Homeschoolers: Poorly Educated Social Misfits? & I Need Your Help

THE TOPIC


Homeschooling can be a controversial topic. One that gets people in highly emotionally-involved debates. Some people are religiously homeschool-only, while others make rules in their churches that you may not homeschool or they decry it to the wazoo. Some stand by completely uninterested. Some like to think they are perfectly in the middle–they see the advantages of homeschooling and the advantages of traditional schooling methods.

MY REQUEST


I don’t know what your views are on homeschooling. I don’t know if you agree with the homeschoolers-are-poorly-educated-and-socially-awkward group, or the homeschooling-is-God’s-perfect-plan” group. It’s better that I don’t because I need your help. I want your opinion regardless of your position.

I am currently working on my second research paper for my English Composition class. For this paper, I need to do a little “primary research” myself. I have composed a short survey that I would like as many people as possible to complete for me. The more surveys I can distribute and the more diverse the group of survey-takers, the better.

The survey consists of 3 demographic questions [so I know who you are, don’t worry I won’t use names in my paper] and 7 multiple choice questions about homeschooling. It will only take you a couple of minutes.

Would you please help me out and click this link to take the survey? If you would send your friends over my way or send them a link to this post so they can take it too, I’d be much obliged!

Please respond NOW because I need the surveys in no later than THIS Saturday night!!

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU 😉


If you take the survey through the link in this post, leave your email address in the answer box of the first question! I’ll enter you in a drawing for a

$15 Starbucks gift card!

When all responses are in, the winner will be notified via email! I really do appreciate your help!

Thanks again!

April

P.S. If you want to see the results of the survey in the end, let me know! I could tabulate them and post them here.

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Homeschool Survey Results Are In & WINNER ANNOUNCED

Good afternoon everyone!

THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of you that participated in my homeschooling survey! I really appreciate it. Your responses went above and beyond my expectations! I had to get at last 20 responses for my project. I got 77! Unfortunately, I had to remove 5 that were incomplete/incorrect. However, I am thrilled with the 72 I used to tabulate the results.

I spent a couple of hours this afternoon filtering through your input and compiling responses. It was very fascinating! I still need to sit back and see what conclusions can be drawn from the data. 🙂 This is more fun than you might think.

DISCLAIMER: I did receive some feedback and some of you messaged me and added to or explained your answers. I enjoyed hearing from you. As I thought about your feedback and saw responses, I realized several things and would like to make a few disclaimers here:

  • This was a very basic, limited survey.
  • I have never done a survey before. I am not an expert. After the fact, I wished I would have worded some of the questions differently.
  • I realize this is a very huge topic with a large number of variables. Any one of those variables could make all the difference in whether homeschooling is a good fit for a family or not.

HERE ARE THE RESULTS for those who are interested:

Completed Survey Responses: 72

Male: 21 (29.2%) Female: 51 (70.8%)

Age Range: 16-56 years

Religion: Christian—46

Follower of Jesus—3,

Mennonite—8,

Anabaptist—6,

Born again Christian—2,

Protestant—1,

Christian Brotherhood—1,

Beachy—1,

Evangelical Christian—2,

Jesus—1,

No organized religion—1

Were you homeschooled at some point in your life:

Yes—47 (65%) No—25 (35%)

How would you describe your experience overall:

Positive—36 (76.6%) Negative—11 (23.4%)

Would you consider homeschooling your children:

Total Yes—37 (51%) Total No—5 (7%) Total Maybe—30 (42%)

  • Of those who were homeschooled, how many said they would consider homeschooling:

Yes—26 (55%) No—4 (9%) Maybe—17 (36%)

  • Of those who were NOT homeschooled, how many said they would consider homeschooling:

Yes—11 (44%) No—1 (4%) Maybe—13 (52%)

Compared to their traditionally-schooled peers, how well socially-adjusted are the homeschoolers you know:

Homeschoolers have better social skills—7 (10%)

Homeschoolers have worse social skills—24 (33%)

They have equal social skills—41 (57%)

Compared to their traditionally-schooled peers, would you say most homeschoolers you know received a quality education:

