THSC Homeschool Convention {Calling All Texas Bloggers}

When we moved back to Texas 3 years ago, our plan was to buy a home and stay a while. We were so excited to finally be settled after years of being moved around in the Air Force. Little did we know that this would be the most unsettled time in our lives. Jobs have come and gone. Buying the house has fallen through. We cried out, “Lord, show us what we need to do, where we need to go, how do we get there!”


We waited when we felt we couldn’t wait another day. We listened even though we couldn’t hear. When doors opened we walked through them even when we couldn’t see.

Jamie moved to Ohio to take a job with an airline company. We planned to follow behind after a few months, but he knew right away that is not where we needed to be. After months of waiting he was offered a job at Randolph AFB in San Antonio. In a matter of a few weeks, little pieces of the puzzle begin to appear and the picture became clearer. God working good for those who love Him and are called to His purpose.

One of those puzzle pieces was something very unexpected. As we were looking at all our options, I came across a job opening at the Texas Home School Coalition. Surprisingly I had never heard of them before. As I dug deeper, I found that not only are they a Christian homeschool organization that supports and defends homeschooling rights in Texas, they also work to protect family and parental rights as well.

When I read the job description for a website administrator, I knew it would be a great fit for me. Ten hours a week, I get paid to do something that is so much fun for me! And I can do it in the comfort of my rocking chair surrounded by legos and toy dinosaurs!

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THSC Convention in Arlington

Next week, I will be headed to Arlington to attend my first ever THSC Convention. It has been a while since I have attended a convention. The last convention I attended was four years ago. It was during that convention that I found out my mom’s cancer had returned. I drove home crying.

The Lord knows I need some new inspiration in my homeschool. Years of being unsettled have caused me to lose some of the joy and excitement of homechooling. I have hunkered down to get through life and I am so ready to spread my wings out and really enjoy this work I am called to do.

One of the great little treats at the convention is an evening session called “Encouragement by Chocolate”.

yes, two please

While the word chocolate definitely gets me in the door, I truly am more excited about the topic of this session “Warrior Mother: Fight FOR the Kids and Not WITH Them”. I can’t say that I fight with my kids very often, but I have really been pressed to fight for them this year. As your children get older and move out of the house, so many times there is nothing you can do to protect and lead them other than just pray, pray, pray! I am really looking forward to the encouragement to be the warrior mother God created me to be.

The convention should be an exciting time for everyone in the family! Besides the children’s and teen’s programs, we plan on taking the kids to the “Amazing Chemistry Show”. I know that my boys are going to LOVE the “fire, explosions, foam, and fun” that is promised in the 150 hands-on science experiments! My 7 years old watches the King of Random on YouTube and is fascinated by these types of projects.

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While I am looking forward to all the activities at the convention, it will be such a blessing to just be with other like-minded families. As a Christian homeschooling family, this world can really start to feel like a long bumper car ride. There is nothing so sweet as the fellowship between like-minded believers.

I have briefly met a couple of my co-workers from THSC, but it will really be nice to sit and chat with them and get to know them better. I can’t say enough about the warm welcome I have received while working with this organization.

I am also looking forward to meeting several other bloggers while I am there. {Heather from Sprittibee, Lana of ILoveMy5Kids, Esther of Laugh With Us, and Betsy of Family Style Homeschooling} I am part of a VIP Blogging Team and have been asked to speak on a blogger panel Saturday afternoon and host a blogger meet-up! THSC would like to develop a relationship with bloggers all across Texas. They realize the connection we have to our homeschooling communities and they are reaching out to us so that we can better reach out to those around us.

2016-THSC Arlington Home School Convention

So if any of you would like to join me at the meet-up, I would love to see you there! I can even give you a coupon code for 20% off your registration. This coupon code is good not only for the convention registration, but for all the extras as well. So bring your kiddos and hubby, because there really is something for everyone. They even have a toddler play area, where you will probably find my 2 year old–and me–much of the day! The meet-up is Saturday from 2:30-3:30 and there will be snacks and goodies on hand for you all to enjoy. Hope you can make it!

Here is the scoop on joining the THSC blogger meet-up…

Every blogger that attends will receive:

1. 20% off their tickets and ALL EXTRAs & Children’s programs – that’s 20% across the board at checkout on the registration page!

2. A chance to network IRL (in-real-life) with other local bloggers (and snacks) if you attend the Homeschool Blogger Special Fellowship hour from 2:30-3:30 PM Central on Saturday in Arlington (more info on The Woodlands later)

3. A chance to have your blog listed on the Texas (or friends of Texas) homeschool blogroll on their website just for showing up at the Saturday social and coming to the convention.

4. Promotion of your blog posts if you are listed on the blogroll and inclusion on a special THSC Homeschool Blogger facebook page where you can do some online networking with all the ladies you met in real life at THSC this year! That means you’ll have ongoing friendships and promotion of your material long after the conference is over!

Here’s all they ask you to do if you want to get involved:

1. Snag one of the buttons on this page (or go copy the code on their own site – once they have their blogger page up and running!) and place it in your blog’s sidebar until after the conferences are both over for 2016. You can link these buttons to the following website url:

Texas Home School Coalition Convention

Here are the buttons. To download, just right click and select download image. Then upload it to your own WordPress or blog image hosting service for you to place in your sidebar and blog posts along with the link above. If you have any questions or need to know how to resize them with a quick html cheat, feel free to email me!



