Friday, January 31, 2014

Chaos and Life, or should I say Life as We Know It? #mobsociety #chaosandlife #thisismylife

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    I honestly do not know where to begin or even where I have left off! The last few months are nothing but a blur, I feel like I have been on a never ending roller coaster ride that I was hoping would end last year but simply hasn't.

  I will travel back to November, life seemed to be heading in the right direction, we were busy getting ready for Christmas, we were on break from co-op and doing very little school. We then celebrated Nick's 17th Birthday, and then traveled through the beginning of December, the week before Christmas the bottom fell out and Dave ended up back in the hospital for a week, he was not able to be home for Christmas and the whole Holiday was quite depressing. He came home finally on the 27th, we celebrated Christmas with the kids that night, we had opened my parents gifts Christmas eve, as well as the boys handed out their gifts to each other and myself on Christmas, but they chose to wait until Dave was home to get their gifts from us. It was quiet and low key and all in all the week just did not feel like it was really Christmas.

   He was off work a total of 3 weeks, which meant 3 weeks with no money coming in, to say it was hard is putting it mildly. He finally went back to work 3 weeks ago and we just got our 2nd check since this whole thing started but guess what?? We cannot get to the money! Here is where we dip again in this roller coaster we call our life. Things were finally looking up, Dave was feeling better, the kids are doing well and he was back to work. Tuesday I noticed a funny charge on our debit card, someone had gotten gas in Brazil on Monday. I called the bank and they reversed the charges after they posted on Wednesday. Dave got paid yesterday and I went to pay a bill and my card was declined. They had canceled our cards and issued us new ones, even after the lady on the phone said they were not going to do that.

  So we have to wait until the new cards get here before we can get the money and use it to pay our bills, we did have an angel pay our electric bill for us, with the help of her church. I am truly blessed in the midst of our chaos we call life. We have the best friends anyone could ever have and we belong to the most loving and caring homeschool co-op. I have learned to trust in God more over the last couple months as we have been given many opportunities to have to. Now we could have chosen to turn the other direction, but instead we have turned closer to him and I believe this is why we are still going strong even in the midst of our storm. So if you could just pray for our family we would appreciate it.

    Some other things that have been going Alyx is still in CAP and he is doing so well, he is promoting on Tuesday since he passed all his tests with flying colors. I am so proud of him. He also is going to the Military Ball and has even asked a fellow CAP to be his date! Where on Earth has the time gone.

   Taylor is loving his classes in co-op he is taking a Korean Cooking class that he loves and he is also taking Sign Language which he is learning to like. He is starting to make more friends too, which is a Huge step.

Nick is working at Aco still and he is now attending college on Wednesday Nights as well as finishing up his Senior year. It is starting to get exciting and also causing me a little more apprehension as we get closer to Graduation.

  There has been more canceled school for Nick since Christmas than I think he has had the whole time he has been in school and looks to be like there may be more soon. We have had the snowiest and coldest Winter in History.
    I am ready for Spring and camping, I am also looking forward to the GHC in Cincinnati in April and spending a few days with one of my best friends in the world!! We live 4 hours apart and only see other at convention time, so it is something we both look forward to all year long.

  Well I think we have caught up and I am hoping to keep caught up and that life will be settling down, we have picked up some review items from the TOS Crew so look for those soon.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wordless Wednesday 3 Amigos. #agehasnoboundaries #friendsforlife. #2peasinapod

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

"You Don't Look Sick!!" #MSsucks #invisiblehandicap

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    It's time to get real, life is not all rosy and fun, there are real issues at hand.
Prompting an issue at our co-op the other day when we arrived and all 4 handicapped spots were occupied. Now you might be thinking, So what, big deal! Well this is a big for a couple factors, 1. It was cold as all get out and snowy. 2. I had many things to carry into the building and one of the biggest issues at hand! 3 out of the 4 spots were wrongfully occupied. Only 1 had a permit to actually be parked there. When I wrote this status update on Facebook I was messaged by an acquaintance asking me why I was making such a big deal out of something like that and why do I have a handicapped placard to begin with.

