Another thing going on here lately besides everyone’s birthdays and homecoming prep – my daughter Allison became a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist! There are only 16,000 semifinalists in the entire United States. Of those, 15,000 will be chosen as finalists. Allison is working on that application process now!
To say we are proud of Allison is one of the biggest understatements. This girl has worked hard for this!
Funny Back Story –
Last year for Allison‘s birthday, I gave her the big SAT practice book because I really thought she asked for one. She says she didn’t ask for one, but when I gave it to her, she thought I was sending her a subliminal message that she should work on it. So she started studying and her work paid off. We didn’t even figure out the comedy of errors until months after she took the test. I believe our our little “miscommunication” was heaven looking out for us. Because when she started practicing and we saw the evidence that National Merit Scholar was within her grasp, we got serious about it.
She took the qualifying test last fall and we’ve waited almost a year to find out. When the school called me with the news, I lost control of myself and yelled a loud cheer into the phone, then immediately started crying – probably a typical mom response, lol.
Allison asked me recently if these crazy good test scores she gets are the thing I’m most proud of for her. I said, definitely not, it’s her character and who she is every day that makes me the the most proud to be her mom. I get excited for things like this because it’s exciting to watch someone you love so much reach their goals. I’m excited FOR HER and for what this means for her future. (PS – she has gotten a perfect score on both the Reading and Math sections, just not on the same test – yet. 1580 is definitely still exciting.)
Allison loves spending time with her friends and family. One day she dreams of being a soccer mom with chickens in her backyard. But on the way to that dream, she plans on studying Computer Science and working as a programmer. She loves reffing soccer and tutoring. This year, she will be competing in several academic UILs, including math and computer science. She crochets and reads for fun. She is the sweetest and she is so loved.
It’s been a long time since I’ve really written about family life and motherhood on this blog and I think it’s been missing. I want to start sharing more. Motherhood is something even nearer and dearer to my heart than organizing, believe it or not, lol. My mom has been encouraging me to share more mothering tips on the blog. I might just do that. Everyone should feel like their mom is their #1 fan like I do, and like I hope Allison does.
From my home to yours,