Thursday, May 22, 2014

Day One of NCHE Conference

Day one of the conference has come to an end.  Whew.  I think my eyes are actually closed as I'm typing.

But I wanted to get a few things out before I go to bed.



Why a Homeschool Conference Will Make 
You Feel Like a Homeschool Superhero

First of all, if you've ever doubted your role as a homeschooling parent, attend a homeschool conference.  It will renew your faith in your your abilities.  It will remind you that you made this decision FOR your children because you LOVE them, like love them.  It will encourage you and it will reawaken your tired, broken, end-of-the year homeschool mama (or dad!) spirit.

It will show you how incredible your children are and remind you the blessing that you have in them.  It will tell you once again that your children are born into this world already their own person.  It will fill your head with ways to better implement some great ideas and fill your heart with gratefulness.

Tonight, I listened to an amazing man tell me that my children were meant to be ordinary.  They are meant to grow, to live quietly, to mind their own business, to work but they may not ever be extraordinary people.  And not only is that ok, that's what is intended for them.   Dr. Bradley said that youth today need to be remind that being ordinary is exactly right, but they aren't the only ones.  I needed to be reminded that ordinary is more than fine, but rather their purpose.



I don't have to have child prodigies.  My sons don't have to grow up to save the planet.  In fact, in thinking of how I hope to see my sons as they grow, being world renowned or famous isn't anything I picture.  But our culture and media are telling me, telling my sons, that they need to grow up and be out-of-this-world amazing and that's just not true.

So today, I listened to amazing inspirational people.  I browsed the gorgeousness of pretty books.  I looked at neat manipulatives and I was grossed out by preserved dissection specimens (no, Adisson, it's not time for dissection!!).  And I left there knowing that my children are just ordinary children who will more than likely grow into ordinary adults.  You know, kind of like me and my husband.

And I'm absolutely fine with that.

I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.

4 comments:

  1. It was certainly a unique and inspiring message. And I share your sentiment about attending home school conference. This my 20th year attending the NC conference and it still refreshes, inspires, remotivates, reassures.

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    1. Thanks for the comment! This is our third year living in NC and my third trip to this conference. Each year, it becomes more and more important for me to have this time to renew and refresh. Truly blessed to have the opportunity to be here! I hope your weekend is incredible!! :)

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    2. That was absolutely one of the best messages I have ever heard. It touched my heart so much as I have grown children who are living quiet but productive lives.

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  2. You know, I didn't realize how much anxiety I had about my children likely not being "exceptional" until I heard his message. I love the verse he shared from I Thessalonians about living a quiet life, minding our own business and working with our hands. I felt so much peace after listening to him, and Andrew Kern's talk reaffirmed that for me, too.

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