PSA!!! One thing that irritates me ! People who park in handicapped parking spots who do not have a hanging permit or plate. 3 places today this happened. Most often than not if I,who has a permit can find a close enough spot do not even park in them so that when someone comes along who needs one and all other close spots are taken they will have a safe, close spot, let alone those that don't have a permit taking up a handicap spot, especially in this weather. (Stepping back down from my soapbox.)

 Now I am going to share with you why this is such a big deal, as some of you may have been thinking the very same thing but were not as bold as to come right out and call me out on it.

  When I was  30, in January of that year as a matter of fact, I was diagnosed with MS after battling months of illness and no answers and ending up in a wheelchair for a long time, and with therapy and medications fought MS and somewhat Won. I am not cured by any means, and it was one heck of an uphill battle. MS goes into remission sometimes which is kind of what happened to me. Many of my outward symptoms seem to go away, and in reality that is true to a point. What has really been going on is that I have learned to cope with many of the symptoms and hide them very well. Stress brings out symptoms and so does weather. Now for the most part Heat is my enemy, but this year we are experiencing a brutal Winter and my MS is not tolerating it very well.

   My muscles have become very spastic, and my pain level is at an all time high. I am having numbness and weakness and my dizziness is peaking. I may look ok but inside my body is waging a war against itself. My body is always fighting itself to stay upright. I cannot close my eyes for more than a blink while standing up or I will fall right over. I do not sleep well as I wake off and on all night due to numbness and tingling in all of my extremities and I am suffering from speech and motor difficulties as well as memory and diminished cognitive functioning and tiring faster than I have been in a long time.

   What does this all mean? Well for starters, At the beginning of an activity, we will use co-op for example, I may have quite a bit of energy, especially being in the early part of the day, but just by not being able to park in a close spot to the door, I expend a good chunk of that energy and add to that carrying in bags or items, even as simple as my purse, wears me down. Now add to that the cold, so now I am not only tired but now my pain level has peaked and my muscles are starting to spasm, that adds to me not feeling well. Fast forward 3 hours, teaching and helping out in classrooms and by the time I get done and ready to leave I am feeling like I can hardly make it to the door of the building, let alone a handicapped spot but now I remember my spot isn't right out front because I did not get one, instead I am parked many spots down the row and behind in the second row of spots. By the time I reach my spot I have to sit for many minutes just to gather the strength to drive home.

   Now you might be thinking, really how much can a parking spot really change my day. For my body depending on the time of day or amount of activity I have participated in, it is the equivalent to running a mile, as fast as you can without stopping to breathe.

   Now I am not complaining about teaching or going to co-op or going anywhere for that fact. I refuse to let MS beat me,and I truly enjoy these things and you will hardly ever find me staying at home feeling sorry for myself. Unless of course it is my coveted 1 day a week that I sometimes get but more often than not don't, my day to not get dressed and not go anywhere. Sound lazy?? Maybe to some but for me it is a recovery day. The week often catches up with me because I spend my days endlessly doing for my family and others because I love helping and doing, but sometimes I just need a me day so that I can recoup my energy and do it all again next week. Little things like utilizing a handicapped spot, or sporting a cane on a somewhat bad day or using my cool pink scooter helps me get those things done, so I can live life and ride in the fast lane and not sit back and watch life pass me by.  I do however have to pick and choose what I spend my energy on, so If I say no or bow out at the last minute please do not take offense, it just means life got the best of me this week and I have used up all of my energy, and it is time to recharge my batteries. What can you do to help you may  be asking? 

