The first half of homeschooling convention season was intense. Our very first run was a two week run to Rodgers, Arkansas and the next weekend was Nashville, Tennessee. The location of those 2 conventions meant we stayed out the whole week in Arkansas. A whopper of a way to begin the season but it worked out wonderfully!
Our first convention of the season was at Teach Them Diligently Rodgers, Arkansas. This was the first year for the convention in that location and boy did the families come out! There were so many families, grandparents, new faces, online friends that I got to meet IRL I think spent the entire weekend smiling. We all had a great time.
Across from my booth was an area that was empty for the convention workers. When the workers weren’t there my kids drifted over and huddled up with their art drawing and talking about an anime they are creating. Another group of teens came over and soon they were all discussing art techniques and water color brushes. It was great and the kids are excited we will be going back to that area at the end of May for SHEM in Springfield, Missouri.
I would love to meet you at SHEM! I will be giving the Keynote Friday morning, Peace In an INTENSE Home. Chris and I will also be giving several workshops throughout the weekend and we will have out booth to chat at.
Right before that however we will be going to Atlanta, Georgia for the final Teach Them Diligently of the 2017 season. (staying there for Mother’s Day through Tuesday. There will be a Mito Families meeting on Monday evening. If you want to meet for a consulting appointment time email me at heather @ specialneedshomeschooling.com <remove the spaces>)
We are already dreaming of 2018 and the various Teach Them Diligently locations and praying more will work out.
Back to our road trip- We went to the Rodgers TTD then laid low at a cabin in the Ozarks for several days. Loved it! It was on a high ridge in the mountains. The first night there we watched a lightning storm rolling in across the valley behind the house. It was beautiful.
On the road we keep costs down and stay on diet by cooking our food. I take along a crockpot, Instapot, and a water kettle. Even with cooking for a large family it is worth it! The time, $ that a family can eat up on the road we quickly learned was too much. We wanted to enjoy our trips and put our money towards the family business or field trips while we could get out.
Like always our health is delicate balance that has to be weighed before we take on a speaking engagement. We have an intense but brief period of time for convention speaking. Now that the book is out we are getting more opportunities than before and we are grateful.
However that still takes a toll and less than 8 hours back home and I was in the hospital again. Stayed overnight to get my feeding tubes replaced and home again. My doctors encourage me to get out and live as much life as possible. So I do. The best I can. Right now it’s great. Next month… I’m not borrowing worry. #trustGod
On the road we also have a routine of portioning out drinks and snacks for the various legs of the trip. If I let the teenagers just decided what to drink or eat we would have no food 2/3 of the trip. LOL BTDT and have the tshirt. I get a bit weird with my labeler and how I want things packed into the van when we take off. I know if I am very firm with how we pack up when we leave then as we travel and then come back things will unfold the way I have planned.
I even have collapsible boxes so we can just keep getting smaller and smaller in what we have to lug around. I have to be as compact as possible because we have mobility issues. When we are one the road I have my power chair, Grace has her chair, Maggie and Rose both need mobility help and short distances to walk and Chris feels like he is a 100 years old after driving us everywhere (his fibro) so we are a sorry lot to see crawling out of the van in the hotel parking lot after a long trip. We recover and then the loud begins. <<happy loud, vibrant>>
Logistics. I missed my calling in the Army.
We all had a great time at the Teach Them Diligently conventions. My husband and I both spoke together and individually. We ran the booth with our teenagers help. They even helped others. Work experience! I have budding entrepreneurs.
Now we are home resting. Preparing for another run down through Atlanta, like I said earlier, then across the south to Springfield, MO for SHEM. There are even more conventions coming we can chat about later!
Also special thanks to those that have given to help us get the kids and me to the genetics doctor in May. We greatly appreciate your blessing and thoughtfulness.