Have you ever had the pleasure of having your thought process come to a screeching halt? Just taking that moment to clear your head and truly listen to what God is trying to get through to you?! I have not had that happen in a very LONG time!!! I’m always going, thinking, moving, needed…if not, I’m trying to sleep or falling asleep while trying to do something else, lol! I was very honored that my homeschool co-op sent me the the Home Educators Association of Virginia’s Leadership Convention this past weekend. It was in beautiful Williamsburg Virginia, at a beautiful hotel and conference center. The speaker, Doug Bartsch, taught so many valuable lessons about leadership, as a parent, in the church and at my co-op.
We had dinner at the president of HEAV’s house. Her house was so beautiful and inviting. The food was wonderful and plentiful! But the company was brilliant! What a treasure to be able to speak to so many people that are SO involved in homeschooling. Since this was a leadership convention everyone here not only had a vested interest in their own families, but in the families of many others. What totally blindsided me was my vision of my homeschooling!
Rick Boyer and my co-op buddy, Elizabeth
Here’s the nugget that I needed: I didn’t realize until that moment how much the homeschooling movement has changed in my 17 years of homeschooling! I think the vision of bringing the family together and raising educated disciples for Christ has been lost in the sea of curriculum choices, co-ops and extra curricular activities. Not that any of these things are bad, but I had lost the vision in the confusion of doing what’s “right” and “better”. I had forgotten what the homeschooling pioneers had fought for, why I started and the values I held so dear long ago. What was once worth fighting for, in the right to educate your own children, is now taken so lightly that the vision is lost. I am ever so grateful to be reminded and will work hard not to be so wrapped up in the small details and miss the big picture.