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21 Days After Oral Surgery

I have been reading other blogs with people who had the same or similar surgery and on the day they were allowed to take off the bands to eat very soft food, they were able. One gal even had cake!

Yesterday I wanted some Lemon Cake, really bad. Well guess what? I had a hard time eating it. I mostly just moistened it and swallowed. I also tried to eat my potato soup without blending it. I had a hard time chewing the small chunks of potato.

I don't even remember how to chew. Today I took some canned, cheese, organic, ravioli. I figured with it being canned and all they would be super soft just in case I couldn't chew it. I also wanted something a little bigger to practice chewing.

I heated up about half the can. I said, "Okay Linda  you can do this. Lord help me chew this, pleeease", I put some on my plate, cut them in half and practiced chewing. I don't think I did it right but I tried. When I'm trying to chew I don't taste much of the food either. I ended up swallowing a lot. I had no problem with the red sauce ;)

Tomorrow I'll try again. For supper I went back to my broccoli soup.

I am taking and putting on my bands all by myself now. Yay! Another small victory. Before my Sweets was doing this for me. What a sweetie he is. I love him so much. Speaking of my Sweets, a few nights ago it was freezing, like 40* freezing. I was cold. I'm in my bed with two heavy blankets and still cold. My Sweets surprised me with a warm towel from the dryer. I thought that was so nice of him. I was able to get warm and fall asleep.

My face is still swollen. I look like a mean lady. My smile is crooked. Today I hurt a little more. Lupe and I figure because of yesterday's orthodontist appointment. With trying to get the archwire in and such.

That's about it for today. Praying for a better tomorrow.

Week 8/Day 3 {2012~2013}

With my irritating chin it's been hard to get school done. When I talk too much it hurts more. I did manage to get some in though.

Because I can't read aloud to the children I'm sad to say that our HOD programs are on hold. It's really frustrating.

I continue to do: Phonics, Math, English, Writing, and Reading with the children but everything else is on hold. What's really scary is it could take months before my chin feels normal again.

Ethan completed another lesson in math.
Completed a lesson of Horizons Phonics.
 Read from Phonics Pathways.

Caleb and Brent, completed a lesson in English, did  math, some writing, and are finishing up some history and science from Unit 3 of HOD's Creation to Christ. Below is a page from Brent's Rod and Staff lesson.
Lance completed math, Horizons Phonics which included penmanship, copywork and reading. He also made this picture on the computer.
Annette, is 8 days behind. Yikes! The first week after my oral surgery, Annette, helped her dad a lot with the housework and boys, so I told her not to worry about her school work, that we'll figure it all out (which means we will work through the summer). This is why she is behind. She really isn't but when the Guides have Unit 1, Unit 2, etc. it sort of makes you feel like you are.

With Annette's Bible study that we are suppose to do together, she is behind. This is because I haven't had the energy to do it all. Tomorrow we are going to start where we left off on Unit 2 of her Beautiful Girlhood studies. To catch up we will do this four days a week. Hopefully in a few weeks she'll be back on track with that.

The Kiddos and I have been hooked on a show called "Cake Boss".

Grandpa Joe has been playing baseball with the boys. He is teaching them how to catch and hit.

Joshua is still at his aunties house and continues to get most of his subjects done.

Lance loves Lemon Cake. A friend from church gave us one and I was surprised at how much all the children enjoyed it. Guess I need to make one.

All the children continue to listen to audio books during bed and nap time. They love them.

The weather has been so beautiful. Not to hot or cold but just right. The kiddos are enjoying it.

Guess that's all for today!

Bi-Jaw Surgery

Here is a visual of the surgery I had. The only difference for me was I had an overbite, so my top teeth were further out than my bottom. Before I had braces this was not the case. I didn't have an overbite.

Day 20 After Oral Surgery

I went to see my oral surgeon this morning. He said everything looks great! Yay! My splint was removed but I'm still wearing bands.They can be taken off to eat and brush my teeth.

I have read blogs of others who have had oral surgery and they mention how glad they are to brush their teeth again because their mouth felt yucky. Thankfully for me that hasn't been the case. I don't know if it's because I've been rinsing my mouth out 4+ times a day with equal parts of water, peroxide, and mouthwash and I rinse with water after each meal too. I also didn't drink those Ensure, Boost, or Kellogg's drinks which contain a lot of sugar nor did I use protein shakes. Basically other than some pureed fruit I didn't eat a whole lotta sugar (puddings, shakes and such). Actually my mouth feels cleaner. Hard to believe considering I wasn't able to brush my teeth.

Right now I still am having difficult brushing my teeth, even with using a toddler toothbrush. I do brush my front teeth often, because the wires catch a lot of teeny, tiny bits of potato from my potato soup.

