me and never leaves me. It's been an emotional week, and I would have broken long ago without the strength and presence of my God.
I’m praying for… Tina and her family. My cousin who is looking for work. My oldest daughter.
I rewarded my kids this week by… not requiring them to make up our lost days. We're just letting those go.
Something I am ogling or have my eye on… we are so close to a water heater and mattress, people!