Greetings and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #155!
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
It’s been quite a week ’round these parts; how ’bout for you?
I was privileged to spend time with child #3 this week as we headed up for freshman orientation. Those words of Solomon ran through my mind as I sat through yet another round of advisors gently encouraging “us parents” to let go, to not hold on too tightly, to say goodbye quickly so our young adults can test their wings.
Because it also occurred to me that we (still) have 2 more – kids and send-offs – to go.
It’s not the sending off itself of yet another young adult; not the wondering if he’s ready and prepared for all-that-these-years will hold; not even fearing or being anxious about the inevitable hurts and mistakes that will happen along the way.
Simply put: I’m gonna miss him.
If nothing else – and there has certainly been much more – homeschooling has blessed me abundantly with the opportunity to enjoy my children. Though there have been rough spots, as there are for everyone, I have come to appreciate and treasure my kiddos from the deepest depths of my heart. I truly like being around them. I enjoy their humor…the energy and excitement they bring to a conversation around the table…the way they challenge me intellectually, and teach me about contemporary culture. The songs and humor and commentary they share with me have enriched my life in oh-so-many ways, and I am oh-so-very grateful.
In a few weeks, we all fill up the car with his stuff, drive him up to school, and deposit him at the dorms. I can’t believe it’s time already, but I promise not to write about it again.
It’s just another stage, one we’ll all live through, and talk about, and laugh about, in years to come.
Right now, however, this momma will just hold any and all bittersweet moments gently in her heart, treasuring each and every one.
In other news
Every day, at least thousands of authors introduce a brand new book to the masses. It’s nothing new…except when it’s new for you!
I hope you’ll take a look at my very first book, available on Kindle from Amazon: Blessing the Next Generation – Releasing God’s Best in Your Child’s Life.
A true labor of love, it’s a description of the coming-of-age celebration our own family has had for each of our children as they entered the teen years. AND everything you need to know to craft your own family’s unique celebration as well! Take a peek, feel free to email any questions you might have, and consider making a purchase for yourself or a family with teens that you know and love. My prayer is that God will use my simple voice to encourage many other families to send their young people into the world with a heart and life full of blessing!
Last but not least…I’m honored to be a part of this giveaway coming SOON! Stay tuned for details –
Hope you’re enjoying your summer…the days are fleeting by, friends, aren’t they?!
Now, on to our features…
I couldn’t help it, y’all: they’re both “college related”!
How to Spot a Homeschooled College Student
How do you know if a college student was homeschooled? Is it easy to spot a homeschooled college student out of a crowd of co-eds?
Unfortunately, stereotypes still linger when it comes to homeschoolers. Some college faculty and students may think they can pick out a homeschooled student a mile away.
But in a recent informal survey of college professors asking about their experience with homeschooled students, I loved what one professor pointed out: I don’t know which students were homeschooled unless they tell me.
Recently I inherited a stack of treasures my husband’s mother had saved from his childhood school years. Artifacts included handwriting samples, artwork, and test scores. Although it was fun to see, my home was already bursting at the seams with collections of my own children’s past work. It piles up very quickly. That is why we decided to go digital with our homeschool portfolios.
Even though I don’t live in a state that requires me to turn in a portfolio each year, I do have an eleventh grader who will require a high school transcript. I am not as faithful at recording grades as I would like to be, but with an online collection of my son’s work, I have a convenient place to locate all the information I need to accurately assess his performance over the course of a year.
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