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  1. 110 points
    Hi all, I have not been around much anymore, but I wanted to post an update because we had this looooong thread three years ago when I was trying to figure out what to do with my life and how to find a new calling (not just something to keep me busy). This one: You all had so many interesting suggestions, and several commented that they were in a similar situation. So, I figure I owe you an update on how it all turned out: As I had posted towards the end of that thread, about 8 months after the initial post, I have gone back to writing. I am still working in my regular job as a physics professor, but have focused the remaining time on poetry. I have - completely accidentally - found community in a very unlikely place. Remember me talking about how this is a small town with few opportunities? I found a cluster of people in an even smaller town near here! I am regularly participating in live events, have gotten work into a few journals, and my first book has just been published through a small independent press! I feel like I have found a new direction and calling, something that defines me and goes beyond merely filling time. I want you to know that life post empty nest can be wonderful and fulfilling, and also that it took me several years of deep searching to figure out my path. I hope this is encouraging to those of you who are starting on that journey and are facing the end of the active parenting years. Best wishes to you all. ETA: Because people asked further down the thread: if you are interested in my book, please pm me. I won't post an advertising link in the thread.
  2. 71 points
    DS8 has a placement!! For those who don’t know, DS8 is on the spectrum with some associated behavioral challenges. He’s been in a self contained, small classroom all along and done fairly well. This last year his teacher, psychologist and counselor all left over Thanksgiving break. This was deeply traumatic for him and it didn’t help the new teacher didn’t understand or know what to do with behavioral kids. The school has eliminated all but one self contained classroom so there was nowhere else for him to go. He’s been on homebound since February and is very, very lonely. I tried to make inroads in the homeschooling community, but it’s not very inclusive here. It was clear they weren’t overly welcoming toward a SN kid who flaps his hands and says things that sound mouthy and disrespectful(though it’s just his awkward way of communicating) and occasionally refuses to do anything. Poor kid of mine had struggled so much the last few months—but we have a new class in a school about 40 minutes away. We went and visited and it’s absolutely perfect for him. I have such complete peace and know it’s a great fit. He’s excited about going too. In other news, I’m packing three little kids in my car and going to Washington DC for a week. Two of my kids, including DS8, are in the middle of an obsession with American history, so I’m making the most of it. Wish me luck.
  3. 67 points
    “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison
  4. 58 points
    Last week my oldest ds's college called my dh and invited us to an awards ceremony at the school. They told him that ds would be receiving some kind of award but didn't tell dh what when he asked. I decided to drive the two hours and go to the ceremony and take ds out to dinner as we have not seen him this semester. The awards ceremony was mostly for graduating seniors and looking at the program we couldn't figure out what ds (a junior) would even be up for. Turns out they award a few scholarships to upcoming seniors that were not listed in the program. My ds won two of the four scholarships awarded! The first he was aware existed because he applied and interviewed for it. It was an endowed scholarship funded by the alumni association of the accounting department of the school. It is substantial and the letter he got explained that the alumni association stipulates the award be stacked and not reduce any other offers from the school. The other scholarship he didn't even know about and did not apply for. It was one of two endowed awards given to rising seniors who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom and in contributing to life on campus and in the community. He doesn't even know how much it is, but it seemed like a big deal! He has gotten smaller endowed scholarships from the school in the past without any notification or fanfare. They just showed up in his account. So, the assumption is this is substantial as well. He is anxious to get over to financial aid this morning and find out the details. Ds has paid for his own school. He got a good financial deal going in, then won a large scholarship from my dh's employer that the college allowed him to stack without reducing their aid. He has worked long hours at miserable jobs in the summers and taken a few loans (not even to the max of the federal limits) and taken pride in carrying the load of financing his education. He has scrimped and saved and lived in the oldest junkiest dorm to save money. Now, it looks like he has a full ride for his senior year. Tuition, housing, etc. everything should be covered. I am just so happy for him to get this sweet unexpected reward to go into his senior year for free. He already has a professional internship and a side hustle lined up for summer so he will make a good chunk of money and for once actually be able to keep it and not pay for his school. He has worked so hard and with such a great attitude. I am just so proud of him and happy for him. Ds introduced me to the husband/wife couple that presented the award. They are both accounting alumni and have worked in the "big four" accounting firms and are active in giving back to the school. The told me they are already working on getting him lined up for jobs and they both told me that he is graduating into a powerful alumni network and will always have a job. It was an obvious point of pride to them that they claim 100% job placement for accounting grads. My ds has already been to multiple recruiting events for one of the big four firms as well as smaller firms and banks in the city. Such a nice night for ds. He is bright and hard working but he isn't ever the smartest kid anywhere. He has never had a 4.0 and isn't even the top of his accounting class in GPA. But he works hard and is humble and a good leader. He's just a good kid. He could have gone to higher ranked schools or schools with more amenities but he went to tiny Oglethorpe University in Atlanta with a 76% admission rate. People in Atlanta usually have not even heard of it. LOL. He got a fantastic value, has had a nice experience, and it looks like he will actually have a job in the end. Another kid not ruined by homeschooling!