Homeschoolers received a better education—28 (39%)

Homeschoolers received a worse education—16 (22%)

The quality of their education is about the same—28 (39%)

Do you think homeschooling should continue to be legal in the United States:

Yes—70 (97%) No—0 No strong opinion—2 (3%)

What do you think provides the strongest support for the choice to homeschool:

  • Children can receive a more “custom-made” education and receive more one-on-one time—20 (28%)
  • Parents can choose the curriculum used and what worldview it teaches—18 (25%)
  • It is much more flexible–families can travel and children can learn non-academic life skills—16 (22%)
  • Parents can keep their children from experiencing a lot of negative peer pressure/influences—13 (18%)
  • Parents are responsible for their own children; therefore, they should be teaching them—5 (7%)

AND NOW WHAT YOU’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR…

The winner of the $15 Starbucks gift card is–

Lucky Winner

Congratulations Kristen!!!

Unfortunately, most of you didn’t leave your email address, but I decided to enter you all anyway.

Kristen, you didn’t leave your email. All I know is that your name is Kristen and that you had a birthday last weekend. 🙂 If you see this, please contact me below to claim your prize. Also, if any of you who took the survey have any further comments, please feel free to send them to me below as well.

Thank you all so much again for participating! I turned in my finished primary research project tonight just under two hours before the deadline! 😉

P.S. If any of you ever need participants for college assignments, please let me know. I would be happy to return the favor!

Until next week, April

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Thank you!!

My Anonymous Friend

Good evening friends!
I never cease to be amazed at how fast each week goes by. It is Wednesday once again. My life is crazy. Your life is crazy. Sometimes it is hard to just be—to simply live. I am currently in survival mode—living for the future, for the fun things ahead, for the end of the semester. But then I scold myself and feel bad because I know I should be savoring the moments.

I will never get to experience these moments and days over again. You would think I’d learn. I am forever looking back on the good ole’ days with longing and regret for not enjoying them as much as I should have.


Tonight, I want to share a little story with you about a friend whose name I do not know—for I met her very briefly only once.

One day I was driving home from school and I noticed her walking along the side of the road. She looked like a hitch-hiker or someone who might need a lift. I sped on by not really wanting to interrupt my day by bothering to check in on a stranger. But my conscience pricked me—and she was a woman, so I couldn’t use the he-might-be-a-creepy-man excuse.

I dutifully bumped my car into reverse and turned around to see if I could help her. As I approached, I rolled down my window and said hello. She stopped walking and smiled at me. She didn’t need a ride; she was just out on her morning stroll. And that was that.

Since then, we continue our highspeed, distance relationship. I travel that stretch frequently on my way to and from school. I’ve seen her several times since then. When I see her, I wave. She pauses by the side of the road long enough to smile and wave at me. I think she remembers I’m the one who stopped one day.

This two-second exchange every now and then as I speed by just makes me happy. I don’t even know her name, but she is my friend. We bless each other with some of the simplest tools of human relationship—noticing and acknowledging the other, a smile, and a wave. Sometimes the simplest things in life are the best—don’t miss them.


Do you have a friend like mine whom you see repeatedly but whose name you do not know? I’d love to hear your story.


Coming Soon…
Next week’s post will be about my second English composition paper that I am writing. For this paper, I need your help and your friends’ help. Check back next week for details and what’s in it for you! 😉

Good night my friends. April

How To Write Your First APA Undergraduate Research Paper

You all have heard me stressing about my research paper on this blog already. Well, tonight I got the grade and the Professor’s comments on that paper! I am thrilled! Grade: 100/100. His first word: “Excellent!”

This is a lovely debut to what I have to share with you tonight. If you are not a college student or an instructor or a writer, it will probably bore you. I apologize. (Check back next Wednesday for a cute story about my comfortable, regular, but primarily silent relationship with a total stranger.)

But–if you happen to be an overthinker like me, who stresses indordinately, learn with me. I present to you my tips on how to write your first APA research paper.


  1. Carefully read through all of your professors instructions. You must completely understand what the requirements are for this paper. Pull it all together and write it down on paper that you can have handy. I did this, and it was great to have as a quick reference.

