One of the biggest God moments today was when a woman my age, who has very young kids, came up to the booth. I asked her where she was from (because we were getting information on where the interest was coming from), and she said the southeast side of Indy! She asked where I went to church (or did I ask her?) and we both go to the Creek! Fascinating! She's been looking and wondering why there isn't a homeschool group that meets or is sponsored through the Creek, and I didn't know the answer. I think the older moms and I went on to do their own thing with other groups. So we chatted, and I was just thinking the other day, how perfect our hopefully new house will be to hold a homeschool playgroup (or small group or Bible study) so that moms can can just chat! So we exchanged information and will hopefully connect. I'm not saying we will do it through the Creek directly, because I would love for it to be open like ours was on the Island, but, how cool is that! She's been praying that she would connect with someone today!
You may or may not understand my excitement, but homeschooling is one of the biggest part of our lives and it isn't just about the academics. Homeschoolers are parents, so a lot of it is character building, practical learning (like cooking), social training, etc. It's a lifestyle, not just a curriculum or a 8-3 5 days a week program. Homeschooling IS our life. So, it feels very good to be able to connect with others on the same level. I've missed having those conversations with my PEI friends, where I learned so much from my mentors and friends there. I wouldn't know about all the methods and tips and training if it weren't for them. So, I'm missing them and wish I could fly them all out here to join me.
Meanwhile, everyone survived just fine at home. I left a list of things for the middles to do, but of course they didn't see it when they picked up the tablet for Gpa class this afternoon. Jared was still so tired that he slept away the whole afternoon while Abishai slept! Poor Justin was still so exhausted so he was sent to bed before I got home because he didn't even want to eat dinner. He'll have to do his tomorrow. Abishai was all over the place happy when I came home, but mad I was gone all day, too. He was super clingy before I left and still clingy when I got back. He wanted me near him while he played. Benaiah slept a good part of the day away as well. And this is why I didn't take them all to the conference, although, I did technically pay for them to be able to go. It was very cheap for all of us attend (cheaper than most Michael W. Smith concerst!), so I don't mind. I liked having the day to myself.
But now, I'm exhausted and I have to do it again tomorrow, and church and baby dedication on Sunday, and co op on Monday. Then I can rest. Phew!
|A high of 70? I said, wow, that's hot! I must have been to Canada and back if I think 70 is considered hot! Lol.|
|Everybody's favorite math teacher, Mr. Steve Demme!|
|Heidi St. John, homeschooling mom with an awesome podcast that is relevant to today's culture.|
|I took a couple of photos for the mom with young kids because she was looking for curriculum dealing with habit and character training.|
|Sounds awesome! Charlotte Mason style!|
|Mark Hamby had many true stories in his almost 40 years of homeschooling to share with us.|
|Grace based parenting. 1,000 times grace given vs. 4 times condemnation given.|
|One side of the exhibit hall.|
|And the other side of the exhibit hall. Remember, this exact same exhibit hall was filled with Lego buildings and vendors just 1 week ago.|
|Solidly carved wooden weapons.|
|Another look at the game from earlier.|
Falling asleep now...must get off quickly! But one more gem before I go. This one was for Keturah.