  5. 52 points
    I can't believe our little rainbow baby is three months old already! He is the sweetest. He has recently started giggling at us, and he shoves burp cloths into his mouth. We adore him so, so much. Mr. Five cannot get enough of him. A thousand times a day, he comes up to say, "I love this baby too, too much. I need this baby. Let me hold the baby." A few weeks ago, he told me, "This is the baby I always wanted." Baby gets covered with a lot of kisses. (And in true Mr. Five fashion, he still very often reminds us out of the blue that he is a double big brother.) It is such a beautiful gift to have him and to be able to pick him up and cuddle him whenever I want. His little face smiling at me in the morning lights my world.
  6. 49 points
    My dd found this dress on clearance back in August-- pretty-- but the lace 'blobs' were tattered and just did not look right. We found some silk hydrangeas, pearl beads, gold ribbon and some tiny gold butterflies-- and she LOVED the result! I used the scraps to make a headpiece and her date's boutonniere too... Prom was this past Saturday-- my oldest dd is a professional photographer and took the prom picts! Not a bad dress for just under $100! First picture is trying it on at store... notice lace 'blobs'...
  7. 43 points
    Y'all, this has been going on for months (which is nothing for most PANDAS people) and right now, I honestly can't believe we have a real diagnosis! We got up at 5am and drove 3 hours each way to the Rothman Center for Pediatric Neuropsycholoy yesterday and it was totally worth it. Such a difference! An ACTUAL neurological exam, huge history, multiple people working together (saw the resident who I loved, and the professor/lead researcher who I also liked, and a med student tagged along who was awesome as well). No one thought I was crazy. No one dismissed me. My questions were respected. We have a PLAN! No one just shrugged and said, "maybe he got late autism or something". You don't realize what not good care you are getting until you get good care. Makes me want to cry. Thank God for respectful medical staff. Thinking about it as I sit here and cry a bit, some of my most intensely grateful moments have been interacting with truly respectful medical staff. Ones you recognize how vulnerable you are when seeking career nd don't abuse that. I can remember several specific instances that are burned in my memory for the way I was treated: A nurse when my 19 year old was born. I was in pain and exhausted after 45 hours of unmedicated labor and then an emergency (I thought) c-section. I burn through pain meds fast (ultra rapid metabolizer) and earlier that day a bitch nurse wouldn't give me my meds so I'd gotten behind the pain and ended up crying and in tears and emotional. I got the meds, and shift changed, and that night in the middle of the night I woke up soaked in sweat from post partum sweats, and uncomfortable, etc. An angel of a nurse came in and offered to change my sheets. It was 2am. Changing sheets was not her job. But she saw me so uncomfortable and like it was nothing got me up and while I used the bathroom she put on cool fresh sheets and a fresh pillow case and got me tucked back in with a drink. Such a freaking simple thing but it is almost 20 years later and I still tear up at the sheer kindness of it. Another time when my daughter had a broken arm from me falling while carrying her. The doctor I am sure knew how guilty i felt over injuring my 9 month old, and told me that a broken elbow was fixable, a broken head wasn't. Id' held her in such a way to protect her head as we fell, and he flat out told me "good job mom". That simple sentence took away so much guilt. Again, such a tiny thing, and 9 years later I remember how it made me feel. When I had my first bariatric appointment and realized for once no one was blaming me for my obesity. In fact, EVERY time a doctor calls it a disease, not a moral failing, I want to kiss them. I spent my whole life blaming and hating myself for my fatness, and here was someone coming along side of me to help me, rather than shame me. Who saw ME, not my fat. And yesterday, when the resident told me that he can't see these kids and NOT believe in PANDAS. Respectful care that treats you as a valid human is so special. (also, they loved my binder of all my info - medical records, test results, insurance information, address and phone number of every doctor we have, pharmacy info, etc)