I ask you to please Just understand, be courteous and the next time you see someone park in a handicapped spot that you know does not belong there, think of me. Share my story in hopes of educating others to do the same, and lastly never, ever judge a person parking in a spot, by saying that they sure don't look like they need that spot, they must be using someone else's pass(although this does happen), they don't look sick, and the list goes on and on. Just remember that not all disabilities are apparent and just because some people look good walking into the store or building, you don't know the battle that wages within them and do not know how they will be when they leave that same building. Also you will save yourself a hefty ticket that I guarantee you cannot wiggle yourself out of with any kind of excuse. Last I heard these tickets are $250 and using someone else's pass is $500 and up to 30 days in Jail. Is it really worth it? If you needed one you would have one. So if you don't, you are taking advantage of a system that is there to help those that truly need it. 

   Teach your children and others about invisible disabilities, you never know when it might be you!!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wordless Wednesday January 22,2014 Color Guard Practice for Civil Air Patrol

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wordless Wednesday. Our "new" used car! #nomorecarpayment # olderisbetter

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Simple Woman's Daybook January 14, 2014 #simplewomansdaybook #mobsociety #newyearnewme

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Outside my window... The Sun is shining and the snow from last weeks Blizzard is melting slowly, but more snow on its way.

I am thinking...I cannot believe another year has started and how quickly the rest of this school year is going to go, so much going on and much to prepare for.

I am thankful...for my family and that my Husband has finally returned to work after a very long 3 weeks off on medical leave.

In the kitchen...Breakfast dishes need to be put in the dishwasher.

I am wearing...My pajamas still, need to think about getting dressed.

I am creating...Many sewing projects, I have the sewing bug right now.

I am going...to get organized this month....

I am wondering...How much snow we will get this Winter, we have already gotten more this Winter than we did all last year and it is just getting started.

I am reading...not much, been doing too much sewing round here lately.

I am hoping...That it doesn't get as cold as it was last week. my poor body cannot take the cold anymore.

I am looking forward to...The Great Homeschool Convention this April, I get to visit with my very good friend Sarah, we only see each other in person this one weekend each year.

I am learning... To trust in God more, He has a handle on everything. I learned to do this over the last couple weeks and low and behold he did have it, and everything turned out just fine. I admit I did panic a bit at first but over the last few weeks, learned to just let it go and give it all to God.

Around the house...It is pretty quiet, and mostly tidied up, we need to get back in the rhythm of our everyday schedule,  between Christmas break and then Dave being home, we are out of our groove to say the least.

I am pondering... dropping 4-H, it is just not what we were looking for and the group we joined just doesn't seem to be as organized and busy as we had hoped.

A favorite quote for today...
Sunshine and pearls
One of my favorite things...Is waking up after Nick and Dave have left but before everyone else gets up and just having that peaceful quiet that I can use to talk to God, and be in my own thoughts.

A few plans for the rest of the week:CAP tonight, Dave has a Dr. Appt. tomorrow, Co-op Thursday and that's about it.

A peek into my day...Taylor enjoys cooking more now, and for lunch Sunday he cooked us up a dish he made in his Korean cooking class at our co-op. It was so tasty.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

In a sewing mood lately... #repurpose. #diy. #sewingprojects

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    I have been in a sewing mood lately, could be because I'm teaching a sewing class this semester at our homeschool co-op or because I have a fun new craft desk in my room. Either way I'm really getting into repurposing certain clothing items to make new things,
The first project was an apron made from an old pair of jeans and about 3/4 of a yard of material. Think remnants and clearance rack at the craft store. 

The next project that I just completed tonight is a skirt using a man's shirt and a t-shirt. Too much fun, I got both pieces for this project at Salvation Army for less than $2 when they were having a 75% off green tags sale. I also like to go on Saturdays when they do 5 for $5. 

My next projects are a purse made from a child's hooded sweatshirt and a pair of winter mittens from an old sweater lined with fleece. I will be sure to post pictures when they are completed. I'm using these projects for my class and the girls are having so much fun. 
What are you doing to be creative?