Now that my splint is off I don't have so much wire where food can get stuck. Another victory! After leaving the surgeon's office I had to head straight to my orthodontist to have an archwire put in. My jaw still needs support and it could collapse without that support. Getting the splint out was rather painless. Having the archwire put in was some-what uncomfortable.

Around my mouth it's still sore, so with all the pressing and such to put the wire in was a bit painful. It took about an hour at the orthodontist. They had to form it to my mouth and that took a while.

My chin and bottom lip are still numb. I am on a very soft food diet. This means like a soft noodle consistency. No meats unless they are blended. My calorie intake is about 1,100, so I'm doing pretty good. I haven't lost a whole lot of weight, which is a good thing because I need all the calories to help me recover. I think I've only lost about 5lbs at the most.

Here is another site for those of you who are interested. www.JawDiaries.com.

That's where I'm at for now.


Week 8/Day 1 {2012-2013}

I did the calculations and figured out what week we are on. Week 8! Only 6 weeks behind in our Creation to Christ studies =)

With Caleb and Brent I was suppose to read a few chapters in our read aloud book. I can talk some but it's harder than usual and my chin starts to burn if I talk too much. I started reading but stopped. I just couldn't do it. My sweet daughter Annette, said she would read it to them later. Thank you Annette.

I know some people would cringe at how I let my boys write in their guide ;) but it works for us. I'm so glad I was able to get them each their own guide.

Brent's guide.
 Caleb's guide.
My Creation to Christ boys are doing some make-up work. Finishing up what they missed with their dad. Basically we are still on Unit 2. Hopefully by the end of the week we will be done with this unit.

Annette making game pieces. She is a little bit behind as well and working hard to catch-up. She said, "I don't want to ever get behind again because it's hard work to catch up", she's so precious.
 While doing math Lance made a sail boat with his counting teddy bears. Silly little guy.
 I was working with him on the page below but he didn't understand what was going on.
Lance also completed a Horizons Phonics lesson which included reading and penmanship.

Ethan completed Cheerful Cursive, Teaching Textbook 4, Horizons Phonics. He doesn't like Teaching Textbooks but it gets done so he will continue with it. We didn't get to his grammar, but I hope to do a lesson with him later.
Brent also completed a MathTacular word problem and watched the DVD today. Everyday he does a Math Essentials lesson as well.

As for me, well, I wasn't the nicest homeschooling mama. I failed miserably today. I will try to do better tomorrow. Maybe if I could have an egg and ham sandwich for breakfast ;)  I did have my first cup of java in 19 days today. 

A friend from church suggested I take Arnica Montana 30x to help with my bruising, swelling and numb chin. It's recommended that I stop after 10 days. 
Tomorrow I have another appointment to see how things are progressing. The doctor will take my splint out. Then I am to immediately go to my orthodontist, so they can put some kind of wire in my mouth. I don't know how many bands I'll have so I'll report back tomorrow.


Getting Ready for Monday

I'm trying to get motivated for Monday. I am having a hard time getting us back on track. Right now the children and Lupe are at church having fun eating chili and playing games. It's kind of like Fall Fest. No dressing up (although the children would love to).

Anyway, I took some time to see where we left off with Professor B. I would like to fit that in again for Lance. I am also looking over all his math books. The Complete Book of Math Games, The Complete Book of Time and Money, and Mathematical Reasoning Level B. Each week I just pull different math pages. We are slowly working through them.

With Ethan I'd like to use my SWR phonics flashcards. Maybe this will give him a boost. He has learned some but not all 72 (I think it is) of them.

Well I need to get off the computer and back to work =)

Week ?

I survived our week without Lupe. It was a challenge but we did it. At times I was pretty tired, so we took it easy. I rested when needed. The children did well with school. 

Here are some pictures of the children schooling from last week and this week. First picture is of Caleb checking off his work.
 Ethan working on Cheerful Cursive
 This was when Lupe was home. He fixed lunch. Left over Panda Express and Fried Chicken from Albertsons. Oh how I wanted a bite so bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't you just love how my boys let the young ones go first. I tell ya, I was a bit shocked to see the two youngest at the end of the line.
 Caleb and Brent completing a Rod and Staff English lesson.
 I forgot what Lance was doing but I know he was using his miniature knife.
 Brent reading.
 Ethan reading two books at once!
 Working on AWANA verses.
Both Brent and Calab had to make an Animal Tracks book. Below is Brent's.

Day 15 After Oral Surgery

I'm doing so much better. I still have that burning, tingling sensation in my chin and my bottom lip is numb. I'm so thankful I don't have to use the syringe anymore. I can now drink all my meals from a cup. Yahoo!

