His Plans Are Perfect

Have you ever had a situation in your life where the path or the plan didn’t really make sense, the pieces didn’t seem to fit, but somehow God worked through it and presented you with a final product better than you could have ever hoped for? For me, this is exactly what happened in my homeschool/high school transition experience.

As I had mentioned earlier in this blog, I was homeschooled for a while. But, when I started thinking about going back to school, there was a huge part of me that really didn’t want to go. And I mean really didn’t want to go. In my Sophmore year of high school, I went to a sleepover with one of my best friends. She asked me “what if we went to school together?!” Outwardly I said “that would be so much fun!” but inwardly, I was thinking, “there’s no way I am going to switch schools again.”

It’s a good thing God didn’t listen to me.

A couple of days after that sleepover, I applied to a private Christian school and got accepted four weeks before the first day of school. God opened door after door on my way to the school. That in and of itself was a huge miracle because I had applied late and there wasn’t much space for more students. Even though it was last minute and all of the available spots in the school were filled, I was able to obtain a spot and was admitted into high school. And it was the one of the best things that happened to me.

It was through this journey that I met some amazing people, building friendships that I never thought I would have. I met mentors and was pushed to study harder and better. Eventually, I graduated and now I will be attending a Christian university with some amazing fellow English majors and a whole world ahead of me.

Way back in Sophmore year, I never even thought I would some day end up sitting around a lunch table with some close friends or dancing in a room filled with classmates at prom or even traveling on a school trip to Peru. Those things just didn’t seem even remotely possible to me.

Looking back, I am so glad that I said yes to God’s plan even when I didn’t want to and it didn’t make sense. Homeschooling was great, but it was only to be a part of my path. I loved being at home and spending time with my family, but I wouldn’t have been able to grow so much if I had stayed. Not in the ways I have.

When God’s plans for you don’t make sense, remember what Proverbs 16:4 says: “the LORD works out everything to its proper end.” He wants you to grow in your trust for Him as He shows you His will for your life. But it’s important to remember that the things that don’t make sense now are only just the beginning of a wonderful adventure in God’s perfect plan.

Why I Switched From Homeschooling To Private Schooling

Hey, everyone! So ever since I posted this big news post, I’ve gotten questions pertaining to homeschooling and my big switch. So I decided to create a mini-series and answer all your questions. This is part 3 – Why I Switched From Homeschooling To Private Schooling.

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One question that I get asked a lot is, “Why did you decide to go back to school?” That’s a pretty fair question. So here’s the short answer: I missed being in a social setting.

Here’s the long answer: I believe that there is a time for everything. I loved being homeschooled and being at home with my family. There wasn’t anything about it that I didn’t enjoy, but as high school graduation drew closer to an end, I felt that I needed to go back to being in an actual brick building school.

“Why didn’t you just go to a public school?”, you may ask. I wanted to go to a school where I could share my faith openly, somewhere I could feel comfortable in, somewhere I could have a Christian education. For me, that meant going to a Christian school. I also wanted a place for me to make great friends. As a homeschooler, I didn’t have much social time so it was really important for me to be able to have that. So, I chose a Christian school where my friend goes to.

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Hopefully, this post helped you all understand my decision. If you still have any questions, comment or email me at happilyabi@gmail.com

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My Homeschool Experience

Hey, everyone! So ever since I posted this big news post, I’ve gotten questions pertaining to homeschooling and my big switch. So I decided to create a mini-series and answer all your questions. If you have anything that you would like for me to include in this series, check out this page. Without further ado, here is part 1 – My Homeschool Experience.


Many people have asked me to explain the curriculum that I used for homeschooling and have gotten confused when I said that I was duo-enrolled, so I thought that I would try to explain my homeschooling experience in more detail. If any of you still have questions, comment below and I will get to them or email me here: happilyabi@gmail.com.

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When I first started out homeschooling, I taught myself using a curriculum that was already prepared for me. It was great… in the beginning. But when I missed a deadline, I fell more behind due to procrastination. I loved being at home and being my own teacher but during those months, my favorite line was, “I’ll do it later.” So that didn’t really work all that great for me. My mom started looking for something else for me to do that was more structured.

My mom found out about Veritas Press Scholars Academy through a friend and it was perfect for me. VPSA was a great Christian program for me because I would have to log on to classes at certain set times and turn in assignments during the week. The best part, the classes were live which meant that there was a teacher to interact with as well as classmates to talk to. The classes were harder of course but I loved it.

After two years of taking classes through VPSA, I decided that I wanted to go back to school. Again, my mom found a part-time, college style school that I went to every Tuesday and Thursday. On Monday and Wednesday, I continued to take VPSA classes and on Fridays, I had the day off. Going to school 2x a week reminded me of how great being at school was and how much I missed it so I started playing with the idea of going back to school full-time.

With that thought in the back of my mind, I enjoyed my summer. It wasn’t until my friend said, “Abi, what if you went to my school and we had classes together?! That would be so much fun!” that I actually started seriously considering going back to school. A couple weeks later, I applied to a private Christian school and got accepted four weeks before the first day of school. That in and of itself was a huge miracle because 1) I applied way late and 2) The Administration Office said that there probably wouldn’t be space. Still, I got in and I thank God for it every day.

I already have met so many amazing and friendly people at the school and I love going there. I even wrote a post about all the things I learned in my first week of classes and how things have been going transition wise. (Check it out here.) Being back at school is a learning process. It may be hard and stressful for me at times, but I really feel like I now have the opportunity to be myself.

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Hopefully, this post helped you all understand my crazily complicated school experience. If you still have any questions, comment or email me at happilyabi@gmail.com

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