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After a whirlwind of summer and fall monumental moments and life changing events like a couple of weddings, the birth of our first granddaughter and our daughter, Rachel, moving overseas, we really needed a calm before the storm of the crazy holiday frenzy begins!!
Our weather here in Upstate NY has been unseasonably summer like and I couldn’t be happier about that! It’s actually been in the 70’s for several days! If my memory is correct, it was snowing at this time last year and probably most all of the other 31 years that we’ve lived here!!
And Now on to This Week’s Happenings!!
We celebrated the anniversary of Bethany’s life saving brain tumor surgery on 11/2/15. If you are new here and would like to know more about Bethany’s life threatening battle with a brain tumor please watch the video below or click on Brain Tumor Diagnosis
Thanks to Kristin occupying Bethany with their own fun activities of swimming, bowling, and going to the library, I’ve been able to get outside and enjoy our unusually warm sunny days.
When Bethany has not been out on her adventures with Kristin, she has been spending her time signing thank you cards in acknowledgement of her birthday presents, skyping with her real sisters and her You Tube “sisters”, playing her bowling dice and Piranha Fish games, painting with water, and writing words with her alphabet stamps.
The big news about Jeremiah is….
That he had an adventure all of his own!
Believe it or not, he actually tore himself away from his computer to go with Malcolm and I to Moe’s!! But of course, he did not want me to film his grand adventure, so regretfully, I cannot prove his attendance!!
Jerry and I have been working on writing fiction stories: coming up with a setting, developing characters and dialogue, and first and third person points of view. We are studying the history of the post office, the chemistry of life and cells in biology, and figuring out simple and compound interest.
I must say that even after doing interest myself when I was in school and then with 7 of our other children, I still get confused by the compounding interest- semi-annually, quarterly, and monthly process!!
I also can never remember the formulas for finding what percent one number is of another number and problems like this one- 15 is 30% of what number? I always have to look at examples to refresh my memory and tell myself that the word (is) is represented by the = sign and the word (of) is represented by the multiplication sign! I hope that little math tip just might be helpful to someone out there reading this!!
In case you missed them:
- For those of you who may not know it, my now 17 year old daughter, Bethany was diagnosed with a life threatening brain tumor, a Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma, to be exact, when she was just two years old! Bethany was diagnosed on the morning of 11/1/00. A couple of hours later she was taken by ambulance to a hospital equipped to perform brain surgery. Upon arrival at the hospital, doctors immediately installed a tube into her brain to drain the cerebral spinal fluid that was building up due to the tumor blocking its proper flow. Bethany was literally just 24 hours away from dying from the hydrocephalus she had developed. Please continue reading at: 15 Years Brain Tumor Free
- It’s Epilepsy Awareness Month and since my daughter, Bethany has been battling with seizures ever since she acquired a TBI during brain tumor surgery fifteen years ago, I thought it most appropriate that I should spread a little awareness by sharing a few facts about this oft misunderstood disorder. Please continue reading at: It’s Epilepsy Awareness Month
- I had never heard of the term Therapeutic Parenting before, but I was intrigued by what I read about it in the workshop flyer! Apparently, this parenting method is helpful for children having difficulties forming attachments to adoptive parents. It’s also healing for traumatized children. Please continue reading at: What is Therapeutic Parenting?
Looking for Holiday crafts to get your kids into the holiday spirit? Why not check out all the festive holiday craft and activities for all ages at Kiwi Crate’s Holiday Crates page!!
Bethany and I are eagerly anticipating our Glowing Snow Globe Crate due to arrive in the mail any day now! We’ll be sure to video the whole process of putting it together!!
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