2. Go register for the conference of your choice (either Arlington or The Woodlands) with the homeschool blogger 20% off code: BLOGGER16

(If you’ve already registered, just shoot them an email to and they will refund you!)

3. Set the date on your calendar with a reminder to be at the Homeschool Blogger Special Fellowship at 2:30-3:30PM Saturday, May 7th (if you are coming to Arlington’s conference… and I’ll update this post later with the exact time for the one for The Woodlands).

4. Fill out this THSC Homeschool Blogger Google form AFTER you register so we can add you to the THSC Facebook blogger group and their Texas (or surrounding state) homeschool blogroll on the THSC website!

5. Use these hashtags (at least one or two per post, alternated) with your social media shares so we can follow you online and share your posts: #THSCConventions, #THSCKnowsTX, #THSC

That’s it. All you have to do after that is show up and bring your business cards (if you have them, I have yet to order any) and a smile to share with all of us homeschool mamas who want to meet you IRL!

Let me know if you are going to make it–I would love to chat in person!

Hello, It’s Me

I feel like I am walking into an old house, wiping away cobwebs as I go. I didn’t expect to write here anymore. So many voices online that it sometimes gets hard to think, and even harder to be heard. But I have come to realize something that many long time bloggers already know, we are not writing for you, but for ourselves. As I type, the words that appear are the words that I need to release. They are the stories and thoughts and contemplations that fill my mind, pressing for release. I am a writer and I express myself through written words. So here I am again, dusting off the old blog. Finding my voice after a time of silence. Not placing any requirements on myself other than to let the words find their way out.

Pearson Homeschool enVisionMATH

Disclosure: I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review. I was compensated for my time. All opinions are my own.

Pearson's Homeschool enVisionMATH Review

With a new baby arriving at this spring, our school year was cut short while everyone adjusted to another family member and Mom recovered. However, I found that not do school was actually more difficult than doing school, so we started up our “new” school year in May. {I love how I can make up my own rules like that!}

By public school standards, I have a new student this year. My five year old will be starting kindergarten, although in actuality he is already halfway through 100 Easy Lessons (reading) and a complete math whiz. That is why I was so excited to try Pearson’s Homeschool enVisionMATH for 1st grade with him.

Pearson Homeschool enVisionMATH

I had looked at the Pearson’s website to see if I thought the math would be a good fit for him. The first grade level starts out pretty basic with number recognition, greater than/less than, and simple addition and subtraction. I felt like this is probably the level he should be working on.

The Pearson’s Homeschool enVisionMATH 1st grade math kit comes with a consumable tablet for the student, a teacher’s guide on CD, and an interactive game on CD.

Consumable Tablet

I immediately knew that I liked the format for the tablet. I had never seen one like it before. Each days lesson is torn out of the tablet and folded in half to make a “booklet” for the child to work on. I don’t know about your first graders, but my first graders usually bend the binding of their notebooks, take their pencils and draw in the creases, scribble on the page edges. By the end of the year their notebooks are barely holding together. I really like the idea of just giving them the days work (which lays flat and easy to work on) and keeping the rest of the tablet put away until needed.

I really liked the fact that the lessons are broken up into sections, especially for a 1st grade level. Even though my son loves math and does very good at it, long lessons would not keep his interest. With the Pearson’s enVisionMATH, he gets to work on a skill for a few minutes, then work on another, and another. Even though these skills are related and build on each other, he feels like he is doing different things so he doesn’t get bored.

The most exciting thing for my son was the “games” in the tablet. Each unit has a game that reinforces the concepts learned in the unit. They are very simple games that can be played by 2 players, but it great fun for Isaac to take a break from the “school work” and play a game.

Pearson's Homeschool enVisionMATH Review

Teacher’s Guide on CD/

I will be honest. I wasn’t thrilled when I saw that the teacher’s guide was on CD. It always seems cumbersome to try and figure out what to do on the computer then do the lesson away from the computer. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the structure of the teacher’s guide is laid out very well and makes it extremely user friendly.

For instance, each lesson has additional printables and a interactive math story that goes along with it. What I liked was that there is a picture of the printable that you need for that lesson and you can click on the picture to print it out right then. No hunting around trying to find what printable goes with what lesson!

The teacher’s guide also has lots of “extras” that can be used to reinforce the skills being taught. There are strategies for teaching students that are behind or need extra help in learning the concepts. There are also ideas for helping the gifted learner reach their full potential. This is wonderful because there are times when our students may fall into each of these categories (or we may be teaching children of different ages).

Pearson's Homeschool enVisionMATH Review

Interactive Game on CD

According to my son, the quiz show math game is the best thing about his new math curriculum! In fact, I often have to make him finish up his “math” so that he can move on to other schoolwork.

The interactive game on CD is set up similar to a quiz show, allowing students to play against each other or the computer. The quiz questions are math problems that the student has been learning in their lessons. The students are able to play at the level they are studying. For instance, when my son is studying unit 2, he clicks on the unit 2 quizzes.

The only problem we have had with the game is that my son doesn’t read proficient enough to play completely by himself. However, he has a sister that is more than willing to sit with him and read the quiz questions, especially if it means she can put off some of her own schoolwork!

I like the quiz show game because it reinforces the lessons being taught, but it is fun for my son so he doesn’t realize he is spending so much time learning. If we spent the same amount of time just sitting and doing problems on paper, he would quickly tire out and want to quit.

Discounts on Pearson’s Homeschool Kits

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