Glorious weather. The kids are outside as often as they can be! (We take advantage of this as much as possible since they really cannot play outside in the summer heat in TX….except for early morning hours.)
I Am Thankful For
~ A mother's intuition. After suspecting something wrong with the back of one of my children, I scheduled a well-child check up and received a referral to a pediatric orthopedic hospital in Dallas. Scoliosis.
You can read about Scoliosis here.
The curves were larger than what we expected, but we are hoping a brace will slow them down if not stop the progression until her growth spurt is over. Said child will need a brace to wear at bedtime for 2-3 years and X-ray growth charts taken every 4-6 months. Not fun. For a child, 2-3 years seems an ETERNITY.
We were trying to find the silver lining in it all. We certainly saw dozens upon dozens of children who had such terrible orthopedic problems and I am sure that those children would give up their walkers and crutches for a brace to wear.
None-the-less, it was an emotional day for parent and child, yet we are grateful for the medical care.
**If anyone has your own story to share about scoliosis with a daughter or son, please email me. I would like to learn more about it.**
~ SO, so grateful for living in an area that has great hospitals and doctors!
~ Moms' Night Out. I know I am really blessed to be part of an amazing home school group, and once a month we have a moms' night out. Recently, we headed to a pottery shop for a night of painting.
Only six of us were able to make it, but it was still fun. (We always miss our comrades who cannot attend.)
I Am Thinking About
~ My dad. I wish he were alive to pick his incredibly intelligent brain about scoliosis. Being the smartest pharmacist I had ever met, his opinion and thoughts on many medical issues were always appreciated. I would call him before the pediatrician whenever the children were sick.
~ St. Valentine Pizza Party / Talent Show. My friend Elizabeth and I are planning a home school pizza party/ talent show. It should be a great evening! For the kids who cannot display their talent on stage (i.e. swimming) or are too shy, we are going to have tables set up for kids to "showcase" their talents as well.
~ A birthday is coming up very, very soon! It's going to be a hoot!
The Dizzy Dragonfly.
Miss C's words: "Awe. So Pretty. Fits. Awesome. Show Dad." She is talking up a storm these days!
From The School Room
~ Sally is writing her research paper on Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, (daughter of Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter.)
~ Ester is reading Saint Isaac and The Indians. She picked this saint as a fulfillment for one of the two she must report on this semester.
~ Mabel is reading Saint Edith Stein Blessed by The Cross. What an inspiring story this one is! Mabel has two saint books to read and report on this semester as well. This is her first of the two.
(The smiling orange is Mabel's bookmark :)
From The Kitchen
Since our Mondays are Pizza and salad nights traditionally, I thought I would share a few things we had over the past week.
Slow Cooker Pepper Steak, recipe found here.
Using the words from my bloggy friend, Nancy, "My house smelled so good we wanted to eat the walls!" Yep! It is THAT good :)
This time, I served it with rice AND polenta. The tribe members could choose what they wanted.
Another Meatless Friday - Fancy Grilled Cheese Sandwich (Mozerrella, avocado, tomato, grilled cheese) Recipe found here.
Girlfriend, you can make these however you wish. Get your creative on with those boring, grilled cheese sandwiches!
Panuche Frosting, recipe found here.
This is an easy, brown sugar frosting. We were really wanting to try the frosting recipe and decided to add it to the butter pecan cake that Mabel made.
What I Am Reading
Following Mary to Jesus, found here.
I Am Praying For
~ My father-in-law and mother-in-law. It is so difficult for her to see her beloved of almost 60 years be in the state that alhzeimers has put him in.
~ My child who was diagnosed with scoliosis.
~ For all those who have asked me to pray for them.
~ A very important intension for a sibling and the extended family.
I Am Listening To
My husband make his morning coffee and the washing machine chugging away.
Around My House
~ I changed my header picture. The pics are of what it looks like to our north. To our south, it is pretty much all cosmopolitan. What a contrast between the two!
~ Stand4Life Dallas. "It all began in Dallas. Let's end it in Dallas."
(Picture taken in from of the Earl Cabell Federal Building…where it all began.)
Sally attended the rally and Mass at the Dallas Convention Center with High School group from church.
(The "Bikers for Life" are the K of C bikers :)
A Picture To Share
It is never too early to learn!
Wishing you all a great week!
I linked this post up with Sarah's "Encouragement Theme" link up over at Amongst Lovely Things.
~ Patty ~