Goals for 2018: Week 24 of 52

This was a crazy week.  PB & J Girl got a cold, and by Sunday afternoon, she was vomiting.  Yes, I may have the only child in the world who starts a cold with vomiting.  Then, she can’t keep any fluids down, which makes her sicker.  She went over 30 hours vomiting and not keeping down fluids.  We have an anti-nausea pill we give her, but this time it didn’t work, so we had to take her to the emergency room for IV fluids and IV medication.  We went at 11 p.m. and got back home at 5 a.m.  The crazy thing is that the exact same thing happened to her 14 months ago, and we had to take her to the ER then, too.  Just one of those kid quirks.

We also got rain for the first time since February, so the kids (and the adults) were excited.  I’ve never been so happy to have a rainy day!

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Make Time to Relax

Read a book a week.   I didn’t finish The 5 Love Languages before it was due, and there were 18 people waiting for it, so back to the library it went.  Now, I’m reading A Casualty of War.


Write.  My goal was two parts–writing twice in my journal, and write one post for the blog besides the goals post and the book review post.    I did pretty good with this one.  I wrote once in my journal and wrote two additional posts to be scheduled over the next few weeks.

Care for Myself

Exercise.  My goal was to exercise 20 minutes this week, and I was able to do that.  Yay!

Eat only when I’m hungry. I’m the world’s biggest stress eater, so I often eat not when I’m hungry, but when I feel stress, which happens many times a day lately.  Based on Geneen Roth’s teachings, I’m going to eat only when hungry.

This goal was difficult.  I think it’s too big right now, so for this week, I’m going to keep a journal to write down what I eat, how hungry I am when I’m eating, and what emotion I’m feeling.  You have to know where you are before you can make any improvements.

Create a Manageable Schedule for Myself

I have decided that everyone in our family needs a schedule, especially since most kiddos on the spectrum do better with a routine.  I know I’ll have to be flexible for a few weeks, but once we find out about ABA, I’ll be able to make a more concrete schedule.

Clean Up for 5 Minutes After Kids Are in Bed

I’m reducing this to just 5 minutes a night.  I didn’t do 5 minutes a night, but Sunday afternoon, I cleaned my room for 30 minutes, getting rid of some clutter and a box of the kids’ outgrown clothes to donate.  (They had been sitting in a corner of my room.)

Re-establish My Prayer Routine – ACCOMPLISHED!

I have been doing great with this.  I’m marking it as accomplished because I’ve successfully done it the past few weeks, and it’s now become habit for me.

How are you doing on your goals?  I’d love it if you’d share in the comments!

The Hidden Side by Heidi Chiavaroli: A Book Review

Imagine that you’re at work and you receive news that the high school your twin son and daughter attend has been terrorized by a school shooter.  You jump in your car, race to the school, only to find chaos.  As you make your way through the milling, sobbing people, you see them turn, look at you, and point and whisper.  You find your daughter unharmed, but in shock.  She’s in an ambulance and your police officer husband is with her.  When you ask about your son, your husband cannot find the words.  You worry that the worst has happened, and it has, but not in the way that you think.

Heidi Chiavaroli’s book, The Hidden Side, follows the stories of three women–Natalie, the wife and mother described above, Maelynn, the twin daughter, and Mercy, a young woman living in New York in 1776, sympathetic to the Patriots.  The three women are tied together when both Natalie and Maelynn read Mercy’s journal during the most challenging period of their life.

Mercy is a young woman secretly engaged to Nathan Hall.  When Nathan meets an unfortunate demise, Mercy is determined to help in the fight for freedom from Britain, no matter the cost.  She moves to her aunt’s house and takes up the role of staunch Loyalist, both to appease her aunt who is a Loyalist and to become a spy and help Washington’s army.

What Mercy does not plan on is falling in love with the British Major John André.  Yet, she does fall in love with him, all the while, she is sending his confidences to Washington.

Natalie, Maelynn, and Mercy all have secrets that will come to light; I kept compulsively reading on, waiting to see how it would all end.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

I received this book for free from the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my honest review.  No compensation was given.

Homeschool Crew Review: ARTistic Pursuits, Inc.

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Freezer Cooking June 2018

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Goals for 2018: Week 23 of 52

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Thomas Edison – Inspiration and Hard Work by Janet & Geoff Benge: A Book Review

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Homeschool Crew Review – Classical Composition I: Fable Set

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Somewhere There Is Still a Sun by Michael Gruenbaum: A Book Review

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Goals for 2018: Week 21 of 52

The last two weeks, my husband was home for two days.  The rest of the time he was traveling for work.  He travels only a few times a year, usually for short trips, but this time there were three trips back to back. Anyone who has kids with autism … [Continue reading]

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn: A Book Review

When a book has a wait list of over 100 people at the public library, I know it should be good. This post contains affiliate links. I had to wait five months to read The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn, and it was well worth the wait! The … [Continue reading]