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I try to be pretty transparent on my blog. Sometimes you’ll find me talking about things that bother me, or things that I want or dream about. But, some things are hard to put into words even if you are trying to be real. Some things are matters of the heart and are hard to translate into real words.
Yesterday, Ashley and I headed to Baltimore to spend our afternoon with some fellow bloggers and some ladies from Apologia Live Retreats. As I was sitting there, eating lunch and fellowshipping with these ladies around a big table, it struck me how much I needed that. I have to admit – sometimes I feel like an island. While I’m a homeschool mom with LOTS of connections , I really don’t have any close connections (geographically).
It was so good to just sit there and chat with ladies who share similar interests with me. I left there feeling very refreshed and encouraged. (And with some great reading materials from Apologia Press – enough to keep me busy for quite awhile!)
When I go to homeschool conventions each spring, I meet so many homeschool moms. They’re all on a mad dash to buy up all the curriculum and resources that they need for their kids for the coming school year. I know that most of them are on a budget. I am too. But I always try to encourage them to spend a little bit of that budget on themselves. Why? Because homeschool moms need encouragement!
And, this weekend, I found the perfect way for me to get some encouragement, some refreshment, and some friendship (which I really, really need!) – I’m going to the Apologia Live Retreat in Baltimore in March!
And guess what? You can too! I have one free ticket to give away on my blog (to the retreat of your choice). I’ll be posting more about that – and the retreats in general – in the months to come.
But, for now, I just wanted to encourage you – as a homeschool mom – to take some time for yourself (even if it means spending a little bit of money every once in awhile). It’s important! And sometimes a pedicure or a new haircut aren’t enough!
So, be sure to check back on my blog for upcoming details on Apologia Live. I’m really excited to share them with you!
ETA: Here’s a picture of the group of us from Saturday’s luncheon. I’ve included blog links so you can stop by and visit my friends (some I’ve known for awhile, others are new friends!) Who knows? Maybe we’ll be hanging out together at a future Apologia Live Retreat! That would so ROCK!
Front row (L-R):
Brandi (Living Sola Gratia), Liz Corson (Apologia), Rachael Carman (Apologia)
Second row (L-R):
Kym (This Blog Needs A Title…), Loretta (Books ‘n Other Stuff), ME (Heidi’s RRR),
Kelly (Believe), Peggy Smith (MACHE), Sharon Abbott (MACHE)
Cheryl (SomewhatCrunchyMama), Michelle Eichhorn (Apologia)
Oh, and yes, I’m wearing pink. I NEVER wear pink. I so don’t know what came over me when I bought that shirt!