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  1. 83 points
    We have a new little DD! Labor was fast and my blood pressure spiked but then dropped which made for some kinda hairy moments but we are both doing well and I'm so happy to not be pregnant anymore! Woo hoo! @RootAnn my age made it harder for me to push as effectively I think but that's all 😉
  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. 69 points
    If you remember I started the thread saying I was considering doing childcare to bring in extra money. Well, I wound up responding to a Craigslist ad about an 88 year-old man that needs help with cleaning and food prep 3 days a week and I got the job. This is a much better situation for my family and I am very happy with it. Thank you for your ideas, encouragement and prayers.
  4. 67 points
    “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison
  5. 59 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! My adventure was incredible. I found my stillness (in yoga-ese) but more importantly God revealed Himself to me every step of the way as in Psalm 46:10-Be still and know that I am God. The Psalms came alive to me in so many aspects of my 19 day sabbath/sabbatical and I am definitely restored and revived. I have experienced much and have much to share, but mostly I was so encouraged by the sweet and complete care and love of the Sherpa people and the peace and contentment in the simplest of lifestyles. The joy of s hot water bottle in my sleeping bag when all my layers (3-4) of wool and fleece were still not enough. The assistance to reach Base Camp and then to achieve 18,400 feet for amazing views of Everest and the surrounding peaks. The refreshing rest of 10 hours of sleep a night and lots of food after a day of vigorous activity. Not showering for 14 days and very primitive facilities:) The sweet jingle of Yak bells to lull me into contentment and bliss and of course the awesomeness of God's majestic power and beauty. I only have some pictures to share as I was to absorbed in soaking up the experience than in recording it, but others in my group took copious amounts of pictures and will be sharing them and then I can share them with you-if desired. God has given me the vision of a children's book from the perspective of a Yak as he conquers Everest and more importantly fear. I am excited to have a creative work to share my experience-hoping other's hearts will be blessed and graced the way mine was. Always attempting to be featured in a yoga calendar someday😊 IMG_3292.HEIC IMG_3292 2.HEIC
  6. 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!
  7. 51 points
    I have been avoiding Worship after Sunday School because I feel self conscious sitting alone. I mentioned that here before and the general advice was to just ask if I can sit with my class at service. So today is Easter Sunday and my church had 3 services. The first two were contemporary which I don't care for, and the latest one is the traditional service. I decided early on that I wouldn't go even though it's a huge church holiday. The idea of sitting alone is bad. The idea of sitting alone in a HUGE crowd of people is even worse. I prayed about it and asked God if He thought I should be there to help me feel convicted to do so. Well, I woke up this morning feeling the need to attend. So I went. I sat down in the back. Alone. I was texting DH, not a church goer, to give me something to do until service began. After sitting there for about 5 minutes, I saw two of my Sunday School classmates come in and sit two rows ahead of me. I mustered the courage, got up, and went to them and asked if I could sit with them. They seemed genuinely pleased to see me. Then two more classmates came. One sat next to me and the other on the other end. So I talked with the one closest to me and learned her name was Sandra. So now I know 4 people's names. I explained to her my dilemma of avoiding Worship and she said she used to feel the same way and that's one reason a group of our class sits together for Worship. She told me to join them every Sunday and not feel a need for an invitation and that I was always welcome. So now I can start attending Worship every Sunday which brings me immense Joy. 🙂 Happy Easter!
  8. 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'...
  9. 45 points
    Back in 2017, I asked for help naming our boy Max. Unfortunately, we lost him suddenly this February to acute hemolytic anemia. I was devastated...he was my shadow. A couple weeks ago, I mentioned to dh that I was finally to a point where it didn’t hurt to think of losing Max, and occasionally I would glance at the shelter sites. Wednesday I saw this guy, and I fell in love. I showed dh, and it was the same. We brought him home Wednesday evening, and he’s made things interesting since. 😆 Meet Jukka...pronounced “you kuh”. Dh wanted a name that meant gift from God, and something about that name stood out. He’s a 9 week old Australian Shepherd.
