Sunday, September 15, 2013

Buried in Work (Again)

It's that time of year again.

Yep, I'm back to work after a busy and exhausting summer. This is what I'm up to now...

I'm three weeks into homeschooling our younger two kids in grades 8 and 11. I need to grade their quizzes, tests, and essays for this week and schedule their assignments for next

I'm two weeks (and about five days behind) in teaching an online class in analyzing American poetry. Not only do I have to respond to about 100 posts, but I also have to write and post their next five assignments...all today.

I have another online class on the MLA research essay starting tomorrow, and have to post their first week's

I have a literary curriculum on Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan to

So, needless to say, I have only written about 800 words of Chapter 10 for Only by Moonlight...which I should be It obviously isn't happening.

(But I can tell you that I've written right up to the beginning of the Halloween party....)

In addition to all the work pressures, three of our four kids are struggling with some kind of chronic health issue, one quite serious (as in seizure-serious). And all the stress about their health has affected mine so that I'm in much more pain than usual from rheumatoid athritis and much more exhausted than usual from chronic fatigue syndrome. I've been up working until 2:00-4:00 AM almost every night for the past two weeks.

I hope to get back to writing as soon as humanly possible--not only for you my readers, but also for my own sanity. I need to write in order to remain mentally healthy, and I hate being unable to express myself creatively. I need that.  

Thanks for listening to me whine a bit--and thanks for understanding my schedule. I'll write as soon as I can--for my own sake as well as for you all.

Take care, my friends, and be good to each other.



  1. Oh, Cass. I wish I could help somehow. Praying for you and your family as always and standing in gaping awe at your strength. You ROCK, in every possible way XO

    1. Thank you, my dear friend!! I really need your prayers!! xxxooo

  2. Praying for you and your family, Cassandra! I truly hope everything will be ok! You take all the time you need honey, and rest up whenever you get the chance! Your health is your wealth!
    Every time I sit to study, I think of you and all your hard work - now I truly know what 4AM work loads feel like!
    Hope you are ok!!!
    Thinking of you!!

  3. Thanks, sweetie!! I so appreciate your prayers!! :)

    How are you feeling??

  4. I am (thankfully) feeling a thousand times better than I ever remember! I've decided to take the time to focus on my grades, and my health has imporved dramatically over the last couple of months :) I'm taking my theory test in 2 weeks, and turning 18 in just over 3 weeks, so life is coming at me hard and fast. But, I feel ready (kinda!)

    How has everyone been? I'm hoping that there are some improvements? And that everybody is enjoying being back at school and work!

  5. Said a little prayer for you, hon. Please remember that if you don't take care of yourself, you won't be able to take care of everyone else. I know what it's like to have 4 kids with health conditions as I'm in that boat, too. From experience, I know you can't go forever on a lack of sleep. Rest is vital. You're an admirably strong person and I don't know how you do it with the homeschooling, but God's given you the grace to get the job done. Just remember, even He took a day off.


    1. Thanks, sweetie!! True words!! I will take them to soon as I catch up on my classes!! :) One ends this week, so I hope to rest over the weekend! :) xxxooo


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