Home School Life Journal

Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

July 31-August 6 Out Homeschool Weekly Report, week 36; We Have Finally Finished The School Year!

 August began with our annual neighborhood celebration...
 complete with tiny parade...
 and booths down at the beach.

 We went to our friend Pat's annual (but somewhat late this year) Bastille Day Party (20142013, 2009)

We had our friends Hope and Eddie over for dinner, game night 
and sundae bar.

Prayers for Eddie and Hope

Dear friends, I have to ask you again for prayers for our friends Eddie and Hope.  (Just a bit of background information:   Eddie was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when he was younger and it is a disease that attacks primarily the lungs. Several times a year Eddie is hospitalized for weeks and sometimes months  due to some bacterial infection or weakness in his lungs.  The little colds that we get and recover from quickly can hospitalize him for a month. He is on a waiting list for a lung transplant.)
This latest battle with a bacterial infection in his lungs left Eddie hospitalized for over 1 month on IV antibiotics.  Upon leaving the hospital he was given hefty doses of antibiotics to take orally.  Apparently, they did not do their job.  The doctors are also worried about Eddie's weight, which is dangerously low. He also battled depression after his last stay at the hospital and became withdrawn and not his usual cheerful, happy self. 
Hope and Eddie were at Johns Hopkins Hospital this week to get a status check up and his lungs are worse.  Eddie will be admitted again to Johns Hopkins Hospital on Monday morning for at least 2 weeks of IV antibiotics.  He may need to stay longer if the meds are not making the headway the doctors want to see. 
Please keep Eddie in your prayers - pray that the drugs would do their job and he would have a speedy, full recovery with no side effects.  Pray for wisdom for the doctors, that they would come up with just the right "cocktail" of meds to do the job. Pray for Hope as the travelling and expenses of going back and forth take a toll on her budget and emotional status. Please  pray, too, for Eddie's emotional state as this is a lot for an 18-year old to go through. Please lift these petitions to the ears of our God who is our Great Physician and Comforter. 
If your family is inclined to make or send Eddie and Hope cards, I would be happy to pass them on to him. Just email me for my address and you can send them to me and I will pass them on to them. Even small things can be of great comfort.

Please feel free to share these requests with your church or other praying friends.

week 36

This week the boys...
  • Played The Circulation Game.
  • Learned about the city of London and wrote in their history journal.
  • Learned about eyeglasses and wrote in their science journals.
  • Designed a Manor house.
  • Winslow Homer's Crack the Whip (1872)
  • Played Shove the Groat and Crack the Whip, which led to our looking at Winslow Homer's painting entitled Crack the Whip.
  • Learned about the Hundred Years War and wrote in their history journal.
  • Learned about Bath, England and wrote in their history journal.
  • Learned about gunpowder in the Middle Ages and wrote in their history journal.
  • Played a modified version of Storm the Castle to practice basic math skills (subtraction, multiplication, coordinate graphing).
  • Played Quoits, Dobblers (like ring toss) and Horseshoes.
  • Made a model of a Flail.
We have finally finished our requirement of 36 weeks of school, but we will be continuing to do some school activities until we begin our staycation beginning on the 21st of this month.

Sources and Resources: 
  • Time Capsule: Medieval History
  • Exploring Creation with General Science, Jay Wile
  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology, Fulbright and Ryan
What has your week been like?

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    1. We would love to send get well cards. I am sorry, I don't see your email address. My email is geesecrossinghome@yahoo.com. Our prayers are with your friends. I used to babysit a little boy with Cystic Fibrosis until his family moved to Canada. It is a long and hard journey.
      The rest of you week looks great.
      Blessings, Dawn

    2. I hope that this time antibiotics work. It must be so difficult to watch this young man to suffer. My thoughts are with him and his family.

    3. Hi there! Your homeschool sounds like a lot of fun. I love the idea of writing in a history journal. History is one of our favorite subjects. Well, that and science too! I will certainly pray for Hope & Eddie. I look forward to visiting your blog again. I hope you can visit mine sometime too.

    4. I'll keep praying for him, thank you for giving us updates.

      I'm trying to decide if I want to charge into next year's school or go back and do more with the Medeival England study because we didn't get to do as much as I wanted..... Oh the decisions.

    5. Of course we'll be praying for Eddie and Hope and we'll be checking out some of these games ideas.

    6. Thank you for the update on Eddie! We continue to pray. We would love to send cards!

    7. I'm so sorry to hear about Eddie. Please do send him our prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery from the latest infections. Growing up is hard enough without this to go through as well. We will be prayingxx

    8. Praying for Eddie and Hope! Thank you for the update and reminder to pray.


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