  10. 44 points
    funny story. DS17 took the ACT and got a great score. You can tell he is different from me because 17 yo me would have said 'woo-hoo I'm done w/ standardized testing for college entrance forever'. DS though ''s good, but what if some college likes the SAT better so I should ALSO take the SAT.' Wishing to avoid hearing him be all stressed out for the next month while he preps for this exam I don't think he needs, I suggested he call the admissions board of a few colleges he's interested in and just ask them. So he did. Discission w/ CMU's admission person went something like: DS17: Hello. I'm very interested in attending CMU. I'll be applying this fall. I just took the ACT and got a 35, but I was wondering if you have a preference for SAT over ACT so maybe I should take that too. CMU Admissions: that's a very good score. congratulations. No, then don't care. Wait....what department are you interested in? DS17: Econ CMU Admissions: nope, they don't care. DS17: and Musical Theater. CMU Admissions: <pause> oh honey. They SO DON'T care. <snicker> He was honestly pretty insulted. 😛
  11. 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.
  12. 41 points
    My decorating styles over the years have Included Early Attic, Modern Poverty, Craigslist Chic, Contemporary Castoffs, and Delightful Dumpster Dives.
  13. 40 points
    Hi, Folks, I have been absent from this board so long that I had a notice on a post 3 years old! 😂 Today, however, I decided to pop back in and say thanks to my people who got me through the early years and on the right track. Next week we graduate our youngest. Homeschooling, despite its successes and stomach-pitting vertical drops, has been good to us. I won't go into the full story here, but with the youngest fully dual enrolled and now about to ship off to college, the dc have made the transition well. DS has a 4.0 and loves university, which is an amazing miracle to those who know our story. DD is headed to her dream school, a top ranked, small Christian college in the Midwest, fully funded for the first two years, with a hope to pursue a calling to use data analytics to help rescue victims of human trafficking. She is an overcomer. All those years spent in patient, sometimes frustrated, slogging away—accommodating learning "differences" and whatever else was going on—they all paid off. DD wound up with multiple scholarships and awards, and worked diligently, steadily, and determinedly for each and every one. 🎉🎉 (What happened to the party emoji?) I want to thank you all for my best homeschooling finds. It began by focusing on the true, the beautiful and the good and making liberal use of nature study and narration of all types in the younger years, thanks to Charlotte Mason and Classical Education. After good old Charlotte, you all introduced me to Don and Jenny Killgallon and Michael Clay Thompson (who collectively got my kids 35s or 36s on the English portion of the ACT), as well as Singapore Math, and Singapore Science, which landed me my career after active teaching wrapped up. I never would have been in a position to take the leap if not for you. I just got paid for writing the Math in Focus 2020 Edition teachers manual (grade 4). Rejoice with me! Thanks for being a community I could come to and find answers to questions I didn't even know I had. For those of you exhausted today from working with a seven-year-old you know is incredibly bright, but who has trouble holding a pencil and melts down occasionally from sensory overload, the successful end to all this is a lot closer than it feels. If sometimes a tear slips down your cheek from being overwhelmed, or the resistance you face is fierce and you're not sure you can make it, let me reassure you that you can, and the rewards that follow are that much sweeter. I've been a member here since before the board euphemisms teA and bOOks came into being, way back when Ree wasn't the Pioneer Woman and she would give stuff away from her junk drawer. It's been a long time, but not long at all. Thanks, SWB for making it all possible, and for hosting this community so we can set our kids up for success. I am so grateful for the space, and for all of you who spent the time making research and execution a bit easier for the rest of us. 💜
  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. 36 points
    So proud and excited for DS#2, who is now a certified EMT, with Wilderness First Aid certification as well! DS#2 used his AmeriCorp credit (earned in 2016) to pay for an intensive 3.5 week Wilderness & EMT course. It was 8 hours/day, 5 days/week, plus two 8-hour clinical shifts in a hospital, and the National EMT Registry exam on the last day. And he PASSED! This is an especially meaningful achievement, as due to mild LDs, DS#2 has always struggled with traditional "school" and textbook learning, and there was a very thick textbook of material with lots of medical terms to have to learn. Happy dancing here! (:D
  16. 36 points
    I've known for a while that my ability to read what I type is going really downhill - IOW, my brain will still read a sentence how I meant it to come out even if what I actually typed is completely wrong, especially if I read it again while the information is still fresh in my brain. Anyways, I went back and re-read a final report I wrote for a class (because I'm stalking the website for my final grade). For context, this document is going to be shared with every professor in the department because it's dictating my projects from now until I graduate. I meant to say Large Hadron Collider (the particle accelerator)....but what I wrote was Large Hardon...
