Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It's been a long time

This has been a tough year.

It seems like every year since we started homeschooling 13 school years ago has had a challenge or two.  We've had illnesses, deaths, too many outside of the home activities, illnesses,  hospitalizations, surgeries, doctor visits, a hurricane, two moves, multiple new animals...   The list goes on.

But, this year, my son had two spontaneous pneumothoraces, one on each side, which meant three hospital stays and two surgeries.  In his senior year of high school.  He still made it though!  He finished all his work and is graduating.

I'm so happy for him and so proud of him.  I pray that he is able to harness the commitment and dedication of this last little bit of time working hard to get all his school done and bring it with him into the next chapter of his life.

Which brings me to my point.  College admissions is HARD.  And we're just doing Community College.  It's all so confusing.  The college websites are so NOT easy to navigate.  Understanding the lingo that the admissions people use, hard.  It's like the first time you tried to order something at Starbucks hard.  Because they act like you're an idiot if you don't know stuff.  And I'm just like..whatever.  This is my first time getting a kid registered for college, how am i supposed to know this stuff?  Finding your end goal school's requirements for classes needed to get a particular degree?  Hard.  Then finding out what class you have to take at the community college that will transfer--as the class you need--to your chosen 4 year school.  Hard.  Multiple websites involved hard.

If you're doing this while trying to navigate a new homeschool umbrella's system and that system runs counter-intuitive to what you have been doing since Kindergarten.  Hard.  When your 11th grader took 3 high school level classes in 8th grade but they only allow 2 high school classes taken in 8th.  Hard.  And the school board decides to require 2 more credits for a basic diploma halfway through her school career.  and three fourths through your 12th graders.  Wow.  It's been a bit stressful.

I'm not ready.  I'm really not ready for this next step.  But I will handle my business and get myself together and get it done.  Because that's what moms do.

I'm just going to go pray now.

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