This morning my husband got his cast off after having it on for six weeks. His instructions are restricted to light work. And I'm not sure this is truly good news. Since he works on a commission of sorts, he is only making money when he pushes out work.
Since he took three of the older children with him to his appointment, it threw our school day off a bit. (But I love that they were able to have that freedom to go with their daddy at a moment's notice).
So I came downstairs and grabbed some coffee while the kids finished up breakfast and did their morning chores and routine. That means clearing and wiping the table, sweeping the floor, unloading and reloading the dishwasher. Once that is complete, they get dressed, make their beds, and brush their teeth.
While they worked through that, I did some work online for other bloggers I work for. Typically that means scheduling out social media for the day. Sometimes I'll answer some emails as well. Since today was different and all the kids weren't home, I waited to do devotions and allowed the children a little extra free time while I worked online a bit longer.
I worked through math lessons with a couple of children who wanted to get it done early and then by around 10am the other children came home, had a snack and then we did our devotional.
We are currently working through Our 24 Family Ways. We completed Way 5 last week and due to the nature of its content, we took a little detour this week and are working through The "Put On" Chart Lesson Book from Doorposts.
My older children are able to work mostly independently.
Shortly after we finished those lessons, I made the mistake of checking Facebook real quick. I really try to avoid doing that in the middle of the day because it's too easy to get side-tracked. This was one of those times, however it's not what you think. I got a message from a high school friend of mine asking if I had seen the news of a mutual friend of ours, also from high school. I replied that I had not, but I would go see.
Turns out, this friend, who is 32 years old, with 3 small children, just found out last night she has stage 4 breast cancer. She went in to the hospital last week thinking she had pneumonia, but it turns out the cancer had spread to her lung, liver, bones, and a small spot on her brain. The whole thing takes my breath away. She is so very young. The cancer in her bones has weakened them and caused two broken ribs and a broken vertebrae.
I am still tweaking and making room in the schedule to fit everything in. Most days, math takes 2 hours for me to get through all the children. Just math. So, as I went about my day, I was reevaluating things in my mind.
After lessons, we took a trip to the store to pick up a few clipboards so all my children had one. I plan to hang them all on the wall in the hall way and use them for chore charts, assignment sheets, and anything else the children tend to forget about if I am not constantly reminding them. This will be easy for them to go to and find because it will always be hanging in the same place. I hope to share that with you in the next few days.
After we returned home, hubby and I sat on the porch while some of the children played soccer in the front yard and the girls had a snack before leaving for ballet and tap class.
Hubby took the girls and rest of the children to dance class and I stayed home, showered, checked a few emails, cleaned the table for dinner and started dinner. Tonight's menu? The infamous "breakfast for dinner".
Then we met in the living room for our family evening read aloud.
After we read for about twenty minutes, I had the children go brush their teeth and come back. My husband did the Bible reading, with some help from "My Time With God".
Once they finished the Bible lesson, we turned on one episode of Little House on the Prairie and after that the children were off to bed. My husband decided to turn in early since his first day back to work in six weeks is tomorrow. And here I am typing up this post, and probably used way too many pictures. LOL It's almost 11:00pm as I wrap this up and I will be heading to bed, in hopes of waking up around 6:00am to get a head start on the day.
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