And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. Isaiah 54:13 KJV

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

My Experience at TTD Nashville #TTDNashville

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Teach Them Diligently Nashville was fantastic. It was my first homeschool convention, and I learned so much! This won't be my only post about TTD, but I want to give you an overview of our experience.

The conference ran from Thursday to Sunday. I wish we could have gone to all 3 days, but Hubby had to take off work to attend with me so we were only there Friday and Saturday. We left our house very early Friday morning to make it to Nashville in time for the first session. Our kids stayed with Papaw and Nonna while we were gone (thanks grandparents!). See how excited we were?!?!?


The Opryland Hotel is a gorgeous venue. A huge gorgeous venue with lots of walking. So much walking. And water! Beautiful water and scenery is everywhere. Which almost makes you forget all the walking. Almost. 



Our very first session on Friday morning was packed. The room was full. Jen Lilenstein of Kidzmet.com did a presentation on "How Personality Type Impacts How Your Child Learns Best". Her talk was so inspirational. It was exactly what I needed to hear. I know my children are total opposites, and I'm different than both of them. I just haven't really considered how that affects our school time. I bought a copy of Jen's book, and I am looking forward to utilizing her suggestions.

We got in several more sessions on Friday including front and center for the Benham brothers! After reviewing their book, I was very excited to hear them speak in person. They did not disappoint. We also heard Ken Ham speak on Friday. His room was so crowded that we were on the back in the floor against a wall. It was totally worth it to hear him though!


After some breaks and a trip through the exhibit hall, we sat in on a Rachael Carman session as our last for Friday. She is so funny and so real. I hope to read her book soon, but I forgot to pick it up at the convention. 


That evening we went to Murfreesboro to stay the night. We were able to stay with some family friends. I was very tired when we got up Saturday morning, but I was ready for another great day!




When we got back to Opryland, I found the place to pick up my blogger nametag and t-shirt! YAY! Dr. Dobson was suppose to be the big speaker that day, but he was unable to make it to Tennessee. Instead we got to see the Benham brothers again! They were just as great the second time and gave a different talk.


We actually ended up cutting our time at the convention short. I was not feeling well Saturday after the Keynote, and Hubby and I were both so tired that we left. It was a hard decision to make because we really wanted to stay and enjoy more of the conference. You know how some sermons just leave you feeling physically exhausted? That's how we felt. That coupled with a real lack of sleep for 2 nights in a row and a long trip just did us in. We went and had a nice lunch, hit the McKay's bookstore, and headed home. 

I can now say with confidence that you should absolutely attend a Teach Them Diligently conference if you have the chance. There are 3 more this year! Each one is sure to be filled with encouragement for homeschool, parenting, Christian living, and more. 

A special thanks to David and Leslie Nunnery and their family for all the hard work and dedication to provide these special conferences. 



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