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Graduation Season is Upon Our Family

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So this year marks the end of schooling for our second son.  This son prefers low-key, low crowd interactions.  So we had to try to figure out what to do to mark his graduation ceremony.  I knew it needed to be rather low key to satisfy his need for small crowds.  We were blessed to review Homeschool Diploma’s Cap, Gown, Tassel, and Diploma.  If you would like to check out our review, click here. If you want to read other reviews for Homeschool Diploma from members of the Home School Review Crew, click here.

I was excited for to review the Cap, Gown, Tassel and Diploma from Homeschool Diploma. We went with the Standard Diploma, which satisfied my son, but I probably would have gone with one of the personalized and customized options if it had been my decision solely.  Here is a picture of him in the cap and gown.


I have to say I found the process of ordering the diploma along with the cap and gown.  I to loved how our son was able to receive a diploma he can carry in his wallet.  Everything was spelled out and easy to follow.

When our oldest son graduated, he participated in the CHAP graduation ceremony in Pennsylvania at the Homeschool Convention in Harrisburg.   For our second son, however, we decided to do a ceremony at home.  We plan on having some friends over to actually present our son with his diploma.  We will offer prayers for his future and for him to  find success.  So be watching for a post with pictures next week with the actual ceremony.

After we had made our plans for graduation, we found out our church recognized any graduates during a church service and later that same afternoon had a potluck picnic.  So we decided to participate.  Unfortunately, our son did not get to wear his cap and gown there.  Our pastor had the three graduates for this year stand.  He then had those around them lay hands on the graduates while he offered a prayer for them.  I, being mom,  hugged my son instead of just placing hands on him.  Of course, this meant I was unable to take any picutres.  In the afternoon, we drove out to the state park where the picnic was being held.  Every family brought a main dish and either a side or dessert based on the first letter of their last name.


Once everyone had their fill of food, our son decided to retreat to his favorite postion – finding somewhere to lay down and read.


Finally, the pastor, in his words, “passed out the loot”, since they had a money tree and provided the opportunity for anyone not attending to either give cards or other recognition to the graduates.  Here are some pictures.


All in all, I was pleased with how things turned out.  If you would like to read other graduation posts by other members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.



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Review of Homeschool Diploma’s Cap, Gown, Tassel and Diploma



Our oldest son is 21-years-old and I still remember the thrill of seeing him graduate from pre-school wearing his cap and gown.  Fast forward quite a few years and in 2015, I watched this same son graduate from homeschooling at our state homeschool convention.  Now we have reached the graduation milestone with our second son. I am so excited to share with you about our experience with Homeschool Diploma.  I was excited to be chosen to review the Cap, Gown, Tassel and Diploma from Homeschool Diploma. We went with the Standard Diploma, which satisfied my son, but I probably would have gone with one of the personalized and customized options if it had been my decision solely.  From high school graduation to eighth-grade graduation and even kindergarten graduation, Homeschool Diploma can meet your family’s needs.

Our son is not one who likes a lot of fuss and bother.  So when it came time to place our order, I think it is safe to say we had some differences of opinion.  However, I felt it was the right thing to allow him to say what type of diploma and cover he received.  After all, he will hopefully be holding on to this for a very long time.  The site made ordering a breeze other than resolving disagreements between my son and me about what we should order.

I loved all the options for the diploma.  We could have gone with a personalized option where I could have written a passage to be included on the diploma specific to our child and his accomplishments.  However, the Standard Diploma won out on Ivory parchment.    Next, we moved on to the covers. We had the option to choose between a blank cover, one of their pre-stamped diplomas or one which was personalized.  My son decided he wanted one of the pre-stamped diplomas so we went with the “Excellence in Home Education” cover with his name stamped on the front.  With many color options to choose from, our son selected the black cover.  We also ordered an archival copy of the diploma and a wallet-sized diploma that he can keep with him at all times.


Next, we had to decide on the color for his cap and gown.  Even though he had a variety of colors to choose from, our son wanted the black cap and gown.  They offer both a shiny finish called the “Tribute” or you have the option of a matte finish.  The gowns come in a variety of sizes to fit a variety of heights.  Because our son is over 6-feet tall, we had to order one of the tallest gowns.  Next, came the tassel which also is available in a variety of colors.  Our son went with gold which made me happy since my high school graduation tassel and gown were the exact same colors.  We went with a 2018 charm for the tassel.