  2. Start early. Do not procrastinate. Time is your friend. Use it wisely. You are probably tired of hearing this. It’s true, but something at which I fail miserably. 😦

  3. Choose an easy topic to research and write about. It’s your first paper. Choose a topic that there is lots of information about and that will be easy to conduct primary research on. I had to do interviews or surveys for my first paper. Keep that in mind. Will you be able to find people who will talk to you about whatever you are researching?

  4. Keep things simple. Don’t go to broad or too deep. If you are a perfectionist or overachiever, keep those expectations toned down just a bit. After all, you aren’t a PhD student. I felt so overwhelmed, unsure of myself, and incompetent about writing this first paper that I began surfing the web for how to write a research paper. While I did learn a lot, I think actually it was detrimental in that I delved to deep. I mean I even watched a YouTube video of a PhD student in the UK explaining how he took notes on literature for his research. Yeah. Above my head. You want to do well. But this is your first paper. Allow yourself to grow into a collegiate writer. You don’t have to do it all in paper one.

  5. Have a clear grasp of your thesis. It is hard to gather support for a thesis if you don’t you what you are looking for to begin with.

  6. Pick about three main arguments or sources to support your thesis. This is just a 4-6 page paper. Keep content limited and focus on a few quality points. I made this mistake. I over-collected information and overwhelmed myself by going too deep and too broad. On my next paper, I will keep this is mind from the start and keep my eyes open for a few key argument/points that are strong. I will focus on these and bypass all the other distracting and unnecessary research.

  7. Search for quality research articles. Your college probably has access to several research databases and academic journals through the college library. Avail yourself of these because this is quality source material that you would normally have to pay for. Good places to start: PubMed, Google Scholar, Plos One. Site ending in .gov and .edu are always superior to .com sites.

  8. When you find a helpful article, print it out. When you find a book, borrow it. Especially with online researching, it can be hard to retrace your steps to that one article you really wanted but now you aren’t sure on which site it was. I am a paper-I-want-to-be-able-to-feel-and-write-on-it kind of person, which means I used reams of paper to print out all my articles.

  9. Look for citation buttons and if there is one–USE IT! Most of these peer-reviewed articles and research articles have a ready made citation you can copy and paste or a citation button that will create one for you. Use them. It helps tremendously!

  10. Sit down and read through all your journal articles with a pencil and a highlighter. Grab a steamy cup of coffee and settle in with the slippers. This is the meat. I sat down and read my articles and highlighted bits of information that looked helpful. At the top of each, I penciled in the main point of the paper or what general points might be useful to me. I tagged each as useful, potentially useful, and not useful/relevant to my topic.

  11. MAKE AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY. My professor made us do this. It is a tremendous help. It takes some time at the beginning, but it is a life saver later, especially if you have lots of different sources. Later when writing, you will just be able to plug in the parenthetical citations and the references you already created into your paper. I referred to my annotated bib a lot when I was writing to see which source it was that I had found a particular piece of information in. It really kept me organized because it was an overview of all my sources and a brief summary of their main points.

  12. Read through your sources again taking notes. These notes were much more detailed than what I put on my annotated bibliograpy. The annotated bib is more for major general points, not tons of smaller notes. These notes were what I wrote from.

  13. Don’t stress. Anxiety just makes you up-tight and unable to focus (take it from someone who knows). I stressed. I shouldn’t have. It all came out just grand as I noted in the beginning. I don’t know how else to convince you–but just DON’T STRESS. You will be just fine.

  14. Break things into little pieces. This really helps with the overwhelm. Say, “Today I will work on the introduction. Today I will find a good case study. Today I will work on the arguments that support my thesis. I will work for one hour solid, then take a break, etc” In this post, I wrote about how I got my rough draft written for my first paper even though I was dreading it with every bone in my body.

  15. Bookmark the Purdue OWL on your google toolbar. It is an incredible resource for all things APA style (and other writing formats as well). It is the Purdue University’s online writing lab. My professors referred me to it.

  16. You may want to explore Mendeley, Evernote, and the like. These are apps I’ve dabbled with. They do things like keep pdfs of the articles you found and create citations for you.

