When we returned to the Bristol/Abingdon area, Hannah let us know what was on her list of things to do and acting class was one of her top picks! Unfortunately, there were not any classes available at first but about a month ago, a class became available at Barter Youth Academy in Abingdon, VA. When I asked her if she wanted to attend it, there was an immediate YES! She was so excited.
The class was for 1st and 2nd grade kiddos and the play that was chosen for them was Tortoise and the Hare. The play ended up being re-written by the kids, which was so awesome. I think they all felt like the play was theirs and really had some ownership in how it was presented. W eek after week, Hannah looked forward to going to her class and seeing her classmates. She loved being asked for her ideas and having them being used in the play. She instantly memorized her lines and delivered them beautifully. She has a definite love of theatre.
We were so sad to see this come to an end. We won’t be able to make the next round of classes in the spring because we are not planning to be in the area, but we are hoping to make it for next fall when we return.
This experience has definitely left an impression with Hannah and a continued love for theatre. We can’t wait until the next season of classes and to see how this love blossoms.
Great job, Hannah! You rocked it, love.
Beauty and Blessing Awaits.
There is so much to wrap up in this post as we spent quite a bit of time in Tucson, but I will try to tie it together somehow!
We arrived in Tucson with some time to kill before the World’s Best Roadschool Convention, so we stayed at Voyager RV Resort before making our way over there. It was a gorgeous park with lots of activities, several pools, a library and beautiful scenery. It was a fabulous place to park for a few days. The peak season was coming to a close there, so it wasn’t very crowded at all.
As we made our way to the convention at Lazy Days/KOA Campground, we prepared for all the events that were getting ready to happen. Seeing lots of friends, making lots of friends, giving a presentation on our product, My Homeschool Transcripts and taking part in an unschooling panel for the convention. There was also a rally happening at the same time, so there were lots of festivities in the evening as well.
A couple of very cool things that happened while we were at the convention/rally: an air show could be seen overhead from the campground and the lunar eclipse could be seen very clearly from our campsite. These are the types of things that make living on the road so incredibly fulfilling…those serendipitous moments that allow us to reflect on the beauty of where we are at any given time.
After all our connecting with friends and enjoying the festivities, it was time to leave. So, we headed back over to Voyager to regroup and make some decisions about our travel plans. We spent enjoyed the pool some more, decorated eggs and took in some more beautiful evenings.
Upon leaving Voyager, we decided to take another trip over to Lazy Days and check out a camper that we were particularly fond of! This one is totally going on the vision board! We really love the layout of the living area. The two couches fold out to create one huge sleeping area…a co-sleeping dream!
All in all, we had a fabulous time in spectacular Tucson. There was so much that we wanted to do, but didn’t have the opportunity or ability to do, so we really hope that we can make it back again soon. It is a beautiful place to be!
Beauty and Blessing Awaits!
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one!'” CS Lewis
We’ve been in Orlando for 3 weeks. This time has been a blessing, but it’s also been a time of reflection.
When we arrived, we had very little resources, but yet it didn’t seem to matter. We were surrounded by the love of friends. We focused on the positive and tried not to worry where those resources would some from. And you know what? They have come exactly when we needed them. So, why worry?
I have also been reflecting on what I have to offer…my family, friends and people that I am surrounded by in a given day, whether it’s online or in person. I spend my days in love with my family and being with them in all that they do. Each person in this family has incredible qualities and I feel so grateful to be able to know them. So I offer them my love, my time, my attention. Is there more I can offer? Is there more I want to learn and grow into? I am reflecting on those questions. They don’t seem as scary as they have felt in the past, the questions. Maybe the answers are different than before. Time will tell…
We’ve watched some precious friends drive away and know that it will be months before we cross paths again. People that we connect with on many levels, understanding each other as traveling families and all that comes with that experience. Connection is an amazing thing. To belong to a group of others walking the same path truly satisfies a deep longing within ourselves. It’s that intense ‘we are family’ connection. But yet the one thing that is difficult, is seeing those connections drive away.
Freedom comes with a price, eh? The sacrifices we make to live simply and love deeply are so worth it. We make a life out of our talents, dreams and skills and they fit around our family, not the other way around.
Things will be different this summer. I’ve been contemplating what it will be like to be back in the work mode, where will have to work around someone else’s schedule, and also away from other full time families. I don’t know how it will feel and I don’t know how I will feel about it all, but I am so thankful for the time that we have had here in Florida and will remain a place of very fond memories.
So, as we continue our time of refreshment, we also look forward to the days ahead, knowing that just around the corner, there is another friend, another connection awaiting us.
Beauty and Blessing Awaits,