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I have been battling with not much to show for it. Sunday and Monday I prepped for my December Botany Class to homeschoolers. It was a great class. We collected our donations to purchase Breadfruit Trees for the hungry in the tropics/subtropics, we voted for the area we wanted to send our treelings, the kids read their "What I learned this semester" paragraphs before their classmates and then we played some review games. It was action packed and fun. ***Skip to the bottom to see the links where you can learn a lot more about this amazing fruit for the hungry: Breadfruit***
5-10 minutes before the end of class a serious headache hit me. At the end of class I had a severe sore throat. Within an hour I was miserably weak and PAINFULLY achy. Ugg. We managed to purchase supper at a grocery store and we survived the evening.
The time between then (Tuesday) and now is a total blur of me feeling miserably weak, achy and all out exhausted. The children are obviously having lots of fun by the messes EVERYWHERE in our home. I am thankful that with prompting they do an okay job at picking up their messes, PRAISE THE LORD!
It dawned on me earlier today that I have had a tree in the corner of my living room that needs attending and that nothing Christmas related is out. I DID get my Christmas cards in the mail today! That is about it. Ugg.
In our homeschool this week....
Other than co-op and haphazard reading (both Otto reading to me and me reading aloud) we have not done much. We did have a full day of school on Monday and I plan on doing Saturday school so we can do 2 lessons in math and some language arts comprehension. We have also been reading Vikings books at bedtime but we have not actually started to STUDY Vikings as I had planned. *sigh*
My favorite thing from this week ....
is watching my children make the largest messes AS THEY NICELY PLAY WITH EACH OTHER IN THEIR WORLDS OF MAKE BELIEVE. Honestly, I take joy in knowing that my children can entertain themselves without electronic devices feeding their little brains. :)
Things I am working on...
I must get Christmas decorated and meal plans sketched out for next weekend when my Mother-in-law AND Father-in-law (divorced) will both be here for the magical days. So between now and this time next week I need to muster the energy and work through the aches and pains in order to get decorations up and to get this house (including some piles I've been meaning to go through) clean. OY!
Books that I am reading...
I am nearly done with my Galileo Book. I also am trying really hard to read through Susan M. Lark's "PMS: Self Help Book." Since Gracie's birth I have had the hardest time with my emotional/hormonal roller coasters. I am finally starting to see some patterns but I am also realizing that I am only emotionally SOUND for about one week out of the month. I am already doing some of the suggestions from this book and can't wait to dive into it to find out if I can make any life or dietary changes to help my issues. So far I have read a whopping 5 pages! *sigh*
A Quote from this week to share....
"If you can not do what you like, then do your best to learn how to like what you do."
With those emotional roller coasters above I have felt like a gray cloud has been hovering around me. I've battled energy and motivation. This quote helps me get off my tail end and helps me find my rosy glasses to muster through the horrible emotions/hormones that I have been battling. One day at a time..... I am conquering life one day at a time.
More About Breadfruit:
There are two videos that taught us a bit about Breadfruit. Video one features Diane Ragone who started this project and Video two features a PhD candidate who speaks about why Breadfruit can be such a vital crop for these people in need. Click on the underlined words to go to those videos.
To learn even more about this tree and it's amazing fruit please visit the following two sites. They are packed full of information. I have learned much as I have prepped for this project: Global Breadfruit and Breadfruit.org.
One more resource I will give to you is a long but very fascinating story about Diane Ragone and her passion for breadfruit. If you want to know how this project was started and why, this article is a must read. Click here to read HANA HOU! TREE OF PLENTY.