Ever heard of Apologia ~ LIVE!?

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THIS IS NOT CURRICULUM!

I was a little confused Friday as I left town with two other homeschooling friends / moms / group leaders – and headed four hours away – to Chicago.  We were going to meet with some other homeschool moms, group leaders, bloggers – and some ladies from Apologia Live!  What exactly was Apologia Live! – was my question.  There was no doubt I’d heard of Apologia…I think anyone who has been in homeschooling for all of about a second has heard of Apologia…but what exactly was Apologia Live!?  THIS is what I wanted to know…and this is what we were going to find out.  🙂

My two lady friends and I decided to spend the night just outside of Chicago – as it is a four-hour drive, one way, for two of us and a 5-hour drive for another…so we decided to make it a “ladies nite out” – WOOT! And boy oh boy DID WE ALL NEED IT!  Being homeschooling moms / group leaders / bloggers…we, of course, brought work with us to do on the trip – however, I am SUPER GLAD to say – none of us got any of it done! We talked and laughed and ate food – it was wonderful!

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This was an Indian wedding reception the Westin Chicago NW was just beginning to have attendees for as we were walking in for our meeting.  It was BEAUTIFUL!  Not only the hotel, the tables, the food…but the clothing of the attendees was AMAZING!

Lunch on Saturday was our designated time to spend with the other ladies and find out more about Apologia Live!  Our group ended up being rather small…there were some last minute plan changes and some sicknesses, etc but let me tell you – that did NOT stop us from having a TOTAL BLAST!  So, we spent some time eating and talking about something we all have great passion for – HOMESCHOOL MOMS.  (Know any of those?  Nah?  Yea right.  LOL  You are one, I’m sure – and I’m sure you know a BUNCH more!)

Well, I’m sure you also know / agree / understand / also feel – a bit isolated from other women / adults / homeschool moms, right?  I know I do!  I do not have the lady friends I used to have several years ago – and I miss it!  Praise the Lord for Apologia Live! as it is a RETREAT for HOMESCHOOL MOMS!  THE ONLY OF ITS KIND! It kind of reminds me of a Women of Faith type event, at least by what I’ve read and what the ladies shared at the luncheon.  The goal / vision of Apologia Live! is to bring spiritual encouragement to homeschool moms.  YOU HEARD ME RIGHT! let me say it again – SPIRITUAL ENCOURAGEMENT TO HOMESCHOOL MOMS.  WOOT!

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This was our group (from left to right) Rachal Carman [and 2 of her boys] and Liz Corson (with Apologia), Stacey with BrainInTrainin, me, Lori and Julie (my lady friends from our local homeschool group SCCCHE).  I, of course, cannot forget Michelle Eichhorn from Apologia, who was the photographer.

You can find out more / stay “up to date” with current Apologia Live! retreat information by…

Liking their facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/apologiaworld
Visiting their website: http://blog.apologia.com/live/
Visiting their blog: http://blog.apologia.com/live/blog/

I will be attending their next event in Chicago on October 7th & 8th – and I’ll be able to giveaway one free registration as well so be watching – that will be coming soon!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

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11 thoughts on “Ever heard of Apologia ~ LIVE!?

  1. Heidi August 8, 2011 at 11:29 am Reply

    Your blog looks different from the last time I visited – cute! I’m so glad you were able to go and have a good time. Where’s Michelle? Was she the photographer?

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  2. Dawn August 8, 2011 at 11:45 am Reply

    I meant to comment on that…yes, she was the photographer! I have updated my post to reflect that – thanks for the reminder!

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  3. Mary August 12, 2011 at 1:31 pm Reply

    Sounds like fun! I would love to visit Chicago – I used to live in suburb – Lake Zurich.

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  4. Kym August 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm Reply

    I attended the same event in Baltimore, and am definitely looking forward to Apologia Live this spring!

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  5. PK @Knee Deep In Grace August 12, 2011 at 2:27 pm Reply

    Dawn,

    Gathering with women of the same mind and heart. How refreshing and rejuvenating is THAT! So glad you got to participate.

    Blessings,

    PK

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  6. Beth August 12, 2011 at 3:20 pm Reply

    Isn’t it a blessing to just knowing you’re not the only home schooling mom out there. It doubles when you get to meet up and have fun together. I’m probably 6 hours away from Chicago–I’ll have to keep this in mind.

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  7. HillaryM August 12, 2011 at 3:29 pm Reply

    What fun! I have seen advertisements and added it to my mental list of “some day”. My children are too many and too young to get away like that. I am also just 4-5 hours from Chicago (southwest of Indy). Maybe some day I’ll see you there!

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  8. Julieanne August 12, 2011 at 3:32 pm Reply

    Nice to hear a little bit about the Apologia Live conference, Dawn! I’d be interested to know the types of topics they covered, whether or not there was biblical teaching as well – or just homeschool mom encouragement. Sounds like it was a much-needed refreshing time for you all!

    Julieanne
    http://www.JoyInOurJourney.com

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  9. I’m so glad you were able to attend. I could definitely use a retreat, and to get the support and encouragement of other homeschool moms at the same time would be even better! Thanks for sharing your fun and the information.

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  10. Crystal August 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm Reply

    Sounds like an amazing time!! I’d love to go!!!!

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  11. Jennifer August 21, 2011 at 2:38 am Reply

    That sounds like such an encouraging event- I wish they had those close to me.

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