Monday, December 20, 2010

The Big Envelope

We got big news last week.  It was a bit overshadowed by the sickness.  For my son who is ... less emotional than his mom, maybe that was a helpful thing.  Ummm ... not really!

Christopher first heard the news online and then a few days later he received "the big envelope".  I picked up the mail and knew right away what it was.  I remembered getting a skinny envelope and knew what that entailed as well.

The turkey Christopher would not let me take a good picture of him with the envelope.  I told him that one day he would appreciate all of the pictures that I took, but clearly that day has not yet arrived.   

Do you recognize what it is?  He has been accepted to college!!!  I think I'm more excited than he is.  (At least on the outside!)  He has been accepted to NC State and also been invited to apply to the Honors program. 

I know that by homeschooling we have done what was best for our family.  We have chosen the route that we felt God led us on.  Even though it has been challenging at times, I've loved homeschooling Christopher!  I'm so thankful to have had this time with him.  It has been a blessing for our whole family.

This year though, when it was time to apply to colleges, I wondered how he would measure up.  Would they see his potential?  Would they take a homeschool diploma seriously?  I hear that many colleges do appreciate homeschoolers, but wondered how it would all play out for us. 

Christopher has been a great student.  He is bright, motivated and curious.  He has persevered through a lot of challenges while he was in high school and his mom/teacher has been distracted with a multitude of medical issues with his siblings.  I'm proud of how he has taken the initiative to learn and do things on his own.  I think that these skills will serve him well in college and beyond.

I know this acceptance is Christophers, but I can't also help but feel that I've been validated too.  Not that I did this for the approval of others, but it is still a nice thing.  And did I mention that I'm excited for him?!

He is still working on finishing up essays for a few more colleges.  I'm proud of the work he has put into applying to college from studying for the tests to writing essays.  I'm proud of him.  Despite our shortcomings, he is a fine young man. 

Christopher, I love you and am proud of you! 

Thanks for letting me share our excitement!  I'm hoping we'll have more of this type of news coming in the future!


Donating to Reece's Rainbow

Just a quick note to say that if you are interested in making a donation toward Anya's fund (or any of the other children at Reece's Rainbow), it is not too late!  I didn't realize that I set my chip-in to end on December 15th.  I apologize for that! 

You can mail a check to the following address.

Reece's Rainbow, PO Box 4024, Gaithersburg, MD 20885