Monday, April 21, 2008

Nearing the End

This is my last week of "official highschool." After 12 years, my homeschooling days are drawing to a close. The realization is bittersweet. It's great to think of being finished and having graduated, but I shall truly miss my homeschooled days. They've been a joy!

Although I'm have graduated highschool, I don't intend to stop learning! In fact, I never intend to stop trying to learn! I'll have finished my main books, but though "booklearning" has ended, I'm going to continue reading and learning my whole life long. This summer I hope to continue reading a chapter or two a day in a historical and theological book; I've learned so much this way, and there's no end to the good books out there. I also intend to continue Scripture memorization and the Memlock program. But other things, like Physics, I'll put behind me.

These years have been full of so many lessons learned, trials passed, and joys abounding. I've enjoyed the freedom homeschooling has given me to explore and learn so much apart from sitting at a desk. Yes, I've done the academics, but I've also learned music, dance, drama, cooking, cleaning, sewing, teaching skills, childcare, scrapbooking, and so much more. Being someone who learns well on my own, I've enjoyed teaching myself and learning by doing, though some has come through trial and error. I've also so appreciated the support of my parents and love of my whole family as they've helped me explore many areas.

Looking back, I wonder where the time has gone. I still feel somewhat like the 14-year-old girl of not so long ago! I look in the mirror and wonder if I even look old enough to graduate! =) The years behind have been good, but I trust God for the lessons and opportunities He'll bring in the years ahead. I pray that I'll be open to His voice and live for His glory.

I do look forward to finishing, however. The realization hit me when it was 2 weeks away, then 1 week, now 4 days. Though I'll "officially" be done, at least according the schedule I've made for myself, not too much will change for now. It will be nice to have a little more extra time as the busy month of May approaches! My graduation celebration is scheduled for the end of May.

The next question on your mind is probably, "So, what's next?" It's the question everyone's been asking since my senior year began. Although at the beginning of the year I had a lot of uncertainties, I finally have an answer. But... that will take a post of it's own. =)


Sheila said...

Wow, Anna, that is so sweet! God has blessed you abundantly. Grow in grace! I can't wait to hear all your plans!

Sloan said...

Oh Anna Congrats!

How exciting. I pray that the Lord will bless you and keep guiding you always.

Sloan <><

Lauren Christine said...

Congratulations! I look forward to hearing "what's next" :)

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

What a milestone! Congratulations! I know God has good plans for you, so I look forward to that "post of its own." My year is drawing to a close as well with a trip to D.C. in May and a graduation on June 7. This is an exciting time!

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog a few days ago, and I am really enjoying it.

I am looking forward to seeing your answer to the "what's next" question. I "graduated" in December, and I am still not sure "what's next" other than to better serve my family with my increased time. Some of my extended family doesn't seem to understand that concept though. :)


Christine said...

That is so exciting? Are you going to get a college degree? My sister has really been thinking about accelerated distance learning. She DEFIANTLY doesn't want to leave her father's house until she is married. I really enjoy reading your blog.

Ella said...

Oh, golly! I only have 4 more MONTHS before I finish! I can wonder the "do I look like a graduate" question too. You are right, you never stop learning!

I know the rest of the story and my prayers are with you...especially as you tell it! (That is the first step!)

Maria Pauline said...

Wow! That is really an accomplishment.

It's hard for me to believe that my high school days are soon half gone. It seems like yesterday that I started and yet it has been so long.

Alyssa C. said...

Congratulations, Anna! I pray that you will continue to lean on God as He takes you to the next chapter of your life's story.

God bless!

~ Alyssa C.

Miriam Rebekah said...

Like Ella, I also know the rest of the story and I'm praying for you all the time.
I look forward to reading your next step in life, Anna.

Life is learning,
Miriam Rebekah