This past weekend, May 8th through May 11th, I was at the Christian Home Educators Fellowship conference, and I cannot say enough good things about it.
I was guided in reevaluating my life and how productive I am being in my family. (Answer: not very productive–yet!) The talks, lectures, sermons, messages, workshops, it was all amazing! And not only that, I got to reunite with long unseen friends and meet several new ones, many of whom I have heard much about but never met before.
My dear friend Meghan took a lot of pictures of the short times I got to spend with my friends throughout the four days.
These are the two friends I was most excited about seeing, Leah and Meghan. Leah I had not seen in almost two years and it was the first time Leah, Meghan, and myself were all together.
And you will probably see a lot of pictures of Leah. 😀
Jessica, Milly, Bekah, Leah, and myself. Don’t ask me why I look so much taller….
And that’s us goofing off. Leah is so funny!
See! I told you!
“Do you like my naturally curly hair?”
Claire, Meghan, and Catherine
I’ve seen Mathew in way more pictures than in real life, but his pictures always crack me up.
Same with this guy, he cracks me up too. I’m gonna pretend like I don’t know his name. 😉
On the second day of the conference we all wore black and white and we played around the big ol’ fountain.
And we stuck flowers in each other’s hair
Gennie and Ruff just watched us
It seemed like a good idea to run around the fountain
And to run after Milly
Baby girl also ran around the fountain! She was my pleasant and ever-welcome shadow and she was infatuated with the escalators. We are homeschooled, after all….XD
On the last day I felt a tremendous urge to get wet, more than dipping my feet in the water like I had a few times. I decided poor little Thea on a wheelchair must be thinking the same thing and I flicked a bit of water on her. And hour later our little showers were still going back and forth. In an attempt to end it all I sent a small tsunami (no, not really) at Thea. (Leah and Michael got wet too, but I did tell them to lean forward.) Thea’s ankle was broken, so she couldn’t follow me, (mwahaha) but when I was running around the fountain again and great gusty hurricane got me for her. The wind blew, the water flew and totally soaked my left side. My legs were numb because it was so cold and I had to sit through the next session all wet–but it curbed my desire to play in the fountain and I’d hug the mad fountain if I could.
Just like her sister.
And this is how I look when I’ve been sitting down too long and finally get to run around.
Crazy as I was, I think you could safely say Billy was a bit more so. I must admit I was pressing him to do it, but he rode his unicycle around the lip of the fountain and didn’t fall in. We did get the hotel security on us, but not before the video was taken with evidence that he did it!
Again, don’t ask why I look so much taller than everyone….but you can guess.
For those worried about Alexa! She’s right there in the middle and perfectly safe….and she didn’t go to Canada….*blinks and shakes head* So confusing….
“I love you!”
I’ve heard bunches about this family! I finally got to meet them and their bro….
Michael who has his own blog, young-christian-artist.blogspot.com
Speaking of blogs, Leah’s is at optimisticworldview.blogspot.com.
I think Meghan liked taking portraits around the fountain.
Matching redheads! Meghan and Lizzy
And Wy-*ahem* Leah’s brother.
She’s probably saying, “Seriously?” To quote Jeremy, “It’s so much fun to tease Leah.”
“Yay! Let’s go tease Leah!”
Makes me wonder if they are laughing at Leah in this picture.
Drink the melted whipped cream, or not drink the melted whipped cream? I gave it to Jimmy; little boys will drink anything that’s too sweet.
When the time came to say goodbye I simply had to tell myself that I finally got to see her and would hopefully see her before another two years. Otherwise, I probably would have cried. And if you haven’t guessed by now, yes, I’m that much taller than Leah. (And it looks like I’m hugging a ball full of hair. She is under there and pretending to cry.)