That’s Phineas

It’s only Wednesday, but already it’s been a tough week for Phineas. Come to think of it, last week wasn’t so great either.

It feels like everywhere he turns lately, he’s pushing the limits, and not necessarily in a Chuck Yeager “I’m gonna break the sound barrier” kind of way. He’s been obstinate, disobedient, just down right naughty. Continue reading

To our new pediatrician

Hi. My name is Heather. I know you’re probably going to call me, “Mom,” throughout most of this first meeting, and that’s o.k. I can take it, though I admit you’ll score bonus points if you take the time to remember me as something beyond my role today. But again, if you don’t, I’m not going to hold it against you. It’s not me that I want you to invest in, anyhow.

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I cried. I’ll tell you that right up front, so that you pick up the thread of this post with its full weight. I cried right there at the table, that laughing, overwhelmed cry that requires you to grab someone and hold them a little too tight for just a little too long.

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And so, we begin

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School is now officially, firmly in session this week. The rhythm is not there yet, but the heart is– and so far, I’d say 2016-17 is promising. The Lord clearly has lessons in mind: lessons in patience, in grace, and being a good student even when you don’t like the skill being taught. And those, by the way, are all for me.

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The talk

I have dreaded the conversation for years. Since the moment I first knew, I have felt ill just considering it. And yet there was never any choice but to say it out loud. Not just once, but over and over, until every younger sibling understands.

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Purposeful playtime (math for special learners)

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If I ever had any illusions that education could possibly be a one-size-fits-all endeavor, they were exploded the minute that special needs became our daily reality. All of a sudden, everything I had learned in my first decade of homeschooling was just a starting point; this, I understood, was home education magnified.

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Co-op Day

I’ve mentioned that this year, our family chose to participate in a local, weekly co-op. While it’s been a steep learning curve (this is the first time in our 14-year homeschooling journey where our family has had to consider the expectations of others in terms of assignments), I’d say it’s been an overall positive experience for the four children attending — and my husband, who is definitely the cutest Physics teacher ever.

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