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    DD 23 professional ballerina in Connecticut; homeschool graduate
    DS 21 artist and seeker; homeschooled until high school
    DD 18 starting college fall 2018

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  1. I don't know many details about the college, but we know a young lady who graduated from Bethany Global. She really treasures her experience there. She did foreign (Philippines) medical missions as a midwife while a Bethany student, has worked and become certified as a midwife in the States, and has plans (if Covid allows) to move permanently to Africa this fall as a midwife. Bethany has been great for her for networking and finding missions opportunities. She graduated high school with our eldest, so we have known her for quite a few years.
  2. My nephew received growth hormone and he and my SIL wanted him to continue receiving it as an adult, even though he grew to average height, because apparently people generally continue producing some GH long past puberty. As mentioned above, if a person is not producing any GH, there may be negative effects: "Deficiency of growth hormone (GH) in adults results in a syndrome characterized by decreased muscle mass and exercise capacity, increased visceral fat, impaired quality of life, unfavorable alterations in lipid profile and markers of cardiovascular risk, decrease in bone mass and integrity, and increased mortality. " "GH deficiency in adults is associated with fatigue, decreased energy, depressed mood, decreased muscle strength, decreased muscle mass, thin and dry skin, increased adipose tissue, and decreased bone density." Unfortunately, their insurance did not cover treatment past a certain age, so he had to discontinue receiving GH.
  3. I found a list at this site: Hope that helps! Having been in charge of taking care of my mom's estate three years ago, I understand your concern—and my mom wasn't a hoarder. It is a difficult task even without that component. ETA: I just found that the link can be visited a limited number of times before you have to sign up to view, so you might want to screen shot or take notes.
  4. Perhaps when the time comes to deal with the house, you could use a company like Caring Transitions? I don't know how much it would cost, but it would be lovely to have a single company deal with all the clearing, cleaning, fixing, selling, etc.
  5. My husband and I loved celebrating our 30th at Mackinac Island last summer. Would you have enough time to drive the 6+ hours farther north from Indiana after you help your daughter move in? You could stay on the mainland in your RV and take the ferry across during the day.
  6. As others mentioned, I eat way less than I used to. (I'm 54.) I did the 8-week Figure 8 Basic course last winter, and that got rid of the little tummy and back rolls that seemed to appear overnight, as well as help me burn some calories. I wasn't looking to loose weight but I did lose a few pounds, and more importantly to me, I lost a couple inches from my waist and hips (and none from my bust, which was a plus, as I wear a B-cup). It's easy for me to bike and walk in the summer, but I plan to do Figure 8 workouts when it's too hot or too cold to exercise outside. It took me a while to notice and adapt to the fact that I don't need three traditional meals a day anymore. So, I might eat a small bowl of oats, walnuts, raisins, milk and cinnamon for breakfast (and drink lots of water), and maybe an apple and peanut butter for lunch, or a salad (with whatever raw veggies I have, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, if we have them, and flavored balsamic vinegar for dressing)—again lots of water to drink. Then, I will eat a "normal" dinner—like chicken breast, sweet potato, cooked green veggies and milk to drink. It took me a while to realize that I could eat that little and not feel hungry and simply maintain weight. A couple things I love: • If you haven't, you might try flavored balsamic vinegar (often found at specialty vinegar and oil stores). There are all kinds of flavors from sweet to savory. Fruit flavors (which actually derive the flavor from real fruit) have a sweetness that is perfect for salad dressing, added to water for some flavor, or even mixed with plain yogurt. (Tonight I had plain yogurt, blueberries, strawberry balsamic, and a dribble of maple syrupy. It was really good!) • Look at recipes that use fruit to sweeten—especially bananas and dates. One of my current favorite recipes is just dates, cocoa powder, maple syrup, salt, water and coconut. It tastes like brownie bites to me, and I like having a treat that doesn't feel like a cheat! Many people sweeten smoothies with banana, but I am looking for may ways to substitute bananas for sugar. There are several homemade ice cream recipes that use bananas as the only sweetener. I'm looking forward to trying one when we want a fun dessert. (My husband and I don't keep desserts around in general, as that would not help us maintain our weights!)
  7. And shoes! When my dad had a stroke and we went to buy special velcro closure, nonskid shoes, the helpful sales clerk told me I could turn in the receipt to insurance (which did reimburse me). That would have never occurred to me—especially during a stressful season.
  8. This series looks like it might be interesting: Topics covered range from talking to children about canceled summer plans, systemic racism, screen time and anxiety. (I don't have an association with this group and have viewed some videos but haven't yet purchased any of the products.)
  9. Here you go: You are welcome. 😆
  10. How intriguing! I looked at a few articles, and now I want a clover lawn!
  11. Kansas City area meets your checklist—both the Missouri side or Kansas side, depending on your preferences. And, hey, Mahomes is the Chief's quarterback!
  12. Any handkerchiefs? We have pretty hankies (embroidered, lace, etc.) that have been handed down, and I held one of those around my bouquet handle. Or, you could order one for the "something blue." Etsy has all kinds of antique and new ones:
  13. We had wild turkeys in our neighborhood too! Our other excitement was that we got new shuttlecocks for our badminton set. The ones that came with the set were cheap (light), so hard to get over the net and aim. Dh and dd and I had fun swatting around the new and improved ones in the back yard.
  14. I'm sorry it was so frustrating and not a better learning experience. Hooray for her final grade! Well done!
  15. Kudos to your daughter for getting the high grade in the class! Does the prof grade on the curve?
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