Friday, August 19, 2011

Homeschool Mother's Journal, Aug 19

In my life this week…

Not to be a downer, but I found out today that my grandmother's lung cancer has been staged. She's got Stage 4 Lung Cancer. It has metastasized to her adrenal glands, but not her brain or liver. So in the next week or two she'll probably be starting radiation therapy and chemo.

On a more positive note, my father-in-law's Prostate Cancer is Stage 1, so we were relieved to hear that. He has been tolerating his radiation therapy well, and the doctor is pleased with his progress so far.

In our homeschool this week…

Oh, we are busy, busy, planning for school that starts in two weeks. Since I've decided to revamp our homeschool to implement a more Charlotte Mason style, I've had to reconsider many things. So far I've got our math, science, and geography planned out. But I still have several subjects to put the finishing touches on.

My favorite thing this week was…

I've been hunting through used bookstores this summer looking for bargains and difficult-to-find books that will coincide with our Charlotte Mason living books style. This week I found some gems at our local library used bookstore:
    * The Tree-Dwellers by Katharine Dopp (pub. 1904)
    * The Later Cavemen by Dopp (pub. 1906)
    * The Early Sea People by Dopp (pub. 1912)
    * The Early Herdsmen by Dopp (pub. 1923)
    * The New World by Winston Churchill
       (Vol 2 of A History of the English Speaking Peoples)
    * The Age of Revolution by Churchill (Vol 3)

Things I’m working on…

I'm trying to complete our household organizing in the next two weeks before we start school. The boys are currently sorting Legos, which is probably an exercise in futility, but we are doing it anyway.

I’m reading…

At the beginning of the week, I was sucked into reading a few books, so the past couple of days I've been a good girl and haven't read anything except my Bible and some Mom's Notes. But I'm working at the hospital this weekend, so I will enjoy reading quietly during my lunch breaks :)

Books read this week: Wake by Lisa McMann
                                     Fade by Lisa McMann
                                     Gone by Lisa McMann
                                     The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

I’m praying for…

My grandmother and father-in-law

A photo to share…

The boys' State Books for their geography studies this year.


  1. I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother. Cancer is a terrible beast. I work closely with a Cancer ministry here in Dallas-Fort Worth where women shave their heads! The hair is donated to Locks of Love to make wigs for Cancer/Alopecia patients and we raise money to help families struggling with finances because of Cancer circumstances. I've shaved my head twice and it's been an amazing experience to stand with someone and show them how much they are loved! And especially for women who have to go through chemo and lose their hair, we show them that they are still beautiful no matter what!

  2. So sorry about your Grandma, my Dad has prostate cancer right now and is undergoing radiation luckily prostate cancer is one of the slowest growing cancers. Love you book finds!

  3. Thank you for your encouragement and kind words :)

  4. "Hopping" over to visit from the HMJ. It's nice to "meet" you! :-)

    I am so sorry about your grandmother. I will keep her in my prayers. We just found out that my 95 year old grandmother's bladder cancer has returned. It is such a horrible disease, isn't it? I will also say a prayer for your fil.

    Congrats on the awesome book finds! There is nothing like finding a good book! :-)

    Many blessings to you!
    P.S. I'm now a follower of your blog, too! :-)