Friday March 18, 2016
We love to homeschool. Technically, our kids are enrolled in a cyber charter public school. Cyber means work online from home, charter means accountable to the state of PA and public means completely free. Each of our kids gets a computer, a printer, science supplies and new textbooks every year.
Scott and I see many advantages to this approach to education for our family. First, it gives us the time we need to build a one-on-one relationship with each of our kids. Time is our most valuable resource and Chester County is exploding with opportunities that compete for our time. Along with our parent/child relationships, homeschool gives us the time we need to teach our kids about the Lord. Deuteronomy says teach your kids diligently, when you sit and when you rise, share your heart and know where their heart is. The “public” part of our school means everything is free, and with the way our family is growing, free is good. Last, homeschooling gives us as parents the ability to pray and find a specific place of outreach for each of our kids based on their interests and personalities. For example, our daughter Kiana played soccer with our local middle school’s girl soccer team this past fall. That meant two hours every day on a public school campus, and twice a week on a team bus traveling to games. What an experience! If there were any curse words she didn’t know, we’ve now filled in the gaps. On a more sincere note, Kiana was able to build friendships with an entire team of girls in Coatesville, an important foundation for developing her heart for the hurting and sharing her faith.
Today was Theo’s 15th spinal tap in 17 months. I am in awe of him for his endurance and resilience but I also ache for his little body. I have had 7 epidurals in an 11 year span and on occasion I still have an ache in my back. A spinal tap is much more invasive than an epidural. I can’t imagine the ache in his back on rainy days.
There is a significant statistic linking Leukemia with brain cancer in little boys. The statistic is so significant that boys with Leukemia have a 3 year treatment plan, whereas girls with Leukemia only have a 2 year plan. Over the course of this plan Theo will undergo 22 spinal taps during which they will soak his brain (via his spinal fluid) in chemicals. These chemicals are proven to prevent brain cancer and eradicate hiding cancer cells, but they can also have serious and lasting effects on Theo’s ability to learn. One of our most devastating doctor/parent meetings was when our medical team went over all the side effects of Theo’s medicines. The thought of Theo struggling to learn broke my heart the most. Afterall, we love to homeschool.
It’s time to register Theo as a Kindergartner at PALCS. As I continue to wrap my head around who we are as a family and what God is doing in our lives, I am both thrilled yet sober-minded at the thought of starting Kindergarten with Theo next year. I count it a privilege to be his mom and spend the morning with him learning to read and write, but there’s a cloud of concern as I wonder if we’ve messed him up. If you have a chance today, will you please pray for Theo’s ability to learn? His brain, his connections, his short-term memory, his long-term memory, his processing, his attitude and his confidence?
Thank you for praying for us today. Your prayers equated to a smooth morning commute, a quiet morning of painting, and another uneventful spinal tap.
Here is Theo’s painting…
Here is Scott and Theo “high-fiving” from a distance before Theo was sedated…
12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”