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    Homeschool mom to 3 gifted kids!
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  1. Ahoy from age 50. 😂 It's pretty great here. Your job here is to start building interests that do not revolve around your kids. I love being a mom and I loved homeschooling my kids (now 20, 18, and 14), but this gig does not last forever. I would be 100% down for grandchildren like Stacey, but that probably won't happen for several years yet. Do you have any elders in your family that you admire? How did they spend their middle years? I went back to school at age 45 and was the oldest one in my classes (even older than all but one professor). It was fine and I feel like I was able to be an example of "Always keep learning" for my kids and my classmates (who could have been my kids, LOL). I am now working full time and I am older than most of my peers in a young field, but my life experience as a parent and homeschooling mom has helped me tremendously. My life did not end when my kids grew up. If you don't get this particular job you interviewed for, you will get a different one if you allow yourself to keep moving forward. I don't recommend bringing a new person into the world simply because you are loose ends, but puppies are fun. 😊 If everything continues to go right for you, you will be alive and healthy for the next 50 years or so. You can't live 50 years reminiscing about your early parenting years and how cute your kids were when they were little. It's unfair to them and to you. Time to get out there and focus on your own development. Best wishes to you!
  2. Hugs to you all. I hope you get the best possible news next week.
  3. I'd like an invitation too, please. My oldest child is 20. Thanks!
  4. Hugs to you and your mom. You've gotten excellent advice and support from previous posters.
  5. Hugs to you. Birthdays for my kids give me a lot of anxiety; this kind of thing is hard for me to deal with too. You still have a few days to pull the gifts together - can you order them online? I would ask DD to follow up on guests who have not RSVPed (my kids do it themselves at that age) but offer to call any mom who is wary of an unfamiliar family. It's not too late to invite more people too! Good luck!
  6. I'm glad part 1 resolved well, and I'm hoping that the situation with K resolves itself in the best possible way. Hugs to you.
  7. Yeah, those people can f*** right off. I have taken care of elderly sick parents while parenting my children and it is unbelievably hard. You are doing the absolute best you can do from a distance. I agree with the others that your parents and grandparent will likely need to move to receive additional support. That will be hard as heck too. You are doing amazing. Do not feel bad for even one second.
  8. What a tragedy. I am so sorry for your loss and your poor husband...
  9. 😂 Or finish the leftover dessert bits on your children's plates.
  10. Just stay in Flagstaff. We stayed there a few years ago when we visited the Grand Canyon and I think it was about a 45 minute drive to the Visitor's Center. It wasn't bad at all. Flagstaff is a college town and had some nice restaurants and was not full of tourists all the time. There may be a better choice of hotels (we had 3 little kids at the time; you will be looking for a different hotel experience than I was). There is a planetarium there that we visited too. Your trip sounds amazing! We visited The Great Salt Lake on another trip and that experience is family legend. There are a lot of flies.
  11. So sorry, Jenny. I hope your care team is excellent and you can knock it out quickly. Hugs to you.
  12. I grew up in a small town in Illinois in the 1980s and VERY VERY VERY few of the boys who were accused (yes, that's the word) of being gay were able to do anything but firmly deny it. Absolutely no kid Will's age, with his life experiences and trauma, would have been open about that. He might not even "know" it himself yet, but he WOULD know the boys in town who were more like Billy would have eaten him alive if they thought he was gay. So yeah, I find this realistic.
  13. ((Emily)). I would not want to leave either! Flood remediation is hard. Be gentle with yourself as you re-acclimate and make sure you don't over-commit yourself.
  14. This is illegal - it's insurance fraud. Insurance doesn't cover cancelled appointments ever. They only cover service provision.
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