The 2:1 Conference – Part 2

Please forgive the disarray as I settle into my new site – cherylpitt.com!!  I’m still working on organizing here, but I couldn’t let another day pass without sharing about the 2:1 Conference. All photos were taken by the talented Jamie Worley of See Jamie Blog.

2013 was 2:1’s second year.  The sequel.  And you know how sequels stand at the box office…

Last year, the inaugural year, I was worried whether everything would come together as planned.  And it did.  God showed up in BIG ways for an amazing weekend.  So this year…this year I worried: would it be the sameWould God show up again?  Or would it be tainted by familiarity?

No.

It was lovely.

Blessed.

Fun.

2:1 Conference Fun

The keynotes breathed encouragement into the hearts of the attendees.  Breakouts shared their expertise on topics from generational homeschooling to blogging business strategy.  #2to1Conf trended twice on Saturday – during Toni Anderson’s Twitter workshop, and again at our live tweet-up.

Attending a conference is always a whirlwind of preparation, travel, networking and adrenaline.  Hosting a conference is all that x100.  That’s why I’m so thankful for my 2:1 team member, Stef.  Even with all the behind-the-scenes conference craziness, the adrenaline and exhaustion, we have fun y’all.

Throughout the conference we were consistently thanked for the blessing of 2:1. Thanks for being so differentdifferent than a convention and so much more welcoming than your “average” conference.  We’ve received thank you cards and emails of thankful women whose cups had been filled during their time at 2:1.  And as much I as love acknowledgement of a job well done, I have to say it wasn’t me.  It wasn’t us.

This was God.  This was OUR God showing up for HIS people.  Because YOU are worthy of HIS love. YOU are worthy of HIS attention.

2:1 is bathed in prayer.  Every detail was prayed over before (and during) the conference. We ask God to show up and meet the 2:1 attendees in their seats, to touch their hearts where they need His attention.  And He does, because He is a God of relationships.

Trouble Makers at 2:1

Right to left: Kris Bales of Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers, Carol Anne of Confessions of a Fraidy Cat, Zan Tyler

That’s why we focus heavily on relationship-building at 2:1.  We could give you a mile long to-do list of steps to help you conquer blogland.  But that’s not our heart. Our heart is to give you the tools you need to accomplish the goals He lays on your heart.

Like I said, blessed.  Now I have a confession to make. 2013 is still fresh on everyone’s mind but I’m already thrilled about what’s coming in 2014!  We’re moving to CHICAGO (woot!), May 2-4.  Can’t wait to see you there!

A Week of Forward

While this wasn’t the most productive week, it was a good week.  A blessed week.  A “gonna step back and smell the roses” week.

Sunday, I spent the day reevaluating the blessing of motherhood. What a GIFT I’ve been given to raise and mold these children.  It was one of those days where I sat back and gave thanks.  I had just returned from Apologia’s Real Refreshment Retreat and my spirit had been refreshed.  (There’s one in Atlanta, March 22-23. I highly recommend you go!)

Speaker Zan Tyler addressing the crowd, RR pamphlet, Speaker Heidi St. John with me and Amelie

You know the feeling that tells you you’re doing the right thing, and even though you’re not doing it perfectly, there’s still hope?  That’s me right now.  I have a song of FORWARD on my lips.

Monday, I started looking around and realized my home doesn’t look like I’m thankful for these gifts.  I saw Bram’s schoolbooks on the shelves, gathering dust because they haven’t been touched in weeks.  I saw laundry (still) waiting to be folded and put away.  Bike helmets taunted me from the corner whispering “when was the last time you went out to play WITH the kids??”.

This is normally where I’d crumple and listen to that hard, negative, not-so-little voice in my head.  But I’d had an encouraging weekend, so I wasn’t going to play the “beat myself up” game. Have you ever seen the movie Freedom Writers?  My favorite quote popped into my head.

“You have been blessed with a burden, my daughter.”

I love that movie, I love that line.  Oh to be blessed with the burden of motherhood. It isn’t easy, but the burden is such a blessing. Tweet that! So rather than beat myself up, I simply resolved to move forward.

Story sequencing with Legos – telling me the beginning, middle and end of his story

Tuesday was co-op and the world conspired against me.  I help in nursery, which is usually a rather calm and pleasant experience.  But the time change did a number on the kids and every one of them was wildly emotional and fussy.  Whew, what a morning!  But we all got through it – positive attitudes intact – and had a pleasant afternoon which included grocery shopping.

Wednesday…I wish I could remember Wednesday.  It’s a blur of phone calls, laundry, checking school work, a visit from my father and step-mom who will soon be going on a Carnival cruise (yes, we’ve seen the news) and that’s about all I can think of.

Thursday I spent the morning working on the Titus 2:1 Conference (you’re coming right?) then it was off to civics for the two oldest boys. I managed to throw dinner in the crock pot before we left so we came home to home-cooked yumminess.

Thrilled my eldest now has to drive ME around. Ha!

Today I spent a lot of time evaluating what I want to accomplish this weekend so I can make our day-to-day time easier, better, more connected.  Forward!

How was your week?  Any great plans for the weekend?

This post will be linked up at the following:  Weekly Wrap Up at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers, Collage Friday at Homegrown Learners and Friday Favorite Things at Finding Joy.

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Looking Forward to Hugging Your Neck at Titus 2:1

There’s a link-up for Titus 2:1 Conference attendees going on now.  2:1 is the conference for Christian bloggers who homeschool their children.  Get to know these amazing women; better yet, get your ticket and join us in April!

Titus 2:1 Conference

A few fun questions to get to know me, your conference co-host:

How long have you been blogging? Homeschooling?  Which do you think is harder?

I’ve been blogging since 2008 and homeschooling since 2001.  As to which is harder, it depends on the day.  Ha!  No, not really.  For me, homeschooling is more difficult.  It’s a serious investment in my children.  Not something to be taken lightly, and something I don’t want to mess up.  These kids are my legacy; I pray the legacy brings honor to God.

If you were a superhero, what would be your homeschool super power?

My power would be to have any power I want at any time.  Seriously, I can’t pick just one.  But out of curiosity…is there an “instant clean house” power??

If you could go anywhere, besides the 2:1 Conference, where would be your dream “mom-cation?

 France.  Anywhere in France.  I love France. I’m obsessed.  Have you seen my life list?  I’d like to live in France one day.

What do you hope to “get out” of the 2:1 Conference?

More of what I received last year —  blessings that extended far beyond the weekend.  I was so blessed to witness bloggers come alongside one another and form true community.  These women became a support system for one another, answering questions and cheering one another on.  Guest posting on attendee sites, working with 2:1 sponsor brands, campaign collaborations and more…Titus 2:1 Conference was the springboard for that.

Beyond the bloggy blessings, homes were changed for the better.  Stories have been shared of women who came away from 2:1 ready to be the wife they’re called to be, inspired to step up their homeschool day, and to put God first in it all.

And I’m ready to experience that all over again.  God has his hand on 2:1 and I’m so honored to be a part of this.

I can hardly wait to see everyone in April.  And, fair warning, I’m a hugger!