If you have never attended a homeschooling conference,
you are definitely missing out.
The Washington Home Educators Conference is very worthwhile.
This year, Kevin Swanson was the keynote speaker,
and the Geoffrey Botkin family the featured session speakers.
Both were outstanding.
Besides the great teaching on topics such as higher education, courtship, what our father taught us about boys, Jane Austin, quadravocational vision, and sibling rivialry,
there were many other sessions taught by a variety of noteworthy people.
Then, there is the sheer encouragement of seeing thousands of Christian families there, worshipping together.
Our older girls enjoyed being in the chorale, led by Neil Craig.
Hearing the concert on Saturday is worth the entire cost of the concert alone.
The memory of last year's concert will stay in my mind forever, I believe,
as the 200 voice choir of young people rang out in beautiful harmony singing Fairest Lord Jesus,
I had no choice but to burst into tears, as the goosebumps rippled up my spine.
Also, there is the rarity of seeing hundreds of modestly dressed girls
and respectful young men in attendance.
We have met several families whom we see each year.
Catching up with each other's lives is also very encouraging.
Lastly, there is a huge vendor hall where you can see, touch, and look
through that curriculum you've been contemplating.
The vendors generally have great sales,
so you are able to purchase your choices at much less than catalog orders.
Our children are already talking about next year.
If you haven't made plans yet,
the 2012 conference is in Kirkland, Washington
and will be held the last weekend in April.
The keynote speaker will be Voddie Bauchuam.
If you are interested in the cd's from this year, or other event information, check out the web page:
Overall, the week was a tremendous blessing,
great fun, inspiring, and life altering.
God is so good to give us just what we need at just the right moment!