I am now sleeping in my room. I no longer have to sleep sitting up. I am able to lay my head down on two pillows. I'm not completely back to normal with how I sleep. Hopefully in a few weeks I'll be able to sleep curled up again.

Two nights ago was the first time I slept on my own bed. I woke every time I needed to move. I think because I was scared that I'd hurt my swollen or numb areas. The second night I didn't wake as much. I don't like the blankets to touch my chin though because of the weird sensation and although my chin is numb, it hurts.

I drink lots of water via Rasberry Passion Tea. I am drinking at least 8oz of Dark Chocolate Pure Almond milk a day. This provides me with 45% of my daily calcium and lots of other good  vitamins like 50% of B12. My bottom lip may be numb but I can now drink with a cup and I don't have to feel where my lip is first.

The burning, tingling, sensation in my chin is a bother but what can I do. I hear it can take up to 6-12 months for all my nerves and such to it normal state. If one still has numbness at the end of 12 months, then most likely it will be permanent. At first I was a bit bummed about this but again, no use fretting. If you all will be so kind and continue to pray for everything to get back to normal I'd most appreciate it. I don't want to be numb for the rest of my earthly life.

I rinse my mouth out with peroxide, water, and mild mouthwash rinse at least four times a day. I don't want to get an infection.

The area around my nose gets really oily. I'm not sure why but it does. In the morning I shower and gently wash my face. Later in the day when it's oily I just gently rub it with a tissue. My cheeks are sore so if I put too much pressure it hurts. My nose feels really weird. I forgot to mention that it's sort of numb as well.

I found this site, it may be helpful for anyone who will have surgery. A young man documents his first 90 days after surgery.

Well that's it for today!



My tummy is satisfied. Can you believe it?!? I'm so excited!!! I am having a hard time with the baby food. One jar is 90 calories so it takes me forever to get my calorie intake up. Plus I'm tired of it. Even the ravies, I'm tired of having to blend such a fine food.

Lupe, went to Costco and found some yummy soups. Potato with Bacon and Broccoli Cheddar. I couldn't wait for him to get home as I was very hungry. For today I mostly had the Gerber Oatmeal with Banana. I like that but it doesn't keep the hunger pains away.
As I type, I'm satisfied. Yay! I did have add some chicken broth and put it in the blender because there were some potato chunks and it was a bit thick. I drank about two cups, maybe three. 290 calories per cup. Yikes. I'm going to gain some weight ;) Normally I'd have a problem with the 290 calories a cup but not right now.

Getting Back into the Swing of Things

This week Lupe went back to work so it was just me and the kiddos. We are very slowly getting back into our school routine, or should I say I'm very slowly getting back to schooling. I can't read to the children so we are a bit stuck with our Heart of Dakota programs.

The children are doing math everyday so that's a plus. Ethan and Lance are using ReadingBear for phonics.

Lance is doing daily:
Horizons Phonics
Math via The Complete Book of Math
Reading Bear (almost daily)

Teaching Textbook Math 4
Reading Bear (almost daily)
Phonics Pathways (almost daily)
Cheerful Cursive

Math Essentials
Some of Creation to Christ

Math-U-See Epsilon
Some of Creation to Christ. One day it may be science, another history etc.

She is doing great! I know she is a day behind with her studies but she is pretty much doing all of it.

He's with his Aunt R still. He took his school with him and tries to do at least 3 or 4 hours a day.

We will definitely be working through the summer. I told the children that it's going to be a hard year. Not hard as in depressing or anything but with all that is going on we will have a looooong year.

I have another week with my splint and tight rubber bands. Next Tuesday I get the splint taken out and the orthodontist will put in a some kind of wire to keep my jaw healing properly. I'm not exactly sure what that will be like. I pray I can open my mouth more and spoon feed myself.

On a good note, I am drinking all my meals from a cup. I went to the doctor yesterday and when he put the bands in they were not as tight as before. I still can't use a spoon, so my food continues to be blended.

Schoolhouse Review: Beloved Books~Sugar Creek Gang Audio Vol. 1

My children love, love, love, audio books. They listen to them every, single, day. They wake up and put an audio book on. During lunch, quiet time, and at bedtime too. I truly believe that listening to so many good books (and of course me reading aloud) has broadened their vocabulary. Many times I'm amazed at the words they use because when I was their age I didn't have such a rich vocabulary as they do.

Another benefit with having good audio books as well as reading to them is how they really get the children thinking. I can't tell you how many times my children want to do good and make wise choices. Often times it's because they have been introduced to a character in a book that they read or listened to.

