Weekly Wrap-Up: The One Where I Didn’t Go to Nashville

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Weekly Wrap-Up

I’m a little bummed this Friday. I was supposed to be in Nashville at the Teach Them Diligently convention. Then, the Great Septic Tank Issue of 2013 struck. That is really not how I wanted to spend the money I was going to use to go to Nashville.

I’m choosing to look at the positives, though. First, at least I had the money to pay for the septic tank issues. Second, I got to spend the day with my husband anyway. Granted, cleaning out the garage wasn’t my first choice, but it needed to be done and we did it together. Third, I have a really nice car to drive. Yes, it would have been nice to drive it to Nashville, but driving it around town is still good.

On top of all that, we’re almost finished with school for the year! I love our curriculum and I’ve loved year round homeschooling, but I’m still looking very forward to summer break, even though it will be a short one.

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As I sit here, I’m surrounded by reminders of how busy next week is going to be. There is a case of water for my trip to North Carolina. I’ll be at the NCHE Convention in Winston-Salem, representing Geography Matters. Then, there is the luggage that I’m trying to ignore. It’s borrowed from my sister and will be heading to Haiti with Brianna.

I can’t wrap my mind around the fact that my first-born is going to be leaving the country a week from tomorrow. I’m excited for her, but I imagine I’ll be a nervous wreck next week.

Maybe. I might not be, though, because I know it’s where God wants her to be and if He wants her there, I’m trusting Him to take care of her. I think it will be a great experience for her. Just do me one favor…if you stop by the Geography Matters booth next weekend, don’t mention Haiti. Unless, of course, you don’t mind taking the risk that I might burst into tears in front of you.

As for now, though, I’m just looking forward to this weekend. It’s supposed to be warm and pretty. I’m going to relax and enjoy it and not worry about next week until Monday.

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. Does that mean the septic tank was a bigger job than you thought? I so prayed for much flowing!!
    What a wonderful place to be – to know your daughter is exactly where God planned. I imagine that is the dream of every Christian parent. I hope she is blessed one hundred fold over the next week.
    Have a great weekend!

    1. No, thankfully we haven’t had any more problems with the septic tank. The original work was just somewhat expensive and not planned for. Thank you for your prayers! They are much appreciated. Yes, I am very excited for Brianna. I feel that God has orchestrated this for her and pray that she is blessed through the experience.

  2. Septic problems are never fun, but at least you had the money to pay for it. That’s wonderful! And your positive attitude is inspiring.

    I’m so envious of you almost being finished for the year. We have a ways to go yet…and at this stage unschooling for the next 7 years sounds blissful. LOL Enjoy your break!

  3. I am sorry your trip didn’t work out, but I admire your positive attitude. My oldest (11) is going away for a week this summer in a mission trip (to TN) and it’s going to be odd to see her go. I can’t imagine Haiti! 😉

    Will you come and clean my garage? You can drive your new car here!!

  4. Well done for putting such a positive outlook on the change of plans!
    My 9 year old daughter’s away this weekend at cub camp, which feels really strange even though she’s been before and I know she loves it. I feel for you with your daughter heading off to Haiti!
    Thanks for hosting the link-up 🙂

  5. I didn’t get to go to Nashville, either. It was going to be our vacation. Dental work is expensive. 🙂 I might try to get down to NCHE, since you’re going to be there and all.

  6. Kris, This is your buddy Rebekah from Nashville. I was at TTD Convention this weekend. I had my eyes out for you. I thought Geography Matters would have a booth, but I didn’t see it. I am so glad that I didn’t say hi to the girl two rows in front of me in a workshop. I thought it might be you!!! I enjoyed the convention, but it wasn’t the best I’ve been to. For it’s first year in Nashville, though, I was very impressed. I’m sure it will only get better. To be fair, I couldn’t go all day on Saturday, so maybe I missed out on some good sessions. Thought that might make you feel better for missing!

    1. Hi, Rebekah. I so would have enjoyed meeting you! I”m glad you got to go. Yeah, GeoMatters didn’t have a booth. They’re in Atlanta this weekend for GHEA. Maybe I’ll make my way to Nashville next year.

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