Monday, June 25, 2012

Gearing up for CocoaConf DC!

After a great time at the local St Louis homeschool conference (updates coming later), we took a short break (30 minutes or so) and have shifted into high gear for our next CocoaConf event, coming up this weekend! Our name tags, programs and things like that are done, the free promo gifts are packed, equipment is being loaded, and we are finishing up some loose ends tonight.

Bekah is preparing a yummy breakfast for the road tomorrow.

We are loading up the official CocoaConf DC vehicles for a two day road trip.

We are using up leftovers, washing clothes and making a big mess in the kitchen! (What's that thing on the faucet?)

Who got into the CocoaConf stickers?

Friday, June 15, 2012

CHEA 2012: Driving and campingness (May 21)

This is the first post of our Wisconsin trip wrap up which will take lots of posts due to the high pixel count.

It was a wonderful wonderful time. We had been praying for an opening for our friend Jonathan Lindvall to keynote at the Wisconsin CHEA conference, and this was the year. We convoyed with members of Jonathan's family from St Louis to Wisconsin, This happened to prove to be very convenient in case of mechanical break-down (foreshadowing alert).

Too much to type -- here are the first batch of pictures from our wonderful time in Wisconsin for the CHEA conference!

Since we haven't done much in the way of RV conversion in this baby yet, much cargo had to be secured using ratchet straps to protect us from bouncing ice chests.

I just think "Eddie Bauer" when I see this bus. I'm sorry.

Fiddling around with the power steering, which died shortly before our arrival in Wisconsin, and was the catalyst for several blisters on Daddy's hands. You never know what you have until it's gone.

Joshie fills in the driver's seat while repairs are attempted.

The land of beef and cheese welcomes us!

Setting up for a few days camping at God's Lake! The reader will note we had awesome weather!

Upon our arrival, population at the sparsely populated campground doubled, or tripled. Kind of like when we moved to St Louis.

Ben acquired a more Klein-proof volleyball outfit for the family.

Daniel says, "I thought we were driving to Wisconsin!"

So happy to meet up with the happy Cano family who are expecting their third blessing as we type!

Stretching arms and legs after a long day on the road.

During the game, a discussion of the biblical basis for volleyball ensued. One participant suggested that Joseph served in Pharoah's court.

The Lindvalls didn't have to rough it too badly, thanks to the provision of the Dyers who lent them their NEW pop-up trailer!

Getting the campfire warmed up.

More to follow....

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

They're here!

We just received the rest of our shipment of paperback copies of The Education of Kings!

This is the first time we had them entirely commercially printed. Our earlier attempts were fun and exhausting projects, but we are very happy with the improved quality and durability of these nicely bound books.

They were a big hit at the Wisconsin CHEA conference (post to follow) and we are excited to have them ready for the CHEF conference later this month! Praise the Lord!