Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Family Update and Wednesday Inspiration

Some of you have asked for an update on the girls...

LaRae is keeping straight A's despite this being her fourth semester of 20+ hours. She is tutoring Greek, working in the writing-center as a tutor, teaching five violin students each week, is Concertmistress of the college orchestra, and is in a string quartet that hires out for weddings. She is an editor for the Tower Light (a student-run college publication), and she continues to work toward a variety of scholarship application requirements for graduate study opportunities. She seems to thrive on a packed schedule. We just pray she stays healthy!

For two years, she drove alone to church every Sunday, and one of the biggest delights right now is that her car is full every Sunday morning as her sister and some friends join her for church! We are thrilled with her!

Rachelle is off to a grand start. She placed in a 400 level Latin course--thanks to a year in high school with The Lukeion Project. She self-taught from Wheelock's Latin her junior year of high school and then joined Lukeion's 2nd year Latin online course her senior year and is delighted with where her placement exam landed her at Hillsdale. The class is studying Lucretius' epic philosophical poem De rerum natura about the beliefs of Epicureanism, translated into English as On the Nature of Things or "On the Nature of the Universe." She is delighted that while 45 lines per class (at times) is a pretty hefty amount of translation, she is happy to be past just grammar and more into analysis of concepts.

She is thoroughly enjoying orchestra, piano and violin lessons, a few core courses that are improving her writing--one of her highest aims--and developing her critical analysis/thinking skills. She got her first Latin quiz back and was thrilled with her grade. Her first paper will soon be returned with a grade, and she'll know then if she has time to tutor Latin, one of her future goals. She wants to try her hand at "teaching" to see if it is a direction she might want to pursue.

Curt and I are enjoying time with just the two of us. Of course, there are times when we miss the girls, but knowing they are happily pursuing what they should gives us great peace of mind. Today, Curt is able to work at home part of the day. What a joy to sit with him in our living room, listening to Fernando Ortega quietly sing his "Give Me Jesus," hearing the pitter-patter of rain drops outside and the click-click-clicking of our computer keys as we each type away.

I was so inspired yesterday after watching a youtube video of Ravi Zacharias. If you need some encouragement, check it out.

Happy Wednesday, dear reader!