All week long, at least one of my children have ran a fever. With the first, I took him in to the Dr. and it ended up being a virus that needed to run its course. Tending to him with Motrin, hugs, movies, liquids and rest. The it moved to my youngest. She doesn't even act sick. She has had many fevers having to deal with chronic ear infections over the years. She has run a temp the longest, since Tuesday night Wednesday morning. Which brings me to this morning, both girls are running a temp. The differences are night and day. My youngest with the highest temp, is sprightly and giggly. Only flushed cheeks and mass body heat indicates that she is not feeling well. Then there is my oldest, almost nine. She has a low grade fever and thinks it is the end of the world. This what this post is about, her first sick day since implementing a Charlotte Mason education. Normally I would stress over how far we would be set back in our lesson plans. Today, I feel such freedom in not having my ducks in a row (corresponding lessons for each subject) because it means we just pick up where we left off and since I have more fun reading (poems/riddles, riddles because I am having a hard time figuring out what the moral is) scheduled for today so we can move past them and pick up next week. Ah, the beauty of short lessons, it doesn't have to be daunting to "catch up." This educational switch has been such a blessing to my educational expectations, limitations and stress level. This week has been a lesson in being Thankful even during the hard times. We are thankful to go through this because we can see the value of health, as well as our want for dad (who happens to be out of town during this week of fevers) to be home and not forgetting it is all a gift.