Freshwater Academy

Fresh Water Academy was founded in 2010. It is home to four lovely young ladies of learning and their dedicated teachers. Located in the wilds of Wyoming, the name Fresh Water Academy was chosen as a Western analogy to Christ. Just as He is the Living Water, and we must have Him to have eternal life, any desert dweller knows the importance of fresh water to life, both for self, and the nourishment of crops or livestock. By taking nourishment in God and His word, we strengthen our own relationship with Him, our faith, and the quality and abundance of our fruitfulness.

Our keystone verse is from Jeremiah, Chapter 17, Verse 8: "For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit."

The fruit that we speak of is mentioned in Galatians 5:22
"22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

And the heat could be anything we experience that might test our faith in God; trials and tribulations, relationships, anything that focuses our love and attention anywhere but on Him...

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Convention 2012

I look forward to attending our state homeschooler's convention each year with anticipation and delight.  I love meeting new people, reconnecting with those I've met before, checking out all the vendors, and networking with different people and ideas.  We weren't able to go last year for one reason or another, so it was a special treat to rejoin the ranks this spring.

One really good thing about this year's convention, is that it was moved to Casper!  They had great facilities, utilizing College Heights Baptist Church's main building and community center.  The kids had a much more secure area (children are signed in and out, and with only one in and out, it seems a much simpler process).  I also loved that it was in Casper, because there were so many more dining and housing options.  In Douglas, you could stay in one of two over priced hotels, and eat at one of two or three places.  Here we were able to stay in our favorite hotel, eat at a variety of restaurants, and have plenty to do in our down time. 

The Children's Program was absolutely fabulous, as always.  I love the AIM Team.  They teach the kids about Jesus and sharing the gospel.  One of the songs that they choreographed a skit to was called "Live What I Believe", which I believe is an absolutely wonderful message!  The volunteers are always full of life and interested in the kids.  There were a few returnees from our first convention two years ago, and they remembered our kids and made them feel at home!

I was disappointed that there was no Teen Track this year.  I would like my children to be able to interact with children of their own age with similar values, rather than watch the teenagers peek at each other during the general session like the boys holding up one wall and girls the other at a typical junior high school dance.  After listening to this speaker for awhile though, I was glad that he wasn’t off influencing my teenager, and was absolutely thrilled when the Children’s Program was short volunteers and asked if they could keep her all Saturday afternoon!

I struggled with this year’s convention. There were still nice people, and a chance to visit with friendly faces, but there was also some tension.  There was apparently some dissension about changing locations, because I caught some snide comments related to that.  There were more “better than you” attitudes than I’d seen before, and less friendly faces.  The biggest disappointment to me however, was the main speaker, Kevin Swanson.

We enjoyed the first general session on Friday, and felt that this would be a good speaker and that we could learn and enjoy his presentations.  After the second presentation, those thoughts were beginning to change.  By Saturday, I was thrilled that our daughter was going to be safely in a place where she would be able to learn about evangelism and ministry, rather than being yelled at from a legalistic soapbox.  My husband was so mad by the time that we left the last session on Saturday, that I thought he was going to have an apoplexy.  We absolutely believe that our children need to learn God’s word first and foremost.  There is absolutely no question of that.  We also follow God’s law, not man’s interpretation.  I came to this convention to learn about homeschooling and the issues surrounding it.  I came to be rejuvenated and to find the support and encouragement to go back with a fresh outlook.  Instead, I got to be screamed at while being told how to dress, eat, walk, talk, sing, and that I was going to hell if I listened to the wrong music, watched television shows or movies that this man didn’t think were appropriate, or read books that fell into that category.

At this point I doubt we’ll be going back next year.  Maybe if we were able to let the kids go to AIM and then skip every general session…regardless, if we do attend, you can be sure that we will thoroughly research the presenters before stepping foot in the door!

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