I have wanted to attend a Living Education Retreat ever since Nancy Kelly and Karla Taber started the lovely tradition 12 years ago. It usually falls on the same weekend as our big home education expo here in Chattanooga, for which I am one of the organizers, so in many of the past years, it has not been an option for me to consider attending. But this year, providence smiled as it was earlier than in other years, our expo was a bit later in the month than previous years, and I had the impetus of long lost cousins who live in Minneapolis. I lost my dad 4 years ago and since then have wanted to connect with cousins on his side of the family. What a gift to connect with cousins and go to the LER on the same trip.
But the real fun happened after the conference when we gathered for an impromptu dry brush notebooking lesson and I saw all the talent in this group of moms, new talent as well as watercolor skills honed in months or years of practice. This was followed by a rollicking session of show and gloat, er, tell with everyone bringing their book finds from Jan Wright’s amazing pop-up bookshop Books of Yesterday which was set up in the lower conference room.