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!”

Silence.

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!

Image Credit: sprittibee.com

Image Credit: sprittibee.com

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.

Image Credit: sprittibee.com

Image Credit: sprittibee.com

Fellowship

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!

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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 lindsey.sears@thsc.org 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!