One time I read a book about a missionary. I can't recall which one, it was a few years back when I read it. My 4th child Brent looked up to that missionary and wanted to serve others better in our home. He would go out of his way to do something for me.

Another time I read a Christmas story about some children who wanted to give their parents a surprise, so they cleaned the house in the middle of the night. Guess what happened a few days later at our house, yes, I woke from a nap to a clean house. 

Along with the Bible, audio books and reading to my children play a big part with aiding to teach them to be kind, generous, have humility, to be loyal, to have compassion, honor, and patience. The list of virtues can go on-and-on. 

As you can see, I can't imagine life without books and audio CDs. They are very much a part of our lives. We have laughed and cried (okay mama is the one doing all the crying) with many characters and have been to many places. Places we would never have been to if it weren't for our books! 

The Schoolhouse Review Crew was very blessed to review The Sugar Creek Gang Volume 1 CDs from Beloved Books. Joshua and Annette have both read a few books from The Sugar Creek Gang and enjoyed them. 

The Sugar Creek Gang Volume 1 CD which includes the first 6 books. The cost is $54.95, this includes shipping. 
The titles for Volume 1:
The Swamp Robber
The Killer Bear
The Winter Rescue
The Lost Campers
Chicago Adventure
The Secret Hideout
What is the Sugar Creek Gang? The books were written by Paul Hutchen a man who loved the Lord. He was a graduate of Moody Bible Institute. He began to write The Sugar Creek Gang in 1939 and I believe the first book was published in 1940. From what I understand the series is named after Sugar Creek which is near Thorntown, Indiana.

The gang of boys are amusing and entertaining as the listeners become part of their world and adventures. Bill, is the narrator and the only character without a nickname. The rest of the gang have nicknames that give a glimpse of who they are.

Little Jim is the most 'Christian' as Bill describes him. Little Jim obeys his parents and because he is so good, he is sort of the gangs mascot. Little Jim is also very likable.

Poetry, loves words, especially words from poetry. He often quotes whole poems. He is also best friends with Bill. 

Circus Brown, is very acrobatic.

Big Jim, keeps the gang in line, especially when it comes to making good and wise choices.

Dragonfly, he can see real well. As Bill described, his eyes are almost as big as his head. Dragonfly doesn't mind his nickname at all, in fact he likes it.

The author Paul Hutchen so naturally adds nature tidbits into the stories. For instance in the first story, The Swamp Robbers, you will learn a little bit about the Screech Owl, the Black Widow Spider, and Mosquitoes just to name a few. 

Each story is about 2 hours long (give or take 15 minutes) and can stand alone, although it's suggested that you listen in order. The reason being is the series follows a continuing story line but most importantly is the spiritual foundation that is built upon as the series progresses.

Beloved books has been so generous to allow the first book  Swamp Robber free as an mp3 download 

I enjoyed listening to the Sugar Creek Gang along with the children. It was great to hear verses quoted throughout and the children speaking positive about their parents. It's rare these days for one to hear or read about children saying kind things of their parents.

You can find many more wonderful audio books at Beloved Books. Good wholesome books. Books that will inspire your children to be more like Jesus. I would highly encourage you to turn off the television and listen to an audio book instead (particularly The Sugar Creek Gang!).
You can also find Beloved Books on Facebook.

To read more of The Sugar Creek Gang reviews, please visit the Schoolhouse Review Crew website.
**Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received these products, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.

Day 11 After Oral Surgery

One of the biggest challenges is eating enough food to stay healthy. Today so far (it's 4:44 p.m.) I have only had 595 calories but it seems as if I've been trying to get food down all day. I'm happy to report that I drank almost 16oz of water today. That is the most so far. I hope to drink another 16oz.

Something new I found I could do is sip or slurp not sure which from a pouch. In the baby food section there is all kinds of pureed fruits and veggies. Today I sucked up one that had broccoli and apples. This is great because I don't have to put it in a syringe. Yay! Another small victory.
Tomorrow Lupe goes back to work and I'm on my own. I sure would love it if my hubby could stay with me but I know we need to get back to normal.

Prayer please for my chin. It has this tingling sensation that's uncomfortable. When my napkin touches it, it hurt a bit too. I so bad want the numbness to go away.

Edited to add that I had another 500 calories today. Yay, I took in about 1,100 calories.  That's the best I've done since the surgery day. Some of those calories are from drinking Gerber Baby yogurt. One little bottle is 100 calories.

It took a long time but I almost ate a whole can of Chef Boyardee Spagetti. I added beef broth and blended it. It took 30 minutes to eat it and I couldn't finish the last bit. When you have to suck food from a syringe sometimes your tongue or something inside the mouth starts stinging. Kinda like when you suck on a lollipop.

