“H” is for Homeschooling Conventions, Happiness, Hearts

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Today’s letter for the Blogging A to Z challenge is “H”.  “H” for me brings to mind several things.  But given the time of the year it is, homeschooling conventions is one of the most prominent ones that comes to mind.  It is the time of year when all across our nation homeschoolers gather in great numbers at various conventions.  These meeting places provide a wealth of speakers, curriculum choices and opportunities to meet and talk with other homeschoolers.  Typically our family attends at least two conventions a year.  Since we currently reside in Pennsylvania, we attend the CHAP convention in Harrisburg on Mother’s Day weekend.  It is a great opportunity to see different curriculum choices in person.  This allows us to be sure we are making the best choices for our family.

These conventions also tend to bring happiness to our family because we treat them as mini-vacations.  We stay at hotels that usually have swimming pools and locations that provide opportunities to visit interesting, educational, historical or fun opportunities.  Sometimes, Dennis takes our children and does something fun with the children while I spend extra time at the conventions.

Our children’s hearts are important to us as well.  We want to keep our children’s hearts firmly tied both to our family and more importantly to God.  This means we need to spend quality time with each other and in God’s word.

What does “H” bring to mind for you?

Balancing My Time

I am a mother and more specifically I am a homeschooling mother.  This means that more often than not my needs and wishes go by the wayside.  Even if I am sick, the children still need to do school.  Food still needs to be prepared and so forth.  I think you get the picture.  But every once in a while, this mom needs a break.  I need a chance to do something just for me.  I need to make sure I am balancing my time and doing somethings I enjoy doing.

I am blessed to have a husband who loves to cook and doesn’t mind cleaning the kitchen.  I also have three teenage sons and one almost teenage daughter to help around the house as well.  Our children are getting old enough now to do most of their schoolwork with minimal supervision on my part.  So when Dennis has the opportunity to travel for the army, I often go with him.  Cell phones, computers, texting and emails all make this much easier.  Plus having an 18 year old in the house also helps.  I know my daughter will listen to him and his 16 year old brother.  My third son works well when allowed to do schoolwork with his grandmother.  So all in all this allows me a break.

I enjoy crocheting and am working to learn how to quilt.  Plus I have recently discovered something else I am interested in, which is Bible Journaling.  This allows me to spend time developing some of the talents God gave me.  I love seeing what others are creating.

Another way I take time for just me is by reading.  There is nothing like a good book to help get away from the world.

So how do you balance making your time?  I would love to hear from you.