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    May 31, 2019 by Brandy Vencel

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    Last week, we finished up Season 8 of Scholé Sisters with a bang!

    :: 2 ::

    This week, we did our first session of Flourish. This was the sessions where we talked about self-assessing and student-assessing — how to do it, attitudes to have, dealing with imperfections, etc. I’m really looking forward to next session!

    For those of you who still haven’t signed up, there’s still time for you to register, watch the replay of Session 1, and join us live next Wednesday for Session 2 where we talk about a big picture, whole-homeschool assessment and tips for goal setting.

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    I finished reading Christy a few days ago. I don’t know what I expected, but it was really quite good. I read it because it was spoken of highly by some women I respect, but when I realized the general story line, I think I feared it’d be sappy.

    Happily, my fears were unjustified! I thought it contained so many worthy ideas — what it means to really love those who initially seem unlovable, what real love between a man and a woman might look like, what it’s like for your the faith you were taught as a child to grow up and mature, and more.

    Christy is a young woman who volunteers to work in a mission school in the Appalachian Mountains after hearing a missionary to the area speak at her church. The book, based on the true life of the author’s grandmother, but fictional in nature, is the story of Christy’s first year. It was quite engrossing and unlike other novels I’ve read.

    I recommend it, with one caveat: there is a fairly detailed description of child abuse and rape. If these topics are too much for you, you might want to skip it. They’re not gratuitous, but they are disturbing.

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    This month in 2008:

    It’s so weird to read words from myself at age 30, expecting my fourth child!

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    This week ten years ago, my husband was dying on the couch. I’m not exaggerating, though I didn’t realize at the time how serious it was. We just thought he had a bad flu. And then he got a little better over the weekend, until midweek, when he took a dramatic turn for the worse. I have always prided myself in my at-home nursing ability, a skill I’ve worked hard to perfect. But I still remember that moment, that sinking feeling, when I realized that this was beyond me, and that he needed help fast.

    I remember the doctor sending us to the hospital and telling me he just needed hydration. And I remember knowing deep inside myself that wasn’t true. I had already read a very long medical paper describing the progression of E.coli 0157:H7 and I had already diagnosed him at midnight the night before.

    We got to the hospital and everyone told me he would be fine, but I knew there was a chance it wouldn’t be. I remember when we called in the family to say their goodbyes, when his twin flew out (ready to donate all his internal organs if that is what it took), when I wondered if Baby O. (who was only 10 months old), would remember his father.

    God didn’t have to be merciful to us — to me — but he was. I’ve been glad to have this bonus decade (so far) with my husband.

    This summer during our morning Circle Times, we’re going to be reading through a special little book I put together. While he was hospitalized, I wrote a prayer update letter every night. No matter how tired I was, when I got home from my last visit to the hospital (because I had a baby, I made multiple trips), I wrote. I never wanted to forget. And now it’s the ten year anniversary of our survival, and we’ll use my letters to remember.

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    This week’s links collection:

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    Another for your ear buds:

    It was so nice chatting with Cindy Rinna from Homeschooling Outside the Box!

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  • Reply Valerie June 29, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    #5 got me! Praise God.
    What a special thing you compiled and a way to look back!

  • Reply Catie Newby June 3, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Wow! I didn’t realize all of that re: your husband! I’m so sorry! What a wonderful idea–to read the prayer updates. The Lord is so faithful. 🙂

  • Reply Tricia Froyd June 1, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    I love your idea about reading your prayer letters aloud during your summer circle times. I have been thinking of how to remember a God’s faithfulness and mercy in a similar time we had in our family eight years ago this Father’s Day when my husband went into cardiac arrest in the middle of the night as a complication from a strep infection. He is completely well today and I want to remember the miracle that is and continue to share that with our children. I also wrote prayer updates to share with people each evening and am thinking that reading those together this summer would be a great way to remember. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Christy Hissong May 31, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Our CM co-op visited the actual location of the Christy mission and cove with Fairlight’s son (who shares her stunning blue eyes) showing us around! It’s in the back of beyond, but stunningly beautiful. The mission house itself burned a few years back, but Miss Alice’s house has been restored to its original state and a few of the other original cabins are still standing. We also visited the church and cemetery where many characters in the book are buried. It was amazing to actually see the book come to life! Leslie and I will take you when you come back this way!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel June 1, 2019 at 7:26 am

      OH my goodness, Christy! That’s amazing! I would love to go sometime. What an incredible trip. ♥

  • Reply Lisa May 31, 2019 at 11:44 am

    I loved the Christy series with Kellie Martin. I don’t know how close it is to the book but it was a fun watch!

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