Sunday, May 15, 2011
Prelude to Mary Ann's Birth Story
Friday May 6th, Arthur and I left home at 6:00AM heading down to Atlanta for the day. I was feeling really good, and ready for a day of homeschool shopping and attending the conferences. We arrived to the convention center around 8:30AM. Upon entering the convention center we saw a few of our hometown friends that we haven't seen in awhile, so we took a few minutes and chatted. While talking a lady and her sweet family walked up to us, it was Vicky a blog reader/friend. She has been reading our blog, and we have emailed a few times but I had never met her. I knew she would be at the convention and we had hoped to get to meet in person and we did! It was so nice to now have a face to go with her name and to have been able to also meet her husband Greg and children. Arthur and I were so excited to see our sweet friends Emily and Jeremy, we were able to talk with them a few times. We have had the joy of fellowship with their family and hope to again soon. There are so many neat things about having a blog and the special people you meet through it.
Next we were on to the used book sale, and conferences. We very much enjoyed hearing Voddie Baucham, Kevin Swanson, and Ken Hamm. I don't believe you could ever go and listen to any of these men and not walk away enlightened and with added zeal for homeschooling, family, and most importantly Christ!
I was pleased with the used book sale, even though I moved slower around the sale than in years past. I found some really good deals and walked away with a buggy full. Here are a few finds from the used book sale....
A starter set of Math-U-See blocks, for only $10. We own the complete set, but thought having this set would come in handy. Often the boys take their math to the store and needed blocks, problem solved:)
OLD readers...Oh they are one of my weaknesses! I purchased each one for $1!
Here is a look inside one of the books, aren't the pictures cute?!
I found these 2 readers and I paid $2 a piece for them. This series is great, and we own 2 of the books already....they were Arthur's books from childhood.
The love the way the stories are written and the values they share.
I know some may not enjoy my love for old books, but as they always "one mans junk is another mans treasure"! Yep, these were just a few of my treasures, and all 5 books for under $10 :)
After the used book sale, lunch , and going to 3 of the conferences I was beginning to get tired. Arthur at that point suggested that we go and purchase our new school items. We bought things from Vision Forum, Math-U-See, Rod & Staff, Answers in Genesis, and a few other small places. After our stop in the curriculum hall Arthur said he felt we needed to head home, he could tell I was winding down pretty fast. We hit a little Atlanta traffic on our way out of town, and I was feeling a little fearful because I was having some hard contractions. I kept the contraction information to myself until we were in Calhoun an hour from our house, at that point I shared with Arthur my contractions were coming every 10 minutes! We arrived home at 9:00PM, and we were both worn out, but it was a good day....yet, our next thought was is Baby Munck coming tonight? We knew Saturday we had BIG plans and we were praying Baby Munck could hold out another day or 2!
The next day Saturday morning at 7:00AM our family all hoped in the van for a road trip, now we were headed for NASHVILLE, TN! We were on our way to the Bass Pro Shop at Opry Mills Mall to attend the awards ceremony for the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program, which is put on by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Elizabeth has entered this contest for the past several years and placed honorable mention each year, but this year she was awarded 3rd place in her age group. We were all so thrilled for Elizabeth and being 11 days from my due date wasn't gong to keep me from attending....Nashville is 3 hours one way from our house.
Here are a few of the winners, the picture with the purple ribbon won best in show for the state.
Amanda and Elizabeth looking at all the artwork, before the ceremony began. On our daughter's BLOG you can go and see more pictures there.
Elizabeth receiving her ribbon and plaque. She won't be getting her picture back until February of 2012, it will go on tour and be displayed in multiple locations across our state. After the ceremony we looked around the Bass Pro Shop and then back in the van we went to head back home. We stopped off and ate lunch at Cracker Barrel, we pulled into our driveway around 4:30PM. Now it was time to unwind and rest:)
This was a wonderful day of celebration and family time, we were so happy we were able to attend the awards ceremony....and that other than some contractions Baby Munck stayed put another day!