Lydia Esther Boshart lives in Raleigh, North Carolina and has been homeschooled all her life. She has taken seven classes in her four years with TPS, and she enjoyed writing the Teacher Spotlight column for The Cracked Pot in her sophomore year. During her tenure as a forums moderator and the curator of the quote book, her penchant for collecting information earned her the title Highlady of Records. Lydia’s Meyers-Briggs type is INTP, and she has three lovable albeit challenging younger brothers. Her hobbies include studying languages, composing poetry, drawing portraits, playing basketball, and strumming a ukulele named Alegría. Some of her goals are publishing an album of original songs, traveling to every continent, speaking multiple languages fluently, and adopting a child. Lydia would like to thank her TPS friends for continually making her smile with their wit and encouragement as well as introducing her to a plethora of wonderful songs and stories. Last year’s summer camp at Miracle Mountain Ranch was an incredible experience, and she looks forward to attending once more and participating in the graduation ceremony. This coming year, she will continue taking classes with Wake Tech Community College as she considers her options for the future.
Number of Years Taking TPS Classes: 4
I’ve liked this poem for a long time: “If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; if I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain, or help one fainting robin unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain.” In her simple, lyrical style, Emily Dickinson eloquently expresses one of my own aspirations: to encourage others by embodying a lifestyle of kindness.
Favorite Bible Verse:
Isaiah 55 is an amazing passage, rich in poetic imagery and precious truths. It describes how what the Lord offers is free of charge yet far more satisfying than anything else. Though our minds cannot fathom Him, we have the opportunity to receive mercy and everlasting life. The last four verses, beautifully paraphrased in “The Sower’s Song” by Andrew Peterson, compare God’s word to life-giving rain and paint a brilliant image of a restored world. The promises in this chapter have helped remind me that death is not the end of our story, and someday our joy will be untainted and eternal.
Advice to the Younglings of TPS:
Learn as much as you can. Ask questions and delve into what fascinates you. Listen to the stories and the wisdom of those older than you, and take time to play with children and learn from their creativity and innocence. Learn from those you disagree with; recognize the truth in their arguments so you can intelligently present your own. Discover the elegance of mathematics, the wonders of science, the artistry of literature, the patterns of history, and above all who God is. The more you learn, the more you realize how little you know.