So Emmy fractured her collar bone on Tuesday evening - she fell off our bed backwards and landed on her left shoulder (she is a lefty so this is a bit of an inconvenience for her). She has a little sling - but it is very painful for her if she moves her arm the wrong way.
We will be adding another patient to our house on Friday as Mike is having a double hernia operation. From what we have read, he will probably be in quite a bit of pain for a few days after the surgery and then it will be a few weeks before he is back to doing the hefty chores around here.
I am thankful that my health is good, nobody is sick, and I am hopeful that we will all work together as Emmy and Mike heal to make the next couple of weeks the best we possibly can.
To that end, with the winter season still in full swing, I decided to change things up a bit around the house. I added a little art nook to our dining room the other day and that has sparked some new projects. Sarah is going through a 50 states coloring book and looking up each bird, painting them and writing out a list of them.
I am working on letting go of my fear of the children choosing to use computers and have set up a little computer nook for them under the stairway. Computers have been one of those scarcity issues in our house. Since the younger ones know that the teenagers use their laptops, they, of course, are intrigued and want to use them as well. (Oh and I use one too!) No matter how I set limits, I have only found it to lead to them wanting to use them even more. I have gone back and forth on the computer issue and now I am working on choosing to trust all around and to honor our children's choices instead. Not just let them go and do what they want, but instead learn more about what it is they want to do and why and then explore that together. Check out this youtube video (note: some minor language is used that some of you may find inappropriate)
(Oh, do you know of a good BBC series or something similar that would be good to download while I am at the library as we will be having quite a bit of down time over the next couple of weeks?)