  8. 43 points
    I've been out of church since 2005 when we moved 45 minutes away. I was very involved in that church and I loved it there. Then we moved and I tried a new church and it didn't have the same feeling as my former church so I didn't go back. I also didn't try anymore churches. So I haven't stepped foot in a church in 14 years. I've been thinking about returning to church for months now but I'm so scared to go on my own. My DH isn't religious and has no desire to support me in this by going with me, but he does want me to be happy and understands God has a place in my Heart and in my Life despite my lack of religious activity in the past 14 years. So over the course of the past couple of months, I've felt like God wants me to go try that church again. He's telling me that's the next step in my Life. He answered my prayers to find something personally fulfilling and that was all my volunteering which led to a paying job. I work with good people and love my job. I'm grateful that God steered me in that direction, even despite my lack of daily prayer. Anyway, I'm going to church in the morning. DH helped me find my Bible and I dusted it off. I love my Bible. It's in a lovely leather case with an embroidered cross on the front. I have a pen in there to take notes. I want to be a part of a Sunday School class for women only and do Bible study and make friends. I also want to attend a traditional worship service and listen to the sermon and learn more about the Bible and God's message to me. But I'm nervous. I bet I won't be able to sleep tonight. I decided that for my first visit, I'm only going to go to the worship service at 11:00 am. If it goes well, then next Sunday I'll go to a Sunday School class at 9:30 am. I really wish I had someone going with me. I don't normally do things on my own because I suffer from anxiety. So I'd be grateful if you ask God to help me feel not alone tomorrow. Let me meet nice people who make me feel welcome. Thank you. UPDATE: I forgot what a good ole Southern Baptist Church is like. I really enjoyed myself. They played maybe a bit too much music. The service started with about 20-30 minutes of singing both by the congregation and the choir. They had a full band. And that was the Traditional Worship service. The earlier service is the Contemporary one that has a Praise Team and Band. I imagine that's more geared towards younger members like college age and young adults, although there was a mixture of ages in the Traditional Service. Dumb me forgot to bring in my glasses so I couldn't fill out the 'I'm New Here' card to drop in the offering plate. I had to go up to the help desk after service to get someone to help me write on it. I enjoyed myself enough to want to join a Sunday School class which they call Connect groups. Everyone that talked to me was extremely nice and welcoming. I got a hug and a personal prayer from one guy who is in charge of getting people connected in the church. I explained I hadn't been to church in 14 years and he thanked God that He led me back to church. So I'd say it was an extremely positive experience and I believe I'll feel at home at this church as much as I did the last church I belonged to before we moved to our present location. So thank you for all the prayers. They really worked. I wasn't anxious at all. I got dressed and DH helped me pick out the right outfit and shoes, then I drove myself there and parked. All the while I felt calm. As I got to the building, three men in red church jackets met me and welcomed me. One took me by the hand and let me inside to the help desk. He personally introduced me to the woman behind the desk. It felt so good that I wasn't alone. So thank you again!! Whoa! Giant smiley face. I was going to delete it but I don't know how! Oh well, I feel happy so why not a big happy?
  9. 41 points
    Sharing some of my excitement and a bit of my anxiety as I leave tomorrow with REI adventures for Kathmandu for 3 weeks including travel time to trek Everest Base Camp with a group of 8 others. Reaching 50 and Empty Nest is excitedly sending me out the door to see what life has to offer me and what I have to offer it:) Updates and pictures upon safe return-Lord willing!
