Monday, August 13, 2012

Time to Plug In

I'd say this is a pretty accurate photo of my life right now:
I know I've been a little absent from the blog lately.  Many of my evenings have ended up filled with paperwork and planning and baking bread and catching up on laundry and trying to organize EVERYTHING.  Some evenings I have sat down at the computer with full intentions to write up a blog post and an hour later I am staring at the wall, too tired to think.

This past week, I was feeling especially drained.  I came back from a normal workout at the gym with a little soreness but thought nothing of it.  As the days of the week went on,  the pain in my joints, particularly my knees and my right wrist, got worse and worse.  When my right hand started to go numb randomly throughout the day, the Nerd convinced me to see a doctor.  She determined that I had tendonitis in my right wrist (did something to strain it and then aggravated it with daily activity and probably all the puppeting I did at VBS.)  So now I'm wearing a wrist splint to keep my wrist from bending for at least a week to help it heal.  Yeah, that works out perfectly for a mom of four busy kids. :)  And typing this is rather aggravating, to say the least.

As for the knee pain, the doctor really didn't have any answers.  She suggested that my body might be in the process of fighting off a virus.  I hope she's right - it is not easy to "stay off my feet" around here.  I am taking ibuprofen for the pain and trying to be careful with my physical activity.

We start up homeschooling in one week!  Ack, my brain is exploding with possibilities and schedules and curriculum and blog lists.  I am excited, nervous, a little anxious, and just hurrying to get everything ready before then. 

Our diet plan is great - I love that my family is eating so healthy and get excited every time one of my kids requests a fruit or veggie for a snack.  However, it takes quite a bit of planning and preparing to keep us on this diet.  The only "prepared" snack we have in the house are pretzels.  I have to be constantly thinking ahead and making pancakes and waffles for the freezer, granola bars for hungry kids, bread for lunches, cut up veggies and fruits for snacks, etc.  Don't get me wrong - it's completely worth it - but it can be a time-drain.

In the midst of it all, I am trying to make decisions regarding education and such for the Beast.  I'm reviewing papers and therapists' notes, attempting to see if there is a need for more therapy or classes at the local special ed center. 

Finally, God has cleared the way for me to hand the reins of children's church over to someone else.  I enjoyed being director of children's church, but lately it has become a completely overwhleming task that I have not enjoyed much at all.  Now someone else will handle all the scheduling and organizing and curriculum and such, and I will be free to help out here and there without all the commitments of being director.  It's definitely of God as I will have my plate full with homeschooling starting next week.

I am praying earnestly that God will make a way for me still to post to this blog regularly.  I have so many things I want to share, especially regarding autism and homeschooling, and I hope that it is still possible to do with this crazy schedule.

I need to plug into my Power Source. (Isaiah 32:15)  Be back soon with some posts that have been ruminating for quite some time!


  1. Hi Jeanette. We've been doing the Feingold Diet for 8 years. I have 4 kids as well, and one with autism. Also a Christ follower and have dabbled in homeschooling here and there. I blog about Feingold and the GFCF diet at I also have a Facebook page - AllNaturalMom where I've been posting our meals and recipes. I have our recipes at If you want a copy of my personal cookbook, let me know and I can e-mail it to you. FG is hard in the beginnning but it gets easier. I'm not sure why you only have pretzels for prepared foods. I have four pantries and they're stocked full. I do have a Whole Foods and Woodman's though. Let me know if I can help you in any way.


    1. Hi, Sheri, nice to "meet" you! Thank you for your offer to help. I will definitely be checking out your site and would love to get some of your recipes.
      We do have a Whole Foods and a Trader Joes, but the main reason why we don't have much in the way of prepared snacks is money. IT's cheaper for me to make my own granola bars, and crackers and such are a rarity around here. Grandma does make sure to stock up on all their favorites at her house though. Also, we are trying hard to avoid sugar (although we allow it occasionally) and it makes an appearance in most prepared snacks.
      So going to check out your site now! Thanks for coming by!

    2. I hear ya! Yes, it is expensive. I do light couponing to save on some things which helps but food is our main expense here.


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