Friday, July 29, 2011

Homeschool Convention = Good Times! :)

What a blessing last Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23 were! It was our big AZ homeschooling convention put on by our state homeschool organization, Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE). Our keynote speaker was Ken Ham (www.answersingenesis.org) and my girls and I were SO blessed by his speaking and teaching this weekend! My parents went with us for the first time, and also really enjoyed Ken Ham and just seeing the huge crowd of homeschooling families! :)

And every year, as part of the convention, AFHE also puts on a junior high graduation ceremony for those who want to participate, and Hannah took part this year. It was a beautiful ceremony and was a great way for her to celebrate graduation from junior high! :) The girls also went up to Ken Ham with a childhood book that Bob and I bought for them back in 2000 at the homeschool convention we attended that year. It was the first time we ever heard Ken Ham speak, and as a result we bought his "A is for Adam" book which ultimately helped lead all three of our girls to Christ. So this past weekend they wanted to meet him and ask him to autograph it. When they did this, not only did Ken autograph the book for them, he had his picture taken with them and then posted it with their story on his Facebook fan page, and also on his website! (look for his blog and the post titled "Photo Gallery".)

All in all, it was a a great convention and I feel spiritually filled and fed and ready to start another year of homeschooling! The only thing that would have made it better was if Bob could have attended with us. This was the first year where we didn't attend together, but his work schedule wouldn't allow it... something we're still not entirely used to! A work schedule, that is.  However, we rest in the knowledge that God is in control and that He has a plan. So we continue to trust Him, work schedules and all! :)

Here are some pictures. I hope to have a few more posted on Facebook soon:

The girls with Ken Ham at the AFHE convention.

Hannah receiving her "diploma"

Three beautiful girls! :)
"I DID it!" :)

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