Today I have great news! After what seems like a long, drawn-out homeschool year, which included summer school, my youngest daughter has successfully graduated from high school. She finished all the work on a Friday, and a week ago she received her official diploma! Yay!!! Multiple forms of celebration are, and have already been, taking place! She and I have already celebrated at the ice cream shop, and she and her dad have been watching the extended version of the first and second Hobbit movies in the evenings. I expect more celebrating to happen soon.
If you have been following this blog for over a year, you may already know that my daughter had to go through a diagnostic process because of various health problems that applied the brakes to her progress in high school. She has hEDS, POTS, TMJ, and chronic pain disorder with many disabling symptoms. She has slowly been able to overcome many of these with help from God first (thank you, God!), as well as from doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, and medication. She has been a real trooper, persevering daily with her PT exercises, getting her sleep schedule straightened out, organizing her time, and doing school work from early morning till bedtime with very few breaks. And finally she has reached her goal!
Also, during the last few months, we took her to a college-up-close event. She chose a college in another state, registered for classes, took the ACT, and worked on all the other things that go into that whole process.
These last two years of homeschooling my daughter and of going through all the medical processes together have been times of bonding for the two of us. We have learned to look at one another with renewed love and respect. God has actually blessed us with a close relationship, and I truly understand that this is the exception rather than the rule in our present western culture. She is ready to move on to college, and I am ready to let her go there, but not because we are clashing or on each other’s last nerve. Rather, she has reached the first destination toward which we have been training her on this journey of life. Now it is time for her to go on to the next level to hone the skills that God has given her, so that she can accomplish all the plans that He put in place for her before He created her.
This last couple of years have been so filled with the two of us praying together and of her realizing that if God did not help her each day, then she would not be able to succeed. Because of this, her faith has grown immensely. She has seen daily answers to prayer that, in spite of her health challenges, have culminated in a wonderful experience in the end!
Now we push forward together to do the shopping, packing, and applying for additional scholarships. God willing, before we know it, these last few weeks together will have flown by, and our daughter will spread her proverbial wings, fly out of the nest, and soar to new heights of accomplishment for the glory of God!
“Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;” Psalm 103:1,2 NAS
Today I’m thankful that my daughter has graduated from high school.
I’m thankful for all the love and respect we have shared as we went through the process together of her healing and finishing school.
I’m thankful that we are able to celebrate together.
I’m thankful that my daughter has been feeling so much better and is able to attend college.
I’m thankful that we got so many of the college preparations finished so she can step from one school to the next with a more peaceful, expectant heart.
I’m thankful that God used the trials of our lives to help us realize that we need to lean on Him and that He is able and happy to help us.
I’m thankful for God’s gift of faith.
I’m thankful for the beautiful plans that God has for my daughter and that He will be with her and lead her all the way.
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