Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit Recap

Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit Recap

It would not be possible for me to tell you all about my weekend.  From the moment I left the house to make the 8 hour drive to Oklahoma on Friday morning until I plopped back into my recliner on Sunday night at 11:00…..it was an adventure of laughter, tears, friendship, Sonic ice and the Holy Spirit.

The Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit was so filled with love and grace that I came away refreshed and ready to make some changes in my life.  I had no idea what God would do with a few days in Oklahoma.  But He certainly touched me.

The best, best, BEST part for me was the very last session which involved 4 older women, their children all grown, in a different phase of life than I am, sitting in comfy chairs answering our questions.  I didn’t ask any questions, I didn’t even really have any.  I just soaked in their sweet spirits and generosity of wisdom.  I listened with eager ears to everything answer they gave.  I realized in those moments that I had been a dry sponge and didn’t even know it.  Their words washed over me and I was relieved.  God spoke through them.  It was beautiful.

Titus 2:4-5 “Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”

In the evenings we would invite friends, old and new, to hang out in our room and talk.  There were MANY tears and prayers happening.  We loved on each other and encouraged one another.

The drive home was much longer than we expected.  With 3 women in the car we took our share of potty breaks.  An hour after leaving the hotel one of us needed to stop, so I rolled into a fast food place.  When she was finished we got back on the road.  We were deep in conversation, involved in sharing what God had done in our lives over the weekend.  Another hour of driving and my friend in the back seat says, “Hey, isn’t that our hotel?”  We all realized in a flash of a second that we had been driving the wrong direction for the past hour and ended up right back at our hotel.

If you could have heard the uproaring of laughter, my rib muscles are still sore from my convulsive reaction to not noticing that the direction display right in front of my face had a big “N” on it.  We must have laughed HARD for 5 straight minutes.  I had to pull off the road because I was shaking and tears were streaming down my face.  The entire drive back we would break out into spontaneous laughter just thinking about it again.

Now that I’m home and back to reality I feel like a weight has been lifted.  It’s funny though…..I didn’t even really know the weight was there.  I’m processing all I learned and mostly just trying to be present in the moment and enjoy my family.  I am more aware of God’s presence and that is making the difference.

I won’t miss the Summit next year, Lord willing!  I hope you will be there too!

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  1. Lisa, I enjoyed meeting you at the Summit. I loved your driving home story. Hilarious!

  2. I’m so sad to have missed that Q&A session! I’m definitely staying the second night next year!

    I loved getting to know you a little bit, new friend!

  3. I read this post earlier today…and had to return because I keep thinking about it. I think that those of us who have homeschooled for years can (sometimes) become jaded to it. I am as committed to homeschooling this youngest daughter of mine (age 11) as I was when we began our homeschooling journey with our oldest children over 21 years ago. I tend to think that I don’t need encouragement or how-to’s because it’s all such a natural and enjoyable part of my life. I truly love it. But I am reminded by your post today that I need to finish well…and sometimes I need to stop and fill my cup and get some fresh ideas and enthusiasm.

    And a few laughs with some homeschool moms can’t hurt either! I wish I had been the “fly on the wall” in that van! No…forget the fly…I wish I had been another one of those moms! =D

  4. Lovely thoughts on the Homeschool Winter Summit experience. I thought your statement “I didn’t even really know the weight was there.” – that certainly hit home for me! Even through my have-dosed-glazed-over-with-worsening-illness self the Holy Spirit broke through to my heart and got right down to business. I feel so refreshed in my spirit and mind . . . now, if only my body will catch up with the rest of me! ;)

  5. Honestly, I think you could sell tickets for a a trip with you! My sister-in-law and I have always said we are the women (drivers) who give women a bad name whenever we get in the car together. It sounds like we have kindred spirits in you girls! Too funny, I absolutely love it!
    I also wish I had gone to the Summit. I had never heard of it until you mentioned it on your blog. Sounds like I need to make it a priority next year. Thanks a bunch for all the laughs!

  6. It was wonderful meeting you this weekend! I’m the heart attack mom :D The summit has been really healing for me. I love your story about the drive lol!

  7. *love* the driving-home story! Oh, I can just imagine the laughter … I know what a bunch of women are like when they get together!

    So glad you had a fabulous time. It sounds wonderful – I almost feel refreshed just reading you talk of it :)

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