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Barbara’s health update

Barbara here this time. Several people have been asking for an update. So it is my turn to do an update now since I am beginning to mend.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4

There was a situation in our family that I was really concerned about. So I asked God to do whatever was necessary to resolve the situation. God answered that prayer by putting me in hospital with pneumococcal pneumonia, where I did not respond to treatment and so needed to have a major operation – decortication of a loculated empyema (or pleural collection). They say that it is the most painful operation to recover from and I had the operation without an epidural for pain control – they didn’t want my infection to spread to the epidural site. To do the operation the doctor had to move my ribs out of the way then move them back again after the procedure. I lost my seventh rib because they could not move it out of the way. Even though my ribs are still sore I have not been on pain killers for two to three weeks.

Before the operation while I was getting worse my doctor called my children home urgently. It gave me a rare opportunity to be surrounded by most of my children since they are in four different countries. I believe my children coming home was also an answer to my prayer to help us resolve the difficult situation. We are continuing to ask the Lord to resolve this ongoing situation and would appreciate your prayers for it as well – thank you.

During my three weeks in hospital and during my recuperation we have seen answers to many other trials as well. Praise God these trials are sent that we may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. The Lord has been good to us. My doctor said that my recuperation would be a long one. I believe him now as it is taking a long time to get my strength back and for the pain to go from my ribs. I have just returned from walking around the block, albeit slowly, for the first time – a very small block. And as you may have noticed I am now quietly putting a few things up on the website again. I have had a few phone calls and emails from people wanting to get exemptions and I have noticed that there are some ERO and MoE issues that need attention as well. I hope to attend to these in the next couple of weeks.

My family and I would like to thank everyone for your prayers and support during this time – your visits to the hospital (especially when you read the Bible and prayed with me); meals you have prepared for us and the planned three meals per week from members of my church that will be coming to us for a month after Suzannah leaves on Monday; your visits to our home; your phone calls, etc. We feel very loved by you all – thank you.

Barbara

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Home Education Awareness Week 15 to 20 October 2012

Home Education Awareness Week (HEAW) 15 to 20 October 2012

Home Educators all over the country use this as an opportunity to do something special to raise their profile locally and develop a bit of positive public relations. This helps in gaining the movement a bit more credibility, especially when applying for grants or discounts with resource suppliers, or for admission to tertiary institutions or gaining help and advice from schools and perhaps even the use of some of their resources. And of course the benefits would be examined by more people, thereby bringing more people into the home schooling movement and your local support group.

For more information on HEAW go to: http://hef.org.nz/2007/home-education-awareness-week/

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated 30 March 2012: Life for Those Left Behind (Craig Smith’s Health) page 6 click here

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Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

http://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

http://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational:
http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

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Home Education Awareness Week 31 October – 5 November 2011

Home Education Awareness Week (HEAW) is later this year because the fourth term begins later – October 25. We have traditionally held HEAW in the first or second week of the fourth term, trying to miss Labour weekend. So this year the Home Education Awareness Week is 31 October through to 5 November 2011

 

Home Educators all over the country use this as an opportunity to do something special to raise their profile locally and develop a bit of positive public relations. This helps in gaining the movement a bit more credibility, especially when applying for grants or discounts with resource suppliers, or for admission to tertiary institutions or gaining help and advice from schools and perhaps even the use of some of their resources. And of course the benefits would be examined by more people, thereby bringing more people into the home schooling movement and your local support group.

For more information on HEAW go to: http://hef.org.nz/2007/home-education-awareness-week/

Craig and Barbara Smith are available to speak at any activities/meetings/conferences/workshops you may be organising for this.

For more information Free Call 0800 100 692

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Home Education Awareness Week 11-16 October 2010

Home Education Awareness Week 11-16 October 2010

Home Educators all over the country use this as an opportunity to do something special to raise their profile locally and develop a bit of positive public relations. This helps in gaining the movement a bit more credibility, especially when applying for grants or discounts with resource suppliers, or for admission to tertiary institutions or gaining help and advice from schools and perhaps even the use of some of their resources. And of course the benefits would be examined by more people, thereby bringing more people into the home schooling movement and your local support group.

For more information on HEAW go to: http://hef.org.nz/2007/home-education-awareness-week/

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Home Education Awareness Week 12 to 17 October 2009

Home Education Awareness Week 12 to 17 October 2009

Home Educators all over the country use this as an opportunity to do something special to raise their profile locally and develop a bit of positive public relations. This helps in gaining the movement a bit more credibility, especially when applying for grants or discounts with resource suppliers, or for admission to tertiary institutions or gaining help and advice from schools and perhaps even the use of some of their resources. And of course the benefits would be examined by more people, thereby bringing more people into the home schooling movement and your local support group.

For more information on HEAW go to: http://hef.org.nz/2007/home-education-awareness-week/

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