I’m Debbie Petrie from Motueka. My husband and I have been married for 34 years. I am a mother of five wonderful children aged 32-13 yrs old, a great son-in-law and a sweet little granddaughter who is nearly two. I have had two seasons of home schooling covering nearly 20 years and am now on the home run with my last son. I love to spend time in God’s word, knitting and playing games with my family. My passion is supporting and encouraging women to be who God created them to be.
I’m offering practical ways to lighten the load during our home school years. When you get to the end of the road and you have no more to give, what do you do to carry on your journey?
How many times does it get late in the day and you still have no idea what your family is eating for dinner? And what about spending time with God? Come along and glean some ideas to these real questions we all face at different times in our life. Know that you are not alone.
The other night, the power went off and our house was plunged into utter darkness. We live in the country so there were no streetlights to illuminate the darkness inside. It was a cloudy, moonless night, so there was not even the gentle glow of stars. It was so dark, I couldn’t even see my hand held up in front of my face. I couldn’t read, I couldn’t do the dishes. I thought about playing the piano in the darkness – the only thing I could do in the dark without electricity.
Sometimes our mind can be plunged into utter darkness, a darkness so deep it hurts and death seems the only way out. Or sometimes it can be like driving in the fog, so thick you can barely see 20 meters ahead. Depression can be like a fog, a heavy cloud of sadness that, like the winter cold, curls its way through gaps in the door frames and wraps its fingers around your heart, stopping you from doing anything, from loving anything or anyone.
How do you play music in the dark? How do you find warmth in the fog? How can you live in the struggle of mental instability and find joy and peace?
If any of this resonates with you or you have a friend who struggles whom you want to understand better, come along to this workshop on mental health.
Who doesn’t love cuddling on the couch with a good picture. Maybe 10 books later, you might be getting a bit tired… but you can get a lot more out of a picture book than just a fun story and a bit of quiet bonding time with your child. You can turn it into a rich educational experience.
We’re going to look at how you can draw all sorts of things out of the deep wells of picture books – not only literary features, but also, other subject areas such as Geography, History and incredibly, Science. Science??! How do you use an ordinary picture book to teach scientific concepts? Come along and find out.
How do you nurture a heart in your children for evangelism?
I will be providing you with ideas and stories relating to this topic, having firsthand experience with my 12 children.
I’m Deb Wilson. A follower of Jesus, wife and Mum. Homeschooling for 22yrs and counting. Formally a Community Mental Health Nurse and a Volunteer Food bank Coordinator for 11 years. I’m passionate about encouraging others to see Christ’s grace in their lives and extending it to others. I love having people over for dinner and am in the process of facilitating community dinners with a friend. I’m also an avid forager, I can often be spotted in the wild, gathering rosehip, hawthorn, St John’s wort, evening primrose and more. I make and sell natural sunscreens, deodorants, insect repellants and run a little Air BnB studio from our home. My children are forever embarrassed about my aptly named email account “quirky homeschooler”.
Many of us feel that because we’ve chosen to homeschool, life ahead will be smooth sailing. Homeschooling has been a wonderful experience for our family, but not without significant challenges. For myself and the women around me, there have been many struggles; the death of children, drugs, alcohol, sexual confusion, ill health and infertility to name but a few. I’ve seen many women become significantly discouraged and silent about their struggles for fear of judgement from their peers.
How can we best support those travelling alongside us? And how can we find our own way back to