Almost 4 years ago, I was early in my pregnancy with J and had the fantastic opportunity to attend Apologia Live! in Baltimore. This was the first time they held a weekend conference aimed towards the homeschool mother with the primary purpose being to provide a way to ‘recharge our batteries’ and not focus on the nitty gritty of homeschooling. I was one of a handful of bloggers that agreed to share about our experience at the conference. (You can read my posts about it in Apologia Live! Conference Reflections 1 and Apologia Live! Conference Reflections 2)
I had a fabulous time and had some bittersweet feelings about moving to Alaska knowing that a trip back to Maryland just for that conference wouldn’t be in our budget.
Now I am incredibly excited to share that Apologia’s coming to Alaska next weekend for Real Refreshment. I love the new name for the conference as it truly captures the essence of the time. A time to gather with other Christian homeschooling mothers and focus on filling our cup so we can continue giving to our family both as a homeschooling parent and in our other roles of wife and mother is something so precious.
Check out who’s coming to see us up here in Alaska:
Rachael Carman spoke at that first conference I attended and I can honestly say that some of what she shared has helped to sustain me when the going gets tough (which it DOES do in our homeschool) and keeps me considering the ultimate reason why we homeschool (to raise Godly men that will ultimately reach Heaven.)
Heidi St. John is someone that I have not had the pleasure of hearing speak. However, every single homeschool mom I know who has can not say enough good things about her. So, I am truly looking forward to next weekend.
For any of my readers in Alaska, it is not too late to register for Real Refreshment. This is bound to be a faith filled weekend and the registration fee of $119 would be well worth the respite from daily life with the kids so you can get that big picture back into focus. Plus, there is the added benefit of networking with other Christian mothers which I am convinced will only lead to good down the road. As icing on the cake, Apologia will have several of their wonderful resources (including the What We Believe series which is on my shopping list after reviewing Who is My Neighbor? this year) available for purchase on site and at a discount!
I’ll be there and will be sharing my experiences and thoughts on the blog after the event. Plus, I will give my readers in the lower 48 a heads up on future events that you might be interested in attending.
For my homeschooling mothers reading this, how do YOU get refreshed?