Sunday, June 04, 2006

Catching up!

I suppose one can only avoid one's blogging responsibilities for so long. So here I am! We have had quite a busy weekend with family visiting, Laundry has now all but taken over our bathroom AND Laundry room (it is even capitalized because it is now a presence all its own), and I have been putting pictures from 1999 into albums because that was the last time I bothered to do it. I have a few years, about 25 sets of pictures, and 15 cameras left to develop, but we will get there. Do I scrapbook? Absolutely NOT. I have no time to tie my shoes (and that is why almost ALL of my shoes are slip-on) but I admire all of you who do. I mean they are really lovely things to look through, but my children will have no such beauty to look through when they are old and searching for childhood memories I am afraid! At least we have actual real pictures of our fifth child so we are doing better than some, right?


I don't think I have quite gotten over my trip because within four days I had my (above-mentioned) company here: my precious sister-in-law, her two older boys and her lovely brand new baby boy to hold. They start out so small and needy, don't they? He was precious and it was really nice to see them all. We don't get to spend that much time together, but my son and her oldest son are only a few weeks apart in age. They are little buddies when together and it really is wonderful. Our house is quite the mess and I am very tired from staying up late and spending some really nice rare quiet time together. I still had not really recovered from Florida's sleep deprivation though so tomorrow really will be something!


I mentioned before what a nice conversation Jen and I had with Doug Phillips with Vision Forum. He is a genuinely kind man and was engaging to talk to. My only regret was that his wife would not be there with him when we were there. She was to join him a few days later. It would have been a blessing to meet her. Here is Jen and Mr. Phillips after our very nice conversation:



Here is a terribly funny woman with a real heart for all of us homeschool moms, Carol Barnier:



She writes books for the "distractable child" and the "distractable mom." She weaves her wisdom with humor and to me that is priceless. We all need to be able to laugh at ourselves sometimes. Thanks, Carol, for the lovely time!


Now this woman I have met only once, at the convention, and I already mentioned her below, but she was such a delight and such an encouragement to me that I had to show her off to you. Mrs. Maggie Hogan from Bright Ideas Press is her name and history and geography are her games. She is really passionate about biblical history and our conversations revolving around this subject (and many others) were truly inspiring. I look forward to learning about the ancients with the Mystery of History the next time around! Her husband was also there and was such a kind and generous man. Their son's book, From Basic to Baghdad, was a highly enjoyable book about a young man's journey from boyhood to manhood in the service of our country. I recommend it. Here is a lovely picture of Jen and Maggie:



There are also those you meet along your homeschool journey that you see few and far between, but they leave an impression with you. Suzanne, from Peace Hill Press' booth, is one of those people. She will not be doing their booths anymore and she will be greatly missed by many--including me! I wish her well as she finishes her homeschool journey with her own children. Their homeschool race is almost finished though you would never know it to look at her. Here she is (in the middle) with my dear Florida Friend, Kolbi (on the right), and your truly:



It really is the people factor that makes these conventions so wonderful an experience. I cannot imagine how different it would have been without the warm welcome, the special friendships, and the kind words by others. God is good--ALL the time. If you are headed to a convention any time soon; bring your husband or friend, and enjoy yourself!


mamatc said...

It's nice to see I'm not the only one who has a mountain load of film to develop! I have the best intentions to scrapbook, and TONS of materials, but I really lack the time. Even w/just 1 child! Photo albums are looking really nice these days!

Glad to see you had a great time at the conference. I'm going to check out the links you have for the products you mentioned. I LOVE History too!


Traci :)

JenIG said...

i love the pictures of you; you look so entirely sofistiKated. I can't wait till next year!

dumspirospero said...

What a terrific way to share the convention with others, and highlight some of the folks who

offer us homeschoolers exceptional materials of things to study with our children.

HeidiHomeschools said...

Thanks for sharing your convention photos. Makes me think that I definitely need to take my camera to the CHAP convention next year! When is TOS going to make the trip the CHAP (Christian Homeschool Association of PA)?! I'd absolutely love to meet you guys! I'd even help at the booth!


Anonymous said...

awwwww!!!! I love you! those pics, were so sweat!!!!!!! glad you had a good time!!!thank for the soooooooooo sweet comment!!


Your always loving daughter!


Edited by UndertheSky on Jun. 9, 2006 at 5:19 PM