Thank you for all the evident hard work that went into a fantastic convention! It was like a marriage retreat, parenting conference, and homeschooling convention all rolled into one! We were blessed in SO many ways.
Three conferences ago I accidently bumped into a mom at a booth. I said I was sorry and so did she and we parted ways. That evening I went to get in line for the Moms Night of Refreshment and that same mom was standing in front of me. We started talking and I soon learned that she had recently lost one of her newborn twins to SIDS. Back in 2009 I lost my daughter, Landry, and went through a rough time. When I got mentally and physically well again I told God to use me to help other moms who have lost babies. Keisha and I got to know each other that night back in 2016 and have stayed in contact. Each convention we meet in the vendor hall for hugs and a selfie at the booth we “accidently” bumped into each other at. This year though I got a big surprise because she is pregnant!!!!!! God has redeemed her loss and she waited until TTD to show me her belly! Miracles happen every day and TTD is blessed by God and I am so thankful that I am a part of it even in a small way.
We love the focus on family and my husband really appreciated the men’s focus this year. The session by Alex Kendrick for men only touched the depths of his soul. He said they ended up having an impromptu prayer session with all the men on their knees. He came out in tears. Loved the Getty’s concert.
Mark Hamby’s session on the Strong-Willed Parent will shock you, move you, and have you in tears. But if you have a child you butt heads with, and learn that they are not the only strong-willed one in the house, this is for you. God spoke to me so much through Rachael Carman, as well – “That Child” and “How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You.” Also Carol Barnier. Oh, and of course, Ken Ham was amazing!
I give God praise for your conference! I learned so much and was refreshed and encouraged in every area of my life. Fabulous speakers! I so need this time every year to recharge for this homeschooling journey. Thank you!
It was an AMAZING weekend. I feel renewed and rejuvenated. I pray blessings on you as you prepare for the next three TTD still to come. My 15 year-old daughter just shared the Gospel with an inquisitive mom of a special-needs child who had to know what “all this homeschooling business” was about. Apparently, she had been watching all the homeschoolers at the Gaylord and decided Bre Elise was unintimidating enough to approach.