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dena91
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Dena
Pennsylvania
USA
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Posted - Jan 27 2017 :  6:26:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh Alicia, I'm so sorry for all this happening in your family right now. Will continue to pray about this for you.



Dena
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dena91
True Blue Farmgirl

181 Posts

Dena
Pennsylvania
USA
181 Posts

Posted - Jan 27 2017 :  6:37:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank God Shannon and the kids got out of there safely!!! Praying for them as well.

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hudsonsinaf
True Blue Farmgirl

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Shannon
Rozet Wyoming
USA
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Posted - Jan 27 2017 :  7:12:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi AnneMarie - we have a 13, 11, 9, 8, 5, 3, and 1 yo....

Thank you Dena for the prayers... I updated this elsewhere on the forum, but here is what I wrote... We serve an incredible God!!!! Last night I was up most of the night with a headache and throwing up. Then about 3, Emi woke up throwing up. In the process, it woke up my older two girls. The oldest could hardly walk, was nauseous and had a headache, and the other also had a headache and was nauseous. By that point I was only able to take about two steps before I hit my knees. Hubby and I quickly figured out we were probably dealing with carbon monoxide poisoning. We woke up the children and brought them to the sliding glass back door, which was wide open, and wrapped them in blankets (we still have multiple feet of snow on the ground!). After about 45 minutes, I could still hardly walk, so we decided to drive in to the hospital (45 minutes away). We left the sliding glass door wide open with a fire screen in the opening and the dog in her dog crate right at the door, opened the windows down in the basement where the wood stove is, and let the kitten run around free.

When we got to the ER, the hospital staff was a little overwhelmed. For those that do not know, we are a family of 9... and we wanted all 9 of us tested, though some of the children were asymptomatic. Only two of us had ever been seen there before, so they had their work cut out for them. We got through it and were brought back... they began drawing blood and talking with us to figure out what was going on (we were split into two rooms at that point). Suddenly the blood work started coming back and everyone began to panic!!! Normal CO levels are 0-1 unless you are a smoker and then it may be a 2. Aly (our 3 yo) had the lowest level - over 15. Mine, my hubby's, and one of the other children's were over 21. Had we been at 25 we would have had to be flown out to a hospital with a hyperbaric pressure therapy room. Thankfully we were all able to stay there together, though at that point in 4 rooms, for more than four hours on full blast oxygen masks!

God so blessed us!!!! I have never been so thankful for a child throwing up!!! We are all still fighting some residual headaches and nausea, but we are home and feeling SO MUCH better!

While we were at the hospital, the police came to visit (due to being "poisoned"), and the fire department came to check out the house... with everything open, all the testing they did came back alright, with the highest reading being a 10. They decided that the source was our wood stove! Apparently there was a small leak in the piping from the woodstove before it went into the chimney, and that was determined to be the source. So hubby came home, cleaned out the chimney and put new piping in place. God is so good!!!!!

~ Shannon, Sister # 5349
Farmgirl of the Month - January 2016
http://hudson-everydayblessings.blogspot.com/
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dena91
True Blue Farmgirl

181 Posts

Dena
Pennsylvania
USA
181 Posts

Posted - Jan 28 2017 :  7:20:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Shannon, just saw your update on the other post. Thanks for updating me here :-). Sometimes its hard to remember and believe that all God has in store for us is for our good. Thankfully He gives us glimpses of His goodness toward us (like His saving your precious family) so we can continue to trust in Him and proclaim His glorious works. His ways are so much higher than our understanding; i'm thankful that He has shown us all such a wonderful example of His mercy by saving your family. This has been such a hard thing for me to grasp. I can't wait till all of these truths are revealed fully to us - wont that be cool!!!

Recuperate and get strong again - will continue to pray for your dad and blake's family.

Dena
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dena91
True Blue Farmgirl

181 Posts

Dena
Pennsylvania
USA
181 Posts

Posted - Jan 29 2017 :  6:22:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Alicia, Hope the weekend has brought some peace and rest for you and the family.

