I just finished a wonderful weekend away from home at the Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit in San Marcos, Texas. I’ve talked about this event before, and I was so excited for the inaugural Texas event this year.
1. Praise and Worship
The Winter Summit focuses on connection with God, and each session begins with a time of praise and worship. Listening to the outpouring of heartfelt praise from women of God is inspirational and uplifting.
2. Hilarious Entertainment
The Winter Summit team wants to be honest and transparent. They understand homeschool life, and it shows in their skits, songs, and videos. That laugh that makes you lose all control of what your face and body might do? The ugly laugh? Yeah, I did that one.
3. Practical Workshops
The Texas Summit knocked it out of the park with their workshops. I attended three, presented by Lisa Pennington, Charlotte Siems, and Brandy Ferguson. Each offered a premise, some story behind their passion, and then super practical tips and strategies I will use easily in my home.
4. Mentoring and Connection
The best part of the Winter Summit, in my opinion, happens after the general sessions and workshops. It’s the unplanned times of conversation with fellow moms who are in the trenches together. I saw mentoring happen all over the hotel. I loved hanging out with my friends from college over some Girl Scout Cookies. We shared our joys and struggles, and we laughed the laugh of comrades.
5. Nuggets of Wisdom
“Overwhelmed is really fear, and fear is faith in the wrong kingdom.” Charlotte Siems
“Homeschooling is sanctification on steroids.” Roxanne Parks
“I would rather die doing something hard instead of doing something easy and missing God’s will.” Roxanne Parks
“Require. Don’t remind.” Cheryl Lange
“We have to train our children to make good choices, not remove them from bad choices.” Cheryl Lange
“There is a difference between fair and just. Our children need to know what is just.” Lisa Pennington
I want to urge all of my homeschooling readers to attend this event next year. The weekends are back-to-back in San Marcos, Texas, on January 16-17, 2015, and Norman, Oklahoma, January 24-25, 2015. Don’t miss out!