  17. 36 points
    Can't keep this much cuteness to myself. Happy Easter or Happy Sunday all!
  18. 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.🐠🏝💕😁
  19. 34 points
    After a lot of discussion and prayer, we decided to take our dog’s breeder up on her offer. DS8 has had an extremely difficult week with struggling at a new school(including being suspended on day 3) and losing his beloved emotional support dog unexpectedly. So meet Snoopy, the newest member of our zoo. As soon as DS8 said, “This is my Snoopy,” his whole body relaxed and he just held his puppy.
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. 33 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
  23. 33 points
    My DD will be going to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  24. 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!
  25. 32 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
  26. 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."
  27. 31 points
    I think you should send him away for psychological evaluation and treatment. He is a threat to others. I would get rid of anything in the house of value. Turn off his cellphones, get rid of the computers, so there is no longer an outlet for such things from him under your roof. Give to friends to store for safe keeping. He will steal it for money or to feed his violence. Call your insurance and see what and how health will be covered to treat mental illness. He needs intensive in-patient evaluation. Your Dh needs to come home and as a united front, you need to do this. I wouldn't inform your son of this. I wouldn't negotiate what he can do to get what he wants back. When the police show up, tell them you don't know what to do about his violence. Ask them what they can do to assure he doesn't hurt anyone bc you cannot manage it. And let them do it. NONE of doing that means you don't love your son, tho he will claim it does. It means he has crossed into an area where you can't go. But you can refuse to let him drag others into it. You can set a boundary of love that if he can get his head straight he can return to as a safe haven. But you have one month to do it. Once he is 18 you can't make him do a damn thing with regard to seeking mental help and in many states he will be able to buy real guns. And if he isn't on a path to help, you need to kick him out. Make sure you have a plan to do so safely and a plan to handle if he tries to come back angry. Do not give him any resources that he can profit from or twist to violent ends and don't put your other kids at risk. I don't know if this is the right thing to do. But I know it will be near impossible to get help at 18 and statistically your family is at high risk of violence that his not being there could reduce. My momma heart breaks for you. I pray your family finds peace and healing.
  28. 31 points
    For another perspective, I would be so proud of my kid for sticking to the budget she set for herself and not going over just cause she wants it. That's a great thing for young 20-somethings to be able to do.
  29. 31 points
    I started homeschooling 12 years ago, very much against my husband’s (and ex’s) wishes. Dh wound up getting on board and eventually became a true believer, lol. My young adult son still maintains that homeschooling (only 5th-7th for him) was mostly bad, but he’s let on about some of the things he loved about it in the past couple of years. My stb 17yo has lengthy lists of complaints about homeschooling, but she peppers her rants with “I’m not saying I want to go to public school” and “Please don’t put me in school.” They’re not exactly the biggest hs fans, but they’ve survived. I do not homeschool with the idea that my kids should necessarily love it or be grateful for it, anymore than I would expect them to show me appreciation for putting them in school if I had done that. (Not that it isn’t important to appreciate getting an education, but kids!) But it has been frustrating to listen to a lot of complaints over the years. The other night, my stb 16yo actually told me, verbatim, “I’m glad I was homeschooled.” 😮 And this was after we had just gone over what she’s going to need to do over the next two years to graduate on time, so I expected her to be negative. On top of that, my stb 12yo just inquired about getting his own laptop... so he can work on his schoolwork better! This is the kid who initiated my pivot to much (much, much) more relaxed schooling because he was so resistant to anything that looked like school. For years, I’ve been worried that my “experiment” was going to bomb, but he’s been asking for more formal-ish lessons here and there over the past few months, wanting to improve different skills. We have been in a bit of a rut with schooling lately, and there’s been a lot of difficult life stuff and hectic schedules going on, so I’m pretty ecstatic to be getting a little validation right now. I’ve been wondering how I’m going to make it through 9 more years of homeschooling. A little pep in my step was much needed!!!
  30. 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. ☺️
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 31 points
    Occidental notified DD of her acceptance this evening.
