Although I get on and read posts periodically, I continue to find myself rarely posting, so I'll have to do some "summing up" to cover the past several months.
This school year is going fairly well for us so far. It's hard to believe we are nearly halfway done with the year! The kids are doing well with their schoolwork and extracurricular activities. Timothy loves to learn and usually eagerly accepts all of his tasks except writing assignments, which most often still result in some form of tears, resistance, etc. Ariel enjoys some of her schoolwork but is much more interested in her musical pursuits (piano and voice lessons, composing her own music, etc.), so I am trying to find a happy balance for her.
I have continued to deal with health problems this year. About a month ago I went in for a basic physical (including bloodwork). According to those initial tests, my thyroid is not functioning properly. I will be going in for further testing soon to help determine the exact nature of the problem and best course of treatment. Unless it has resolved itself, it will likely mean me being on some sort of medication the rest of my life. This is, of course, not ideal, but I will welcome a solution that will help me have the strength and energy to be able to better manage my home, family, and other duties. (Please be praying for me!)
Work for Richie has been slower than usual this year, but God has continued to provide. Praise Him! In addition to doing fishing trips and computer consulting, Richie has also been doing a variety of odd jobs lately.
The week before Thanksgiving we attended a wonderful camp for homeschoolers in Oklahoma. My mom joined us at the camp, too. She and I co-taught a class for the kids ages 9-13, and I taught a class for the ladies. We all had a terrific time!
This has been a rather stressful week -- 1) There was a fire in our office trash can, which dropped on the floor a little, too, but fortunately didn't permanently damage anything but the trash can and doormat, I think. (It could have been so much worse! We, like the residents of a local apartment complex did lately, could have lost everything to a fire.) 2) Ariel is sick - congestion, cough, nausea, vomiting, etc. I haven't felt great either. We are hoping that we will all be well soon. -- And yet, I have so much to be thankful for! A safe, comfortable home, a loving and hard-working husband, two precious children, and so much more!
In better news, Timothy got the results of the EXPLORE test (a precursor to the ACT) that he took in October. He did very well! I'm incredibly pleased with his efforts and the results. Now, we are still waiting for the results of the PSAT, which he took the week before the EXPLORE. I hope he did as well on it!
Though I don't post often, I do read what you post, and you are each in my thoughts often. May God bless each one of you!