Where We Are Parked for the Night

The Lord provided us a beautiful, quiet place to park tonight! As we pulled into the town of Delafield, with the original intention to park at the Wal-Mart, we saw a pretty lake, and we thought it’d be a good place to take a walk. Instead of finding that lake, we ended up at a lush-green park.

We pulled into the tree-lined park with caution, and John and Jesse gave the “all-clear” as Dad slowly drove through a row of  low trees.

It was decided we would stay here (after we did some shopping) for the night. The park ranger helped us find a place to park, and we’re excited about this great place the Lord provided for us. We’ll be headed to the Wisconsin CHEA convention tomorrow afternoon for set up!

Good ole' Uriah!

Sarah for the rest

“And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:12).

ENOCH NJ Homeschool Convention

Friday morning found John, Joseph, and Jesse helping vendors in the vendor hall; we were already set up, but many vendors still needed to prepare their booths. What were the boys doing?! Everything from  helping drivers with limited reverse operational experience with trailers pull into the hall with no mishaps to unloading boxes and other tasks. The guys really enjoyed their time!

By 2 p.m., everything was in order and ready for the homeschool families to peruse the vendor hall.

The Lord used each of Dad and Mom’s sessions to speak to parents. Often, we children had great conversations with parents at our book tables as they asked us questions about how we were raised.

Families gained new vision as they heard how to raise sons who could provide for their families, how it was possible to be a family team, how the mom could effectively homeschool multiple children, how to have daily, family Bible time, and how they could have children who would love and serve the Lord Jesus.

A neat “side bonus” this convention offered was free admission to parents of preschoolers (the oldest had to be 5 or less), and it was great seeing many young families contemplating homeschooling, while soaking in the information.

The ENOCH convention staff was very gracious and hospitable to us, providing multiple meals for the family throughout the weekend.

It was a joy to be able to share with the homeschoolers of New Jersey.

John, Jesse, and Joseph volunteered in the vendor hall.
Right before the convention opened, we discovered our electricity didn't work. It ended up they had to get out the forklift to rewire things (see the background).
Dad giving Feed My Sheep.
Christopher giving Success or Failure.
Joseph talking at the table.
A view from the back of the Hearts session Friday evening.
Anna and I
Joseph talking.
What is it like to get ready for a conference? Well, it IS possible for three people to use one mirror in a pinch.
A cute family with boy/girl twins.
Mom giving Chores.
There was a need for more chairs in Mom's sessions, so the Maxwell guys and a few ENOCH helpers to the rescue!
The stroller/Mama line up in Mom's session.
Dad giving Manager of His Home.
A familiar site throughout the weekend: rolling carts to tote around purchases.
A mom feeding her little one.
Christopher talking.
Mom talking.
Mom and Dad
John
Jesse
Joseph
Mary
Anna

“But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin” (Hebrews 3:13).

Quack Quack

Abigail really likes ducks (and geese). We thought of her when we saw a family of geese at the New Jersey convention parking lot!

A family of geese, spotted in the parking lot at the New Jersey convention.
The family of geese were waddling across the parking lot. One little guy was lagging behind a bit.
The reason he was lagging behind? He had an itch. And every now and then he stopped to scratch. I missed the ideal moment on the scratch, but was close.

As they crossed a grassy area the goslings became excited.
They ran ahead because they saw a puddle of water.
They had caught sight of a puddle...
They all took drinks and some even got into the puddle for a swim.
They all took drinks, and some even got in the water for a little swim.
At one point, Dad was moving the bus from the loading area to the parking area and crossed behind the geese.
After the swim was finished they got out of the water to look for bugs in the grass. Dad was moving Uriah from the loading area to the parking area at that time.
After they were done in the water they walked back across the parking lot. Some little boys tried to chase them but wisely stopped right before being charged by big geese.
After a few minutes they waddled back across the parking lot. Some young boys came out to chase them, but wisely stopped moments before the parent geese charged them. The geese then went off into the trees where there were some waterways.

Christopher

“Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings” (Psalms 17:8).

Another Full Day

It’s 11:30 p.m., so I don’t have time for a full report, but we just finished another full day. We will be posting on the convention (complete with pictures!) soon, plus today’s events.

What are we doing the next two days? We’re headed to Wisconsin for the convention, so we’ll be driving many miles over the next two days, so we would appreciate prayer as we drive.

More later–truly! 🙂

Sarah

The sign near the road today...

“Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:12).

A Preview

It’s been a blessed weekend, but we’re tired, so just two pictures before we’re able to do a full post. Please pray for us tomorrow, as we’ll be doing an afternoon/evening of sharing in Rocky Ridge, Maryland. We are stopped for the night in PA, and we have about a three hour drive in the morning.

Blessings,
Sarah

Dad speaking.
John talking.

“Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation” (Psalms 111:1).

Just a few pictures…

The first day of the convention went great–the Lord so blessed, and we are excited about today. A real report will follow at some point, not sure exactly when, but thank you for praying–please continue to do so!

Sarah

“Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing” (Psalms 100:2).