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Top 10 About Me Before 2:1 Conference

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I’m joining Bowmania and several other ladies attending the 2:1 Conference next weekend for Top Ten Tuesday for 2:1 Conference. Hope I don’t scare my roommates away! 🙂

10. I have never been away from all of my kids at once. Yes, they’ve individually spent the night with an aunt or grandparent, but I have not had a night without a child in my house in about 7 years. No, I don’t think I’ll miss them (much). I sure won’t be a weepy, crying mess without them! I may not even want to come home after finding a few days of peace and quiet! 😉

9. I was once a loyal public school teacher and supporter. I have no desire, much to the dismay of many, to ever return to the classroom. Homeschooling D this year has been quite an adventure and I have used my degree a LOT. I have also finally been able to understand that public education cannot always be the right place for every student. I no longer feel the classroom is where God wants me at this point in my life.

8. My 10 year old has high functioning autism. His HFA is exhausting. It has paved the road for me as a Mama and a person. I have learned as much about myself through advocating  for him as I have about him, autism, and other children. Making me cry tears of frustration, sadness, and joy are just all in a day’s work for him. God bless him, he is my heart!!

7. I have four kids total. I talk about them…a lot! Those of you who spend any amount of time with me will learn their real names are not D, Spike, Pouty, or Samoo, though I find myself calling them those names occasionally and they look at me like I’m crazy. (No comments from the peanut gallery!)

6. I said I would never homeschool! Yet this school year, I got thrown in head first with the one kid I most needed to have some time away from. Face it, we all love our kids dearly, but the fact is sometimes we need a break! I love him, but he and I are a lot alike! That means we butt heads regularly. The thought of him being attached to me 24/7 was scary! It’s been an adventure and we have strengthened our bond tremendously, but now he is going back to public school and while I am excited for him, I’m afraid I’ll miss the little booger!

5. I used to wonder why people had those things called blogs. I had no clue that I would ever be writing on a blog, checking my stats, changing to a pay hosting site, or trying to create my own themes. I had no idea there was such a thing as a “blogging conference” and really never knew people would go to one…much less that I would be attending!

4. I never imagined myself as a writer. Today I sat in the McDonald’s playland with my face buried in the computer making my business cards. I almost put writer as my occupation. It is such an amazing outlet for me and it is much cheaper than therapy! 😉

3. I love to talk, but I also like to observe. I love conversation, I love to laugh, talk, and have a good time. However, I also love to watch people. Seeing a person sad or in pain truly upsets me. It makes me feel like I should be able to walk over, put my arm around them, and have just the words to heal all pain. I don’t, but I can pray for them and let them know I’m thinking of them. On the other hand, seeing them happy makes me feel very blessed, it gives me the opportunity to smile for whatever their happiness is (even if I never know). Other people being happy warms my heart.

2. Through grief and tragedy came strength. My amazing son spent 5.5 months in a residential treatment center last year. The months, probably a year, leading up to that were tragic for our entire family and the grief during that time and the time he was at the RTC was more than I thought I could ever endure. Through the tragedy and grief, I learned to rely more heavily on God and my relationship with him grew in ways I never thought possible. I was a Christian before, but I had no idea how weak I was (and am). Now, I know, The joy of the Lord is my strength (Neh 8:10)

1. I’m a bundle of nerves and emotions! I am scared, excited, nervous, happy, and everything else! I’m looking forward to meeting so many of you who have encouraged me both spiritually and in homeschooling, but at the same time I’m scared. I am new to homeschooling, so will I have anything to contribute to conversations about that? I’m not as established in the blogging world as many of the others attending, so will people get tired of my questions? No matter what, I am thrilled beyond belief!

I am truly excited about seeing what God has in store for all of us. I know He is planning big things next weekend. I have truly seen His hands at work in my personal journey to the 2:1 Conference and can hardly wait to see it all unfold for all of us who are participating!

23 thoughts on “Top 10 About Me Before 2:1 Conference

  1. Hi! Nice to meet you 🙂 Fantastic intro post – I love that we are all getting to peek into each other’s lives before the conference! I’ll be at the registration table ready to say hi!

  2. What a great post…I hope we get to meet face-to-face!

    Your adventure with your amazing son sounds like it is going just the way God has done so many things in my life: one step at a time, giving His strength in my weakness, and showing me above all else that His grace is sufficient.

  3. Looking forward to meeting you! LOL about #6 I don’t think you’ll be alone – I’m sure there are many who had originally said the same thing 😉 And don’t worry about #1 we have a good mix of established bloggers, newbies and those somewhere in the middle. ((HUGS))

    1. I’m really excited about this experience, Cheryl! I’ve realized through reading through the other posts last night that I’m not the only one who is nervous, etc. 🙂

    1. WHAT?! No way, Stef! When I think of the “homeschoolers” and “homeschool bloggers”, you are usually the first person that comes to mind! I’m so excited about getting to meet you!

  4. I’m so excited that we’ll get to meet and room together! I’m nervous-excited-nervous-excited too, but I know God is going to do great things for all of us if we give it to Him.

    And isn’t it amazing how our faith can actually GROW through difficulty when you would think it would be easier to lose it instead?

  5. This ten things idea is great… except I’m worried I’m going to mix up which things were about which person!

    Looking forward to meeting you at 2:1!

    1. But, did your words have a nice sweet and nutty flavor? If so, it’s all good. 😉 I thought homeschoolers were crazy for a variety of reasonn, either they were co-dependent on their children, they were too overbearing and protective, they wanted their kids home to help with the chores and were really not teaching them anything – just to name a few. Now I realize I’m the crazy one for a lot more reasons! LOL

    2. Oh yeah, and if Chad had mentioned homeschooling way back then, I’d have thought not only were the homeschoolers crazy, but clearly he had flipped his lid if he thought I was going to stay home with our children, raise them, teach them, feed them, clean up after them, run them around town nonstop, etc and not have a career of my own. Who did he think he was?! Now, I’d think he had flipped his lid if he suggested that I go back to work and NOT stay home. LOL It amazes me how God changes our hearts to do the things HE wants us to do, not what WE want to do!!

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