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  1. The unknown is just so stressful. Praying for you and wishing you peace. May all of this be resolved soon.
  2. I'm so sorry. I'm praying for you here. :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug:
  3. I'm sorry he didn't match. Good for him wanting to try again next year, though. That shows real perseverance. My DH is a gastroenterologist (a great one ;)) and I remember the stress of all the unknowns--with 2 small children. Many people don't realize that GI doctors are board-certified internists, as well, which means they keep up 2 certifications. If there's anything that your DH would like to ask mine about, he'd be happy to share. Good luck planning your interim year.
  4. Oh, my goodness, I was JUST thinking about you! So glad you're all doing well!!!
  5. Yes, it co-exists with dyslexia here. Interestingly, and i don't know if this is specific to the "dyslexic" brain or not, when something is presented in a picture rather than words, it is not only easier to understand, but also easier to express about. For example, when a therapist/teacher reads a small paragraph and asks the student to write something about it, what's written may be 2 very short, subject/verb sentences. But when a picture is shown and then given the same prompt, a long, very creative story will emerge. It's interesting, for sure, and I'm sure it's incredibly frustrating for the student. One thing that helps here is the idea of "forming pictures in your mind" when writing (or speaking) and then describing the scene. In my experience, this works for them in a way in might not for NT thinkers, who may only be able to write (or speak) about the physical scene when doing this. I'm not sure I'm describing this well! It's challenging, for sure. I also think it's helpful to read aloud lots of things that are rich in relationship-type interactions where the author describes facial expressions, emotions, etc.
  6. Here's my two cents, FWIW. I've been homeschooling children with dyslexia for 16 years at this point. We also deal with inattentive ADHD, anxiety diagnosed at age 4, SPD, and dysgraphia that seems to accompany all of these things for many kids. My older dyslexic was one of the earliest and most articulate talkers I've ever heard with a vocabulary that left other people speechless. ;) All that to say... Dyslexia was my first thought when I read your original post. If I had to make a choice between a full evaluation and curriculum, I would probably choose to start Barton right away with the goal of saving for the eval. as soon as possible. I might even go ahead and make the appointment for a few months out to help me reign in Christmas spending, etc. It's important, but... When it comes to accommodations for the ACT/SAT, etc, the testing needs to be "current" (I believe it was within 5 years?) We had to have the whole evaluation re-done at age 17 for my older student (originally done at 8). HTH!
  7. Prayers for peace, comfort and rest are being said for you and your family, Teresa.
  8. Thank you for this! I read Better Than School 13 years ago on a vacation to Colorado when my older kids were 6 and 4--on the train to Durango. A woman looked over my shoulder and asked, "Oh, do you homeschool?" I said, "yes, we're just getting started." I, too, think about those children from time to time and wonder how they are. Their blog is wonderful to see! I've been homeschooling for 15 years, but I don't consider myself an old-timer--I read The Well-Trained Mind before we started! I do find them inspiring, though!
  9. I would explore the idea of switching with him if I were you. I've read some research that suggests those who write with their left hand but "crook" over the top of the paper actually share the same "brain dominance" as right-handers. "True" left-handers don't crook. That's the theory, at least, and they'd done some pretty in depth studies to back it up. I'm left-handed, as are 2 of my 4 kids. None of us "crook." I actually have some of the prettiest hand-writing of anyone I know--print or cursive. It doesn't slant to the right the way a right-hander's does though; it's more vertical. I can't slant no matter what! Both of my boys are dyslexic. One is left-handed, one right-handed. Their hand-writing struggles have been very similar. My girls are not dyslexic, again one left-handed, one right-handed. All 3 of us who are left-handed are very dominantly so. There isn't anything at all that any of us prefer to do right-handed. HTH!
  10. I think the situation you're describing is fairly common, and definitely far from ideal. Unfortunately, around here, anyway, things are unlikely to change due to many factors--logistics being one of them--the theatre availability, etc.
  11. This is the store that I would suggest. They have a "sister store" for plus sizes, CJ Banks, I think? Something like that. They have several different cuts of basic pants in regular, tall and petite lengths, lots of long, flowy tops, basic button-up blouses in feminine cuts, and cute t-shirts. They also have lots of cute jackets and jewelry. Sale prices are frequent. It's hard to find the store/brand that works for a particular person. I totally understand about the sensitivity to certain fabrics, waistbands, and things around the neck. Two of my kids have inherited that sensitivity, too. Good luck!