For dinner my hubby made pancakes and let the children drizzle chocolate syrup all over them. Aaack! Where did we get chocolate sryup?!? =)


Day 10 After Oral Surgery

I can't wait to blog about homeschooling again =)

I'm off almost all meds. Yay. Little victory. Today Lupe and I went to Target so I could pick out some food for myself. Who would ever think a 41 year old lady would be so happy to buying tons of baby food. Crazy huh? 

I also bought a few soups and Chef Boyardee. With this I add some beef broth, heat it and blend it. I'm also blending the baby food that has pasta chunks and such.

Tonight's dinner was a whopping 210 calories. I'll be hungry within an hour. Yikes.

Enough about food. Hee, hee. I'm doing well. Much better than last week. I'm still sleeping in the living room because my head needs to be elevated. I'm thankful I don't have to sleep sitting up, I can know lean back more. My hubby has been so kind as to sleep in the living room too. I think that's so sweet. I know it's not very comfortable on that lumpy, little, couch.

I don't feel ready to sleep on the bed yet. I need the couch corner to keep me propped. 

Last night was the first night since I've been home that I slept all night. I woke a few times because I got cold but it wasn't because of my nasal passages being blocked. Yay. A friend sent me a Vicks Waterless Vaporizer. I love it! I am going to let Annette use it once a get some more sleep. I think it will help with her allergies. I would also like to purchase another one for Lance. He has a hard time falling asleep and I think this may help.  He doesn't like saying up so late but his mind is so awake. He asked about my Vicks Vaporizer and I thought this just might do the trick. Even if it's all in his head ;)

My bottom lip and chin are still numb. I'm still swollen as well. I can drink using a cup but have to be careful since I can't feel my bottom lip. All of my food has to fit in a syringe still.

Sorry this post is so choppy but I'm tired right now. I wanted to write a quick update with what's happening.

In Him,

Schoolhouse Review: Crossbow Education

Crossbow Education is a family business and has been around since 1992. They specialize in products for Dyslexic and those with Visual Stress. In 2005 Crossbow Education patented the Eye Level Reading Ruler.

For this review I received the Eye Level Reading Ruler: Pack of 10. These sell for $16.95 for the pack of 10.

What exactly is an Eye Level Reading Ruler? It's a colored overlay made of a combination of opaque and transparent plastic that both underlays the text and highlights it in a colored tint. Because these are the size of a 6 inch ruler they are discreet and portable. 

One side of the Reading Rulers is matte coated the other gloss. All my children preferred the matte finish.

For the first time purchaser, Crossbow recommends the 10 pack because the child/adult can try out all the colors and see which color works best. Once you find the color that makes a difference you can then order more if you wish to do so. Crossbow has Colored Overlays that cover the whole page of a book as well.

The child has a choice of single line or paragraph depth tracking. I found that my older children preferred the paragraph depth tracking. Lance, my 8 year old did better with the single line tracking but it was nice that he was able to choose when to use the broad or narrow side. Some of his readers had a bigger font, which he would then use the broad side of the Reading Ruler.
Being on the Homeschool Review Crew has been a huge blessing to me. I would have never thought to use Eye Reading Level Rulers with my children who struggle with reading. I found that my 10 year old son could focus more with using the the Reading Rulers. My 11 year old son didn't feel overwhelmed when reading using the Reading Ruler because it highlighted only a portion of the page. Instead of seeing a page of words, he would see only a portion, thus not stressing him out so much.

My 14 year old son Josh, I think he would prefer to use an overlay that covered a whole page. He didn't like having to move the Reading Ruler as he read.

Overall the Reading Ruler is a great tool for my boys who have a hard time focusing and tracking while they read.

I was able to test this product out as well. I read a lot on and off screen (meaning the computer screen) my eyes sometimes play tricks on me and I start seeing words a little fuzzy. I decided to use the Reading Ruler too because of this. I don't know if I have visual stress as I've never been tested but using the Reading Ruler has helped with the fuzzy words/letters. Like Josh though, I'd prefer an overlay that covers the whole page.

Crossbow also offers Plain Reading Window Rulers for the more advanced reader. These also work well with diagrams and such.
What I thought was really neat as I was looking around their website is they have a Virtual Color Overlay for the computer. You can download it for a 30 day free trial. With the Virtual Color Overlay you can find the tint that best suits you.

To read more reviews on Eye Level Reading Rulers, please visit the Schoolhouse Review Crew website.
**Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.