This post is horrendously long. If you made it here, congrats. Are you a desperate student like me? An annoyed instructor wondering how to get your students to improve their writing skills? I’d love to know. What are your best writing tips and strategies?

After all, overview paper for research paper #2 is due Sunday….and it all begins anew….

Three Tips for Tackling What You Dread

Recently I wrote a paper on anxiety for my English Composition class. I stressed inordinately about that project. But I learned a lot. Even better, I learned several ways that work for ME to actually do what I am dreading. 

The last several weeks I have been stressed and felt incompetent and incapable of the task before me. I was way overthinking things (as usual) and expecting more of myself than was probably necessary. Don’t do that to yourself. 

But let’s talk about ways for you to get to that job/assignment/project you know you have to do, but you’re majorly dragging your feet about. 

1. Turn off your phone.

If you are dreading a task, self-discipline levels for sticking to the task will be quite low. You will very easily be distracted by messages or checking instagram–anything to avoid starting that horrible job. Just prevent the temptation completely–turn off the phone. It will work as a reward too. Tell yourself you can only turn it on when you are done.


2. Set a timer for one hour. 

This is what I did when I was writing the rough draft for my paper. It was due date day–so this thing HAD to get done! I arranged all my papers and resources, my water bottle, my laptop. I turned my phone off, and I set the stove timer for one hour. Then I GOT TO WORK! I was amazed at how fast one hour flew by. Setting a limited time breaks up the task. Instead of thinking about the job as an overwhelming whole, setting a timer for an hour at a time will make it feel manageable. You can look forward to the end of the hour.


3. Take a break when it rings. 

Every hour I took a little break to eat, switch out laundry loads, or check email. This little break is your reward for your last hour of focused work. Do something to clear your mind and enjoy yourself. Keep it short though. 🙂


4. Repeat these steps until you are DONE! 

I had to repeat this four times. In four hours I had finished writing my rough draft. It felt so incredibly good to see that “submitted!” on my Canvas display. By this time, I was very ready to be done! I think four hours of working on something like writing is about the max. Depending what your project is you may be able to work longer.


I am a horrible procrastinator–particularly when I feel unsure of what exactly I am supposed to do or how to do it. But I loved how effective this method was for me. I know, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out. Some of you probably have already learned to do something like this to get those yuckies crossed off your list. But if not–go get that job done that you’ve been putting off for days!

