Friday, October 23, 2009

Homeschool Family Conference

Wow, friends, it has been almost 2 months since we last posted!! Where does the time go? :)

We wanted to share some pictures with you of the Family Camp we were able to attend a couple weeks ago, and what the Lord taught us there! He was so good to even provide an RV for us to stay in while we were there! (a dear friend loaned it to us for our trip.) So we packed it full with all the necessities for camping and headed eastward to Big Sandy Texas.

The Family Camp was hosted by our homeschool association, and they lined up many wonderful speakers for us to hear while we were there. We were also able to connect with many dear friends who were a great encouragement to us. We came home feeling uplifted and inspired by all the wonderful fellowship and input to help us grow closer as a family now, as well as to help Christa and I prepare to have successful families one day that follow the Lord.

One of our favorite speakers was Rick Green...
...who spoke about America's constitution and our founding fathers, and the things we can do to help get our country back to her spiritual heritage. To learn more about Rick Green and the ministry he works with (Wallbuilders) go to www.wallbuilders.com


Here are a few pictures from our time in Big Sandy:

Managing meals in RV - sized kitchens was a bit of an adjustment! :)

Not having brothers, Christa and I have very little experience with guns, but we decided to be "adventurous" and spend a little time one afternoon down at the rifle range! :) The unanimous decision afterward was that though we had a blast, neither of us showed much promise in becoming a sharp shooter! :) A couple other friends joined us there: the Adams family, and a couple members of the Brown family.

These are some special little friends of ours: Timmy, Elaina, and Camri! We had so much fun playing together in the Brown's big tent! Christa and I have learned over the past few years to really love and value children, and to see a little bit more just how important they were to Jesus too! Luke 18:16: "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the Kingdom of God." Our time spent with them gives us great preparation and vision for investing in the lives of our own children one day. We have so enjoyed making friends of all ages - whether they are age two, twenty - two, or eighty - two! :)

There's nothing like s'mores and campfires! The Finnicum, Baker, and Brown families joined us after a meeting one night to all spend some time together under the stars! :)


One of the highlights was all four of us singing in the family choir with about 70 other people, and of course, sweet Mr. Baker leading us! We put together 2 songs to sing for the approximately 1100 people there! We are so thankful for the Baker's friendship and all that they have taught us to make beautiful music for the Lord!


The day after Family Camp ended, our friends the Finnicum family came to spend an afternoon with us at our house on their way back home to Colorado. We had met them a couple years previously, but really felt like we connected with them in a special way this year. Spending time with them really challenged us to be a family that is dedicated to living a life that pleases Jesus in every way! We had a wonderful time eating dinner together, going out on our greenbelt and playing kickball and volleyball, and playing music for each other! And of course, the moms appreciated having some quiet time to just sit and talk! :)

They insisted that I play the cello for them - which they later learned was a mistake. :) Notice the grins on all their faces... :)


Such a fun, sweet family!