Heart-to-Heart with Diane

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Happy News!

Yesterday my daughter Julianna graduated with a Bachelor's Degree! She's worked hard, and had a lot of wonderful experiences. She earned her degree in Home and Family Living, with a minor in Music. She performed as the vocal soloist at the graduation ceremony too!

Feeling pretty proud!



  • At August 16, 2009 at 6:27 AM , Blogger Valerie said...

    Hello Diane!

    Congratulations to you and your daughter!

    A question: I have read your "Happy Homeschooling" book and read your wonderful idea of keeping your daughter at home for college studying and preparing to be a homemaker. Is this what your Julianna did?

    I have four daughters, so I would love to know!!


  • At August 16, 2009 at 3:30 PM , Blogger L2L said...

    Congrats, Julianna!! Thank you so much Diane for sharing all the big and little moments within your family. It is an encouragement and keeps the light burning for the likes of me, who are just beginning their homeschooling path. (Which by the way we started with Happy Phonics and look to continue with Math It this year.) Sometimes I wonder if I am doing enough and then when I see my children playing so well together, having compassion for others, and blowing us away with some amazing questions about our Lord, then I remember yes I am doing much on the inside!!!!

  • At August 16, 2009 at 3:50 PM , Blogger Susan said...

    Congratulations to Julianna and Mom Diane. What a wonderful accomplishment.

  • At August 17, 2009 at 10:45 AM , Blogger Diane Hopkins said...


    Every girl has her own mind and interests, and Julianna really wanted to graduate from the university and loved going there.

    My next daughter, Emily, is more inclined to want to study on her own. She has been accepted to the university and takes a class or two and keeps up a good social life there, but she prefers to use her tuition savings for more exciting things than college classes, such as video courses and educational travel. She diligently studies her interests on her own disciplined schedule. She has recently completed an Art Appreciation course from The Great Courses company, as well as a conservative American Heritage (DVD course) from Wallbuilders. I am encouraging her to look into getting some kind of college credit from what she is doing, if possible, so she can have the society's accepted college degree, since she is learning so much! Her interest lies in raising a family, so she has put me up to the task of teaching her all I know about mothering and homemaking in every aspect— childbirth, nursing, caring for the sick naturally, herbal knowledge, child discipline, cooking with whole grains and natural sweeteners, needle arts of all kinds, sewing, cooking, gardening, art, photo books, etc. every Monday afternoon at 3:00, for the past two years!

    Wonder what my third daughter will do?!

    It's an adventure, helping kids learn!


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