Christian Heritage Conference 2014!

One of our most favorite trips of the year is when we travel to Washington for the Christian Heritage Homeschool Conference. We always enjoy attending the encouaging sessions, and enjoying the fellowship of likeminded believers. 

This year, the trip began with us unexpectedly buying a car. We had been looking for this particular type of vehicle for several years, and we were very surprised to find one available for sale in our local area. So, the day we left for the conference, Dad made the purchase, and we managed to fit everything into our new vehicle which was a blessing since the van was in the shop at the time. 

After a couple hours of finding and packing a luggage carrier for the back of the car, we were on our way. Once we arrived at our hotel, we met up with friends, and ate dinner before heading over to the chuch for some pre- conference fellowship, and registration. After several hours of much needed talking with friends, we headed back to our hotel to get some sleep......well, we actually talked a lot more, and Evan and I had a pillow fight, and then we went to sleep:)

The next morning began bright and early with us heading over to the church for a full day of sessions, choir practice, and lots of talking:) I really enjoyed hearing the ladies panel on "Pursuing Life's Adventures While Living at Home." Here's my favorite quote from that session. 

"God will use whatever means He needs to to refine you, and keep you focused on Him. The goal of life is to serve Christ, and keep focused on giving Him the glory no matter where He has you at." 
~ Anna Hainline 

Between sessions, there were break times, which we filled with talking and fellowship. It was great to be able to see people we haven't seen for quite a while, and hear how God has been using their lives for His glory. 

Also twice during the day, we young people had chorale practice, which is always a great time of learning and fellowship. 

One of the biggest highlights of the coneference this year was being able to see my brother Evan and quite a few of our friends perform in the family night. While we were waiting for their mic checks to begin, we had a good time of fellowship, I guess we were being watched from the balcony.

Eden and I waiting for the mic checks to beigin. 

After dinner, I went back stage with Evan and our friends to wait for their performances to begin.

Evan did an amazing job with a debut performance of one his original hymn arrangements. 

Eden and I got to step out on stage behind the curtain and listen to his performance. I was so impressed by his confidence and enthusiasm as he played. 

Evan did a wonderful job playing "This is My Father's World" and I was so proud of how he brought glory to God through his performance. 

Evan and I moments after his performance. Who could ask for a better brother? 

Evan and Ross L. after his performance. 

I was so grateful to be able to encourage my dear friend Eden S. before her performance. 

Eden brought the house down with her amazing heavenly angelic rendition of "The Holy City."

Her brother Jordan did an excellent job accompanying her on the piano. And together, they made for one impressive performance, and they definelty glorified God in the process.

Later in the program, Jordan got to take back center stage with a spectacular performance of Chopin's "Revolutinary Etude." I'm always impressed by his playing, and how he strives to glorify God through it. 

Also on the program were our friends the Bisgellias with Ross L. They played a beautiful classical chamber music piece, which I could have listened to for hours.

Here's a link to videos of the concert Evan put on YouTube, so you can feel like you were there! Enjoy:)

After the concert, we all enjoyed time to relax, and fellowship some more.
The lights in the above picture reminded me of something from a movie. They were so beautiful. 

Evan and I were very excited for him to be done with his performance.

As were some other people:) 

Well, that may have been just a little exaggerated:) this looks more appropriate for a group of  mature homeschoolers:)

Anyhow, after the evening session, we went back to our hotel, and spent a few more hours with friends talking, and playing games together. Then we headed to bed to get some sleep before the sun came up. 

Saturday morning we got to the conference just in time to see our friends Noah and Mahala C. performing a beautiful piano duet rendition of "Blessed Assurance." Evan and I had helped them prepare for their audition, and we were so glad that they got the opportunity to perform for the conference. 

The first session of the day was an excellent message by R.C. Sproul on the purpose of homeschooling. Here's one of my favorite quotes from that session. 

"We must know where we are trying to get with education before we proceed to educate. The goal of education is not to get your children ready to have a job, it's to prepare them to be leaders in the kingdom of God. The Bible equips us for educating our children.  Ephesians 6:4 The goal of education is to give our children the mind of Christ!" ~ R.C. Sproul 

And, apparently this is what we looked like when we were listening to that session. 

Mr. Craig once again did an excellent job leading the choir of over 250 homeschoolers, and preparing us all for singing on the stage.

