Top 10 Reasons Why You Need a Weekend Getaway

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Every year, a few friends and I escape for a weekend getaway. My wonderfully supportive husband always encourages me to go because he knows how refreshed and rejuvenated I am when I return home.

We typically go in the fall, but this year we’ve got another trip planned in early spring. I’m not sure I can wait that long, though. That’s why I’m so excited to be planning a weekend getaway to San Marco, Texas – and I’ve got details on how you can join me!

But first, I know there are doubters among us. Those who aren’t fully convinced that they can cost justify a weekend away. Let me show you how you can and why you should.

Why You Need a Weekend Getaway

Why you need a weekend getaway

1. Burnout is no joke, y’all. It wasn’t until someone pointed it out to me that I realized that it’s not just homeschooling moms who experience burnout. It happens to classroom teachers, too. That’s why a long weekend is planned into nearly every school calendar for February. We all need a couple of days away from the responsibilities of teaching to refresh ourselves and come back ready to finish the school year strong.

2. Winter is long. Burnout happens, I think, because winter seems so long. The days are shorter. They’re cold, gloomy, and overcast. We’re all in serious need of some sunshine and fresh air. Getting away for a weekend doesn’t make winter any shorter, but it can help break the monotony of cold, grey winter days.

3. Homeschooling is hard. Whoever suggested that homeschooling parents choose to homeschool because they’re lazy may need a drug intervention because I think they’re smokin’ something. Homeschooling is not for the faint of heart. Homeschooling is hard and a mid-winter weekend getaway can be just the thing to zap some life back into a weary homeschool mom.

4. We take care of everyone else first. Why are homeschool moms so weary? Because we tend to take care of everyone else first. We’re the cook, the laundry service, the maid, the taxi service, and a myriad of additional titles besides teacher, wife, and mom. Sure, we can (and should) train our kids to take up some of the slack in those areas, but we still seem to be the coordinator of it all – and the one staying up late and getting up early to make sure all the plates keep spinning.

We rarely take time for ourselves. When was the last time you went to the bathroom alone? Unless you are going with some really weird ladies, chances are, you can do that for a couple of days on a weekend getaway!

5. We need to be reminded that we’re not alone. This has been a rough year for me. Besides my faith in God and lots and lots of prayer, the single biggest encouragement has been finding out that I’m not alone. For every trial we faced, when I finally let down my guard and asked my friends to pray for me, without fail there was another mom who said, “I’ve been there.”

Y’all, I’m fighting tears as I write this because these were some big things and I thought surely none of my friends had experienced them – but they had. And, I was not alone.

No matter where you are on this homeschooling and/or mothering journey, whatever you’re facing, you are not alone. You are not the single, solitary person on the planet experiencing whatever you’re facing and sometimes the biggest encouragement is having someone come alongside you and remind you of that. And sometimes, the best place to let down your guard is on a weekend away with friends.

Why You Need a (Homeschool Mom's) Weekend Getaway

6. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. I don’t know how it is at your house, but my people (and my pets) miss me when I’m gone. They text me (the people, not the pets), telling me that they miss me and that they love me. They are reminded of all I do for them (especially cooking) and they are really happy to see me when I get home. It’s nice to be loved, missed, and appreciated – even when everything does get back to normal within a couple of days. Those are a nice two days. {grin}

7. There is no laundry. It may be there when you get home, but while you’re on your weekend getaway, there is no laundry pile making you feel guilty for its very presence.

8. Someone else does the cooking. I really don’t think there is anything else I need to say here.

9. There is sun and warmth. Okay, I mean, you can go wherever you want for your weekend getaway, but I’m getting ready to tell you how you can join me in San Marcos, Texas in February 2016, and the average temperatures there in early February are highs in the mid 60’s and lows in the upper 40’s. That’s a good 10-15 degrees warmer than the averages in my neck of the woods and I don’t know about you, but I could use a nice spring in the middle of my winter, thank you very much.

10. Your husband does not want to go to the mall. Y’all, I know it is not just my husband who waits until the very last minute to do his Christmas shopping. Now, I’m not berating him. That’s come in handy a time or two – like when we were able to squeeze in under the one-year warranty for a gift he’d bought on Christmas Eve.

Let me assure you, unless you’re married to my brother-in-law (and I’m pretty sure you’re not because my sister doesn’t read my blog) or one of the dozen or so men in the world like him, your husband does not want to go to the mall. Lucky for him, he can snag an amazing Christmas gift without even leaving home by registering you for a weekend away at the Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit. He doesn’t even have to change out of his PJs.

About the Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit

The Homeschool Mom’s Winter Summit is a Christ-centered weekend of encouragement, laugher, friendship, and fun for homeschooling moms. I’ve heard about the Summit for the last couple of years from my friend Connie at Smockity Frocks, but this year I get to go, too – and I can’t wait!

To get an idea of what the Summit is like, check out these posts from ladies who have attended previous years’ events:

Lisa from The Pennington Point

Candace from Sacred Mommyhood

Heather Mac at Joyful Socks Mom

Some highlights you don’t want to miss include:

  • Encouragement from veteran Christian homeschool moms
  • Nice accommodations at Embassy Suites (including a mini fridge in case you need to bring your own personal supply of Chick-fil-A sweet tea. Just sayin’.)
  • A full breakfast bar including made-to-order omelets

And you can join us for an extremely doable rate! Through December, registration is only $109 (rates increase in January, so don’t procrastinate) and you can take $10 off using coupon code Weird10. Of course, you might want to use that $10 savings to reserve your spot at the Meet Your Favorite Blogger Dinner on Saturday night.

Embassy Suites also has some fantastic room rates available for the event, but you’ll want to book before they sell out. They’ve already sold out for the Oklahoma event. (There is an overflow hotel available if you’re heading to the Oklahoma Summit.)

You can find out more about the Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit on their website or you can go ahead and book your reservation. I’d love to see you there!

Are you planning to attend?

This post is linked to Top Ten Tuesday and the Hip Homeschool Hop.

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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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