I also bought a few fun things for the kids in order to support some vendors, and ordered our math books for next year. I did get some answers to some new to me curriculum so I can make a better decision for next year. I got to hang out with some friends for a bit today, who ended up taking me home because my planned ride had to go home early. I was thankful that I didn't have to stay to do any clean up because I am done being with people. But, I knew I would have a limit. I cannot wait to do more with IAHE!
The other part of our family survived at home by going outside and using every cup and plate imaginable! I had a full dishwasher load to go through plus a sink full to wash! They didn't get their jobs and chores done, so I had to push some things off and just make sure we are ready for church and baby dedication tomorrow. Justin's still not feeling great, so please pray for him. Abishai learned how to say "hi" "bye" and "amen" all in one day! And he was adorable running around with his cloth diaper showing because his pants were falling down. It sounds like they had a great day together running around outside and napping (Jared and Justin both napped again!)
This is what I put on FB tonight, which sounds a bit more put together than I can do right now. Here goes:
Exhausted but happy and full. Pray for me as I still have two full days of activities ahead. My fibro body will need the rest of the week to recover. I hope there's nothing else on my schedule.....but just so you know, there is much, much MUCH more to the Math U See guy than math. I've really gained a respect for Steve Demme and all that he's been through and where God has taken him in the last 5-7 years. I bought the whole set of convention talks, main speakers and all workshops, which, b/c they are mp3's are a whole lot cheaper than one would think. But still, I've become my parents! Buying curriculum, talking about homeschooling, and buying the convention talks! (I have some of the talks they bought on cassette tape 25 years ago!) So, yeah, full circle. I wish they had been there with me this weekend. They would have had such a blast and would be amazed at how far homeschooling has come since the "pioneer days" i.e. the 80's and 90's. They were most certainly pioneers of our town, leading the way, setting the bar high. I've always admired them for that. Anybody who knew them, knew they did love Jesus, but they also loved their kids to a fault. The sacrifices they made for us were incredible. And I was able to reflect that every time I spoke to a prospective or young homeschooler, and in the alumni panel, and with the older homeschoolers, too. I loved hanging around the mentor moms who knew what those first days were like 30 years ago. I can't wait to stay in touch with them, too, and I'm sure my involvement with IAHE is only going to grow. I think I really have found where I belong. My parents would be so proud of me. I knew they always were. I never, ever doubted that, nor their love, despite the things that my family walked through. I wish they were here to watch our journey through homeschooling and parenting our kids. Sigh. I'm miss them a lot. Their legacy will forever live on. I make sure of that.
|This is Steve Demme, the math u see guy, but more importantly, he has an inspiring story to tell that I will never forget. Such a gentle giant (he's wicked tall!)|
|Every homeschool conference wouldn't be complete with jean skirts/jumpers and nutrimills (machiens where you grind your own flour in.)|
Everyone is welcome to the baby dedication tomorrow at Indian Creek Christian Church at 3:30. Good night!