  12. Oh no! Crohn's can be so difficult to deal with, especially at first. What a traumatic time you had finding out! Stress relief is important--meditate, pray, practice yoga, whatever it may be for you. And let me know if you need information/ideas/answers to questions. :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug:
  13. That was beautiful. :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: to you.
  14. I've had many dogs in my lifetime. Right now, we have 2 Cavalier King Charles spaniels--one male, one female. They just turned 7 in January. I love them to pieces... but: They were the most difficult dogs to house train that we've ever owned. They both have had excessive (and very expensive) health problems---one of them became diabetic 2 years ago. He will have cataract surgery in 3 weeks to hopefully restore his sight. He's not yet completely blind, but it's getting worse by the week. His cataracts first became noticeable in Sept. The surgery is $5000. We have a pool in the backyard, but neither of them will go into the water. Our Golden Retrievers loved the pool so much, as did our Cocker/Shih-Tzu mix, and were in it every day, so we were really surprised that the Cavaliers dislike it so much. They cannot tolerate heat (or much cold) at all, so being outside with the kids once the temps are above 75 isn't possible. They are both too big to ride in an under-the-seat carrier on an airplane. They're not big for their breed. (Our neighbor has one as well, and he's about the same size as our larger one and not yet full-grown.) ETA: Both of ours are AKC registered. The male welghs 28 pounds and the female weighs 22.
  15. I'm sorry you're dealing with all of that. I'd just like to say that there are some wonderful, caring doctors out there who put their life's energy into healing people and trying to improve their quality of life. They do everything they can for each and every patient; worrying about them at night, calling every pharmacy within 100 miles to find one open 24 hours, calling other specialists for opinions. When they go on vacation, their stack of reading material consists of medical journals and research articles on the latest studies in their field. They attend conferences all over the country to learn new techniques, always thinking of how those techniques will impact their patients. Sometimes their first child takes his first steps in an on-call room above a cardiology unit in a major hospital. And from the age of 4-5, their children understand that patients always come first, no matter what holiday or other special day it might be.
  16. My 8 and 9 year olds think The King is Exhausted :laugh: (from The King is Exalted)
  17. Well, both of your questions are actually related. Eucharistic Adoration is about being in the presence of Christ, adoring Him. If it weren't truly His body, then yes, it would be idolatry of a communion wafer. It's the belief in His words that matters: "This is my body..." We believe that He is physically present, and that's special. Similarly, Jesus is God. He can do anything. When He held up bread and wine and declared them to be His body and blood, why wouldn't they be? It's miraculous, and that's who Jesus is. He's not confined by time or space; that's a human constraint. I'll try to find a link for you that does a better job than I at explaining... ETA further clarification
  18. THIS BOOK! is on my list of life-changers, and I don't say that lightly. I am calmer, more creative and more content having put this into practice. This one is the one to read after the book above, but truly you could just choose one, and the benefits would be so, so worth it.
  19. I have so, so many quirks, lol, and interestingly, my kids seem to have many of the same ones. Nature or nurture, I don't know... I can't talk about meat. If we're having dinner, and someone says, "Where does beef come from?" I'm done eating. Even my DH will say, "We don't talk about that." I like even numbers. Everything from the AC to the radio volume in the car has to be set on an even number. I count the number of words in street signs, and if the total isn't even, I'll have to find something to add to it or count something twice, etc. I have some pretty complicated "rules" for this, lol. I'm particular about money. Every bill has to be right-side up, facing forward and in order from biggest bills in the back to smaller in the front in a specific section of my wallet. I laughed out loud when I read this, and I'll admit that I have never seen anyone do this in real life, only in the movies, lol. And now I may have to add the previous poster's quirk of washing money to my already long list of oddities... :huh: ETA that I am also afraid to drive over bridges and have one of those tools in every vehicle that cut through the seatbelt and break the glass if the car is immersed underwater, just in case...
  20. That is super-amazing news! His perspective on the whole thing is just awesome. Continued prayers for all of you!
  21. I had several issues over Christmas and had to call customer service twice this week. All of the problems that I've had involve things being delivered by USPS. I have no problems with FedEx or UPS, but the post office will slow down nearly everything I order. I'm seriously getting tired of it. And we're definitely long-time power users, lol.
  22. Praying for stable levels all around and peace, comfort and rest for you all. :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug:
  23. Praying for all of you here. It is a huge surgery, but it's come so far in recent years. Hopefully by now you're all resting. :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug:
  24. I loved The Blue Zone. It's been a few years since I read it, but I do remember that one of the longest living groups that they studied were sheep herders who stayed in the mountains for days with their flock. So they weren't exactly getting lots of social interaction daily. But they did have strong ties at home and people they could count on. The Okinawan community was really interesting, too. Younger Next Year was also excellent. I may need to re-read that one.
  25. I tore my ACL getting off a plane. My son's infant car seat had gotten stuck, and when I went to lift him, he didn't budge. My whole body twisted, my knee "popped," intense pain followed. My knee buckled without warning when I walked. Within 48 hours, I'd had an MRI and knew my ACL was torn. The surgery recovery was a bit painful. I don't tolerate pain meds well. My recovery took forever, likely in part because I had an 8 month old and a 20 month old at the time. I was absolutely and totally exhausted. I went to PT 3 days a week for about 7 months, I think. I can't imagine not having had it repaired. I couldn't walk without it giving out unexpectedly. I also work out a lot, travel quite a bit, and of course just the general running after kids. I hope you get news asap. :grouphug:
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