We’re all geared up & almost ready to hit the road with Burton Reading next week. (We’re testing the site tomorrow night, so if you click the link before March 1, 2011 won’t see much but the promo. We don’t want to go public until all the kinks are worked out.)
Yesterday at lunch, Keith & I talked with the kids about all the ways God is showing Himself HERE in all this. So, thought I’d list some of these so we will remember. I do not want to forget next month all these little ways where God reminded us He’s got it handled. I don’t want the kids to forget. These are the exact things you look back on over the years & say, yep, God can be trusted. He is here. He is with us. God wants us to remember. He told His people to put up memorial stones, have annual feasts, TELL their children. So here’s the start of a list…
We had a mix up with the schedule & flights at one point. It looked like one of us would have to fly separately or have a bad situation back home or have to pay $600 to change things – no good options. We prayed not having any good choices, but trusting God to have one. And He did! The conflicting appointment ended up getting cancelled with no repercussions. God worked that all out & in fact, He worked it out BETTER than if we hadn’t had the mix up. God knew what we needed & even worked through a “mistake” to get us all on the same flight, the day before conferences start, etc. We can trust Him to work through even our mistakes, forgetfulness, etc. if we are doing our best before Him.
Yesterday, we found out some interesting information about these “big four” homeschool conferences we will soon be attending. Keith & I checked into conventions last fall thinking we should start looking at what’s out there & how to get Mom in to speak, get a booth, etc. The only conference we’d attended was CHEO, once like ten years ago & again last spring. We had noticed that CHEO was about half the size the second time we were there, but thought perhaps it was because the online academies were skimming off families? Just a guess. Well, when we got on to explore what other conventions were going on around this area, the big four popped up right away & we got excited. No wonder CHEO shrunk! They’ve made these conventions a circuit now! How clever! Well, NOW we know this is the first year for them doing that, however Cincinnati has had the largest convention in the country & it started up five years ago. We also didn’t know until the other day, when we scanned the exhibit hall to check out our booth number, etc. that Greenville is in it’s first year & it’s already rivaling Cincinnati. In fact, three out of the four conventions in “the big four” are just starting this year, but they are already very popular. Wow. I can hardly wait to check them out. AND see how they grow in the next few years. Exciting!! And it was just perfect timing for us to get in on it all – both for four conventions as well as checking into all of it just in time to squeak in as a presenter & exhibitor.
Mom DOES finish projects for church well (VBS, cantatas, SS programs, etc) and she has always been a top notch teacher (other teachers would scrounge around in her trash can to use sheets over & over that she’d just thought up, used, & pitched) but NEVER has she ever gotten these genius works WRITTEN DOWN so others could use them. So this whole project in my book is really nothing short of a miracle. The fact we’ve got Mom’s expertise in writing for keeps… well, it’s a first! And we all couldn’t be more thrilled. Including herself!
Since we’re on Mom, she has a propensity toward chest colds. Every winter she gets one, and it usually lasts longer than anyone else’s does. Here we sit on the verge of March, on a winter when EVERYONE in the extended family has been slammed with an unusually high volume of coughs, fever, runny noses, and yet Mom has so far been unscathed. KEEP PRAYING. This most certainly is a miracle. She has not avoided sick family members, etc. & still is healthy. We need her to STAY healthy through these conferences. We would appreciate prayers on her behalf in that area.
These are just a few ways God is showing Himself in this project. I’ll try to write them down as they continue to show up these days. I’m planning on blogging here & there throughout the conference months to keep people up to date on any fun tidbits, stories, people we’ve met, etc. so if you’re interested in hearing, hop on here. I’ll probably put more pictures on facebook, but will try to throw some on here for those of you who aren’t on fb. Pray for us as we head out on this adventure. Can’t wait to see what God’s got in mind for all this. So far, it’s all good. : ]