  10. 41 points
    So I'm back :) One child started homeschooling in Sept Another started several weeks ago Another this week Another is too young but we're hoping she can homeschool throughout One child is still in school. This is best for everyone. I feel "real" again. I was a homeschooling mom (first two homeschooled all but 8 weeks ever, graduating in 2009 and 2012) and I am a homeschool mom (hopefully for the next 16ish years). Missed y'all.
  11. 41 points
    My decorating styles over the years have Included Early Attic, Modern Poverty, Craigslist Chic, Contemporary Castoffs, and Delightful Dumpster Dives.
  12. 39 points
    As some of you know, my oldest son has ASD and right now is on homebound. While I am a huge fan of homeschooling, this particular child needs more socialization than I can manage. With his rigidity, overall oddness and behaviors, we have not been welcomed with open arms to our local homeschool community, which has been swallowed whole by Classical conversations. Which is another post. In any case, our school has been diligently searching for a class for him. We thought he had one 45 minutes away, but it turned out to be an 8:1:1 and his team feels he very much needs a 6:1:1 class. His homebound teacher told me tonight that she is phone conferencing with the two teachers from the two classes they have found. One is a 6:1:1 emotionally disturbed class a 55 minute drive away in the opposite direction of where we work and where our families are. The other, amazingly, is a 6:1:1 autism program 35 minutes away, next door to where my husband and I work and only a few minutes from my mother in law. It’s also around the corner from his outside occupational therapy group, so a really easy pickup for OT. The teacher has a reputation for being amazing and there is usually a year long wait list for this program—and last week they got an opening and somehow my son has jumped to the top of the waitlist(probably because he’s been on homebound for over a month now). Would you pray the second school accepts him? We feel it’s a great place for him and close to us or Grandma if something were to happen instead of us driving an hour and a half from work. His homebound teacher knows the program very well and the teacher there and also feels it’s a great program for him. She doesn’t feel an emotionally disturbed class would be a good place for him(he has no psych diagnosis at this time). thank you!! It’s so hard to get into this particular program and I cried when I heard we had a chance.
  13. 39 points
    So we went to court (again) yesterday for a combined contempt hearing and status hearing. We were supposed to do a 4-way meeting for about an hour and then go before the judge. My STBX showed up with his newest (4th) lawyer. She was actually very nice and brought a nice energy to the proceedings. Finally he hired a lawyer who seems down to earth and not apt to play a lot of ridiculous power games. We start off the 4-way, and then the attorneys had to leave to room to confer. So, for the first time in 3 years I was alone with my STBX. I knew that if anything was going to be accomplished I would have to talk him down from Stubborn Mountain. Slowly but surely I got him to talk a bit, got him to back down from his arrogance (although it probably won't last.) We were in conference for over 2 hours. His position is that he has been covering all the expenses and cannot afford the alimony payments (he is 28 weeks behind). He actually wanted me to pay for half the utilities cost for the time he was living in our home by himself. I told him only if he paid half of my utilities during that time when I was living elsewhere. Stupid stuff like that. Most of the reason he is so far in debt is because he owes $70,000 to various prior lawyers. However, over the past year he has received almost $100K in bonuses on top of his salary going up by 25%. So it was a lot of round and round stupid stuff. But at least we were able to talk to each other. The interesting part was after it was over my lawyer complimented me on how I handled him. She asked if it was a special approach I had developed. Her comment surprised me because I never realized how much I had to "handle" him when having a conversation, it was just something I learned to do to try and keep the peace. When I told her that she said that it must have been exhausting to live that way. I guess I never realized it because it just happened but, yes, I had learned how to circle around and around him and it was exhausting! Hence the tattoo on my arm that says "She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom" from the Scarlet Letter. I always make sure that tattoo is visible to him when we go to court haha. My offer to him is the same as it has always been - straight alimony only. No percentage of his bonuses, etc. I don't want to have to chase him. He seemed ok with the idea so now it may just be a case of coming up with a good alimony number and figuring out the split of some marital debt we have. I just want to be free from him but I am not about to give in and short change myself. So I am asking for a good alimony amount. When we then went before the judge he did indicate that my STBX's bonuses would be considered part of the settlement. I hope that motivates my STBX. I am actually offering him a better deal but he is just too stupid to realize it. Now we are supposed to exchange a bunch more paperwork over the next two weeks and then see where we stand. I see maybe a tiny glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel -- let's hope it's not just the shine off my STBX's bald head!
