It’s the end of an era.
Those who have followed my blog for almost a decade have watched my niece Ilex and nephew Drake grow up. I am so proud of the adults they have become, and they are two of my most favorite people.
After eight years of homeschooling (four of those in the Classical Conversations Challenge program) and two years part-time at the local high school (where he played four years of football) as well as some classes at the community college, Drake has graduated from high school. He has joined the Navy and will head to boot camp in August before entering the Advanced Electronics/Computer Field program.
After seven years of homeschooling (three of those in the Classical Conversations Challenge program) and three years at the local community college where she was in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Ilex has graduated with her Associates of Arts degree. She has been accepted into the dental hygiene program at the community college south of us where she will attend in the fall.
Both are moving away, though we are sure to see Ilex often. The nest has begun to empty.