Day 329: College

After spending four years in Community College I moved on to a four-year College and completed my Bachelor’s degree in two years. I was fortunate enough to be able to transfer most of my credits from my first school to my second even though I changed majors slightly. The classes I took for my Associate’s were a lot of Gen Ed and fun courses, but once I moved on I took more serious ones and built on the foundation I had made. There were quite a few classes that I really enjoyed but they were also practical for after I graduated. I didn’t have as much time as I would’ve liked for extracurricular activities as I had in Community College, but I didn’t mind too much. I was accepted into Lambda Pi Eta the National Communication Honor Society while I was there, which was pretty awesome especially since I never thought I’d get into any honor society. I learned a lot at the College, and I’m so grateful I was able to go there!

Day 329: Thank you Lord for my college and all I learned and the experiences I had there.

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Day 322: Community College

After I graduated from high school, instead of going right to a four-year college I decided to go to Community College instead. I chose to for several reasons: they’re less expensive, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to major in exactly, and after being homeschooled from Kindergarten to 12th grade I wanted some more experience in an actual classroom. I took my time there and finished my Associate’s degree in four years something I’ve never regretted. I loved being able to take my time and not be overwhelmed by homework. (I should mention there were a couple semesters when I was overwhelmed and I wasn’t taking a full-load) I got involved with the campus newspaper serving as first Copy Editor then Features Editor, and got involved with the Christian Club on campus. I loved being involved in both groups and really grew as a result. I learned so much during my time in Community College and really had a good time.

Day 322: Thank you Lord for my time at the Community College and all I learned and experienced there.

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Day 123: Ms Cindy

I enjoyed the Homeschool Harmonizers‘ performance so much on Monday night that I wanted to go back for the final performance tonight. Since the beginning of Harmonizers it’s been a tradition that at the end of the final show someone (usually one of the Seniors) gives a speech thanking our director Ms Cindy and the main helpers, for the year. I must say this year’s speech was the best I can remember, and I was in tears by the end of it. (And I’m not a person who cries very easily)

Not only is today the last Harmonizer performance but it’s also Ms Cindy’s birthday, so I thought it would be appropriate to write about her today. But where do I even start? I’ve learned so much from her through the years and not just about singing, dancing and acting, though I’ve learned most of what I know about singing and acting from her! I always enjoy talking with her and almost always learn something. She always does an amazing job with Harmonizers and puts on a show everyone involved in can be really proud of. She is also one of the busiest people I know, I seriously don’t know how she does it all, but you would never guess when you see her because she always give 100% to whatever she’s involved in and everyone reaps the benefits.

Ms Cindy: Thank you for all your hard work over the years with Harmonizers and everything else you do. You are truly amazing, and everyone who knows you is a better person because of you!

Day 123: Thank you Lord for Ms Cindy and the blessing she has been in my life and in the lives of so many other people I know. Continue to bless her so she can continue to bless us.

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Day 120: Homeschool Harmonizers

Last night I went to the first performance of the Homeschool Harmonizers’ spring production “Promise U.” Homeschool Harmonizers (or as everyone ever associated with the group calls it “Harmonizers”) is a group of Homeschooled students who meet Friday mornings to for drama, singing, and some dancing. During the fall they rehearse Christmas music and visit various nursing homes to perform in December, and during the spring they put on a musical.

Harmonizers was started in 1997 by Ms. Cindy as part of a larger Homeschool Co-op with 12 kids, one of which was me! It later broke off and became a separate group which at its largest had 70 kids. (After a while it became too large and had to downsize abit) I stayed in the group for the next eight years even after I graduated from high school, and I helped out with the spring musical the two years after that.

I love this group so much! I learned so much while I was in it about acting and being onstage, as well as developing some of my dancing skills in styles other than ballet. I’m rarely nervous when I have to speak in front of large groups of people and I know being part of this group is a big part of the reason why. I have fond memories of each of the shows I was a part of, and I was able to develop great relationships with the other kids in the group, many of which continue to this day.

Many Harmonizer alumni I know wish they were still in Harmonizers, which is probably why if they can many stay on a year or two after they graduate from high school. Jen is one alumni who has a master’s degree in organ, but still comes back every year to help out.

Last year because I was out of a job or working part-time for most of the school year I was able to come back to help out, and even be part of the show. I learned a lot in that year about reading music. I love to sing, but am not much of a soloist. I know how to read music, but not very well until last year. I was amazed at how much I learned about reading music and how much better I am at it now.

Harmonizers has done some pretty amazing shows from Christian kids’ musicals, to variety shows, to full-fledge musicals. (“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, twice!) I love coming back each year and seeing how amazingly talented these kids are! It’s so cool for me to see kids grow and develop as performers through the years. I’m always blessed by the show they put on, and I know the audiences are too.

Day 120: Thank you Lord for the Homeschool Harmonizers and the impact it’s had on my life, and the lives of so many others. Thank you that I was able to be part of this group for so many years.

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Day 108: History

I’m a history buff. I love learning about other times and places. I find it fascinating and I believe the statement “Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” (You just have to look at history to see that, just take the German invasion of Russia at the same time of year and same place as Napoleon and both attempts failed!) When I’m learning about a certain time period I like to imagine what it would be like to live then.

