Last weekend I had the joy and privilege of speaking to the Arizona homeschoolers in a mid-year refresher. We all found sitters and gathered together in a hotel in Mesa and can I just say that it is so energizing to be with your peeps. We are all in the trenches together. We are parents lacking socialization with other adults all day long because we’ve chosen to school our kids at home. We laughed, we cried, we laughed some more. We shared our victories and our struggles. No matter how hard our journey seems, there is always one other family who has it WAY worse than we do… and it secretly gives us hope. If they can keep on schooling, so can we!
We listened to Tim Hawkins’ new homeschool song:
and we laughed until we cried. Happy tears with my peeps. It doesn’t get any better than that.
As the evening progressed, there were door prizes, laughter, a Southwest buffet and then I shared our homeschool story…. the challenges, the kid that couldn’t read, my failures as a homeschool mother, the triumphs and what we’ve learned along the way. It’s cathartic to give your testimony. It not only gives hope to others, but you realize how God pulled you through your circumstances and you’re still alive to tell the story.
It was a good weekend. And I’m ready to finish the homeschool year now. Not quittin’ anytime soon. Thank you, my peeps, for showing up and keeping me on my journey with my kids.
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