10 Ways College Is Different Than High School

Disclaimer: I am writing from my experience which may be very different from yours. The range of school experience out there is very broad. Just keep that in mind.
  1. You are responsible for your learning–not the professor. In high school you were much more autonomous than in elementary school. You set goals, studied on your own, wrote essays, and even did experiments without supervision and wrote lab reports. But ultimately, you had a teacher overseeing what you were doing and making sure you were on track to graduate with everyone else. In college, it’s all on you. If you decide to binge watch youtube till midnight and fail the midterm the next day, no one is there hanging over your shoulder. If you goof off on the week end and don’t pay attention in class and then fail a class, that is no one’s responsibility but yours.
  2. It wasn’t discussed in class, but it will still be on the test. You may remember your teachers in high school (maybe more so in elementary school) not counting something because they never taught it to you. Not so in college. Here, the quantity of material is massive. It is impossible to cover it all in lecture. You are responsible to study content more thoroughly on your own after class. There will very likely be questions on the test that you will have no idea how to answer, if you did not do some studying on your own.
  3. You have a specific goal you are working towards. In high school, you are studying because it is the thing to do. Or because your parents require it. While it is true many go to college for the same reasons, there are more students in college (than in high school) who are there because they are pursuing a career–they have a specific goal to achieve. Especially in community colleges, there are older students and “non-traditional” students who have lived some life and now are back in school because they decided they want to become a nurse or a graphic designer or you name it.
  4. You must learn a new set of study skills. This is huge. I studied hard in high school, but it was different. I worked hard completing all the assignments and doing them well. In college, the focus is not completing all the little assignments, but learning and understanding the content. You have to find how you learn best–whether it is reading over and over, writing everything out explaining things to yourself, watching explanatory videos or drawing graphics that show correlations.
  5. You are now balancing many things–not just going to school. In high school, your main job was to go to school and do well. Perhaps you had a job on the side, but that was extra. School was priority. In college, you now need to start adulting. This is different for different people, but for me it meant figuring out how to work to support myself, while studying, and juggling other social obligations.
  6. You actually love learning and take it seriously. Again, this is probably not true of many. But I discovered how much I loved learning in college. In high school, I enjoyed learning but not to the degree that I do now.
  7. You have to pay for it or find someone else to pay for it. It is no longer your parents’ job. Post-secondary education is expensive. It is one of the reasons I originally dismissed the thought of going to college. As an adult, you now have to worry about daily living expenses as well as paying for all this. In high school, that was your parents’ job. Now it’s up to you. (Unless you’re lucky enough to have parents who will pay it for you.) There are definitely ways to make it possible–like going to a community college, applying for federal student aide and for scholarships.
  8. You do not have daily assignments; it is all about the exams. I mentioned this already. But in college the setup is so different. You do not have as many small, daily assignments. Instead you listen to lectures, read the textbook, and it is all building up to those lovely exams. Of course, there are some other assignments in between, but you get the idea.
  9. You will not necessarily get to know your classmates even if you see them regularly for 15 weeks. I’m sure this depends on your personality. In high school, you have school assemblies and you knew your class (if it is a small school like mine anyway), but in college it is not this way necessarily. You have different people in different classes. There is some overlap, but even so, you can all kind of keep to yourselves. It’s kind of sad actually.
  10. You will learn to pray even harder than you did in high school. This may sound strange, but I used to always say high school taught me to pray. Well, college will take that to a whole deeper level. 🙂 You will learn you are capable of far more than you thought. In the middle of it–not so cool, but upon completion–very rewarding!

Are you thinking about dusting off your backpack and heading back to school as an adult? Are you wondering if you have what it takes? Are you already pursuing a degree or just taking a college class on the side for fun?

I’d love to here about it in the comments!



“Everybody Who Has Plucked Eyebrows Looks the Same”

Today has been unusual but quite pleasant. I don’t usually get to sip coffee in three different coffee shops within a 26-hour period of time. Today is the exception–I have been working on writing a paper on anxiety for my English 122 class in college as I think I mentioned previously. As part of that process and to teach us in a small way how to conduct “research,” we are required to interview at least 5 people or survey 20 people. I chose to interview people. Hence all the coffee shops.

So far, I have had the opportunity to sit down with three people and ask them personal questions. 🙂 They have been champs! I have at least two more interviews to go, and this part of my paper is due Sunday. (Pray for me this week end if you think about it. 😉 While I’m sure this is all a very good learning experience for me, for someone who tends toward perfectionism, procrastination, and overthinking things–it is a bit stressful. However, I know that this learning process is very necessary if I want to learn how to write good academic papers. I understand that is a popular assignment in any bachelor’s program. If I want to go on to get my bachelor’s in nursing some day (which at this point seems very likely), I will need to know these things. Sigh….


On a different note…I had a thought today as I was driving to the next coffee shop. I love to listen to youtube videos while I drive because hey! it’s down time when I am not doing anything else. I thought about finding one to listen to, when I was struck with the thought that God would like an opportunity to talk to me too. Driving alone in the car is a great opportunity for Him. Instead of drowning myself in other people’s thought and content, I decided to resist the urge and let my mind process and think. And let God insert thoughts if He so desired. It is so easy to be constantly surrounded with noise, music, talk, information, stimuli, etc. It stifles creative thought and life-processing. At least I know it does for me. I think God must find it hard to get a word in edge-wise sometimes. I’m preaching to myself.


And now, my final thought for the day: One of the marks of maturity and security and wholeness is the ability to create and contribute. When someone knows who they are, is okay with who they are, and is no longer absorbed with their own pain and problems, they are free to imagine new ideas and contribute in meaningful ways to their friends, family, church, and the world in general. Let’s be those people by God’s grace.


Blessings on your week my friends!