  14. 38 points
    My longest friendships are roughly 20-25 years. 11 years ago, I made some new friends. (changing states/churches) 3 years ago, I made a few more. (changing churches) TODAY I MADE A NEW FRIEND ALL BY MYSELF! My son was playing with a kid at the trampoline park last week and today I went with him and totally hit it off with the parents, esp the mom. Brand new experience and I'm kinda excited. She seems really nice, and tattooed like me 🙂
  15. 37 points
    DS got an email yesterday that he has been appointed to the United States Air Force Academy. Needless to say, there was much cheering, dancing around and crying (with joy!) at my house. Attending a service academy has been his goal for the last 7+ years He is still waiting to hear from the Naval Academy, but is 99% sure he will accept and go to Air Force!
  16. 36 points
    Though it's doubtful anyone remembers, I have posted here numerous times that my father was making me a beautiful carousel horse cross-stitch years ago, but stopped work on it due to neuropathy in his hands and many, many eye surgeries. I had asked about it a couple times, but it’s hard to find things in their house and I wasn’t sure he might not have thrown it away in a fit of anger at some point. A couple of months ago, my mom did find the pattern for it, so I had some small hope it was still around somewhere. Well lo and behold, my mom and sister, who have been doing some de-hoarding, found it! I could die of joy! The pattern is actually much further along than I expected. At some point, though not right now, I will complete it, clean it, sign it for my dad and with my siggy added, and have it framed. Here it is:
  17. 35 points
    I've graduated my 5th kid from home school high school. She has decided her college choice, gotten accepted and received an excellent FA package. She will be moving to campus in August. So excited for her. My husband is becoming Catholic this Easter! You could fit a small human in that man's first easter basket this year. And at some point after Easter, the husband and I are going to the Caribbean all by ourselves for 7 glorious days. I don't know what he is going to do. I'm going diving and snorkeling every day. LOL I'm one happy happy woman this week.🐠🏝💕😁
  18. 35 points
    So the update: It went way better then could be expected. My 3 yo napped through the whole thing. The big boys were great---vibrant, happy, obedient, and obviously smart. They nicely played mouse trap with my mother. We invited her right in she sat on our couch and talked to us for 1/2 an hour. Mostly she was satisfying her curiosity about homeschooling, and commiserating about how stupid the complaint was. She asked us a rapid fire list about risk factors: drugs, alcohol, spousal abuse etc. We talked briefly about rules & discipline. She never had any interest in leaving the living room. She only talked with the children when they initiated conversation. She was fascinated by homeschooling. This is the text of the complaint in red, to give you an idea of how truly stupid it was: Caller reports that dh (34) & Ananda (33) are parents of ds9, ds6 & ds3. According to the caller the children are homeschooled. The caller reported that ds9 wears a pull up (like this is a habitual thing). The caller stated that they believe ds3 also wears a pull up, but it is unknown if ds6 wears pull ups. The caller did not speak with the parents as to why ds9 wears a pull up. Why is this person so obsessed with pull ups? When the caller was asked if they had any other concerns, the caller stated that the children have difficulty listening to directions, which is typical for children who are homeschooled; (You guys are going to love that.) however, the children exhibit behaviors of not following directions beyond the norm. The caller stated that they didn't have any other concerns at this time. Then they provided mangled DOB's for the children. Based on the complaint, I am certain this is someone from the YMCA, probably an employee, but maybe another parent. So . . . that is a thing. I am just so flabbergasted at the stupidity. You can see why she wasn't at all concerned. Apparently, nothing about the call concerned CPS. She said they would have told off the caller. But they emailed the state department of education just to close out their file. The department of education replied, in blue: I do not have a filing under the last name (dh & dc's last name). Basics such as potty training would be considered child care and parenting responsibilities, not a curriculum choice. That is the best part. The department of education being like wtf! She said that she had to follow up & do the whole she-bang because the department of ed didn't have a record of us. This is because the YMCA mangled the DOB's and our homeschool is registered under my (different) last name. Apparently, though, most people cooperate with her. She seemed really taken aback when I told her that many people would have refused to talk to her, to allow her access to the children and to enter the home. She said that she couldn't get a court order, but it would raise her suspicions. Apparently the only people who have reacted that way have been horrifically abusive or drug addicts. She would have kept coming back until our case expired. Anyways, 5 days of torture because someone at the YMCA is weird about pull-ups. Thanks. Ananda
  19. 34 points
    Thanks everyone! I walked to the clinic down the road and they got me in right away. Thankfully I got the doctor who has been practicing for like forty years and has treated several bat bites. He said bat bites tend to be the same size as mine but look like two distinct punctures, whereas mine looks more like I was attacked by a baby bunny. 😂 His guess is that I scratched myself the day before, didn't notice, and it became irritated overnight and that's why I noticed it in the morning. He also said that with four cats, if a bat had gotten in it would have been mass chaos and there's no way none of the cats would have noticed, lol.