What a blessing that you found a great homeschool group; sad that you will have to leave it soon :-( . That is the one challenging thing about our group; even though the kids fit in there with their special learning needs, the group itself is not christian and most of the families have very liberal beliefs. I have tried 2 different christian groups, but the boys just couldn't fit into the more traditional classrooms - jonah - now 21 - has autism; Seth has 3 kinds of dyslexia (in math, reading and writing), and Zeke has SEVERE ADHD. I tried one of those groups this past fall for zeke and by Thanksgiving he was throwing up due to anxiety at the prospect of keeping it together in their kindergarten class (poor guy!!!). Now he's home and finally recovering, thank God! Next year i plan to put him in the one the boys thrived in - hopefully it will work for him, but still, parents with fairly liberal ideas for me. God must be up to something awesome here because He seems to want us at this place...can't wait to see what He is going to do!

Praying for you as you continue to walk through these current trials.

Dena
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dena91
True Blue Farmgirl

181 Posts

Dena
Pennsylvania
USA
181 Posts

Posted - Feb 03 2017 :  1:34:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Everyone,

First chance all week i have had a chance to post :-/. We were out of the house way too much this week; couldn't be helped - dentist, tutoring for our teen... i prefer staying home at least 2 days /week. When we get too busy away from home, the home front suffers and so do i. Any one else feel that way?

We did have fun on our nature walk with our small, new nature club of homeschoolers. Weather was in the 30's and a little windy, but not bad at all. Today, friday, i am feeling a bit weary and wanting more time to myself. I guess an overly busy week can do that to a mama :-)

On the bright side, zeke's reading is continuing to improve and he just moved ahead in his math book thank goodness!

Also, our 21 year old just got a part time job - something he has been trying to do for months. Not sure i mentioned that he has autism and can't do that many different kinds of jobs. He got a job at chick filet - is that national??? Anyway - lots of praise for that one...but it leaves me with one less driver so now zeke and i have to figure out how to do some of our stuff in the car while we drive seth to tutoring. Oh well, i'm sure there is a plan in there some where for some pretty awesome new discoveries and different ways of learning :-). Just want to make sure we still have time for our animals, quilting and the rest of the homestead. Its so easy to let those things go when you are homeschooling. Got to remember that it is a well rounded life that makes a good education :-).

Have a blessed weekend girls.

Dena
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dena91
True Blue Farmgirl

181 Posts

Dena
Pennsylvania
USA
181 Posts

Posted - Feb 21 2017 :  1:35:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Ladies,

It's been a busy couple of weeks! This week and next Zeke is participating in a therapy program called Tomatis (http://www.tomatis.com). We are using it in hopes of helping zeke with a number of behavioral/learning challenges. The bad side is that it means putting other homeschooling on hold, as we have to drive nearly an hour to the office, with 2 hours of therapy for 2 weeks. As i have learned over the years, learning and life are sometimes more than the 3 'R's. Sometimes i would rather just stick to the 3 R's :-).

Seth has been preparing a presentation for our homeschool group's symposium. He will be speaking on why the British Empire was the most powerful empire during the last several hundred years, up until the end of wwii. That will be on march the 3rd - always a little anxious when my young people present. Seth has quite a flare for the extravagant and i worry he will over do it - and i've invited my parents - yikes!

Zeke and i have been able to read aloud a bit each day. We are reading a sweet farming story from 'rod and staff publishers' called Days on the farm with Annette and Samuel. Just precious! Good, wholesome stories for the youngest student. And stories about farm life, which i love :-).

I actually need to go do that now so i will sign off. Have a great rest of the day!

Dena
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dena91
True Blue Farmgirl

181 Posts

Dena
Pennsylvania
USA
181 Posts

Posted - Feb 26 2017 :  12:42:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi ladies,

Well, we are half way through zeke's music/tomatis therapy and i'm pooped! Please pray that i will have the energy/stamina to do it again this coming week :-).

Thanks so much!

Dena
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hudsonsinaf
True Blue Farmgirl

3120 Posts

Shannon
Rozet Wyoming
USA
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Posted - Feb 26 2017 :  1:43:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Praying for you Dena! Does it seem to be helping?