P.S. The title actually is pretty irrelevant, but it made you click didn’t it? 🙂 I am actually quoting someone I heard say this today. They went on to say, “They look kind of like somebody pinched them.” It struck me funny then, and nearly makes me chuckle now as I write. Regardless of your views on this topic, you might want to consider that next time you ponder the topic. No offense.

Let’s Pretend I’m Writing You An Email

Let’s pretend I’m writing you an email as a friend tonight because I don’t feel like trying to keep to a well-structured topic. My heart is heavier tonight than it has been lately. My energy and zeal for life is considerably dimished.

And I am trying to tell myself it is okay. Their are a number of reasons I think. One, I am stressing out about one of my classes and the paper that is due in less than two weeks. A paper that is–ironically–on anxiety. I know. And the dumb thing is giving me anxiety. Let’s just say I can’t wait until the evening of the day the final draft is handed in.

But there is more. Today I have been thinking a lot about my sweet, little nephew that will never be a chubby, rolly-polly 2-month old–like my other little nephew I held today. I don’t understand why my sister and her husband have to go through this again. It doesn’t seem fair. It seems rather pointless to me. It pulls me down.

The weather is uber dreary. That never helps.

And when things are going poorly, then it is easy for me to look into the future and think about all the other things I could worry about it my future. When I do this too much, I easily get overwhelmed and could melt in a puddle of tears at the loneliness and sacrifices and changes I see on my horizon.

So you can see my life is not as hunky dory as it may seem from the last two posts. Sometimes it is just kind of sad and dreary.

But—there are two huge ‘buts’ that I also need to tell you about.

First, I watched a video today. It was so short and so to the point and so very encouraging. In this video, J. Warner Wallace describes why evil is not a problem for Christians. He says that because we are Christians, we believe in eternity. Eternity is so much longer than our life on earth. We see things happen on earth, and from our extremely limited perspective, we view them as bad. But actually, if we saw the big eternal picture God sees, they are not bad. He explains how we view something as evil when what happens is different from what we expected. This really rang true with me.  I was so encouraged by his clear explanation of a question that so many use to discredit Christianity. And let’s face it–it affects us too. With my little nephew in heaven today, this explanation of “evil” comforted me.

Second, as I stood at the kitchen sink getting a cup of water, I mulled over my anxious thoughts recently. God reminded me of something I knew already. But I was struck again with the fact that the situations, changes, and emotions I fear when looking into the future may never even happen. So why am I worrying about them? After all, I have made it so far through other times I thought would be just terrible. But most importantly, I was reminded that God will be with me and He will give me grace and strengh for only the day at hand. I am not supposed to worry about tomorrow. When it comes, God’s presence will dawn with it.

And ultimately, there’s heaven to look forward too. This life is not about me being comfortable and happy all the time. After all, as I wrote about here, even the most hauntlingly beautiful things in this life point to something much greater beyond.

Thank you for listening. I hope you were encouraged. If you are going through one of those less than bouncy seasons in life, hang in there. I feel you, and there is so much hope and so much to be thankful for.

Peace,

April

What do you do to cheer yourself up? Or what wise truths do you use to give yourself a pep talk when you are feeling a little down in the dumps?

What Is Holding You Back?

Exactly one year and one week ago today, I could not have imagined myself where I am today. January 23, 2018 was a red-letter day. That crisp, winter morning I dressed up and headed north, trying to calm the butterflies in my stomach as each mile brought me closer to my fears. It sounds silly to some, but I was so nervous. I had an appointment to meet with the Director of Nursing at a community college not far from my house.

I took a deep breath and made myself walk into that concrete college building. It represented a potential future—exciting but also very scary and unknown. I needn’t have worried, the instant I met Mr. L he put me at ease. We laughed and talked, and he showed me around. Before I knew it, I had signed papers and I was pretty sure this girl was on her way to becoming a nurse! From that appointment forward, I felt like my pursuit of nursing went from 2 mph to 60 mph in an hour.

I left Mr. L’s office energized, and—more importantly—with a plan. I knew which classes I needed to take in order to test in December 2018 to enter the nursing program. It seemed so far away then. So impossible. So not like something I would do.

