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My life as a Hospital Mouse


As I’m wheeled down the hospital hallway it’s a memory I will never forget. I was lying  in bed with a broken rod in my back. My doctor sent me to his fellow doctor in Dallas, Texas  so after the long drive we got to Doctor J’s office. He said I had to get a Halo. “No” boys not the game it’s a thing they screw into your head. In the waiting room for surgery out of the tip of my ear I heard “Madeline Rogers” , The most terrifying sound my name. It was time for my Halo. When I woke up I had  the worst migraine. I was so sorry for my Mom she had to sleep sitting up because I was sleeping on her. A week later I was spinning around and around and around! My Dad always got worried that I would fall.  Soon I didn’t see my dad or big brother for a month… On February 22 the day came for the biggest mad most terrifying surgery in my life.  As I woke up from surgery my legs were num I tried  again and again , I could not sit up. Day after day I learned how to walk again. On April 1 Doctor J said your going home! My mom and me said ” are you joking!” when he said no we cheered with excitement! In my mind I said this is a memory I will never forget.

 Written by Minnie





Rejoice in Hope: Happy Birthday Felix & Clara

What a blessing my life has been. Not only have I seen the the Lord’s mighty hand work many times in my own daughter’s life, but I have been witness to the amazing life changing miracles that He has brought into the lives of countless others. Today is, and I am sure this is not by chance,  the birthdays of two of the most special warriors I know.

Many of you know Felix he is the little warrior of my Washington best friend Meg. He has been off of his Leukemia treatments for one year! Praise God! Felix has stared kindergarten this year is so exited to go snowboarding for his birthday and is bringing hope to childhood cancer. His mom is an amazing warrior mama who is daily teaching me that being who the Lord made me is totally radical. She teaches me that being on my knees praying is the best place to be and that the Lord’s everlasting faithfulness is never-changing. Happy birthday Felix!

Clara is our forever friend that we made in the hospital last year! It is amazing to me that only one year ago we were celebrating with her! Clara has a disease called Juvenile Dermatomyositis. This is something that she has to get chemotherapy and high dose steroids for. She is getting better and stronger. She is so much better than she was last year when we met her! Clara is a fighter and so is her Mommy. They have, in the first year that she has been diagnosed, had a huge fund raiser for Cure JM. They have also brought toys to Scottish Rite for the kids for Christmas. This family is spreading the love and miracles that they have received right back. They inspire me to want to do the same. I know that the Lord brought me Stacy as she is one of my “Forever Friends” too.   I am a blessed, blessed woman to have you Stacy…. Happy birthday Clara!

Homeschooling Mama Drop out! Gasp!

As you all know I started out this school year homeschooling Ty…. Today, Ty started school at a nearby charter school. If any of you are wondering… Yes! I did throw myself a party this morning! I am so excited for him to be at school, largly because he is so happy. He is excited to be at school surrounded by peers in an environment that is challenging to his growing brain!

I have some thoughts on home schooling (now that I am an expert, listen real hard!)

1. Homeschooling is one of the single hardest things I have tried to do as a Mama.  I am not kidding, I applaud the amazing parents who have the brains and stamina to keep at it.

2. Homeschooling for me was lonely… FOR THE MAMA!!! I am not kidding, I have never felt more isolated. To be a great homeschooling parent you give up a large part of your daily (social) life. I don’t care what anyone says it is not okay to teach and talk on the phone… Totally not cool.

3. If you hate housework, cooking, or laundry then you should totally homeschool… At least for me something had to give, my sons education or the house. I was choosing school but getting irritated as the days went on and the house started looking like it should be on TLC. Get my drift? I am not a hoarder! I swear.

If  by chance you are a Mama who happens to have kids in traditional school but have friends who are homeschooling Mama’s, I highly suggest loving on them ALOT. Maybe a little note or dropping by lunch for her and her kids. Remember she won’t have time to visit but she will never forget that you fed her… Tummy and Spirit.

So here I am a Homeschooling Mama drop out. Things I learned about me,

I am NOT a great teacher. God made me for something else. I am an awesome help mate, I am awesome at helping with homework. I am not awesome at teaching a concept.

I still don’t like math. This is okay we were not all made to be CPA’S

Art is my Favorite subject… It is just apart of me… I love it!

Reading is awesome if you don’t have to. It is so important to read stuff you love… Anything!

Housework can wait… GASP! I know but my kids are growing up so fast!

Dinner can and has come from a box or a bag or delivery… that’s okay sometimes

I have a willing Spirit… My spirit it is willing…

Things I learned about my Son…

He like to wear his socks inside out all the time…This is a laundry challenge…

He hums or sings all day long… Drives me crazy but it soothes him or something.

He is the worlds fastest reader… even faster than me! I am amazed.

English is his favorite subject… And he is totally amazing at it!

Math is hard but if given the chance, he Rocks!

He needs constant affirmation. I have become a great cheerleader.

He needs physical exercise… A lot.  Kinda like a puppy.

He eats a lot! No wonder kids come home hungry!

He is a self learner.

My son is amazing. Through lots of prayer we made both the choice to home school and now the choice to join this charter school. Whatever education choice you make for your kids is personal between you and God. I am sure that The Lord wants for Ty way more than I can ever dream. And I have very lofty dreams for my kids. My hope is that at the end of each day, Mama’s you know that the choice you made is the right one because it was made on your knees. My hope is that we will, as Mama’s, hold each other up and cheer one another along. This is a long haul… 12 years of our babies life’s they spend on education we choose for them. I want my kids to look back on their education and know we did what was best for them. As hard as it is to admitting failure, realizing it 12 years from now would be so much harder.

So all in all I am so thankful for the last 18 weeks. I am thankful that I tried, I am thankful that we still love each other.  I am Thankful that we came across a school that fits most of our educational dreams for our kids.

Homeschooling Mama’s you rock my socks… I am in awe of your grace. As my grandma would say…

Keep on keeping on

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