The company offers the option of ordering honor cords, stoles, and medallions as well.  With the possibilities of ordering for kindergarten or eighth-grade graduations as well, this company has quite a bit to offer.  Also, you can order in bulk, so if you are part of an organization such as a co-op, everyone could order from the same place in order to guarantee that everyone matches.

Our package was shipped by priority mail and was shipped out really quickly in my opinion. It was delivered in a timely manner in a box that kept everything together.  Now, all we have to do is wait for May to get here so our son can participate in our church’s recognition of our graduates where he and several other students will be recognized at a graduation picnic.  We also plan on having some friends over for a more intimate graduation ceremony.

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So if you are looking for graduation items for kindergarten, eighth-grade, or high school, check out the Standard Diploma along with all the other options from Homeschool Diploma.  If you want to read other reviews from members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.





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Another Round of the Ultimate Blog Challenge

Well the first quarter of 2015 has flown by quickly.  We have spent the time working on school, beginning to hold church services at our home and making a relatively quick trip to North Carolina to see my husband’s side of the family.

With the start of the second quarter of 2015 beginning, I am pleased to be participating in the next round of the Ultimate Blog Challenge.  My plan for this blog for 2015 is to increase traffic to the blog and begin offering some freebies as well.  I am also going to learn how to use Photoshop and work more with PicMonkey to create my own graphics.

In April, the next Proverbs 31 Ministries Bible Study for Lysa Terkeurst’s book “What Happens When Women Walk in Faith” will begin.  Once again I will be serving as one of the Facebook Small Group leaders.

I am also participating in a Bible Study for Kay Arthur’s book “How to Study Your Bible” in order to learn more about the Inductive Bible Study method.  I am also going through the book, “Writing in the Margins”.  One of my goals for 2015 is to grow in Bible Journaling activities.  My one word for 2015 is “Create” and that is my focus for the year.




In the realm of homeschooling, we are preparing for our oldest son’s graduation.  With that we will enter a new realm of parenting.  We are planning on him walking across the stage at the CHAP convention in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania the weekend of Mother’s Day.  Our next graduation will possibly take place as early as the next school year.


So what is going on where you are

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The Last Day of March

It is hard to believe that it is already the last day of March.  We have had a couple of nice days in the last few weeks.  But we are getting some snow today.  Right now, we are under a Winter Weather Advisory for several inches of snow, but we will see what happens.

Yesterday was a bittersweet day in some ways.  We turned in the last 2 instruments to the Salvation Army.   We are not quitting music, but instead are going to rent instruments ourselves and pursue lessons for the children.  While we were out, we went into the Salvation Army thrift store.  I found three skirts and two tops for Rebecca.  It was one of the few times, I have seen her genuinely excited about clothes.  So that was fantastic.  Now it is just a matter of finding some more clothes that fit her properly.  I plan to go back before the week is over to see if I can find a few more things for her.  Apparently my daughter likes shopping in 2nd hand stores.

Here are the items we found:


And another picture:


It was really nice to see her excited about clothes.

I am also just beginning a couple of new Bible Studies.  These include:






With these Bible Studies, I am trying to create my own graphics using PicMonkey or the Image Feature on YouVersion.  Here are some that I created using the Image Feature on the YouVersion Bible app.



On top of all of this, we are working to get things together for Jacob’s graduation.  He will be walking across the stage at the CHAP Homeschool Convention graduation in May.  There is lots to do to make sure he is ready for this.  It is hard o believe that my oldest is actually graduating this year and the others are coming fast behind.

Well I pray you have enjoyed this update.  I would love to hear what is going on in your world today.



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Well there has been a lot going on here lately.  Dennis turned in his re-enlistment packet and we just received notification last week that it had processed.  So either tomorrow or Wednesday he and I will go to our battalion in Williamsport so he can be sworn in again.  We have been doing school around here.  We have had some snow and some days with warmer temperatures.  We have also had some really cold days.

We have been to North Carolina so he could renew his drivers license and we could visit Dennis’ parents.  While we were there, we were also able to see his brother, his wife, his daughter and her husband along with meeting our only great-niece.  Plus we were able to see another one of his sisters.  We attended church at our home church and went to a dinner afterwards at a sister church for Dennis’ uncle and his wife for a Pastor Appreciation day.

On the homeschooling front, we have begun preparations for Jacob’s graduation this May.  He will be taking to the stage at the CHAP homeschool convention to receive his diploma.  It is exciting and somewhat sad to think of our firstborn graduating and moving on to his next phase of life.

On the church front, we have begun having services with two other families on Sunday afternoons.  We have a meal first and then someone does a devotional/sermon.  This coming Sunday, Jacob will be giving the message

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