A last minute decision to go the Mum Heart Conference in Northern New South Wales turned in to a mother & daughter road trip. It was a last minute decision because there seemed to be too many obstacles when I initially thought of going but then everything worked out quite quickly, even down to booking a place at the Conference when the bookings had closed.
So here we are heading north out of Sydney around 7 a.m. Happy to be heading up to a slightly warmer spot!
We took a detour off the main road to got to visit Erin, a fellow blogger. Erin & I first \’met\’ via a Charlotte Mason Families Sharing Newsletter which dates back to about 2001. We had about 20 to 30 families from all over Australia who each produced their own Newsletter and sent it by post to everyone else on the list. This went of for a few years before the internet took over. It was so good to meet her and some of her children & Moozle enjoyed making some new friends. Two hours later, we thought we better get back on the road!
We arrived at our destination after a few more stops at 8.07 pm – Miss 13 yr old kept a log of the trip detailing stops, refuels, mileage, etc.
Grandma drove down from Brisbane the next morning and picked Moozle up to take her for the weekend – they visited the art gallery, went on the \’Wheel (eye) of Brisbane\’ & did some painting back at home, and other bits & pieces, while I stayed with some of my husband\’s family who live near the Conference area.
The Mum Heart Conference was excellent and I was thankful I made the effort to go. Mums from as far away as Darwin, Western Australia & Tasmania came along for two days of kindred company & encouragement. I caught up with some old friends and made some new ones. The theme of the conference was \’Be Still & Know God\’s Heart.\’ I really enjoyed Annette McCredie\’s practical & inspiring sessions on \’God\’s Heart for Your Children\’ & \’God\’s Heart for Your Marriage,\’ – the latter being a much needed focus for homeschooling mothers, I think.
Brooke Pipes gave an excellent talk about the importance of \’Keeping a Soft Heart.\’ Unforgiveness, disappointment and fear can cause our hearts to become calloused therefore it is necessary that we guard our hearts. If you have an opportunity I\’d recommend getting a copy of these.
We stopped in at Byron Bay which is a short detour off the main highway. I travelled through this area before I was married when it was just a little hippy coastal town. Since then it has become a trendy destination and I was put off by all the restricted meter parking everywhere. The coastline is still beautiful though.
Bookshop Alert!! I saw a sign for this bookshop on the way up but it was too late in the day to visit so we made sure we did on the way home. Moozle found four books to add to her Walter Farley collection.