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8/28/15 11:50 P

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Senior year! What a nostalgic term. This week we just sent our three daughters to private Christian college, only 30 minutes away! When we first began the planning, they said they couldn't afford it, and I gently reminded them that 'we' couldn't afford homeschooling either but that their heavenly Father could so they should try asking Him. They had grown up listening to us pray each year for their heavenly Father to provide for their homeschool curriculums, and seen His faithfulness to guide and provide for us where He wanted us. Each of them received full scholarship to college, 2 to nursing school, and 1 for a music/worship major. We had no idea!!! They want to be Moms so we helped them plan to be debt free when they graduate (they took nanny jobs in the summer), as we had struggled with college loans. This way they can work a bit once they have a family or if the Lord doesn't bring a husband they have ways they can serve in their gifts He has given them. What an amazing journey it has been. Through the mountain tops and the valley He has led us on a path we could never have imagined.

For us planning was kept simple. Take the SAT, send it in on time. Then send in the application for college. Send in the highschool transcripts. We homeschooled with Abeka so their coursework was standard, and college prep. They finished their senior year on the Pensacola DVD program which gave them high gpa which qualified them for scholarships. We are still in awe. When we started this venture 24 years ago, my prayer was to be able to teach them God's Word so they would know His Truths. He has done far more than we could think or imagine. I do think that is His specialty.




He that dwells in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge, my Fortress, my God in whom I trust. Ps 91:1

Man does not live by bread alone, but by EVERY WORD that comes from the mouth of God. Mt 4:4


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3/25/15 10:09 A

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Ali,
This is our 2nd time through this process. My best advice--pray with and for your young adult. 2nd- our young adults needed to know that they did not have to pick what they wanted to be FOREVER at this stage in life. They needed to be told it would be ok to change their minds at ANY time. It really reduced their stress level so they could hear the Lord's thoughts and be able to be open to His leading in a direction to go.

As a junior, our son thought he'd go into Motorsports Engineering. Dad was all excited. I was like....really? THAT is the kind of non-life you want? Working 6-7 days a week 10-16 hour days in a high stress, competitive world? I didn't think it fit my son. So I prayed. God worked on his heart and Dad's enthusiasm. LOL He will start classes June 8th to be an auto mechanic. When he doesn't have a vehicle or "toy" to work on, he's hard to live with. When he does have a vehicle or "toy" to work on, he comes in after being the garage for HOURS and says, "I can't believe how much I love this!!" (now, to a mama's ears who for 13 years heard how much he hated school due to his dyslexia.....that is an teary eyed answer to 13 years of desperate prayers!!)

Our dd thought she wanted to go to a private Christian college to study computer graphics and animation. But when she'd spend a lot of time on the computer, my outgoing, energetic, happy dd became moody, withdrawn, and lazy. I prayed. My husband lost his job and was out for 2 1/2 years. There went the private Christian college option. I kept praying. She got a job as a nanny and LOVED it. She knew in the long run she wanted to be a stay-at-home mom so paying $100,000 for an education and burdening her future young family with such a financial burden was sinful in our eyes. After much prayer, she went to our community college to study Early Childhood Ed. She graduated in the black and LOVES teaching preschool. It fits her personality and love of art, crafts, children, singing, and imaginary play. (I told her as she grew up she'd make a wonderful preschool teacher b/c she never wanted to grow up!!) She now has no debt, loves her job, and when she marries and has kids, has something she could do part-time or from home. God is good!

3rd - get yourself a full-sized 15 month calendar dedicated to only the Senior Year-- to just mark up for the Senior Year.--all the deadlines, meetings, college visits, etc. Nothing else goes on it and keep it by you all year long!

WE CAN DO THIS!!

Blessings,
Heidi

Proverbs 3: 5-8 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. "




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3/25/15 8:06 A

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wow, where did the time go. I am sure we all feel this way. I have a junior and a sophomore. We are already working out some details. My ds, the junior has been so sick, just praying he makes it. We are part of a group that offers prom and graduation. He is now looking at colleges again. He had made a decision and now it looks like he may have changed his mind. Any words of wisdom on this process?

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3/11/15 7:08 P

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I admit, this threw me for an emotional loop----my son had to register with Selective Service this week. emoticon

THAT was no where on my radar for this senior year. Sure, registering to vote was, but NOT registering for Selective Service, esp. with the gov't and world in the shape it is in. It just really threw me.

Sadly, I reverted back to comfort eating to get me through it. sigh.

Now that it is above 50* I can get out and walk and work on the stress of it and his hectic senior year full of deadlines.

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I am looking for a 5K walk to join and work towards.



Blessings,
Heidi

Proverbs 3: 5-8 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. "




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3/11/15 6:13 P

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Congrats, Hidishope!!!

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2/9/15 4:58 P

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We are in our countdown to April 30th, our last day of homeschooling. Son is meeting with his college advisor on Monday to work out the details on his program and classes. Then lots of pre-graduation prep to do by Feb 28th. We are doing a group graduation with 14 other homeschool seniors in the area. We need to put together a 1 minute powerpoint set to music about him for the graduation. It plays just before we walk up to give him his diploma. Also have to get his biography and pick a senior picture for the program. They have been doing community service projects and fun things (lazer tag, etc) before they have a formal dinner with a limo, prom dresses and tuxes, and a fancy restaurant in Indy. That takes the place of a prom.
Our "baby'" turns 18 on Thursday.

Blessings,
Heidi

Proverbs 3: 5-8 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. "




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7/22/14 8:39 A

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My daughter will be a senior this fall and my son a junior. But as they are both going to be graduating early (17 & 16 respectively), we are not sending them away to school anywhere just yet and probably won't be doing the traditional route for applications, etc. Thankful that we live fairly close to community college options as well as the ability to utilize online college courses as well.

I would imagine some sort of spread sheet would be helpful if that sort of thing works for you - perhaps with an expandable file to keep the paperwork together for essays/applications, etc.

Best wishes!

Deb

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV

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3/27/14 5:57 P

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I have a sophomore this ear, and would love to know about this too! I'm sure time will be flying by and she'll be a senior before I know it.

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Anyone have a SENIOR or have had one recently?

I am looking for organizational ideas for keeping all the college applications, scholarship applications and deadlines, testing dates , essays for applications, college visits, etc straight so we don't miss deadlines.



Blessings,
Heidi

Proverbs 3: 5-8 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. "




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