I just finished my senior year of high school.
I remember in Kindergarten, I could not wait to grow up. Could not wait to be an adult...to drive...to have my own house one day...to start a life of my own. Now it is potentially here and I wish I could go back to being a kid again. My, how time flies.
I never thought that when school officially ended, I would be bawling my eyes out like a baby. Then again, I never thought I would have been enrolled in an amazing private Christian academy.
Many may not agree with my family's decision to homeschool, especially with a traditional Christian curriculum. That's okay. I don't ask you to agree. But as for me, I cannot thank God enough for the many things He has taught me over the past five years. I may not be the brightest person intellectually in the world, but I do feel like I've gained a closer spiritual walk with God. To me, that is priceless.
Our family used the Abeka curriculum, and within a few days we all knew it was a blessing sent straight from God. With Abeka's video classes, for the first time I met teachers who cared about me. Not just teachers that cared that I passed so they wouldn't have to see me again. They shared mistakes they made in their lives with me, so I wouldn't have to go into the world and learn the hard way. To go from a worldly way of teaching, to a Bible-based, traditional approach...it changed everything for me. I learned so much more than I ever thought I would from humans who took the time to care about my life.
I started Abeka not knowing what the outcome would be. I never knew what a growing experience it would be. To many people's dismay, homeschooling helped me become more outgoing. In fact, I've shared many conversations with people across the globe through my blog, through Abeka, and in person. It also created a bond between my sister and I that we may not have discovered otherwise. Words cannot describe how much my little sis means to me. She's the best class mate right next door. It brought out a piece of the both of us that I never knew. And it created a better human being in me.
Rosepetalsandfaith wouldn't be here if I hadn't been nudged to step out into the world and share the Gospel. I wouldn't have found a deep passion for writing if I hadn't sat under this amazing English teacher, Mr. Bucy. I wouldn't have known about how a government truly runs without Mr. Zila. Mr. McBride taught me too many life lessons to count. I learned how to make amazing garlic cheese drop biscuits thanks to my awesome cooking teacher. Mr. Smith provided me with a lifetime of puns to annoy my own children with one day. And thanks to my document processing teacher, I can successfully put together my own resume!
Because of their real, raw, funny, and generous ways, it's little life lessons like that that honestly impact lives. It's something I can carry and count on and share with others as life goes on.
Thanks are due to so many more teachers, family, and friends who have impacted my life and changed it for the better. My parents especially. I know God gave us this because He wanted us closer, and I love that bond He's given our family. Your support, encouragement, and love means more to me than words will ever tell. But more than that, I can't thank God enough, for allowing me to finish school with this outstanding homeschool program. He's the one who made this possible. He knew that I--as well as my entire family--needed Abeka, and He sent it in His own unique way. While Abeka challenged me intellectually, it challenged me all the more spiritually. Without Abeka, I'm not sure if I'd be half the person I am today. I feel thankful, grateful, and blessed. God has been (and always will be) faithful. I will praise Him for all He has done in my life.
While flipping to the next chapter may make me nervous and uneasy about an unknown future, I do know God holds my hand. His grip is secure, and He never lets go. With His hand on my life, I know I can count on a sound future and a joyous life.
I'm incredibly excited for graduation in May, and can't wait to see how God will work there. I'm excited for delving deeper into creative writing. And I'm excited to keep serving the Lord, because He never disappoints.
I'll Keep Smiling,