Sometimes Things Go a Little Haywire

all things work together for good

 

I realize it’s only October and the year isn’t even over yet, but can I tell you something?  This year has been one of the hardest years of my life!  Seriously.  It’s been rough!  Let me tell you about it….

January – 5 day hospital stay with my daughter who has epilepsy.  They had to do a video EEG, so they could study the type of seizures she has, hopefully helping to get her seizure auras under control.  It seems like we have now, thankfully!

 

FebruaryEnd of pregnancy woes, like gestational diabetes and praying for no C-section!

 

MarchBaby #7 born on 3/13.  She’s been a joy, but definitely a difficult, fussy baby.

 

AprilWhooping cough hits our family.  Let me tell you, they call it the 100 day cough for a reason!  Puke bowls abound, as any time someone coughs, they throw up, multiple times a day for many days straight!

 

May – Extra fussy baby, can’t get anything done.

 

June – A trip to San Diego for baby and I, to a blogging conference…this was definitely a highlight!

 

July - Child #2 had to have another ear surgery (mastoidectomy) because the cyst they had orignally removed that had originally paralyzed half of her face, was growing back.  This was her 4th surgery on this ear.  On the 27th of July, Child #4 was admitted to the hospital with asthma struggles.  She ended up being transferred to a children’s hospital and treated in the PICU for 7 days of the 9 day hospital stay.

 

August – Daughter released from hospital, but now struggling with anxiety due to the hospital stay (and possibly the steroids they sent her home on).  We’re still trying to resolve the anxiety issues.

 

September – School starts.  We homeschool, so this is a big deal for us!  I was thankful to have a bit more structure to our days!  We even took a break and went on a fun vacation to Branson that I’ll be telling you more about soon.

 

October – Our marriage is struggling.  We are committed to finding happiness and peace and growing our love for each other, but it’s been a tough process.  In fact, this is why I’ve been a little bit scarce in writing here on the blog.  I had started the 52 week Organized Home Challenge and suddenly paused it while I got my feet back under me.  I’m hoping to start it back up this week, but my life has been a roller coaster ride!

 

I said all of that to say this.

 

I get it.

 

I know life is hard.

 

When you’re feeling all alone and like nobody else could ever understand where you’re at.  It’s OK.  Take a deep breath and let God give you a hug.  He cares for you no matter what!  He loves you, even when you don’t feel very lovable.  He is a Friend to the friendless and a Father to the fatherless!

 

Romans 8:28(KJV)

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

 

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

13 I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.

 

 

It can be easy to let everything go.  (I know, I’ve been doing it….you should see the condition of my house!!).  But, it’s important when things are hard, that you give yourself a little slack.  Don’t expect perfection.  Just rest.  Rest in God’s love.  Rest in His peace.  Put your trust in Him and you will be OK.  For He will never give you more than you can bear!

 

P.S.  Don’t forget that today is the last day of the Stock Your Freezer Sale!  If you’ve not yet made your purchase, you’re able to get $31.xx worth of merchandise for just $15!  The products in this bundle will help you to get one of the stresses in your life under control.  Meal times!  You’ll get my one month $250 Walmart menu, my weeks 1-4 of Crockpot Freezer Meals as well as the Breakfast and Lunch Station packs from my friend Kim of Not Consumed.  You absolutely will be excited when you see this sale!  Hurry though, it ends at midnight tonight.

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Free Crockpot Freezer Meals Weeks with Purchase of Homeschool Bundle

Most of you know that I’m a homeschool mom of 7 children.  Today is our first day back to school.  We like to ease back in.  Taking it a couple of subjects at a time to get us used to doing school again and being in a routine.  It is exciting to get back to that routine, but it’s hard to start getting up earlier and cramming so much into our days, too.

 

I know that many of you are homeschoolers and many of you are not.  That’s OK.  I love you all.  :)  If you are a homeschooler or you’ve ever considered homeschooling, I’ve got a terrific sale to tell you about.  It’s called the Homeschool Omnibus and it is chock full of ebooks for homeschooling moms.  It happens only once a year and each year, they put different books in it.  This is my first time including a book in the Omnibus.

 

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Free Gift from ME with Purchase!