If I had to pick a favorite time in history it would be without a doubt the American Civil War. I’ve often dreamed of being a Civil War Reenactor, and I’ve visited many of the battlefields close to where I live, including Gettysburg. (I’ve been there more times than I can count!) Believe it or not for a long time my favorite movie was “Gettysburg” which I find ironic since there’s only one woman in the whole movie with a spoken line “I thought the war was in Virginia.” But I think that proves just how much I love history.

I wish more people were interested in history because it’s important for our future. I think it’s important that we study history so we don’t make the same mistakes as our ancestors. There are so many interesting stories to be found in our history, often more interesting than any fiction, but people don’t take the time to study it because they think it’s boring.

Here’s my challenge to anyone who thinks history is boring: Get a kids’ book, or even a biography, about something that happened at least 50 years ago. Read it and then tell me if you still think history is boring. Kids’ books usually try to make things more interesting and exciting, and most of the time it’ll give a more interesting account of the event.

Day 108: Thank you Lord for giving us history, so we can learn about what’s been done before us and learn from their mistakes.

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Day 86: My trip to Italy

When Pope Benedict announced he was stepping down recently I couldn’t help but think about where I was when Pope John Paul II died. So where was I? In Italy!

My mom was the administrator of our Homeschool co-op which included a Latin class. The teacher (a dad of one of the families in the group) decided he wanted to take some of the students to Rome, Italy to learn more about the Roman Empire whose language was Latin. My family was invited to go with them and we jumped at the chance!

We spent 10 days in Italy mainly in Rome exploring the city, seeing everything from the Parthenon, to the Coliseum (our hotel was a few blocks away from here), the catacombs, Piazza Navona and The Spanish Steps. One of my favorite places was the church of San Clemente, which is a 12th Century church, but you down one level and it’s the remains of a 4th Century church, you go down one more level and it’s a 2nd Century pagan temple. There’s so much history and contrast in one place!

After spending a few days in Rome we headed to Naples for the weekend, where we visited Pompeii which was an amazing experience, before heading to the island of Capri off the coast of Naples. We had to take a ferry over to the island which is where we were exactly when the Pope died. Once on the island we took a small train to the top and that’s when we heard the church bell tolling. I’ll never forget standing in the square hearing that bell toll. We didn’t know at first what was going on, but we quickly found out. Making our way to our hotel we turned on the tv in the lobby to the BBC (the only station we could get in English) and learned more about what was going on.

We still had a few more days in Italy and had left most of our stuff at our hotel in Rome. Fortunately we already had our train tickets for the trip back to the city. The next day we went on a boat trip around this beautiful island. (If you ever go to Italy go here! It’s absolutely gorgeous!) Then we took the train back to Rome, which was completely full!

For our last few days of our trip we were supposed to go to the Vatican, but we didn’t know if we would even be able to get close, however we decided to give it a try and I’m SO glad we did! Each of the kids had to give a report on something we were going to see on our trip and mine was Saint Peter’s Basilica. I wanted to see it SO badly! We decided to go to the square at least, but once we were there we were surprised that the line to get in was not too long so we decided to go in. It was incredible to be inside the second largest church in the world especially at such a historic time, and to see the things I had been reading about. We weren’t able to go up in the dome because it was closed, but it was still incredible! A couple of hours after we left they brought the Pope’s body inside which made the fact we were able to get inside even more amazing!

The following day we were supposed to go to the Vatican Museum where the Sistine Chapel is, but we didn’t know if we would make it. We had taken the subway the day before and while it had been more crowded than before it wasn’t too bad. The next day was a completely different story! We couldn’t even get on it, and the buses weren’t any better! So we decided to walk the 2 miles to the Vatican. This was by far the longest we had to walk the entire trip but we made it and it was well worth it! We actually got inside the Sistine Chapel a few hours before they closed it!

Overall, the trip was incredible and not just because we were there at such a historic time. We saw so many amazing things and learned so much. It’s something I’ll never forget!

Day 86: Thank you Lord for my trip to Italy, and for all the amazing things I was able to see and experience while I was there.

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Day 57: Homeschooling

I was Homeschooled from Kindergarten till I graduated from High School, and I’m so glad I was! I benefited so much from being taught at home, especially in when I went to college. I knew how to study independently, and had no problems conversing with adults.

I’ve heard all the Homeschooling stereotypes (not socialized, miss too much, naive, etc) but let me tell you I’ve met a lot of homeschoolers over the years, and none of them completely fit any of the stereotypes. True we all have a bit of it in us, but in my opinion the benefits are much more important!

When I hear about some of the stuff that goes on in public schools I am so glad I didn’t have to deal with it. Of course I couldn’t avoid all of it when I went to college, but I was much better prepared for it and not just because of my age. I knew what my opinions were on various things, and because they were so firmly engrained in me by my parents I knew how to handle it.

Day 57: Thank you Lord that I was Homeschooled, and how it prepared me more adequately for college and life than many people I know who weren’t homeschooled.

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