Just what I needed at the end of our first week of the semester as I was even annoying myself with a reluctant attitude and rigid schedule at the homeschooling grindstone- A weekend getaway!
I spent 36 fun filled hours this weekend in a cozy cabin tucked away in the woods with other moms from our homeschool group.
I barely knew them prior to this because our interactions are often interrupted by the sounds and activity of the other 60 or so children in the church basement. We all come from different backgrounds, different churches, different sized families, but one thing that we all have is the same Lord and the same conviction to have our children at home right now.
We stayed up waaaaay to late talking (until 4:30 am!!), but then slept to a blissful 11:30 the next day.
Hiked a 2+ mile trail which really got rather hot in this January weather.
Played my favorite game Quiddler and Are you smarter than a fifth grader (I plead the fifth).
Ate waaaaaaaaaay too much Mexican food and the best Chex Mix I've ever tasted (this was probably due to the fact that it was coated in corn syrup and brown sugar. Salty but sweet. Oh, yeah) and discovered the wonders of fresh guacamole at 11:30 at night.
We shared our burdens and prayed and encouraged and laughed and will likely never view Cheeto's quite the same way again (don't ask).
It was really challenging and refreshing to be in an atmosphere where I could ask questions about homeschooling and get feedback from those who are working through the same things. It is a rarity that there is a place to talk about home education without offending or annoying others, let alone a setting to share my failures and fears. I always want to portray the positives of home education to others. So I usually just reply, "It is such a blessing to watch them learn," or, "It's not as hard as it might seem. There are so many resources".
It really was the best. Can't wait until next year!!