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Homeschool Mom in AZ

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    I began homeschooling in 2000 when my oldest was 4. I have 3 daughters.
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  1. I've got another year or two of homeschooling. Youngest is 16 and the last one at home, the other two are launched and married. Husband has worked from home for almost 25 years now. We buy houses and created a family culture around that. We moved across the country 3 years ago in preparation for our empty nesting. We've been part time permaculturists (permies) during that time and I'll be full time when youngest is at community college. We've been building our 1/4 acre food forest since we moved in: French drains, fruit trees, hugulkultures, vertical gardening structures, fencing, raised beds, etc. The next phase is water harvesting. We also have an ornamental woodland garden on the property we've been cultivating: cutting down cat briar, removing dead trees, putting in ornamental/fragrant trees, bushes, bulbs, flowers, stumperies, rockeries, climbing vines, solar lighting, refurbished wrought iron patio furniture, etc. I'm saving up to build a stocked pond with ornamental plants. I'll do a lot of volunteering and maybe some writing. Also, I'm 2 years away from being eligible to join the Red Hatters!
  2. On older male vs. older female demographics: Remember that Baby Boomers, now in their 70s, served and many died in Vietnam. Men dying in war has usually caused a difference in male to female ratios. Even women dying in childbirth never matched the numbers of men dying in battle or due to infections from battle.
  3. You never know. Seriously, you can be a very observant person and around others on a very regular basis and you still don't really know what goes on behind their closed doors when you're not there. It could a be a parent problem, it could be a child problem, it could be a some of each problem. Unless you have secretly placed video cameras inside their home and regularly review the footage, you don't know. We live in a polarized culture fueled by all or nothing thinking, and some subcultures and personality types are more prone to it. The culture also is increasingly aware of genuinely toxic behaviors, so victims feel more empowered now than ever before to establish and enforce boundaries. Add to that mental illness that can fuel the toxic behavior and/or imagined victimization. Parents are better off conscientiously doing the best they can and understanding their limitations.
  4. I like being married. I can see myself married again if I'm widowed, but OY! the idea of dating again!?!? That's sooooo scary! I totally get matchmaking. I wish it were a thing here in the West where serious minded, honest people could make list of reasonable non-negotiables and interests so a skilled matchmaker could arrange for like-minded people to meet for dates where discussing goals and preferences was expected and normalized. If I had... say...4 or 5 people who fit my criteria we could meet up one on one and interact to get a sense of whether or not we have chemistry, that would be doable. I know some dating websites claim to accomplish that, but I've heard stories... Yes, I would want my spouse to remarry. I told him so when I had a very high risk pregnancy with my middle daughter. He's a person who does better in a marriage. He's an extreme introvert who thrives in a serious, intertwined relationship; he just needs a more emotionally independent personality type like me who doesn't need a lot of attention and hand holding. He's an ISTJ and I'm an INTJ, so that combination works very well for us. I'm sure there are a couple of other personality types that would mesh well with him.
  5. I have experience cutting and hauling trees. If someone asked me that, I'd say, "No, I'm not able to do that, but I know there are quite a few tree services in the area. You can give them a call."
  6. Did I miss the post where it states if the teen is legally an adult or a minor? A college visit tour could be either one depending on how old the teen was when they started kindy. I agree that if the parent doesn't see it was a sin issue, and/or they do but recognize legal adulthood as the time the teen takes on decision making, then they would step back and not try to control such things. If the teen is a minor then I do think it's more complicated. And approve or disapprove aren't the only possibilities. There's also a neutral/not my place to decide option. I know it's hard for a lot of religious parents to accept the idea that their children may not share the parent's convictions when they reach adulthood. It's especially hard for some subsets of homeschoolers, but reality is what it is. We don't get to conform reality to our personal preferences all the time, sometimes we just have to deal it as is, even though we really don't like it.
  7. Maternal grandmother, paternal grandfather, father and husband's paternal grandmother each had it done with good results.
  8. at least one shot-44% fully vaccinated-41% 2020 Presidential election results: Trump 68, 353 61.5% Biden 41, 257 37.1% Governor: Democrat elected for second term in 2020, beat an incumbent Republican in 2016.
  9. They already make them and some say Girl Scout cookies while other say free beer. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=no+soliciting+found+Jesus&ref=nb_sb_noss_2
  10. I'm glad to hear that, but you need to be prepared for that to change quickly. Sometimes they agree because they think a doctor will prove you wrong and tell you they're fine. If they hear you're right from a doctor you could be in for some seriously difficult attitude and behavior. If there are issues and end of life legal documents aren't already in order, it could be more challenging getting it done. Be sure to get her to a doctor who specializes in dealing with elderly people at all stages of cognitive decline. As stated upthread, people can pass many of those tests and still have significant issues. A specialist will be more familiar with earlier stages. Seek out a support resource now because people who have been farther down the road than you can give you more useful advice about how to proceed, what to avoid, what to look for, etc.
  11. Usually ESV but sometimes others. In my Calvinist Evangelical circles (Bible Churches, various Baptists, and non-denoms) people in all of those congregations used different ones: ESV, NASB, NIV, NKJV, and KJV. Biblegateway.com is a good place to go to easily compare all the translations if you're interested in reading parallel passages. I'm fed up with Evangelicalism too, so I watched a Presbyterian church online during the pandemic, then one locally for 6 weeks, and I've been attending that local one in person for 2 months. It's a pretty good fit on most secondary doctrinal issues and a good fit on primary doctrinal issues. Unless something weird rears its ugly head, I think there's a good chance end up there long term. The only red flag (all white attendees) is a demographic/subcultural issue in this part of the country as far as I can tell, not a racist attitude toward minorities issues. It's still going to take a lot of getting used to- I don't usually enjoy monocultural environments.
  12. She's now a danger to herself and others, so whether it's natural old age stuff of dementia or whatever, she cannot drive and care for herself 100% anymore. She hasn't been driving with her lights on at night, so take the keys away however you have to. Do it directly or indirectly or whatever, but lives are at risk with her on the road. She.can.not.drive. As tough as it might be for you emotionally, you absolutely must make sure it's impossible for her to drive. She needs eldercare to some degree, so you'll need her evaluated by a specialist and then you'll need to consider her options near you and in FL, and decide if she needs to relocate or not. It's a very long road you're about to walk. I'm so sorry. This is a hard thing to deal with and it won't get any easier down the road. You might benefit from a support group for people who handle eldercare for their relatives.
  13. I just finished it and enjoyed it. Hidden Palace is the second book.
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