*I wrote this post as an entry to win a free ticket and room for the Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit. Even though I am trying to win a sweet deal, I’m still telling the truth about the awesomeness of this event. You can win, too. One commenter will also win a ticket! Plus, you would get to hang out with me!!!
Attention all Texas Homeschooling Mommas: The Homeschool Mom’s Winter Summit is coming to the Lone Star State this year, and it is sure to be amazing. Here are the top ten reasons you need to come to this event:
10. You need to laugh at yourself.
Just take a minute and watch this.
See? They get it.
9. You need pampering.
The Homeschool Winter Summit spends hours praying over this event and striving to make every detail welcoming and encouraging. Last year each mom received a journal and a pen to record moments of gratitude. We also received a prayer, specifically written for the homeschool mom. They give away door prizes and offer coffee and chocolate and welcoming hugs. (There’s even a door prize for the mom who travelled the longest distance. Hint, hint out of state friends.)
8. Your husband “needs” a day with the kids.
Once in a while I have to wake up, get dressed, and out the door before 7:30, briefly seeing the kids before hitting the road. And during those moments, I remember what it’s like to be my husband, and I feel grateful for what he does.
So, while I am gone to the Summit, my husband can try to take a shower while being constantly interrupted. He can feed meals to 3 very opinionated little persons, and he can try to teach reading, oversee math, and keep the 3-year-old from scaling the back of the couch – oh who am I kidding– while they watch movies all day long. Love you, Tyler!
7. You need encouragement.
The Summit strives to make each mom know how important she is, how even through all of the craziness, learning and loving is happening in each home. And it’s a good thing.
6. You need new friends.
When I attended the Summit last year, Tyler and I had just moved to the area. I rode to The Summit with women from the area. I casually knew only two of the five of them. I laughed and laughed with these girls, all of whom I now consider friends.
5. You need to meet bloggers.
As a blogger, I loved getting to hang out with Connie and Brandy and meeting Lisa. Through this Summit, I made new connections in the blogging world, and I’ve had opportunities to guest post and become a monthly contributor through these connections. Even if you aren’t a blogger, these women write about homeschooling often (I mean, what else are we going to write about when we do this all day long?), so they are a great resource for encouragement, laughter, and all things homeschooling.
4. You need a road trip.
Seriously, when is the last time you took a road trip with a bunch of girls in a big white van all shoe-polished up, telling stories, and singing Bon Jovi at the top of your lungs? Well, I’d wager it’s been too long.
3. You need a quiet space to think.
If you are an introvert like me, sometimes the role of homeschool mom drains out your guts. I don’t know how many times I’ve said to my husband, “I just wish I could go into a room all by myself and pray.”
Girlfriends, I’m telling you – they get it! The Winter Summit has rooms set up specifically for quiet prayer time and reflection. Seriously. If you want to take one of the sessions and spend it praying and reading your Bible, you can! You don’t even have to lock the door or hide to do it.
2. You need free food. Or, at least, you really like free food.
The Texas conference will take place in the lovely Embassy Suites hotel in San Marcos, Texas, on January 24-25, 2014, where they serve a lovely breakfast, snacks and drinks throughout the day, and a beautiful lunch that I guarantee will not be anything close to a pb&j.
1. You love to worship a God who understands.
More than anything else, the Homeschool Winter Summit takes the time to remind all of the participants about this huge and amazing God whom we all serve, and how He understands our specific needs. We spend time in amazing worship, prayer together, and listening to awesome speakers bring the word of God to us in relevant and encouraging ways.
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