Cooking, Freecycle, Homeschooling, Leading Worship…
- Now that I’ve been cooking without all of Fiala’s allergens for… six dinners now, I feel much better, much less despondent, much less, “What are we going to eat??” I am trying to concentrate on what we can eat, rather than what we can’t. My family has been very encouraging, and no one (except Audrey) has balked at the “weird” grains I’ve been serving, like buckwheat and millet. It also helps that eliminating all of the allergens is REALLY helping her. I gave Fiala a dose of Benedryl tonight (well, last night, technically — I’m writing this late on Tuesday/early Wednesday) for the first time in several days. And, I haven’t given her Protopic since Saturday morning. She was itchy tonight; I think it was the banana I gave her (and that I ate, as well) earlier today. She tested negative to banana both on the prick test and the patch test, but I have observed in the past that bananas seemed to bother her… so I’m going to stop the bananas again, no matter what the test showed. It did taste great eating a banana for the first time in a month, though. 🙂 Short-lived joy, that.
- Garlic does remain the most difficult thing to live without! Well, that and rice. I knew we ate a lot of garlic, but, man! It’s in everything… Absolutely pervasive. I’m trying to decide if I should give everything away that we can’t eat… I think I will, rather than letting the potatoes rot in the pantry.
- Speaking of giving things away, I finally gave away all of my maternity clothes on Freecycle today. I prayed briefly, “God, it would rock if a woman, say, four months pregnant, responded, because then she could use both the summer and the winter stuff I have.” And, whaddya know? A very grateful, sweet mother who is 4 months pregnant with her second picked them up, saying, “You don’t KNOW what a blessing this is to my family.” 🙂 Perfect.
- Historically, me getting rid of all my maternity and small baby stuff is the way to ensure that I GET pregnant immediately. 😮 We’re not trying to conceive, but I must say that I wouldn’t be upset at all if I found out I was pregnant! I’ll be one of those women in the news, “Pregnant at 57 years old!” Just kidding. I’m only 36. 😀
- We sort of started school last week. We’re easing into it, mostly because I just don’t have my act together yet! I had the boys do about 2 hours’ worth this morning, and that’s the most they’ve done in one day, so far… Today, I also sorted through all of our school stuff, deciding what to keep for future use, what to use for this school year, what to sell, what to pack up for storage, and what to give away. And, if you’re thinking, “Shouldn’t you have done that weeks ago?” you’re right. :lookofchagrin: I still need to make a schedule, which has kept me from hittin’ it hard… but ~sigh~ some school is better than no school, I guess!! I hope!! Frankly, though, I feel such a release of freedom now that Arizona has lightened its requirements for homeschoolers even MORE and deleted the official requirement of schooling for 35 weeks each year. I feel a lot better doing half-days (currently — I won’t do half-days forever); I no longer feel like I’m breaking some law…
- I found out that I will officially be leading kinship worship again this year. I guess I passed muster! I won’t be with the same kinship leader, though, which is sort of bummer*, because I thought we worked very well together. In a way, though, I like being “forced” into a different group, instead of attending one just with my close friends, because then it gives me the opportunity to get to know people that I might not otherwise become close with.
*I recently learned — have I mentioned this before?? — that “bummer” has very different connotations across the pond than it does here in the States. 😮 Just switch on your Queen’s English filter, if need be. Sorry, my British friends!!
Posted on August 26, 2009, in Allergies, Arizona, Babies, Clothes, God/Christianity/Church, Homeschooling, Medical Stuff, Pregnancy, The Kids, Vineyard Phoenix, Worship. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.