A couple of people have commented on how great my garden looks, which I certainly appreciate. I love my garden and am rather proud of how much we are able to accomplish in the garden :) But, just in case anyone thinks I am writing all these posts about gardening because I am actually a really good gardener, let me show you that I do not actually have the proverbial green thumb...
Now that I have told you about the wonderful things I learned and bought at our homeschool convention, have you signed up for your local homeschool convention yet, or at least found out when and where it is? If not, let me give you a few reasons why I think you should try to attend a homeschool convention :)
Have you ever been to a homeschool convention? Every year, in February, we have a provincial homeschool convention. I must admit that it is one of my favourite times of the year!
We recently attended the convention and I want to share about it with you. Partly, I want to share the things I learned in hopes that I can encourage others the way I was encouraged. Also, I know that writing it down will help me remember what I have learned too :) This will be a four-part post. In today's post I will share with you about our main speaker and the important message he shared with us. In my next posts I will share with you about the things I learned at the other workshops and also what I bought. In my last post I will share with you why I think YOU should go to a homeschool convention :)
Are you or your child an aspiring writer? All my life I loved to write! When I was a kid I dreamed of being an investigative reporter, but I loved all kinds of writing! When I was a teenager I was blessed by a man with a local paper who allowed me to get some experience by writing for his Free Press. I wrote human interest stories, which I loved doing! I also wrote the Teen Chat column for awhile. When I was pregnant with our first child I finished my first, and only, novel, and sent it away to a writing contest. I did not win, but it was an amazing experience, just to know I actually finished writing an entire novel! That manuscript was mailed just a few days before Princess was born. After becoming a mother, writing definitely went on the back burner :) It was not until September 2013, when I started this blog, that I became serious about writing again. I wish I had worked harder at it when I was younger. I still dream about being published somewhere other than my own blog, and am hoping to branch out more by being a contributing writer with other blogs, but it is still something that has to sit on the back burner for me. Being a wife and mother comes first, and everything else just has to wait, for now :)
My oldest daughter has an incredible imagination and makes up stories all the time! She is my daydreamer, and is very much like I was when I was her age! I want to encourage that creativity in her and have been trying to help her get her stories down on paper (or the computer). If writing becomes a passion for her, I want to encourage that and do what I can to help her become a published writer, if that is what she wants.
I met a sweet lady at the store the other day and I want to tell you about her. I don't know her name, but she was such an encouragement to me in the few moments that we talked!
I was blessed to be able to read the devotional book, Putting on the Spirit: Ten Minute Devotions for Busy Moms by Katie Hornor. It came right at a time when I had been thinking about how I really need to find more time to be with God. As a busy, homeschool mom, I found this month long devotional book refreshing!
I was blessed to receive a copy of Putting on the Spirit - Ten Minute Devotions for Busy Moms by Katie Hornor! This devotional book has been such a blessing to me! It has helped me understand the fruit of the Spirit better, and learn how I can help the fruit of the Spirit grow in my own life, even with all the crazy busyness of being a mom. I am looking forward to telling you more about it in another post when the book is released on December 9 :) For now, let me just tell you that if you are a busy, Christian mom (and aren't ALL moms busy moms?) this book will bless you too!
Homeschool Enrichment Magazine is having a Thanksgiving sale on from November 16 - 30! (You can get your yearly subscription for only $17.97! That is a 50% discount!!) The theme of the sale is Thankful for Homeschooling, which inspired me to think about why I am thankful for homeschooling! I have so many reasons that I am thankful for homeschooling, but I have narrowed it down to 10 to share with you today.
Okay, I admit it; I come on pretty strong about homeschooling! I have heard non-homeschoolers say that it annoys them when homeschoolers act like everyone should homeschool and that homeschoolers seem to think they are better then other parents because they homeschool. I hope I don't do that! But I do love to tell everyone how great homeschooling is :)