But here I am today. One year and one week later—well into my third semester at that very college. That college isn’t scary anymore, now it is familiar and comfortable. I call it my college. It is so unbelievable how fast this past year has flown. As you already know if you have been reading by blog, I did test in December 2018. And I did pass (thank God). And I am accepted into the LPN program beginning in June 2019. It just doesn’t cease to amaze me.

Recently I was in town and saw the local nursing home sign that read, “CNA classes starting soon.” They have them periodically. I remember seeing it other times and thinking about doing it. It seemed big, and scary and like such a big deal. I also remember talking with friends about how I thought it would be fun to be a nurse. But never seriously considered it. I was sure I did not have what it takes. I didn’t think I could do it. And I definitely didn’t have the money. It just seemed so very far outside of my reach.

But friends. Here I am. Doing exactly what I thought I could never do. There are two reasons I particularly credit for this—I have a mentor couple who pushed me to pursue nursing if it interested me. They made what seemed impossible to me, seem possible after all. Number two—God. I think He was working through this couple, and orchestrating the events in my life leading up to this time. He has also continued to give me what it takes and continued to fling the doors wide open before me.

So looking at that CNA class sign made me think of how time and events change us. It is encouraging to see how far you can come in one year. Don’t dismiss a dream or idea you have because no one else close to you has done it or because you just don’t think you have it in you. Go out and explore and pursue new things and adventures.

I think it is true that God gives us dreams and desires for a reason. They often are an indicator of what we will do in life. Not always of course, and sometimes He has us do 180’s. Neither must we demand God to open doors to the pursuits we desire. But sometimes we (or at least I) are inhibited because we are too scared to dare think this or that thing could be a possibility for us.

So get out there. Talk to people. Gather information. Find people who are doing what you want to be doing. Pray. Ask God to open doors and lead you to people and places. And then be that person for others. Be that person—like my friends—to give others the push they need out of their comfortable little worlds. You can do this!

And for those faithful ones who actually read this whole post—here is a picture of me that day I met with the DON. Just look at that glowing smile. 😉 I was pumped! Celebratimg with coffee of course!😁

Are You Enjoying Your Life?

Hi friends! What’s up in your lives? It’s Wednesday and I decided to give you a little update on my life. This new year has been lovely.


I don’t know if any new year has come and I have felt so invigorated and like I really turned over a new leaf. But that was this year. It feels wonderful.

I have been working 20 hours a week at my receptionist job. My first couple days after Christmas vacation I felt energetic and loved it. The last two or three days of work have been a bit more disenchanting. You know those days when your head aches, and nothing goes really horribly wrong but lots of things are just ick or annoying? It’s been like that.


I have also been teaching elementary Anatomy and Physiology at our church school twice a week. That has been fun although also fairly time consuming. We use the Apologia textbook and it does not really come with curriculum. I spend a lot of time creating assignments and reviews and the tests. Kudos to curriculum writers! I’d rather let you guys do the work. Regardless, it does make me more familiar with the content.

I took A&P I last semester in college. This semester I am taking A&P II, so I am able to teach my students why this or that is true instead of just stating the facts. I love being able to go into more detail with my students because I have just studied it myself far more in depth. I love studying the human body and love passing that love on to my students.


Every other Friday, I sit with my great aunt who had a stroke. She requires very little care but cannot be left alone. I spend my day studying while she whittles away the hours in her chair.


Fridays and Saturdays have begun to be my big study days. I try to get some study in all week, but if not, I catch up on the week end.

This Sunday, my overview paper for my first research paper in English class is due. I have chosen to write about anxiety disorder with panic. In this short, overview paper, I need to outline my thesis and where I plan to go with it. (If you have any ideas or comments or have a suggestion of a person to use for my case study, let me know.)


It is unbelievable that week three of my third semester of college is nearly over. Time flies when you’re having fun—or when you are crazy busy.

I mentioned that this new year I felt like I turned over a new leaf. This post is long enough; I think I will save the details of that “new leaf” for next week! See you then!


Please leave any questions in the comments below! I love to hear from you!

Bye friends,
April