Last week our fifth homeschooler was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa. For those of you who don’t know, Phi Theta Kappa is the honor society for community colleges. In our house, it also stands for Punch That Kid. And if you don’t know why you really need to go read this post.
We are so proud of this girl!
Kalina was diagnosed with unilateral hearing loss at age 12. It came as a shock to all of us but answered many questions. We now knew Kalina was not ignoring us or “not listening” when we gave instructions. She has a disability. One that she doesn’t let slow her down at all.
Due to her hearing loss, Kalina has to work harder and longer than her siblings. She has always faced her hearing loss with nothing but grace and an attitude of determination.
That made this induction into Phi Theta Kappa extra special. We try to make it a celebration for the whole family. We think it is a great example for the younger kids and hopefully gives them something to strive for. Unfortunately, this year it fell on the same night as the Jr. High orientation Avi and Tucker needed to attend. Chuck took them and Hezekiah, who was playing in the band, while I took the rest of the crew to the induction ceremony.
I was thrilled that Big, Grown-Up Judah was there to attend.
Kalina forgot to invite her grandparents to the ceremony (oops) but thankfully they live less than five minutes from the Dairy Queen where we celebrate (and where Kalina works).
Nothing says hurray like ice cream!by