Day 7 After Oral surgery

It's been 7 whole days. Wow! Everything is going fine. I'm swollen but not nearly as when I first came home. I felt my bottom lip was going to burst at first. My cheeks and chin are swollen too and hurt at times. It's funny because the cool air helps with keeping my nasal passages clear but makes my chin throb and have a burning sensation. When the room starts getting too warm, my chin doesn't throb as much but my nose becomes stuffy. Believe it or not I prefer the throbbing chin.

I'm still numb from the bottom half of my face and from what I understand it will be numb and swollen for weeks.

Eating is becoming easier. There are times when I can't get the syringe in right though, and that's no fun. I then have to just stop trying (hungry and all) because I become frustrated.

I tried talking a little bit today. I don't want to try talking too much because my chin starts to throb more.

I had the upper jaw and lower jaw worked on. This is why my nasal passages are affected. The doctor also had to cut some bone from my chin. He made it so everything will align and not look crooked when done. It was extra $$$ but might as well do it right.

I was so unprepared for this. The doctor mentioned a few things like have Ensure on hand, what medicines to get before the surgery and all but man, he didn't tell me all the things I'd really need.

Let me just say that the Ensure is not the healthiest thing to drink and is actually full of sugar! Yuck! I took a few sips of one and just couldn't take it. No sir Bob. Thankfully there are many other good nutritious drinks out there.

I'll have to go into more detail later. Right now I need to frost my Birthday Cake. Lupe bought a boxed cake mix and had planned to bake a cake but he ran out of time. Poor guy is being run~ragged. So I felt well enough today to add the ingredients and put it in the oven.

My sister Cynce, her hubby Don, and their children MaryEllen and Donnie sent me some really pretty roses. I was feeling kind of tired and my nose was stuffy and I was hungry when they came. Cheered me up right away. Lupe happened to come home as I was getting water for them, he so kindly snipped the ends and arranged them for me. Like I said, I was worn out at the time.

I'll post a picture of them tomorrow or later tonight.


P.S. THANK YOU for all your prayers. My family, friends, church family, blogging friends and my Crew Mates from the Schoolhouse Review Crew. You all are awesome and I know it's only by the grace of my Lord that I'm doing so well.

My Birthday Dinner

It's my birthday today, so I thought I'd make a special dinner. Herbed Chicken with Pasta. Yum.
 Here's how you make it. Add some 100% Natural Chickin Broth, a jar of Gerber Herbed Chicken with Pasta and a pinch of salt to the pan.
 Once it's heated and stirred add it to the blender and blend on highest speed. I love our high powered Ninja Blender.
 Keep blending......blending.......blending.
 Serve using a syringe. My sister-in-law V made me some Passion Tea Lemonade a few days ago. That's what the other syringe is holding. It helps to have more than one.
I know, that probably grosses many of you out but when your mouth is banded shut you do what you have to do. Actually it's not bad. I am having fun picking what I should eat and trying different things in the blender. Okay, maybe fun is not the right word but as I tell the children, I can laugh or cry. I choose to laugh (not literally though, cause it hurts to laugh) and have fun with the whole thing.

It's a very humbling thing to eat in front of your family but it's all good =)

Schoolhouse Review: Abingdon Press~Deep Blue Kids Bible

Abingdon Press publishes academic, professional, inspirational, and life-affirming religious literature across the globe. One can find books, Bibles, Classroom Resources and Church Supplies as well.

The Schoolhouse Review Crew was blessed to review the Common English Deep Blue Kids Bible. The Deep Blue Kids Bible is recommended for ages 7-12. It's available in:
*Deco Tone Midnight Splash
*Deco Tone White Splash
*Imitation Leather Burgandy

I received the ImageFlex cover. I thought I'd prefer the Hardcover but once I had the ImageFlex Cover in my hands I was surprised how it could be so flexible, yet sturdy. Now ImageFlex is my new favorite cover.
I wanted to review this Bible with my son Ethan. With starting the new school year, with a new program, this review item came just in time to give him a new Bible too.  

I must say, I'm all for cute, lively, characters and the Deep Blue Kids Bible has three. Asia who never goes anywhere without her microphone. She's always reporting and bringing you the latest in Bible stories. Then there's Edgar, the curious one, always trying to figure things out. He likes to understand things. Kate, well, she just loves adventures and the Bible has so much to discover and explore.
Asia, Edgar, and Kat will help your child understand the Bible in a way that they can understand. There are so many neat features in the Deep Blue Kids Common English Bible. The introduction goes over Bible Basics by asking questions such as: What is the Bible?, Who Wrote the Bible?, Why is the Bible important today?, and How can I find my way through the Bible?

The Old and New Testaments are broken down into:
Instruction, History, Songs, Wisdom, Prophets, Gospels, Journeys, Letters, and Revelation.