~ Shannon, Sister # 5349
Farmgirl of the Month - January 2016
http://hudson-everydayblessings.blogspot.com/
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dena91
True Blue Farmgirl

181 Posts

Dena
Pennsylvania
USA
181 Posts

Posted - Feb 28 2017 :  6:40:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for your prayers, Shannon. I don't feel quite as fatigued today.

This therapy is the kind that keeps working and changing the connections in the brain for several weeks/months after its done. Right now he is pretty cranky because of the intensity of the therapy. Its like shaking your brain up each day and then setting it down. It makes a person kind of grumpy. We hope and pray this will be a blessing to him as he continues on his healing journey.

Have a great week :-)

Dena
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DandeeRose
True Blue Farmgirl

1492 Posts

Alicia
Charlestown, IN
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Posted - Jun 18 2017 :  7:51:47 PM  Show Profile  Send DandeeRose a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
know this hasn't been active in a while, but who is planning? lol! I have some really messed up craziness in my life right now, and we start on July 10, so I figured this would be good for my mind right now.

Isabelle will be a 10th grader.... :(

The boys will be using a Unit study this year, with a few things added. It's called Playful Pioneers and uses the Little House series.

Many Blessings- Alicia #5232 FGOTM May 2016
<3 OUR FARM <3
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6rAaWB8U8t13yBZCd-nwLA
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Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain."
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dena91
True Blue Farmgirl

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Dena
Pennsylvania
USA
181 Posts

Posted - Jun 19 2017 :  07:20:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Alicia,

Yes, it is time to start planning! I recently attended our state's homeschool conference and got most everything i will need this year. Seth will be in 11th grade and will be using Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW), Kaun Academy for algebra, our homeschool group for chemistry, and is own studies for history - he keeps a log of all the history material he reads/watches (its his area of interest).

Zeke will be in 1st grade and will be continuing with Handwriting without tears (love it!), Shiller Math (also love it), and maybe Sonlights first grade reading program. He's finishing up an online reading course called Reading Eggs (double love it) and I'm not sure what's next. Other than that, we will still do nature study for science - you know it's all around us in the woods and in our gardens! I think i start American history this year with the D'Aurlaire books - awesome - but i have to check my schedule! Its been so long since i did that I'm not sure when i intro that. We also try to read aloud everyday from something so I'd like to continue that.

The unit study sounds awesome! Why the frowny face for Isabelle? Is it cuz its almost over? Is sooooo get that!!!!

Anyone else in the throws of finishing this year and planning the next? Right now seth and i are finishing his portfolio to be examined by our evaluator this week - fun PA law for homeschoolers...after that we hope to take off July and start up again in august. I will do zeke through the summer though... don't want to lose the momentum for learning to read and write! I'm so much more relaxed in the summer though. Gardening and animals come first and then school; just enough to keep him progressing but not enough to burn us out:-)

Hope everyone has a blessed day!

Dena
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hudsonsinaf
True Blue Farmgirl

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Shannon
Rozet Wyoming
USA
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Posted - Jun 19 2017 :  07:52:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We homeschool through the summer... basically all year long, as we always have SOMETHING going on... this year it is adding the new baby in November. We will be taking the week of Thanksgiving off up until the New Year!

Katie is in 9th this year... She is doing Geometry through Math-U-See, Biology through Apologia (which she LOVES), and continuing with IEW. Her Literature is through Excellence in Literature, which she thoroughly enjoys! As a family we will be continuing Mystery of History Volume 4 and the Geography unit that I write for each country. We should be finished Asia by our break time... then starting Europe in January. She also wants to do... German, Spanish and Latin - ALL IN ONE YEAR!!! I think she has lost hr mind, but I figure the best way to see if she can do it, learn it, and enjoy it, is let her try!

For the rest of them, they will continue with Shurley English, All About Spelling, their math (wherever they are in Math U see), Zoology I through Apologia, and for reading we are doing Prairie Primer... I may look into "Playful Pioneers" to add to the boys. Where did you find it Alicia?

On a different note, we got our goats on Saturday... what a JOY!!!!! I had forgotten how bad my arms hurt after milking, lol, but they will strengthen. It is just muscles I don't use that often.

