On Thursday night we went to a pre-conference sort of meeting with Lorrie Flem from TEACH magazine
and it was really good. I had to bake brownies, buy tea, plates, cups, napkins etc. for it,  as well as had my second son’s first reading tutoring lessons.  I am cleaning their house in trade for  lessons which is nice, but  time consuming. But I will clean once and  he will have two half- hour lessons. So, far so good…<p>
Friday and Saturday we were busy all day at the conference.  One of the Keynote speakers, Mark Hamby from Lamplighter books spoke that first morning. I was not really familiar with his speaking, only his books, but I was really pleasantly surprised. He was an incredible speaker, very humble and spoke directly to the heart to  parents and the tips were wonderful. If you get a chance, go on his website and listen to some of the things there. Also, he sells a CD of the one Raise them up, don’t crush them down. It was excellent! <p>
After, that we had a tea,  I had to help with setting up the plates and the food, which was fun, but left little time for shopping that day.  The tea was great, but lacked protein, which left a couple of us with some major headaches and  blood sugar issues, next time I will have to pack something so I do not get sick!
<p> Anyhow, overall, I came away feeling encouraged, but still not decided what to use for school next year for everything! I get sort of lost there, but for sure encouraged as far as raising children, although, it is so tough some days! I am praying for continued patience and perseverance.
Then On Sunday, I went to church with my husband and went over to friends house afterwards. While we were there, their grandfather/father passed away and  that was really difficult. Both emotionally and physically draining somehow…..Tonight there is a service and tomorrow morning, the burial service. it is alot harder on those they leave behind than the ones who go.
<p> We also  have a science club today, practice for track and field day tomorrow and Track and field day the following day. I hope it is a nice day!  We have had some beautiful ones, but today is cooler and rainy!

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