  35. 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.
  36. 29 points
    Please please. I apologize if what I'm about to say comes out wrong. Stop everyhing else you're doing. Treat this like you would treat any other EMERGENCY... this is not a time for contemplation. This is not a time for thinking about his long term future. This is a time to seek assistance, to make changes. Before you CANNOT. Imagine your son had been in a car accident and was hospitalized- what would you do? You'd call your DH and tell him come home right now. You'd reach out to your community- family, friends, temple for help with your other kids. Do that now. You wouldn't spend your time worrying about the impact on the school year, or his future career. You'd focus on getting him the care he needs RIGHT NOW. That's the urgency he needs from you. Even if he doesn't know it. Even if it looks like more of the same, it has come to a moment for action. Seek help and do it immediately, before he's 18 and you cannot help him. If it takes a couple of weeks to get help, you've got to get that ball moving. He's not going to do it. You said yourself, he thought the problem with making threats was that his friends ratted him out - not that making threats was the problem. Hes not capable of making good decisions right now. He doesn't see the seriousness of this, so you have to.
  37. 29 points
    My 18 year old is involved in a television/radio production certification program at the CC. He just landed a paid summer internship working for the local Minor League Baseball team (doing graphics, running the board and filming games, etc.) This is such a cool opportunity for him and it's so amazing to see him really moving forward on this path. He's the kid we knew would not be a traditional student but weren't sure where he *would* go. It's amazing to see him having some direction, and excited about it!
  38. 29 points
    DD22 has received a Fulbright for a Masters program in Geneva, Switzerland in historic harp. She's been waiting and waiting to hear with the other semi-finalists and received the email tonight. She's so excited! She will study harps and repertoire from the years 800 - 1700, focused on the arpa doppia which is the Italian triple-strung harp. I'm truly grateful this night. And yes, we did look up if homeschooling is legal in Switzerland before she submitted her application last fall.
  39. 29 points
    UPDATE: Well, he's received his amateur status from the NCAA, and the school's compliance officer let me know he'll be cleared as an early academic qualifier, and he received an official welcome to the team. LEGOManiac is swimming with a Division 1 team this fall. 🤩 I've gotten so used to hearing all manner of reasons why a child isn't good enough, tall enough, etc. DS applied to ODU with zero notion of swimming for the school. It's D1, and yes he is off their recruiting standard. LegoManiac had a phone call with the coaches last night, that went well. LegoManiac is the eternal optimist, but even taking that into account I was stumped with the lack of anything remotely close to "you're off our standard... to walk on this fall you'll need to..." kind of things. And they KNOW his times. Instead -- please send us all of your academic information, NCAA information, I think we can skip this when you get here... was the talk. So, he sent them everything last night. TODAY, they want us to send any medical history, letters from the cardiologist and plan to set up a meeting with their medical people, and possibly another cardiologist to get his health clearances taken care of, to clear him to swim?! OH my stars! It's looking like DS may not only be attending ODU in the fall, but he may be swimming with them, too! *^&%$!! I have more work to do this weekend (he was going to swim D3, so I didn't bother with the NCAA paperwork. I now have to finish all of the NCAA paperwork AND they changed some of the forms again. I don't think there is any $$$ for swimming, though (at least I don't have to spend several thousand dollars for him to swim -- so that would be a plus).
  40. 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.
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  42. 28 points
    DD’s cheer gym is putting together a parent team for the pre-Summit showcase (we have two of four eligible teams who qualified-you have to win your skill division across age levels at a major competition. DD’s team did not qualify, although they came close). Pretty much all of us are over 40, only a couple ever cheered before (my only experience is cheering for one season of pee wee football when I was 9). Our goal is to surprise (and for those of us with teenagers, see if they can really die of embarrassment) our kids :). We’re taking parts from the various routines that will probably be quite recognizable (everything from the ritual that the senior 5 kids do that is about twice as long as their routine, to the over the top facials and dramatic stomp that the youth kids seem to put on everything, to the over the top “fierceness” and drama that DD’s team put on everything, because I guess to a group of 13-16 yr olds, everything is life and death, serious business...) It was SO much fun! There’s just something about going out there, knowing you’re going to be horrendously bad, and enjoying it. (It’s also Amazing how dizzying forward rolls and cartwheels are when you haven’t done one for about 30 years....). Now to make some really, really big cheer bows :).
