The Project

I am a home-schooling mama to one vibrant and curious five-year-old boy and one sassy, silly and very sweet four-year-old girl. I am irresistibly drawn to the Classical methodology and the Charlotte Mason approach. I am convinced that the two are not mutually exclusive, so I am attempting, although a few have tried to dissuade me, to combine the two methods in our home school.  We’re not even one year in, and although my wise mother would tell you that the detractors only make my fervor stronger, I am really convinced that this could work!

I am also a mama who suffers with what my kids’ pediatrician calls the “trifecta of auto-immune disease.” I was diagnosed with Lupus, Hashimoto’s Disease and Sjogren’s Syndrome almost three years ago. Grave’s disease and hypoglycemia were added to that list a few months later at follow-up visits. This once high-energy/ type-A personality is now doing everything she can to conserve energy, avoid inevitable flares and feel better while simultaneously trying to keep our medically-fragile (and very spunky) four-year old healthy and growing.

Forgetting to count your blessings and focusing only on your problems (…which are a lot smaller than about six billion other problems that about six billion other folks could relate to me if I spoke their languages) can be fatal, and I’ve been down that road too many times to count the last few years. I’ve been prickly in the face of kindness and I’ve refused help because I didn’t feel ready to receive it. I’ve whined and complained and thrown tantrums and been completely put out with God. I’ve turned into a big, fat, spoiled brat, and I’m refusing to put up with myself any more. Except that I will probably whine and complain and throw a few more tantrums before it’s all said and done.

“The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances.” ~Elisabeth Elliot

So for anyone else trying to do home school, job, public school, crazy diet… for anyone caring for a child with developmental delays and/or health issues, I hope we can get an open dialog going about how we do faith, food, exercise, curriculum planning and homework after a day in a stressful work environment.

Aside from the intro., this is the only offering I have for today. Above the menu, above fitness, above curriculum, above study groups, above books, above homeopathic remedies and protocols, this, without a doubt, is the most important bit…

Pray.

That’s it.

And while praying constantly, imagine Jesus standing at your shoulder. As a friend back in Texas often did for me, imagine Him laying a strong, sinewy hand on your arm. Imagine that hand, the hand that holds the universe, holding you back from the brink. Imagine all this because, even though you can’t see Him, He is, in reality, present. He is interceding with the Father for you at this very moment. Hear His voice whispering “It’s OK. Wait. Be still. I’ve got this. Keep your heart quiet.” No matter what you are facing, the best thing you can do for yourself is relax, get more sleep than you think you need, say no to a good thing to conserve energy for a better thing, try not to worry what the person you said no to thinks about you {wink} and plant your vision squarely on Him.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. ~2 Corinthians 4:7-11

I hope to be back soon sharing recipes, links, auto-immune protocols, a low-impact, sustainable fitness plan (the goal for this coming week), curriculum integration or routines that work for a low-energy mama in a high-energy home school or job. And I hope to receive help and ideas from you too! Buenas noches.

P.S.   Here is a link to another blog for moms. I’m not sure where she’ll be taking it as this is her intro as well, but it certainly struck a chord with me. Here’s hoping it brings help and hope to you.

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