~ Shannon, Sister # 5349
Farmgirl of the Month - January 2016
http://hudson-everydayblessings.blogspot.com/
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DandeeRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Alicia
Charlestown, IN
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Posted - Jun 19 2017 :  08:40:53 AM  Show Profile  Send DandeeRose a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Yes, because Isabelle is just getting too grown up.

I tell you what, I am DONE with Homeschool groups. And trusting people. The boys have each other and Isabelle doesn't care to get out with people, so I won't be doing any more homeschool groups.
Dena, I am glad you must have a good one. Thought I did, too.

Shannon, goats?! In milk?! How exciting!

Here is the link for Playful Pioneers: https://www.thepeacefulpreschool.com/the-playful-pioneers 20% off, SUMMER (code)

I've grown to love Masterbooks, since Gabriel has used it for Math, so I got Isabelle MB math curriculum, too, as well as science and Jensen's Writing. We also work through AO living book lists and Bible readings. Some of the literature she will be reading this year; Kon Tiki, Paradise Lost, Emma, Henry VIII, The Passionate Observer, Utopia, Bacon's Essays, and Westward Ho. She will be starting Spanish this year, but we are continuing Latin as a family, and she may still work on German, as well.

Many Blessings- Alicia #5232 FGOTM May 2016
<3 OUR FARM <3
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6rAaWB8U8t13yBZCd-nwLA
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Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain."

Edited by - DandeeRose on Jun 19 2017 08:45:59 AM
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DandeeRose
True Blue Farmgirl

1492 Posts

Alicia
Charlestown, IN
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Posted - Jun 19 2017 :  08:42:40 AM  Show Profile  Send DandeeRose a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
For phonics, the boys use Explode the Code, and we use Pathways for reading.

Many Blessings- Alicia #5232 FGOTM May 2016
<3 OUR FARM <3
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6rAaWB8U8t13yBZCd-nwLA
https://www.facebook.com/WinklerDerBauernhof/
https://derbauernhofsite.wordpress.com

https://www.etsy.com/shop/DandeeRose Farmgirl Accessories and more!
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain."
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notathreatinsight
True Blue Farmgirl

626 Posts

Erin
Monroeville IN
USA
626 Posts

Posted - Jun 26 2017 :  09:07:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Alicia I'm so sorry you've had a bad experience with homeschool groups! I have found some wonderful people here. I know it can be hard though. When I started looking for groups I only found secular homeschool groups. That wasn't really what I was looking for, but I wanted to try it and that led to the creation of the Fort Wayne Christian Homeschoolers group that I'm in now. This happened when the secular group split in half, as will happen when half of the people get mad if there's a mention of God!

We are doing Classical Conversations next year, but not in a community. It's more of a co-op that we're doing ourselves with 3 other families. Other than following CC material, we're doing Story of the World, Saxon math, IEW (US History), Essentials grammar (from CC), Natural Science through the Seasons, along with twice a month studies and hikes at state parks. I think we'll be doing Latina Christiana too, but I'm not 100% on that yet. We split the responsibility in our co-op by subjects. I'm in charge of Latin and Art so I have to plan that out for everyone in our group. We also have play dates every Friday afternoon.

Erin
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DandeeRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Alicia
Charlestown, IN
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Posted - Jun 29 2017 :  06:33:43 AM  Show Profile  Send DandeeRose a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Well, I really thought I found a place I belonged with the Christian Homeschool group in Jasper (Beacons), but those ladies have really messed up some things for our family. Never again. I can't trust people. Wounds are still fresh, so maybe it will get easier, but it is such a mess, we hired an attorney. Something we can't really afford, to protect our children. :'( But to protect our children we can't afford not to.

Many Blessings- Alicia #5232 FGOTM May 2016
<3 OUR FARM <3
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6rAaWB8U8t13yBZCd-nwLA
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https://www.etsy.com/shop/DandeeRose Farmgirl Accessories and more!
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain."

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notathreatinsight
True Blue Farmgirl

626 Posts

Erin
Monroeville IN
USA
626 Posts

Posted - Jul 01 2017 :  07:11:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow. That sounds really intense. I'll pray for your situation to get better and for you to find people who are trustworthy and have only goodwill for you and your children. <3

Erin
Sister #3762
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