  20. 34 points
    DS accepted at Hamilton!!!! He's had 5 waitlists and 1 rejection over the past week, so we really needed this one to get him out of his funk. And one of his top choices, so even better!
  21. 33 points
    I'm not on social media other than this site, so I don't know the comments you are referring to. However, I've long said that people should not say that fathers are babysitting when they are caring for their own children. It really doesn't have anything to do with any of the things that you mention. Those things just need to be worked out by the couple. For me it is merely the term "babysitting." No one says that mothers babysit their own children, so we should not say that of fathers, either. When fathers are the sole caretakers of their children, they are just parenting, not babysitting. Even if they are not familiar with all of the routines and need instructions. Edited to add: I actually don't say this in real life, because it is not my concern to tell other people what words to use. But It's been my opinion for a long time -- since before I had children, so 20 years or more -- and is not based on any social media postings. I think words have power and that we should choose them carefully.
  22. 32 points
    Mostly to write out my successes since I'm feeling kind of blue this evening. 1. It's been just over 3 weeks since I have weighed or tracked my food. I'm following the Intuitive Eating plan and praying ALOT. My manager at work is my accountability partner and prayer partner. She prayed over me just last week and yet today she busted me for counting calories. I'm gaining weight as I can tell my clothing is getting snug so I ordered the next size up in my favorite jeans. I also ordered new pants for church but when I washed one pair, they shrunk a little, so I just ordered the next size up and maybe that one will work. I've got two choices. I can either start tracking again and lose back down so I can stay in my clothes, or I can buy more comfortable clothing and continue trying to eat moderately. I've chosen the latter. I really don't want to get started tracking and weighing again. Except for today's mini setback, I've been doing so well! 2. I joined a church and am visiting a Sunday School class. The past two weeks I've only got to Sunday School and skipped Worship though. Class gets out at 10:30 am and Worship starts at 11:00 so I'd be sitting in the sanctuary by myself for nearly half an hour and that makes me feel awkward. My class invited me to sit with them the first Sunday I was there but haven't invited me again. Perhaps if they saw me sitting alone, they'd ask me over. I'm too shy to ask if I can sit with them. We're working on a Bible study called What Are You Afraid Of?. I figured I'd do that study with them then try another class to see if I can find a better fit but I like the ladies in my class even though they are all much older than me. I'm in a class for ladies of all ages but these women are at least 10 years older than me. So I think I'll just stay in this class. We're working our way through the Bible study very slowly so it may be another 6 weeks before we do something else. I don't want to be in their class for over 2 months and then leave to try something else. So how do I know I'm in the right class? 3. Work is going super well. I've gained more confidence and am being a more active management team member. They acknowledge my efforts and brush off my mistakes. Today was a funny day. I didn't want to go in at 12:00 noon. Monday is our slowest day. I figured I could be late by over an hour and it would be no problem. So I decided to keep napping until they called me which I figured would happen around 1:00 pm. Nope! Shelly called at 10 minutes after noon to ask where I was. I told her I was sleeping and she laughed and told me to come in as soon as I could. So I got up and was getting ready and she called back to say that since I was so late anyway, to stop at the store and buy them donuts. 