Yesterday I taught at Rivendell for the first time since the day before I had Verity. I was worried about a lot of things, the main one being that my brain would simply not function, but everything went really well.
Amazingly, Verity was incredibly cooperative. She woke up at 7:15 to nurse, and then I fed her again while the boys were making their DNA, a little before 11:00, which was about as ideal as I could have imagined. Maybe she won't be as difficult a child as I was imagining, after the way she started out the first 2 weeks!
Next was anatomy, and since I wasn't finished nursing when class was to start, I had them go around and share about the disease they had written a paper on over the maternity break. They had to pick a disease that affects either tissues, the integumentary system, or the skeletal system. It is always interesting to hear about rare diseases that are out there. I was reminded that I used to follow a blog by a mom whose son had one of these rare diseases, the one Celia researched, a skin disorder called junctional epidermolysis bullosa--"EB"ing a Mommy. The mom's faith during a tremendous trial was so inspirational. It is mind-boggling the small things that genetically can go wrong, and wow, the pain and suffering that can ensue. Heart-breaking.
bag of bones" on amazon that were rejects from all sizes of skeletons. I thought that might actually be better, as far as bone identification. It was actually kind of fun to go through them all and see what we'd gotten! Plus, it was easier to see the fossa, tubercles, etc. on bones that were not attached to a skeleton. It was definitely a random assortment though, and we got things like the left femur, but the right side of the pelvis. Oh well.
The day went well, anyhow. In the afternoon was memory work, but Michele, another mom whose oldest child is in life science, has been helping lead that in the afternoon. That has really been so nice for me. I stay around and help, but if I have to nurse or whatever, she can lead. I think once Verity gets onto a more predictable schedule, then we will take turns or something.
Today was Latin class, but we had that last week as well, so I had already gotten back in gear there, sort of. Fortunately we are just starting the 3rd declension, and I am still pretty confidant about those, so I can kind of coast. It's moving into the 4th and 5th declensions that I become much less familiar. Also verb tenses that aren't present, future, or imperfect. I don't look forward to getting into those again--nothing new sticks well in my brain anymore! Maybe by the time I'm teaching this class for Verity, I'll really have the pluperfect and all those other weird tenses down.
Caleb has been thinking a lot recently about what he'll be when he grows up, even though I've assured him he has *plenty* of time to figure things out! He was really shocked to realize a few weeks ago that he most likely will be unable to go to the Air Force Academy, with his asthma and nut allergies. I had no idea he ever even was thinking he might like to do that, since I had never heard him mention it, but apparently he just sort of assumed that's what he would do. So now he's sort of recalibrating. He is really a hands-on person, whose love language is definitely touch, so I suggested considering something like becoming a chiropractor or physical therapist. I think he'd be great (and how wonderful would it be to have a chiropractor in the family?! Maybe I can steer one of the kids to be a massage therapist as well--they could go into business together! I'd be there all the time!) Yesterday he mentioned that maybe he'd like to go to culinary school. I can see that too, as he's always been interested in cooking. He and Jonathan especially love watching the Food Network, and all the cooking shows on there, like Chopped. So he's got plenty of good options! I told him that as he goes through high school, hopefully he'll start being able to figure out where his interests lie, and what he feels the Lord is leading him to do. I can't wait to see how God uses him!