November 8, 2014
Theo and I have now been home for one full week. We are treasuring every moment. In addition to 3 different chemos, he is on a high dose of steroids, so his belly and cheeks are rounding out. He wakes up at 3 am every morning for chicken nuggets and juice. He eats meatballs for breakfast and pasta for lunch.
School time is that much sweeter knowing that I could have been away for 3 weeks longer. I have never left our kids for more than a night or two, and hope I never have to again. I watch them write and listen to them read. I’m so thankful to be home. Theo stays close to me at all times, he’s quiet and calm. He lays on the floor while we do school and follows me around when we’re not in school.
I think one of my greatest heartaches coming home was the uncertainty of school. Our oldest child is in 6th grade so we have homeschooled for 7 years. It’s a way of life and it’s all we know. We are not anti-school. We believe God holds us accountable as parents for overseeing our children’s education, and for protecting and shepherding their hearts along the way. Beyond that, it is a personal decision that is unique for each family. For us, homeschool is the right choice. How would that be possible now, if Theo and I are in and out of the hospital for the next 8 months?
Scott’s mom is a retired first grade teacher. She is a rock star teacher in her school community. But up until now, she has always just been Grandmom to us. She has worked hard to build a sweet relationship with each of our kids. I would have never asked her for help, for her to take on a new role in the kids’ lives, for her to give up her hard earned free time. But she would be the perfect addition to our school routine. When I’m home, I could have the extra slack I need to care for Theo. When I’m not home, she could help keep the kids on track. I wanted it to work out, but I knew it had to come from the Lord. And it did. Mom offered to come to our house to help us 2 – 3 days a week. The kids would have to listen well, and the babies would have to disappear. Deal.
I would ask that you pray for Grandmom as she takes on this new role in our family. She has given up her part-time income and a good amount of retirement freedom. Wintertime is coming, and they are predicting a snowy season. Please pray the Lord would continue to inspire her, that He would meet all of her needs and that He would bless her many times over.
Deuteronomy 11:18 & 19
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”