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Colleen in NS

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  1. We're safe. Whole province was hit pretty hard, as well as PEI and NB and now moving to Nfld. Power out all over the province. I'm at one place that has power, to access wifi. Yes, hurricanes definitely come to Maritime Canada, with regularity!!!!! Most of the time, it's post-tropical by the time it gets here, but not this time.
  2. Thank you. It's now upgraded to Cat 2. I can't believe we still have power here. (much of NS doesn't, and Halifax is already a mess - we're 20 min. outside)
  3. Yep, it's here now, Category 1 or 2 in Nova Scotia. Wish us luck as it makes landfall here. We are smack in the middle of the path. I was super stressed yesterday remembering what Hurricane Juan was like here in 2003. Power has blinked, probably will lose it soon.
  4. Ha, I think anyone would get hung up on Don Quixote when trying to learn the process! I get that it's the first book on the novel list, but I gave up on it and tried the process with some shorter books. I was better able to learn the process and then apply it to longer books after some practice. There are also the WTM book logic stage lit. analysis questions you could use, too.
  5. The Well-Educated Mind by our forum hostess: https://welltrainedmind.com/p/the-well-educated-expanded-edition/#product-description
  6. This is such a relief of a feeling, isn't it!! RootAnn, thank you for maintaining the list. I have to say that we don't actually know if dd will attend any post-secondary this coming fall. She now says she is not going to university this coming year, which is fine (long private story I don't want to outline here). But I wanted to add that last acceptance to our list, for the sake of future homeschoolers who may wonder what schools have accepted homeschoolers. Thank you! Keep me posted on your news!
  7. Two more acceptances for my girl - BA program at Mount Saint Vincent University, and Child/Youth program at Nova Scotia Community College. (OP, the "Saint" in Saint Mary's University is spelled out at that school) . (and "thanks" for keeping track of this list!) Yay, to all this year's WTKids!
  8. Thank you! Thank you, Kathy! For everything. I'm going to message you sometime and catch you up.
  9. @8FillTheHeart Thank you! I think of you, too. I still read here occasionally, see your posts, and wonder how you and your family are. Five grandchildren - wow!! Congratulations to you, too! I've been in touch here and there with Jane over the past few years. You, Jane, Nan in Mass, and Kathy in Richmond are my biggest mentors here. I appreciate you all so much! Thank you, and you're welcome! I used to do that, too. I was in awe of and terrified of the high school board; now here on the college board, I'm just tired, lol. (not from the board; just from life) Seriously, though, I read the high school boards all the time when my kids were little and growing older - I learned so much and gradually dared to approach the moms I admired to ask for advice. I love this place. Enjoy your reading thoroughly.
  10. DD just received her first acceptance yesterday, unexpectedly! I called this school last week to ask the assistant registrar some questions (I had talked with him three years ago when ds was going through the application season, and he wasn't very encouraging about admitting homeschoolers [but then admitted ds with scholarships]). I was a bit nervous about talking with him again, but the woman who answered the phone said he was on his way out. She told him why I was calling and next thing I knew, she was saying, "He wants to meet with you and your daughter an hour before our Open House next week - can you come?" Um, yes, please! Students can put their applications in at the Open house and get fee waivers. I figured this was progress, that he asked to meet us. We brought her application for a BA program and supporting documents and my questions, and sat down with him in his office and had a very pleasant conversation. He asked dd all about herself and her goals and interests, and commented that basically she seems quite confident and mature. The long and the short of it is that despite some worries we had about one SAT score (she took the regular one and some subject test ones - the only way I had to validate grades), and him being concerned about it, too (but also talking about the nature of those tests and me agreeing - it is not common for Canadian students to take them); he suddenly reached across the table to shake dd's hand and said, "I'm going to admit you to the BA program - congratulations!" We were both in shock! And then he looked directly at me and said, "You've done an excellent job." I couldn't believe it. Then he started filling out some form to admit her, and said that he'd send out her acceptance letter next week. We thanked him for everything and left his office to join the gathering Open House crowd (which felt weird because all these other students and parents were on pins and needles waiting for it to start and would be waiting a few hours to find out decisions that would be handed out at the end of the day, and I was trying not to yell and scream, "My baby got her first acceptance!!"). About an hour later while we were wandering around some services displays, I spotted him roaming through the room. He saw me and said, "Where is your daughter?" I called to her, and he went over and handed her her acceptance letter and package - he didn't even wait, and he sought her out. I'm so happy for my girl - she hasn't had the easiest time over the past few years (which is why I haven't participated in these forums nearly as much as I used to). But her face yesterday when he told her was priceless. All through her schooling, she has insisted she was not going to attend university, which was fine with us. I did want her to get some kind of post-secondary education, so we checked into all sorts of other options that she was interested in. In fact, she is waiting for another decision from our community college (not the same as the ones in the States). But her other applications will go to three more universities. In the past year, she has received positive input from some healthy people in her life about some things they can see her doing in university, and she seems to have embraced it. I think it blew her away to actually have that validation yesterday; that a university thinks she can step up to the challenge. I had to come back here and tell you guys. I "only" have two kids, and these forums have been INVALUABLE to me over many years. This high-school-diploma-only Mom started off thinking homeschooling sounded like a fun idea, and then quickly realized I had no idea what to do after I taught them to read. Enter TWTM book and then discovering these forums. And now we are almost done - it is so hard to believe. I am so proud of my kids. Info. for the list: Saint Mary's University, DD18, Bachelor of Arts program And congratulations to all the others who have posted on this thread so far - what an intense journey this is!
  11. I loved reading your entire post - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! As to what I quoted - WOW! My son sometimes wishes he had applied there for math - he may apply there for grad school. But now, isn't it all a relief to know you didn't mess up?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
  12. I just did this a few weeks ago! Happy 50th to us! :D It was fun - I did pretty much what you are thinking - invited around nine friends I really wanted to celebrate with. I planned food a few months in advance, and made all of us a nice dinner. Two different kinds of spaghetti sauce, noodles, two kinds of cake, ice cream. All homemade (except the noodles. Which I had planned to make, until two hours before start time I had to tell myself there just was no time left, lol - ran to store and bought noodles). A friend volunteered to bring Caesar salad (which I was going to make, but she insisted), and a couple others brought wine. I wondered all the same things you did, and then I decided to do exactly what I wanted to do. All the people I invited were thrilled, and they all told me afterwards that they had fun (we ate, and then sat and talked for hours). If you think you'll be sad without marking this huge milestone, then you should just go for it. My party made me realize how blessed I am to have the caring friends I have.
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