You can create an awesome plan with detailed pages and textbooks prepped but when learning comes along in other ways be ready to adjust and embrace the experience! Week 3 and 4 of our summer cycle plus another week thrown in for the fun of it got sucked up into the busy life of summer! You know what happens when you make a plan and set it to paper and life happens. But the result was so much better than my plans in many ways. In other ways it was sad and took a lot of my energy.
Last time I asked you to pray for two little guys. One was Charlie Gard the baby in the UK with a rare from of mitochondrial disease. I am sure you heard there was quite the fight but in the end the parents were not able to get their child to the hospital and doctors they felt would best serve him in time. The result was sadly he was removed from life support and died in hospice.
The other little one we were praying for Everett passed away as well. The damage from his surgery and complications afterward were just too much for his little body. I weep for both families. I am comforted that both families were able to pour love on their little ones and were there in the end with their boys as they passed into God’s arms. Pitter Patter Art
The past two weeks started out on top of my plans. Then as the week closed my oldest daughter and hubby realized that they needed to sew several pieces of clothing and fill up my dining room with camping gear. I was in the middle of wrapping up my reorganization when sewing and camping stuff EXPLODED in my house.
And everyone was happy to play along..
We sewed like mad men for over a week helping dad and Bella get their gear ready for Pennsic (a medieval reenactment 2 week event nearby). The littles loved their older sisters dresses. We ended up going off lesson plan but onto learning even more.
We learned about medieval fashion. And the whys for several odd choices. That led to a discussion about cleanliness in the middle ages.
Then out came the maps about that time.
There was also a steady learning of how to sew what it takes to make a dress from a few yards of fabric and thread into a beautiful dress.
Then the camping. Turns out one of my girlies loves camping. I knew she liked it when her troop went but she really LOVES it. Guess who is going camping as soon as the weather is more temperate around here!
We have to watch high and low temperatures closely because of dysautonomia impedes the ability of some of us to sweat so we over heat rapidly which could lead to heat stroke or on the flip side one of my kiddos doesn’t shiver. Shivering is your body’s way to warn you your core temp is cold and to bring it back up my agitating the muscles.
The two weeks of work and learning spread into the third. I am not upset about a lesson plan gone awry because the kids have learned so much. They worked together willingly and happily to help their sister and dad. It was a joy to watch and be part of. This week we are already on schedule via the lesson plan. In the end it will all shake out!