There is a page that teaches your child how to find the book, chapter and verse.

Throughout the Bible your child will see 'call-outs' to help them navigate and grasp God's Word.
 Do you love maps? I do, so I really appreciated the good quality ones in the back of the Bible. There are 8 National Geographic maps.
Before you and your child delve into one of the books, you'll want him/her to read the page that introduces the book with a synopsis, things you'll discover, people you'll meet, place you'll go, and words you'll remember. What I really like is in the 'places you'll go' section because it will also inform you where those places are today.

For instance in the book of Genesis, the places you'll go are Eden, Ur, Canaan and Egypt. In parenthesis next to Eden and Ur it will read (present-day Iraq).

What I REALLY like is the Deep Blue Kids Bible uses words that my 8, 9, 10, and 12 year old children understand without losing the meaning of Gods Word. On pages xvii-xx the Editorial Board of the Common English Bible go into great detail about how they went about writing the Deep Blue Kids Bible in Common English. How they went back to the Hebrew and Greek words to find and understand the meaning of words. 

My children love the KJV Bible. They were given one by their Sunday School teacher three years ago. And although they enjoy reading it they often come away with not understanding what they read. With having the Common English Bible we were able to look up the same passage and have a better understanding of God's Word, mom included.

I'm not always there when my children are reading their Bibles and am not able to explain what a passage means. With using the Common English Bible, I feel that they are better able to absorb God's Word. 
What did Homeschooling6 Mom think? I really enjoyed using this Bible for school and during our Bible Study time. I really felt that the Deep Blue Kids Bible was a great tool for my children with grasping God's Word. I look forward to using it with Ethan as we study the Bible together.

During the review period whenever I had to look up scripture I used the Deep Blue Kids Bible. When I read verses that were in their school books I would first read the translation provided, then look up the same passage in the Deep Blue Kids Bible. It was very clear to me that by also looking up the verse in The Common English Bible it helped the children deepen their understanding of it.

Here is an example from the book of Philippians 3:3-4. Scripture from New American Standard Bible:
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interest, but also for the interest of others.

Here is the same passage from the Common English Bible: Don't do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others better than yourselves, being united, and agreeing with each other. Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others.

I think there is a time and season for different Bible translations. For my younger crowd I prefer something like the Common English Bible and as they mature then they can move onto the NASB or KJV. 

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**Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received these products, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.

Can't Sleep

Ever since my oral surgery I haven't had a full night rest. I wake up at about 3 O'clock in the morning. I drink some broth, then fruit juice, walk around so my nasal passages and chest stay clear, use the Neb, use the computer and then drink some more broth. By this time it's about 5 o'clock and tired again, so I try to get some more shut eye.

It's hard sleeping because I have to be in a sitting position but Lupe tries his best to get me as comfortable as can be.  He's so good to me.

So here I am up at 5 again =) I'll come back later to blog again.

Day 5 After Surgery

Can't believe it's been five days since my oral surgery. I finally gave in and took Tylenol with Codeine this morning.

It takes forever to do something. (I need to hurry, I'm feeling warn and fuzzy because I've taken my Codeine dose).

I start by trying to get something in my tummy. Everything has to be liquefied. I try to get some warm broth with baby food meat for some protein. Then I mix either baby veggies or fruit with some 100% juice. It takes  between 30-40 minutes. Once I have something in my belly, I can take my meds.

Decongestion, so my nasal passages don't block.
Tylenol with Codeine for pain
Children'ts Tylenol or Motrin to reduce swelling
Pink stuff to ward off any infection.

When done with the meds. usually takes 30 minutes. I then have juice again because some of the meds taste so gross but I'm thankful for them.

Lupe, changes my ice packs on both sides of my face. He so kind, he crushes the ice in the blender so it will be more comfortable.

Then it's off to the nebulizar. Did I tell you all I'm deathly afraid of not being able to breath? Scary!

Then I clean my lips and put medicine on them so they don't get blisters and dry out to much. They huge and stretched.

Then I start the cycle all over again. It's a lot of work. This is the first time I'm able to get on my laptop. I need to sleep now but wanted to write.

Lupe is doing an amazing job with schooling the kids today. They may not finish everything, everyday but I couldn't do it either. All I can say is he is taking care of us, with the help of my our church family. The meals really save him time.

My SIL just brought me some ice tea from starbucks. I'll put it in the syringe for later. Can't wait. Too tired for now to drink it.

My dad has played with the kiddos. Everyone has been so kind with their time.

The children are doing well. Lance looks at me now. I told the children that it's okay if I look funny (ugly) to them.

When this is all over I'll have to write how I would have better prepared the family for such an ordeal.

