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School is Upon Us and a Car Decision!


Volleyball tryouts at Princess new school begin today. And they will run all week. She will be staying with cousins while I travel to Chicago to return Gymnast to his dad’s house. I am so grateful for how organized this school’s team is…from the beginning!

We already received the schedule for the whole season. I’m excited for her and this new adventure! While school doesn’t start for 2 more weeks, I am so ready for the regular schedule again.

Gymnast and Princess

After 9 months of living apart, Gymnast and Princess are beginning to rebuild their relationship.

I will find out today what the cost for volleyball will be. I’m praying, praying that it is reasonable. But I don’t mind the cost. Just this year and next and then this part of my life comes to an end.

And at the end of the volleyball season, Princess will concentrate on finding her first job. She and I are both very excited about this step toward her independence.

School Schedule

Princess received her academic schedule for the year…5 Honors classes, a leadership class and a ACT/SAT prep class. It is going to be a tough year for her. But I know she is up for the task.

History Buff will take 3 additional dual enrollment classes this fall, along with one more home school math to finish his high school requirements. He has decided to pursue becoming a machinist for now but is still considering transferring to a 4 year school to pursue a bachelors of construction management down the road. I think having something…machining…to work with to start is a great plan. Then he can decide what will come after that. (We anticipate the this program will take at least one more year.)

A New to Us Car

In preparation for this step and now that Sea Cadet has left for California, we made a decision on the car front and have already put it into place.

  • History Buff sold his car this past week. The money from the sale (he is taking payments,) will be saved for a motorcycle or another car down the rode. (This is his choice.)
  • Sea Cadet left his car in his brother’s care while he is gone. But retains ownership. History Buff will be paying for all maintenance and care cost. But driving it for free, otherwise, to give History Buff a chance to save for a motorcycle.
  • Princess and I bought a car. A used car, but a car that we “share custody of.” One that we plan to become hers once she can drive next year. My uncle heard what we were doing and offered to loan us the money interest free, since I am tapped from paying for Princess new school, History Buff’s last semester of high school and so on. (He negotiated a fantastic deal, which he is well known for, and we both believe this car will last Princess long into the future.) We don’t have to make any payments until June of next year (to give Princess time to get a job and start working.) It was very generous of him and we are both very grateful. (I am carrying full coverage insurance to cover his and ours investment, of course!) I will add this debt in my next debt update, since I will be helping Princess make the payments for a while. But she does understand the responsibility (and it is a very fair deal my uncle has made and just enough responsibility that I find it acceptable for her as a full time student and part time worker.)

Help Me in Congratulating Sea Cadet


Today is the day! Sea Cadet has officially completed his studies to become a Advanced EMT. (He has actually already tested for the national registry to be a Basic EMT, but will still need to complete the Advanced testing.)

I am unbelievably proud of him. And can’t wait to see what his future holds! He has spent this week completing paperwork for his year long commitment to Americorps. And he leaves tomorrow to travel to Virginia with History Buff to spend a few last days with friends before he heads to California to begin his training to work with FEMA.

One of Princess’ friends took some pictures for me (free) to create a graduation announcement for him, which I have yet to do. But I thought I would share a few of them here.

We know he will have some time off over the coming year, but we don’t know when or where he will be. So I’m not sure when I will see him again. It’s truly bittersweet to see him stepping into adulthood with such a big move, all across the country! But I know this is going to be an amazing adventure for him.

I’ve had several BAD reach out about graduation gifts for Sea Cadet. He would greatly appreciate that, but with him moving and limited to one duffle bag he doesn’t really need anything. But if you would like to send him a card…please send it to J. Hunt, PO Box 882, Toccoa, GA 30577. He would greatly appreciate your well wishes. I will be sending him packages once he is settled somewhere for a bit.