Monday, March 31, 2008

The official Heaven & Earth MoverŠ of the Landy family

We just got the call. She's in.

We hadn't expected to hear this soon - we're stunned!

I think the Breakthrough program is just the kind of challenge that will give the next few years a structure and focus which will allow Hannah to concentrate on her future. And make Dad's health issues easier to get through.

She - WE - worked so hard (contacting folks for recommendations, working on her essay, getting all the pieces together in just 2 days and then hand delivering the application) that the payoff of acceptance feels all the sweeter. And taking the time to meet with the breakthrough folks at the School Choice Fair so they remembered us ended up being a very good thing to do, too - yay!

We'll get the paperwork in the mail telling us the dates, etc., but she's basically making a commitment to 6 weeks of summer school AND 13 Saturdays of study during the school year next year - and she's thrilled!

It's snowing [again] in MN - lovely for the first day of Spring Break. But I remember April 8, 2003 when it snowed in NJ, so this isn't just a MN experience...

But NOTHING can bring us down today. Not even Gerry's lost crown (his teeth are in dreadful shape. A side effect of the MM and one of the drugs he's taking) for which he's at the dentist this morning. Ouch!

I think a celebratory game of SORRY! is in order - and pancakes for EVERYONE! Han and Max are in the kitchen making them now. Huzzah!


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Blogger Leslie said...

Hurray for Hannah! She is one smart cookie for realizing what a great help (and eventual advantage) this program will be for her. Her essay is cute, imaginative and well written. Thanks for helping her get it all together for submission; a supportive parent is a treasure.

March 31, 2008 9:46 AM  
Blogger Trillian42 said...

Yay Hannah! That's wonderful!!!

March 31, 2008 9:49 AM  
Blogger catie said...

Hurrah for Hannah!! Your daughter is a writer with a lot of potential! Great essay girl!! OK, maybe a few too many exclamation points, but you've been in my thoughts a lot lately after hearing of the incredible lame attitudes found within middle school administration. The more things change....

March 31, 2008 9:58 AM  
Anonymous Jeremy said...

Mazel Tov to Hannah and the whole family!

March 31, 2008 10:00 AM  
Anonymous kristy said...

Great for Hannah!! I have a eighth grade daughter who will be going to I.Q. Academy next year here in Wisconsin, (online high school)no extra cost to us. Thank Heavens for things like this, I hope and pray that things go easier for your family. Have gone the radiation and chemo route myself. Have beautiful day, Kristy

March 31, 2008 10:08 AM  
Blogger Kathleen C. said...

Congratulations Hannah and the whole Landry family!!!

Oh and Gerry, I somewhat feel your pain... I'm off to the dentist this afternooon for the first of two appointments to fill new, and replace lost, fillings on both sides of my mouth. Ick.

March 31, 2008 10:25 AM  
Blogger Kathleen C. said...

Aaahhhh! I hit an "r" in your last name! Aaaahhhh!

Sorry. Bad fingers.

March 31, 2008 10:26 AM  
Blogger Penny said...

Yay hannah!!! Mazel tov!! Enjoy and lots of support for a great time being sent your way. {hugs}

March 31, 2008 10:28 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Mazel Tov Hannah!!!

This was the best news I read all morning :-)

March 31, 2008 10:34 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Oh how wonderful! Yay Hannah!

March 31, 2008 10:44 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

What a great way to start Spring Break for Hannah! Yeah!

March 31, 2008 10:49 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

Hooray for Hannah! I'm so glad this worked out in her favor!

Poor issues on top of everything else. I'm sure he's taking it with grace, but dang!

March 31, 2008 11:02 AM  
Anonymous Keri said...

Congratulations to Hannah!

March 31, 2008 11:15 AM  
Blogger Milly said...

That is totally awesome!
Way to go mom and Hannah!

March 31, 2008 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

Yay Hannah!

March 31, 2008 11:43 AM  
Anonymous mwknitter said...

Hip Hip Hooray for Hannah - and all of you enjoy Spring Break. We will be hosting the 2 oldest grands for a couple of days - downtown for museums if it's nice enough & cookie baking & peanut butter making & crafts if it's nasty out. Can't wait!

March 31, 2008 11:48 AM  
OpenID kmkat said...

Yay, Hannah! Y'all must be so proud and happy for her. What an imagination she has -- gee, I wonder where she gets that? :-)

March 31, 2008 11:51 AM  
Anonymous KERaven said...

I'm so happy for Hannah AND the family, and I think it's fitting that they whole started with a push of hard work and determination -- she should remember that during the challenges to come.

Hope the snow doesn't last!

March 31, 2008 12:04 PM  
Anonymous catiebell said...

Wow Hannah! That is fantastic! I love your essay, such incredible imagination and detail! You should be very proud of yourself.

Enjoy the spring break.

March 31, 2008 12:06 PM  
Blogger Twisted Knitter said...

Congratulations Hannah & Mom!! I was so hoping she would be accepted and was sending good thoughts your way.

March 31, 2008 12:16 PM  
Blogger OfTroy said...

congrats to Hannah.