  43. 28 points
    I have one semi-friend (same homeschool circles) who has, several times in the last few weeks, asked questions and commented “I don’t know where you find these opportunities”. Well, first of all, I share everything I find unless it is invitation only with anyone that I think might be interested. That includes a lot of stuff DD doesn’t do. So, she’s saying that she’s never heard of gifted programs. I’ve posted them all-usually at least once a year, on both the group pages and often on my personal page-and she’s on both. Same for local conferences, talks at local schools, good online classes, webinars, etc. When the pre-baccalaureate program DD is in opens applications, I post it every year. So does DD, on her herp advocacy pages, and on pages for her class. If I think it might be useful, I share. I especially try to share cheap/free programs that might be useful. She’s even “liked” some of those posts. And second, you have to actually do stuff to get opportunities. Her DD is apparently showing interest in Herpetology, but suggestions like “follow professional organizations and local colleges on FB, join a professional org or two-here are the cheapest ones-and go to meetings and meet people, and see what happens” apparently isn’t enough. I really get the feeling like she thinks there is some magic I can do and “poof”, her DD will get the opportunities that mine is getting now. And I can’t do that. There was a lot of serendipity involved in many of DD’s steps-but ultimately, it happened because of things like going to local guest speaker talks, state meetings, and being willing to spend long periods of time helping on other people’s projects. I don’t know any other path to suggest.
  44. 28 points
    Well ds has a decision - University of Kentucky! He has been accepted into the SEAM Honor's program and has both a UK presidential scholarship, UK engineering scholarship and some local scholarships.
  45. 28 points
    I'm definitely going. Talking about it made me realise I was engaging in a bit of magical thinking - my presence in the house hasn't ever stopped Bad Things before, so it's pretty silly to think if I just stay at home forever more it will stop any Bad Things in the future. Physical care - other people. Emotional care - me at a distance. I've tagged one close-to-us person as 'here's what's happening, heads up'. In an emergency, I'm not even the best person at responding, and others can do that. So I'm taking a trip y'all.
  46. 27 points
    Ok, so the potential buyers came back today, with their realtor, during the open house. They stayed for 45 min. past the open house, a total of over 1.5 hours. THey asked a lot of questions, told the realtor exactly how they would use each space, said the house was perfect for their needs, and just want clarification about a bunch of stuff first. She said they seemed very interested. They told their realtor this is the first house they have looked at that checks most of their boxes in their price range. So......keep praying and thinking positive thoughts. An offer may be coming in the next day or so.
  47. 27 points
    I think that's something you need to work out for yourself, though. If he moved out you'd have to find a way to sleep with him gone every single night. It isn't really fair to tell someone that they need to curtail normal, age-appropriate activities to accommodate our own anxieties. And I have OCD, so I do know all about wanting to do that. At a certain point though, you have to say, "This is my issue, and I need to find a way to deal with it because I can't control the people around me all the time."
  48. 27 points
    It has never, ever been this clean or this put together, even when we bought it! It has cost $$ but it has been so worth it. Finishing touches/cleaning/etc....tomorrow, paperwork legal stuff will be signed tomorrow, and photos taken Friday. Realtor plans to take a pic of the front of the house and a "coming soon" MLS post will go up by Fri afternoon. ETA: And no, this doesn't make me want to stay! 😜 I still very much want to move.
  49. 26 points
    Dd accepted to Boston University, Connecticut College and Vassar😊
  50. 26 points
    I posted this on the "30 days and waiting" thread, but thought I should also post it here as I always enjoyed reading this thread when my kids were younger. My D was offered admission to 7 out of the 8 schools on her list. This was my third and last time through the process. My D applied to more schools than my other two combined, mainly because I wanted her to have options between a liberal arts school and a tech school if she changed her mind about what she wanted over the span of senior year. She was offered admissions to the following: Grinnell (with merit) Hamilton Williams Worcester Polytechnic Institute (with merit) Rochester Institute of Technology (with merit) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (with merit) Our state flagship (with merit) I am 99.9% sure what her decision is going to be, and will come back to update this post when it is 100%.
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