But the next 30 days would prove to be memorable as well!
Right after Labor Day weekend Luke came to us with a bombshell-he told us he needs to move to South Dakota and finish his bachelor's degree on campus.
Stunned silence, stammering-JOY, fear.
Luke deals with severe social anxiety.
It is not something anyone can understand unless you or someone you love deals with it. It is a silent disability that turns an articulate, highly intelligent person into a shell of themselves when they have to deal with people or social situations.
IT IS NOT SOMETHING THEY JUST GET OVER-it's not all in their head. It's real, and it's painful.
It is something we have always dealt with in our Luke. He has always found a way to manage the anxieties, and has been to counseling. He's tried medication, but so far nothing has worked. They all make him feel worse, cranky, sick to his stomach-all of which makes his anxiety increase.
He's been going to Dakota State online and living at home. It's been a great program, and it is a well ranked school.
This year, Luke realized he needed to be on campus to get the most out of his education.
When he came to us, we talked about a million different ways he could accomplish going to school on campus.
Switching schools was top of the list, but several courses wouldn't transfer, and Dakota State is a school that specializes in the tech industry. Luke being a programmer, understands the benefits of attending a school with a specialty.
In the end, we all realized that he has to move to South Dakota.
We all set out to adapt, wrap our mind around this, shop for a car and an apartment.
A week later, Luke had called the school and switched to campus enrollment for the Winter Semester, dropped a class so he can pick it up next fall on campus, and wrapped his mind around this big move.
Two weeks later, Nick drops a bombshell!
Nick asked if he could attend public school to finish up his high school career.
We told him no, but said we would entertain letting him attend the christian high school.
It took a bit for me to really understand why he wanted to make the change to a traditional school setting.
He kept telling me he just wants to be a kid, he just wants to have a high school experience.
I'm okay with that~
The plan was for him to finish up homeschooling this year and do early entry at the local community college, but he's not ready to be a grown up and go to college at 17.
Life is long,
we don't see the need to rush him out the door to be an adult.
He wants to join the police force, and that in itself, will carry a heavy enough burden throughout his life and career.
So off we went to the high school!
They were great to work with, adjusted a few credits,
renamed a few classes on his transcripts so they were more mainstream, filled out a ton of paperwork,
and chose to wait until January at the semester break for him to officially enroll.
There are a few classes he needs to finish up at home so we can issue credits, and he doesn't want to start at the school in the middle of classes and have to play catch up.
We've been to a couple of football games, and Nick is sitting in on the math class he will be taking in January to ensure he understands the concepts.
After the emotional summer we had, this was all a lot to take in!