Home School Life Journal

Home School Life Journal ........... painting by Katie Bergenholtz
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May 8-14, 2015 Snapshot Summary

May 8-14, 2015 Snapshot Summary

On Friday, May 8th the students of Home Educators of the Eastern Shore (HEES) donned the stage at Church Hill Theatre to perform their dramatic production, “Keeper of the Tales”.  The play, written by Tim Wright, was based on the stories of 1,001 Arabian Knights and starred Kamal (Sam Bergenholtz) as the wise blind beggar who sold his stories of morality at the local bazaar. These stories intrigued the pious Princess Miraim (Laurel Toth) who was at the bazaar with her servant, Aisha (Megan Toth), on a mission to acquire some items for the palace.
The dramatic production was the pinnacle to their year long drama class that was taught by Phyllis Bergenholtz at the group’s Wednesday cooperative. The student actors were James Bergenholtz, Quentin Bergenholtz, Anthonly Daly, Tim Daly, Thea Daly, Eddie Dorman, Logan Jones, Christian Miller, Samantha Miller, Katie Sardo, Tyler Toth, and Hudson Toth. Many of the students played multiple characters in the play.
This was the group’s first full length (90 minute) production and the students rose to the challenge of this more demanding program pulling off a stellar performance. The many props, costumes and Arabian backdrops are all created by the students and parents of the group.
Home Educators of the Eastern Shore (HEES) is a local support group which offers support, fellowship and enrichment opportunities to families in the local home schooling community.   HEES has a website www.homeschool-life.com/MD/HEES where you can get more information about what they offer. They are always welcoming new members.
Shore Update May 16th – 824 Chester River Drive, Grasonville, Posted on May 12, 2015

Keeper of the Tales


Brenda and Ginger Visit

Mother's Day

Banana Split Cheesecake Dessert

Doctors Appointments

Wednesday and Thursday
13 and 14
Rocket Launch and
Game Night with Friends

Special Prayer Request
I wanted to send out this prayer request for our friend, Eddie, who played the Genie in our play.  He went into John Hopkins today to begin his three weeks of IV anitbiotic treatment.  This was a scheduled visit  and not an emergency but being in the hospital for at least  three weeks can not be fun.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Eddie's situation, he has Cystic Fibrosis which affects the lungs among other things.  A month ago the Drs. found a strange strain of a bacteria in his lungs that was resistant to all forms of antibiotics except this one form that can only be administered via IV.  Eddie was adamant with the Drs. that he wanted to be in our school play so they postponed the treatment til now.
The treatment plan for him at this point is that he will receive a PIC line on Monday that goes directly into his artery (so that they don't need to change the IV line location every 3 days) to administer the antibiotics  The PIC line can stay in for the entire three weeks or longer, if needed.  After three weeks, my understanding is that he will be tested again and if the antibiotics are working then Eddie will be given the "go ahead" for the doctors to  schedule him for exploratory surgery.  If they are not working then his visit will be considerably longer as they try different coctails to try an find one that will work.
Cystic Fibrosis patients are extremely succeptable to "things" that our bodies could normally resist and one of those things is a certain type of cancer.  A sonogram was done previously to make sure Eddie does not have this cancer but the doctors were unable to see all of the organs that they needed to see so they want to do exploratory surgery to be sure.  If he was to get it, it could be fatal so they would rather be safe than sorry.

Please keep Eddie in your prayers!  He is confined to his room so that he doesn't catch anything from the other patients and complicate his situation.  Pray for Hope, his mother,  who has to travel back and forth to the hospital.  The Ronald Mc Donald house is too expensive for her to stay in long term  so she is staying with her other son's family who are 20 minutes away.  Please pray for their finances as the parking fees and food fees at the hospital and the bridge tolls  are very costly and put an unexpected dent into their family budget.  Not to mention just the stress of dealing with the doctors and the energy it takes to see your child sick and know that you can't do anything about it. When she is done with Eddie at the hospital, she returns to her sons house after a long day at the hospital,  where her grandchildren are and they expect her to play with them and it just drains her energy.   Also please pray for the doctors that they would be given wisdom and come up with a treatment plan that would be effective and eradicate this bacteria completely.  Pray that Eddie would respond well to this treatment in a miraculous and God speed fashion and that maybe his stay would be shortened.

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  1. I love your new picture at the top! Great Mother's Day smile too :) You really captured some terrific moments this week.

  2. What a wonderful week. Congratulations on the play going well. The pictures look great.

  3. Well done on the play! I'm so pleased it went well - you all worked so hard. Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. Great week. The rocket looks awesome!
    Blessings, Dawn

  5. It seems that the play was a great success. I will keep Eddie in my thoughts - Cystic Fibrosis is a terrible disease, and I am hoping that one day the prognosis for it is going to look brighter as new approaches are searched and found every day.

  6. Congratulations on the play. It sounds like the kids did an awesome job! It also looks like you guys had a lot of fun this week. I'm sorry about Eddie. I'll be praying for him and his family.

  7. That is quite an accomplishment with the play! Congratulations :)


  8. What a happy week! Congratulations on putting on a full length play - that is such a huge accomplishment! I hope all will go smoothly for Eddie and his family.

  9. My heart goes out to Eddie and his family. He will be lifted up in prayer. How courageous and strong he is!

    So excited to hear how well the play went. I know y'all have worked so hard on rehearsals, costumes, etc. Praise God!

  10. What a great week, and congratulations to you and all those involved in putting on your production!
    My thoughts and prayers go out to Eddie.

  11. Praying for Eddie and his mother during this time. I'm saddened to hear that the Ronald McDonald house was too expensive. It was a blessing to my family with super low costs, (I think like $10/night), when my daughter was in/out of the hospital. To this day, we make donations.

    Exciting play news! Those lessons of drama and stage performances are one of a kind.


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