Equipping her with tools to help her self, (thro college, thro life) is a the best thing that can happen to her.

there will always be difficulties, always challanges, knowing how to work through them is a skill she'll use all her life.

March 31, 2008 12:54 PM  
Blogger Ana said...

Congratulations to your sweet daughter.

March 31, 2008 1:45 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Yeah Hannah!!! Congrats to all of you...

March 31, 2008 2:44 PM  
Anonymous Claudia said...

This is great news! I was pulling for you....

Claudia in CT

March 31, 2008 5:38 PM  
Blogger no-blog-rachel said...

Yay Hannah! Congratulations!

March 31, 2008 5:59 PM  
Blogger Miss Darla said...

Congratulations Hannah, Great essay!

March 31, 2008 6:47 PM  
Anonymous Rosie said...

Hi Annie, congratulations to you and Hannah. You are blessed to have such a beautiful and bright daughter. The essay was quite impressive.

March 31, 2008 7:20 PM  
Blogger Auntly H said...

Way to go, Hannah! (and her mom, of course).

I couldn't be happier to hear about this positive turn of events.

March 31, 2008 8:16 PM  
Blogger Enviro Granny said...

Good work! I'm very, very happy for Hannah, and congratulate all of you for your very hard work. Thought the schools here are not bad, they're not the best for extra talented kids, and the program Hannah will be in will be a great boost!!

March 31, 2008 8:32 PM  
Blogger evie said...

I am so happy happy for Hannah! Hurray!

I hope Gerry's dentist trip wasn't awful.

April 01, 2008 4:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea, Hannah! You go, girl!

April 01, 2008 9:53 AM  
Blogger grey eyes said...

congrats, hannah! love, athena mwah!!!!

April 01, 2008 12:39 PM  
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April 01, 2008 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Peggyoxox said...

As I read the post written by Anonymous (above) I can see why you want to bypass the idiocy of those negative posts. Who needs it. Hannah deserves the spot and you all worked hard to see that she gets in the program. three cheers for her. And for Gerry...ugh the dentist we all hate the chair!

April 01, 2008 1:37 PM  
Blogger christina said...

How wonderful for Hannah!

Too bad on the teeth...but pancakes man! woooo hooooo!!!!!

Your O Wool project is looking mighty fine and those knitted cabinet screens...swoon!

April 01, 2008 4:22 PM  
Anonymous Fiamma said...

YAY Hannah! This is great news.
I LOVE the O Wool project.
Hope all went well for Gerry

April 01, 2008 5:11 PM  
Anonymous twinsetellen said...

It isn't any different from what everyone else is saying, but I do mean it just as much - CONGRATULATIONS, HANNAH!

April 01, 2008 7:20 PM  
Blogger Kim-n-Cocoa said...

As a HS teacher here in Texas you made me cry happy tears. I wish that there were programs like this for all of the students out there. Yay Hannah!

April 01, 2008 9:36 PM  
Blogger susan said...

Hey lady. I'm so grateful being able to check your blog whenever I'm thinking, "I wonder how Annie is?" Awesome to Hannah - sharp as a tack - just like her mom. Too many things we have no control of on our planet, education doesn't have to be one of them, the safety net you and Gerry are creating for those kids is remarkable and breathtaking. I am so in love with your love-story. Love to you all. Sue aka friggin' derelict.

April 02, 2008 5:39 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Once again reason can prevail over rules. I'm so glad for your daughter that she gets this chance to learn.

Even just by pursuing admission after the missed deadline you're teaching her valuable skills in asserting herself. Too many women never learn how to politely but firmly state what they need and why they need it. Our daughters need to know how to take care of themselves in this way.

She sounds like she'll take everything this program can give her and run with it. Go, Hannah!

April 02, 2008 8:44 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

I am usually a silent observer on this blog just because I know how precious your time is, but I had to jump in because I actually cheered at my computer (eliciting a strange look from my 2 yo) when I read the title of your post. I'm SO glad she made it in. It was the right decision on so many levels, and I'm so SO tired of wrong decisions being made in society lately. Big hugs to both of you. Congrats Hannah!

April 02, 2008 8:54 AM  
Anonymous ML said...

I can picture you standing by the phone a la Fame (the movie): "Doris! We're in!" Mothers everywhere feel your joy and relief for your daughter. May she be as inspired by the program as she has been at home. What a lucky girl to have parents who go to bat for her as much as you have.

April 02, 2008 9:10 AM  
Anonymous wendy e said...

Wonderful - congratulations to all of you! It's hard work, but so rewarding, this raising kids. And you are doing a wonderful job.

April 03, 2008 4:05 AM  
Blogger Ruby Girl said...

Wow! congratulations that is so great that Hannah got in. It sounds like she is a very mature young woman. Good luck with it all, for all your family.

April 03, 2008 10:53 PM  
Blogger tara said...

Lovely, creative essay... enjoyed reading. Tara

April 04, 2008 1:06 PM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

Congrats for Hannah (yahoo!) and you (when I say you I think I always mean you and Gerry)!

April 05, 2008 3:40 PM  

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