😄 I couldn't handle working full time so I dropped down to 30 hours a week. To be honest, it still feels like too much but it's better than 40 so I'm just trying to deal with it. 4. I started learning Spanish on Duolingo. I don't know where this will lead but I'm doing fairly well. I'm going slowly through the lessons to make sure I'm solid before adding in new vocabulary. It's quite a challenge but I'm thoroughly enjoying it. 5. I'm reading some books I haven't read in years. They are what I call intense and it usually takes me a long time to get through the books since I can't read them consistently. I have to keep taking breaks and going to another book so I can calm down and return to the book. Once I read it slowly, I can reread it quickly and really enjoy it. 6. I'm using an app called You Vision that my church uses for sermons. It has devotionals, some just a few days long, some longer. I'm doing one devotional with my sister, 2 of her friends and my aunt. It's so cool to comment at the end of each day and talk about how the devotional affected us. Then we can comment on someone else's post. I've also got other devotionals I'm doing alone. It's a great way to sidle into God's Word. I've also gotten an app that reads the Bible in one year. I joined in late and was trying to do two a day, one old and the current day so I'd catch up, but I can't always do two a day. I think I'm being too silly and should just focus on where I am in the readings. Each day I read either Proverbs or Psalms, a New Testament part, and an Old Testament part and the host has comments on each so it's like being in a mini lecture while reading the Bible. Pretty cool. I'd love more partners so if you use this app and want a new friend, let me know and we'll figure out how to connect. And I think that covers everything. I won't go into my failures. I'm trying to be upbeat and positive. Be well!
  23. 32 points
    "Friend, I've been working on planning the upcoming season and trying to make everything fit. I have come to the realization that our participation in the co-op is unfortunately not going to work out this year. I am so sorry that I did not realize this when I talked to you about this last ___. But it cannot be helped, and I need to let you know now so that you have time to adjust or find another person. I wish you all the best with the co-op next season."
  24. 32 points
    DD found out a few hours ago that she was accepted to Swarthmore College. She's waiting to hear from 1 more.
  25. 31 points
    This is so hard. I have had RA for 12 years and I now have to make accommodations daily. 😞 I don't use a wheelchair, but I know I would have to for an amusement park or a trip to DC or whatever. I hope that your daughter decides to go with the accommodations and that she has a blast!! Dear Ravin's DD, Please do not let your illness rob one more thing from you. If you want to go, go! If you need accommodations, use them. You cannot control your physical disability, but you can control your attitude. Sometimes the mental part of a disability is harder to manage than the physical aspect. Be strong, sweetie. Learn your physical limitations and let your mental strength make up the difference. Love, Aunt Junie
  26. 31 points
    2 days old... Daisy is the "yellow/golden" colored chick The dark and lighter colored chick is Olivia Underneath Olivia is Henrietta. The light brown colored chick is Arabella ...So you are all clear on that. 2 Americaunas, 1 Rhode Island Red and 1 Black Australorp. ☺️
  27. 31 points
    But that is YOUR issue to fix, not his to accommodate. If he weren't living at home, you'd have no idea whether he's in a ditch or not. that's a transition you as the parent need to work through.
  28. 31 points
    Okay, here goes for dd: Acceptances: Stanford (EA), UCLA, UC Berkeley, UCSD, Univ Southern California, Rutgers, Georgia Tech, U Michigan, Wash U St Louis. Rejections: MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Brown (boo, Ivy League!) Wait List: U Penn Will attend: Stanford
  29. 31 points
    Public high school. New ground for us. Luckily, I have an “in” there through a fellow hser whose dh is a dept. head. He took us on a tour this past weekend as a favor and gave me an overview of a bunch of things I wanted to know about the school and the way they do things. Presently, I feel very positive. It is a very good school. Hopefully, things will go well.
  30. 31 points
    DD's final acceptance came in yesterday. She got a yes from Smith. Today, we are starting to strategize how to make the decision.
  31. 31 points
    Occidental notified DD of her acceptance this evening.