The only other session I heard on Saturday was a men's panel on the topic of "Pursuits in Life and Business." Although most of the session was geared towards the men in the audience, I did appreciate hearing the practical applications, and took quite a few notes.

I think this was my favorite quote from the session. 

"Sometimes it's easy to not have a plan and make excuses for yourself, and waste your time and money. But, you must be purposeful with what God has given you, and be faithful in the little things, and God will bring you bigger things. Prioritize and stick to the priority list. We all struggle with being lazy, and waisting time. But we need to think long term, and realize the importance of every opportunity. " ~ Ross Leavitt

I guess Noah C. was making sure people saw the Vendor Hall Upstairs. Suprisingly, I was only able to make it up there once for a very short time during the entire conference. There were so many vendors, that I didn't have time to even look closely at each booth. It was more of a walk and look while passing by. But thankfully Mom was able to spend some time there during one of the breaks and found some good books for our nieces and nephew. 

The highlight of the entire conference for me is always the chorale made up of over 250 amazing young people. It's always a tremendous privilege to be able to sing and praise God together. If you look closely, you can see me in the back, at the top of this photo. I enjoyed singing soprano again this year, and was really excited to get to stand next to my dear friend Eden S. who is simply an amazing singer. 

Here's some more Sopranos, and a few of the Basses. On the top right, you can see Evan and Paul L.  preparing to sing. Evan had an unexpected opportunity to help with a person fainting during the choir, and I was so proud of him for knowing just what to do, and rising to the occasion to meet the need. 

Here's the front row people:) made up of some Tenors and Altos. I'm still not sure how Jordan S. is able to sing so expressively.

And here's the entire choir from a distance. It was such a trememdous privilege as always to take part in the Christian Heritage conference, and it's amazing how the event you wait for all year, goes by so quickly. 

Here's a link to videos of the choir that Evan put on YouTube, so you can feel like you were there! Enjoy:)

After the last session, we stayed around talking for a few hours and said goodbye to friends we won't see for quite a while. Then we headed back over to our hotel to have an after conference dinner and fellowship time with lots of friends.

I'm trying to think of a nice way to write down the story behind this picture.....Suffice it to say, that a few girls and I sat down to have a "quiet girl" conversation, not realizing that one chair was left open at our table. Before we knew it, that chair was filled with four boys, and our table quickly turned into.......

This:)  We had a great time talking, and fellowshipping, and eating, and trying to teach each other how to play Dutch Blitz, (which didn't go so well....I guess I'm not a very good teacher:) and laughing, and taking pictures, and just plain enjoying being together as brothers and sisters in Christ.

Here I am:) 

And here's Eden,

And Grace, 

Paul and Jordan,

And Evan, (with his favoirte red apple:) Somehow, I didn't get a picture of Bethany, and Ben :( 

Here's a group photo towards the end of the night with some members of a family from Canada that we met at the conference. Some of us ended up staying up until 2 am, (which is typical for the last day of a once- a- year conference.) playing Anomia, and talking. It was a wonderful night, that made for great memories. 

The next morning.....we all checked out of our hotel rooms, and then played some Volleyball, before getting some group pictures, and then saying goodbye. 

Here's a group photo of us girls.

While preparing for a group photo Evan took advantage of a photoboming moment:) I think we all had plenty of opportunities to practice our photoboming skills, and some of the photobomed photos turned out better than the ones we were trying to capture:)

And here's one last group photo before we left. What a great way to end a wonderful conference. 

Although it took several hours (as usual:) to say goodbye, we finally did, and then enjoyed several hours of talking, and laughing on the way home.

We also stopped at Panera Bread on the way back before we said goodbye to Mrs. P who was traveling with us. We had a wonderful trip, and were very blessed to once again attend the Christian Heritage Conference......and I already can't wait till next year:) 

And I'll close this post with a passage that has been really encouraging me recently. 
" But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him." Isaiah 43:1-2, 4-7


  1. That looks so fun! I bet you had a great time!

  2. Wow! what a wonderful time! I'm not sure what I wouldn't give to sing in a choir like that; what a blessing!

  3. I really like your new car Elanee!

    1. Thanks Hannah:) I'm really enjoying getting used to it as well:)

  4. Singing in the chorale is the highlight of the conference for me too! I can't imagine you being in a pillow fight, though!:)

    1. Well, yes! I have a pillow fight once in a while, with the right combination of tiredness and energy:)

  5. Looks like an awesome time! Loved all the pictures!!