I have had a very interesting 2013. I haven’t shared about it all on the blog, but it has caused a lot of my absences online. The latest development is that I am pregnant with identical twins but on indefinite bed rest for placenta previa. This certainly has put kinks in our summer plans and will certainly put kinks in our plans for the school year. When I despair of the situation – bed rest is liniting and I am getting terrible neck aches from laying down so much – I remind myself that I am not in control, God is.
Already I can see growth in my children from this situation. Bear is learning to have a servant’s heart. She is sent on numerous errands upstairs or downstairs for Mommy who can’t walk around. She has learned to use the microwave to heat up my lentil sock, which I use to relieve the neck pains. She has learned to be more compliant than she would normally want to be. She has been a trooper and I am so proud of her. J-jo is always willing to give me massages and to go on errands, too. He is entertaining himself – he always has been good at that – while I sleep or agonize over the pain in my neck.
I could totally handle bed rest if I just didn’t have the neck aches! (edited to add: I have been allowed to sit up more which has alleviated the neck aches.)
Thank goodness for Home Art Studio (not an affiliate link). I taught the kids to use the DVD player and they put it on and do an art lesson or two while I languish on the couch. It makes me glad I have set up the house so that anything the kids might need is easy for them to access, including art supplies.
The bonus of being on bed rest? I have had all the time in the world to watch all the teaching DVDs of both Teaching the Classics and IEW’s Teaching Writing: Structure and Style, pray over how we are going to home school the next year and figure out our routine for next year to allow me to fit in every single thing I want to do.