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Thankful Thursday | an end to the homeschooling

This week, I am thankful:

that I am almost almost almost done homeschooling

I have been homeschooling since 2004, and as soon as Zoe finishes her algebra book (25 more lessons!), I will officially be done.

two girls sitting at a table.

from the earlier days of homeschooling

Nineteen years of teaching my kids! That’s a pretty respectable amount of time. And I’m ready to be done and just be a student myself.

I know sometimes homeschooling moms feel a little at loose ends once their youngest graduates, but I do not anticipate feeling that way at all, mostly because I’ll be in nursing school.

“At loose ends” is not how you’re gonna be describing my next two years. 😉 

I know homeschooling moms sometimes feel a sense of sadness when this chapter comes to a close, but I also don’t really feel that.

I homeschooled for almost two decades! That’s a lifetime supply of being responsible for other people’s learning, I think. 😉 


for strawberries

fresh strawberries.

I have eaten SO MANY strawberries this week. And I feel 100% good about it.

I don’t know if I could ever get tired of strawberries. But I would be willing to try. 

for perfect weather

Man, this week has been full of days that are 10/10, elite weather in my book.

It hasn’t been humid.

It hasn’t been hot.

It hasn’t been cold.

It’s just been perfect in-between weather that doesn’t make you shiver or sweat.

I wish this type of weather lasted all year round, but then again, maybe I wouldn’t appreciate it as much as I do if I had more of it.

for my cat’s trimmed nails

As I write this post, she’s kneading my stomach, and I am feeling very happy that I got her nails clipped today. 

It’s a much less spiky experience this way. 😉 

that it’s not hard to get my cat into her carrier

She is very uncooperative if I try to cut her nails myself (which is why she has to get into the cat carrier and go to the vet for a trim!)*

But she is not impossible to get into a cat carrier, so I’m thankful for that.

curled-up cat.

She does tend to hide under the bed if she gets a whiff of a go-to-the-vet plan, but as long as we shut all the doors so she has no escape route, we can just pick her up and gently insert her into the cat carrier.

cat on vet table.

*we even watched videos on YouTube with titles like, “How to trim your fractious cat’s nails” and we still failed. I decided it’s just not worth all the accidental scratching.

that everything for Lisey’s move is coming together

I think almost everything is in order now; she’s got a rental, her car is getting shipped this week, she’s got a plane ticket to fly out…

And of course, she already had the job all lined up. 😉 

that I get to go to nursing school

I know my excitement may wane once I am knee-deep in classes and clinicals but right now, I am still full of unbridled enthusiasm.

that you can get titers to prove immunity

There are a LOT of things I have to prove immunity for before nursing school starts, and it’s sort of a headache to try to find all my old immunization records. 

Luckily, you can get blood tests, called titers, which check for antibodies against certain diseases.

medical med.

For example, I was not vaccinated against chicken pox (there was no vaccine back then!), but I did get sick with chicken pox as a kid. 

So, to prove immunity, I had a blood draw, called a titer, to check for antibodies.

I had a ton of titers drawn, and as it turns out, I just need one booster and then I’m all good to go on the vaccination front. 

And I didn’t even have to pull up a bunch of old paperwork. Yay!

(I was in the military healthcare system as a kid, so I don’t even know where I’d start to find my vaccination records!)

that my drug test and background check came back promptly

They’re due on May 26th, I believe, so I’m glad to have both of those knocked out.

(In case you were nervous, the report said that I am drug-free, and also that there are no crimes in my past. I’m sure you are shocked. 😉 )

that our colds are getting better

Lisey and Zoe and I all got a mild cold over the last week or so, and we are all on the mend now.

(It wasn’t Covid; we checked using my stash of free tests!)

What are you thankful for this week?

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Sunday 28th of May 2023

You might be able to request your medical records from your time as a military dependent:

If this doesn’t work, I can ask some fellow military spouses for you.


Sunday 28th of May 2023

Oh, good to know. Thank you!

I'm really hoping my titers will get me covered, but I will check this link if it turns out they need more info!

Rebekah in SoCal

Friday 26th of May 2023

I'm thankful that the baby looked good at the 20-week ultrasound. I haven't been gaining weight, but the baby is growing.

I'm thankful that due to my advanced maternal age, I get monthly ultrasounds going forward. It will be annoying to have the extra expense and need to take extra time from work, but it will be nice to see more pictures.

I am thankful for the upcoming three-day weekend to celebrate a milestone birthday.

I am thankful that we have a foreign legion and VFW within walking distance. We are not veterans, but both facilities welcome civilians and that will be a nice place to honor Memorial day.

I am thankful for my morning coffee.


Friday 26th of May 2023

I have been a reader of your blog since my daughter was born and she's about to finish grade 9, so a LONG time...but I'm not usually one to comment :)

I am thankful for: 1) The beautiful summerlike weather we are currently experiencing on the West coast of BC (Canada) after a soggy spring. 2) That my daughter got hired to do water safety at the waterslides again this summer - such a fun way to earn some serious cash over the summer holidays! 3) That my efforts at the gym to build more muscle finally seem to be paying off. 4) That I recently got offered a new role at one of my jobs that is a major step towards achieving my career goals. 5) My daughter is about to complete her first year at the boarding school of her dreams. Definitely NOT frugal, but she is on financial aid and we are living in our carriage house/renting out our house to make this dream a reality for her!

So needless to say, I am VERY impressed at how you have successfully homeschooled 4 kids!!!

Also, a big CONGRATULATIONS on getting into nursing school. That's no easy task!!!


Friday 26th of May 2023

@Kristen, It was harder on me than I thought it would be! It was also more challenging for her to be away from home at 14 than she expected. Especially in the short dark days of winter!

Being a parent is definitely full of ups and downs. This has been a year of learning that nothing in life is all good or all bad :)


Friday 26th of May 2023

Oh, I am so glad you popped in to say hi!

What a fun summer job for your daughter. And wow, a boarding school; was it hard to send her off while she was still in high school? I can imagine that her joy at being there helped outweigh any sadness you had, though.


Friday 26th of May 2023

Congrats!!!!! You did it… it is okay to be proud yet happy to move on to new phases!!!

Onward and upward!!!


Thursday 25th of May 2023

In order to work at my school I needed to show my immunization records. Well, let’s just say those records are really old and who knows where they are anymore so I had a titer done for the MMR - and it turned out I was no longer immune. A quick vaccination and I will hopefully be covered for the rest of my (hopefully long) life.

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