 

Included in this bundle, is Week 2 of my Freezer to Slow Cooker Ebooks.  I wanted to let you know that anybody who buys this bundle through my link, will receive Week 1, Week 3 and Week 8 Printable menus for free!  That is an extra $12 in gifts to you for purchasing this!  If you’ve been debating about purchasing my menus, you’ll get all 4 of them plus 97+ other books for the one low price of $25.  If you do purchase this from my link, please send me the email address that you used to purchase this with, to sidetrackedsarah (at) gmail (dot) com.  (Remove (at) and (dot) and replace with the actual symbols.)  After I receive your email and confirm that you purchased through my link, I will send you an email with your other 3 ebooks.

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What Books are Included in the Homeschool Omnibus?

Included Discounts/Freebies

Additional Resources: Codes and Links Provided After Purchase

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  • The deadline for refunds is September 5. Positively no refunds will be given if the file host shows that you have downloaded any files.
  • The ebooks will only be available until September 25, please do not delay in downloading them. See the FAQ or contact iHomeschool Network for more information.
  • DVDs can be purchased until September 20.
  • The sale will run from 12:00 am ET, Monday, August 18 to 11:59 pm ET, Sunday, August 24.

 

 


Make Education Fun – Even in the Hospital with Disney Junior Games

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Make Education Fun with Disney Jr Games

If you’ve not been following me on Facebook, you may not know that my 8 year old daughter is in the hospital with pneumonia, a complication of her asthma.  She’s having to be on continuous breathing treatment in the PICU, where they give her albuterol, steroids and regular chest percussion treatment to hopefully rid her lungs of all the fluid and mucous within.  The first  58 hours, she wasn’t allowed to eat or drink.  You can imagine how bored she was getting.  Thankfully, I had bought these Disney Junior games and they have really saved us, when we thought we were running out of things to do.

Savannah in Hospital

I had previously purchased these educational Disney Junior games at Walmart for my 5 year old daughter.  We homeschool and I thought she’d have fun practicing her writing and math skills with them.  After all, what little girl doesn’t like Mickey Mouse or Doc McStuffins?

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I bought the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Learning Schoolhouse Activity and the Doc McStuffins Alphabet Learning Activity.

Disney Jr Learning Schoolhouse Activity Doc McStuffins

We used the Learning Schoolhouse Activity here at the hospital.  When I first opened it up, I was a little worried.  It’s actually supposed to be for a Pre-K to K aged child, and here I was trying to occupy my 8 year old with it.  While some of the activities were a little young (like the ABC flashcards), we were able to improvise and have a great time with it.

 

Features of the Learning Schoolhouse Activity

 

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  • Learn to Tell Time
  • Practice Handwriting
  • Build Math Skills
  • Learn the Map of the U.S.
  • Letter & Word Recognition
  • Pretend & Play School

 

We used the US Map to quiz her on her states.  I would think of a state that we’ve been to before or one that someone we know has moved to, and she would use her pointer to show me where that state is on the map.  She’s not very strong on her geography, so this was a great educational activity that also proved to be fun, as we told stories about these different places.  You can see where she’s pointing at California, the state I was just in last month for a blogging conference.

Disney Jr Learning Schoolhouse Activity 4

 

She also used the word and picture magnets to make stories on the built in dry erase board.  In fact, that spurred her imagination even further and she decided to make more stories and books for her siblings to give them when she got home.  You can see one of her short stories here.  Her handwriting is pretty messy as her hands were shaking the whole time, thanks to the medicine.

 

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She practiced her time telling skills.  We have a clock in her hospital room and I noticed how she was doing really well at knowing what time it is.  We’ve done time telling with her math programs in the past, so this wasn’t new to her, but since we haven’t really practiced it this summer, it was a good chance to go over her clock skills and see if she could figure out what time it was.    She did great and is now almost a pro!

 

Disney Jr Learning Schoolhouse Activity 3

 

We’ve been in the hospital for 4 full days now and we’ve done so many things, we had thought we’d run out of fun stuff to do.  Even watching TV was boring her.  These Disney Junior games saved the day and I’m so thankful I accidentally left them in the van at the perfect time!  Savannah says she can’t wait to get home, so that she can play school with her little sister, Avery.  Since these were originally purchased for Avery, our 5 year old, she’ll get a lot of use out of them in our school year, while the older children are doing their own school work.  I love that they can use these to have fun AND learn.  After all, learning doesn’t have to be boring, does it?

 

If you’re interested in purchasing some, you can find them in the school supplies section at Walmart.  In addition to the ones that I mentioned above, you can also find:

 

  • Learning Easel Activity Center
  • Counting Learning Activity
  • First Words Learning Activity
  • Rhyming Learning Activity
  • Numbers Learning Activity
  • Colors & Shapes Learning Activity