  32. 31 points
    Before I became a teacher, I thought you could form your kids. That people who were "good" parents mostly got "good" kids. Teaching and getting to know families in that professional context dispelled that myth for me, for which I'm very grateful. Our kids are not clay that we shape. They are their own people and we're just here to guide them. It also helps me know that what you see of other families is only the tip of the iceberg. People are always telling me how polite and perfect and amazing my kids are. And it's like, what. My kids? Because our kids bring their worst to us. And they do this because they know we love them and it's safe to do so.
  33. 31 points
    The mysteries of motherhood: 1. WHY is my microwave mac and cheese from my lunch bag on the end table in the living room (and how did it get there)? 2. " What is that good food you used to make?" as asked by ds. Questions for further clarification added that I cooked it and we used to eat it. 3. Why does the food in the freezer not all fit back in it after I clean it....AFTER I removed 3 packages of meat for lunch tomorrow, OJ for breakfast, and 2 handfuls of Popsicles?
  34. 31 points
    Yup...and an attitude like that, regardless of whether or not said teen followed the law, would also ground the teen driver. That attitude shows me the teen is not ready to accept the heavy responsibility that comes with driving. Driving a car is not a right and it requires drivers to shoulder a high level of responsibility. No responsibility = no driving privileges Poor attitude = no driving privileges
  35. 31 points
    DS was accepted to Grinnell with Founder's Scholarship.
  36. 31 points
    DD was accepted to Grinnell. It is one of her top 2. We are still waiting on financial aid information. Happy dancing tonight.
  37. 31 points
    Ds just received his admittance notice for his MS in aerospace engineering - structures. yippie skippy, it's official. it's a two year program. now to figure out how to pay for it...
  38. 31 points
    I say, "OK, bud." a hundred times a day to my kids. I had to explain that a few years ago because someone here told me that all along they'd thought I was a marijuana enthusiast from Oklahoma 🤣.
  39. 30 points
    My DD will be going to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  40. 30 points
    Son got accepted to Emory/Oxford and UC Santa Barbara this week. We are in CA so still waiting to hear from a few more UCs before making a decision. We are very thankful and not taking anything for granted. So many with stellar stats were rejected/waitlisted that I started to wonder if applying as a homeschooler is a hook of some sort.
  41. 30 points
    DD was just notified that she was accepted to Mount Holyoke.
  42. 30 points
  43. 29 points
    I'd bet money that every single one of these men have porn addictions and that porn exacerbates this sense of entitlement. When real life women don't respond to them the way porn has taught them that women should, it's going to fuel their anger.
  44. 29 points
  45. 29 points
    That was me, too: dirt poor, seriously abusive family, shuttled back and forth between feuding divorced parents every few months, grades mostly As but with some Cs, Ds, and even an F thrown in there. Took the PSAT with zero prep because I didn't even know what it was, and ended up with a full ride National Merit Scholarship that enabled me to go to college and then on to a top PhD program. Being able to attend college 1000 away miles from my dysfunctional family, freed from any financial dependence on them, undoubtedly changed the course of my life.
  46. 29 points
    My DS was admitted to all six schools he applied to. His final three are: Penn State - (Provost award) Otterbein - (President's Scholar Award and talent award) Western Michigan University - (merit award)
  47. 29 points
  48. 29 points
    Honestly, I would not do that to my kid and I would be suspicious of her motives. I'm sorry about your situation though!!! A short visit with me or DH there, yes. Leaving them alone, nope!
  49. 29 points
    Said with an indulgent and superior smile, “You have to cut the apron string someday, you know.” As if I was keeping the kids home for selfish reasons. Homeschooling is one of the most unselfish things I’ve ever done in my life.
  50. 29 points
    I’m happy to update that there was a blow up in class where this teacher started screaming, cussing and physically intimidating a student. (A 50+ yr old female student who left the class under this harassment.) Luckily another student caught it on video on their phone and took it to the dean immediately after class. The next class the instructor intimidated the student who did the recording that they shouldn’t how that to anyone else and offered no apology. The next class, the dean brought in a new instructor to introduce. Just. Wow. Glad that’s done.
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