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Wonderful Weekend

Friday and Saturday was the 2013 Indiana Home Educators' Convention.  Hubby and I have been home educating and discipling  our nesters for a total of 16 years.  This is the first convention that we have ever attended.  It was wonderful!  It was held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, not far from our home. We went with some very good friends of ours while our nesters babysat their four little ones.

A few highlights of the convention:

It was wonderful to see some of the political leaders of Indiana come and speak at the convention.  What a blessing to know that there are political leaders that recognize that educating children belongs to the parents and are willing to stand in the gap and help us keep this right.  Not to mention a friend of ours, Eric Miller from Advance America who informs and educates the people of Indiana about our state government and issues that are important to us. 

I was able to meet four wonderful, godly ladies that I follow through blogs!  Robin Brookshire who blogs at resolvedtobe.com/; her daughters, Breezy, breezytulip.com/blog, and Emily Rose, simplyvintagegirl.com/.  I also met Jacqueline who blogs at deeprootsathome.com/, who just happens to be a friend of the Brookshire family.  Let me just say that the love of the Lord spills out of these women!  They were every bit of sweet that I perceived they were from their blogs.  They have been a blessing to follow and I am so thankful that I had a chance to meet these ladies!

The convention booths were amazing.  I was able to meander through and soak in all the information that was available.  Our family has found over the years A Beka Academy works best for us.  We have worked with some others over the 16 years of home educating, all very good, but our choice is A Beka.  We went to visit our area representative for A Beka and while talking with him we were very sad to hear one of our children's favorite video teachers had passed away!  Mrs. Sandra Schmuck had passed away in October of 2011!  We had no idea!  It has been very sad for our scholars who have had her and will have her.  One of our daughters was telling me today that she can remember some little thing that Mrs. Schmuck use to say and she wanted to cry.  Our video teachers have become part of our family!  Some have been part of our lives for the last six years and will continue to be for the next 6-8 years! 

I think the time we spent with our friends at the convention was a huge blessing!  They are a young couple who have been serving the Lord in Edinburgh, Indiana.  It is so refreshing to know that even though our ages are 18 to 25 years apart, we can encourage each other, not just in home education, but also in things of the Lord. 

It was a wonderful two days!  I am so thankful that we were able to go to the conference!

Let me give a "shout-out" to my nesters.  We could not have gone to the conference if it wasn't for you!  Thanks for working so well together and taking care of the four little ones left in your charge!  You are the greatest!

    

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