The Codeine is really making my eyes droop now.

In Christ,

I'm Home

I'm home but in lots of pain. Please pray for the my swollen face. My face can only stretch so far. I try not to get emotional because my nasal passages swell, please pray about that as well. I'm having a hard time drinking. I can only drink or get any food through a syringe and sometimes it's very hard. I'm hungry and nauseated a lot.

Nights are the worst. My SIL has a nebulizer that I am using. I use it daily. It makes me feel safe. Like I won't die =)

The 2nd day at the hospital I cried and got so stuffy that my nasal passages clogged. I had a panic attack. It was so scary. My mouth is banded shut but I found I could get some air if I needed too but it still was pretty scary. This is why I try not to get emotional.

Not being able to say things to my dear sweet ones is hard. We can't communicate like we use too.

Please also keep Lupe in prayer, he's so busy with taking care of me, the children and the house. He is a good husband and I think the Lord for him.

Lance is a bit scared to look at me and I don't blame him one bit. I look horrible. Please pray for Lance, I don't want him to get any nightmares. You know how sensitive he is.

I'm thankful for breathing, and for modern technology. The syringe is my new best friend.

Our church family has been  a lifesaver. They have brought food and are praying for us. My friend Gloria has made some life giving soup. Everybody has been so wonderful.

Thank you friends and family.

In Christ,

Surgery Tomorrow

Well tomorrow is the big day. I'm excited yet nervous. I have been waiting for this day for over a year. This surgery will fix my overbite. I'll be able to eat like a normal person, but I also hope it will help with the headaches I get. I think because of the tension of my bite it causes headaches.  I miss being able to read aloud to my children and sing hymns, for some reason when I sing hymns my throat will start to itch. Same with reading a book to my children. It would be wonderful if that will go away as well. The doctor said I have a very narrow passage way and by moving my lower jaw forward it will widen it.

I have to be at the hospital at 5:30 a.m. tomorrow, the surgery is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. Hopefully by noon the surgery should be done. There will be another hour of monitoring then Lupe will be able to come see me.

Recovery time is estimated to be three weeks. The first few days or so I'll be on a pure liquid diet and will most likely have to use something similar to those baby medical droppers to get the liquid I need.

Then the next three weeks will be blended food only. Hmmm, very interesting. The fourth and fifth weeks I can start eating soft foods like mash potatoes, chicken and such. Hopefully by the sixth or seventh weeks I'll be back to normal.

If you all feel like saying a prayer I'd appreciate it. I'm a bit nervous. There is a main nerve that the doctor does not want to touch at all. This nerve is very sensitive and if touched it can cause some permanent numbness in the mouth or lips, just depending on how or where it was touched.

I am comfortable with our doctor. He has been very open with everything and explaining the 'what ifs' with us.

I'd love if you'd all keep the doctor in prayer. That God will guide his hands. Pray for Lupe, I'm sure this is a bit stressful for him as well, with his beloved (that's me) going under the knife and all (as he so kindly put it). Lupe is taking some time off from work as well, he'll be attempting to school the children =) so please keep him in prayer with that too.

If you can pray for a speedy recovery and that the children will kinda keep the house clean ;)

I'm not sure when my next blog post will be. Maybe a few days to a week after the surgery I'll be able to give an update.

Blessing to you all and I'll see you on the other side (think The Emperor's New Groove)

Lupe's Birthday

My Sweet's birthday was last month, so these pictures are a little late.

My SIL who is a super busy lady, has a very special gift. She always finds time to make someone else feel special. She has a busy day with getting three children ready for school, her forth ready for Auntie Linda to watch, she then goes to work, volunteers at church and the list can go on-and-on. I'm tired just thinking about all she does.

Anyway, normally Lupe and I don't celebrate our birthdays separately. We just piggy-back ride on one of the kids because our birthdays are so close together. For instance during Brent's birthday which is three days before mine, Lupe will have the children sing happy birthday to me as well.

Get to the point, Linda.........okay, so my sister-in-law surprised my hubby with cake and ice cream. She let the kids and I know, so children decided to decorate a little.

Oh, look how handsome and happy my Sweets looks.
 Playing around with his cute niece.  I love her smile.
 They were being silly. 
 I love this picture of all the children. One of mine is missing though.
 Looks like everyone his helping this 'old' man blow out his candles. Hee, hee.
 Ethan, made his dad a card.

 Ethan decorating dad's side of the bed. He wanted to surprise him. What a sweet child.
 Lupe loved his gift from Ethan.
 Dad and Ethan playing around.

 Brent wanted in on the fun. What little boy doesn't huh? If they hear laughing they will come =)