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E-News January Issue 1, Volume 1

2009 Convention
Join us for the 2009 Convention. It will be held at the State Fairgrounds in Douglas, WY May 15 & 16. Speakers include Rick and Marilyn Boyer. Rick's sessions include Breaking the Shackles-Why Parents Should Trust Themselves and The Homeschooling Family and the Church. Marilyn's session include Holding Their Hearts and Getting it All Done. Sign Up for the convention early
Read more information about the convention: Convention
Or for more information about the Boyers, check out their website at: The Learning Parent

Events Around Wyoming
Keep us informed with great Homeschool opportunities around Wyoming.
Goshen County is presenting the 1st annual Civil War Ball on March 28th. Click here for more details:
Sheridan County WATCCH (We Are Teaching our Children in Christian Homes)
The 14th annual National Geography Bee was hosted in December. The winner of this 4th – 8th grade competition has the opportunity to go to the state bee in Laramie. WATCCH member, Karen Bearden says she would be happy to have homeschoolers from other counties next year, besides the Buffalo homeschoolers who usually have joined in, or would point you in the right direction for starting one for your support group. Her email is

Let us know what is happening in your part of the state: Contact Us

Teen Pact
Teen Pact is February 16-20 at the State Capitol. Check here for all the details.

Prayer Requests
HOW is a ministry to Wyoming Homeschool Families. As a ministry we want to uplift one another in prayer when we are able. Please let us know of any : Prayer Requests and we will include them on our prayer page. Please spend a few minutes today uplifting these people in prayer:
Please pray for the homeschooling family, the Hamiltons,(Ray, Kimberly-15, Julia-13, and Stetson-5) as they grieve the loss of their mother and wife, Darlene. Darlene went to be with the Lord on November 5th after a battle with ovarian cancer.

Please pray for the Becker family as they bring Debby's mother to their home for care.

As some of you already know, we have been in the process to be certified Foster Parents for a few months now. Although we are not fully certified yet, we will be getting the children we wanted to help soon. They are Bob's cousin's children, and another within the family unit. So, we will have a full house again, with three children, Rachelle (22 mos.), Anthony (3 yrs), and Tessa (5 yrs). The tenative date we will get them is this Tuesday Jan. 6th. We covet your prayers for a smooth transition for all of us, and peace for the children, and strength for Bob, Ellen and me ;)...
Thanks so much, God Bless us, Everyone (we all need it!) -

Recommended Resource for January
This is a movie made by a Homeschool family. It was recommended to us by Amy Puetz in her Ezine
This is an awesome movie! Read the Article by Tracey Burns and check out the links. more...


Welcome to HOW Enews
By Todd Smith
Welcome to the first issue of the HOW Enews! We hope you will encourage all the Homeschooling families you know to sign up. Going to a more digital format will allow the families in Wyoming to keep in better contact with each other and allow HOW to better serve the families in Wyoming.
We hope to expand the ministry of HOW by keeping more Wyoming families informed and up to date on what is happening in our great State.
As we start 2009 we are asking you to join with us in the ministry by becoming a member of HOW. Membership is only $20 per year and gives you a lot of great benefits. Not only do you get to save $20 on your HSLDA membership but you also save $10 on your 2009 convention registration. Plus a lot of great downloadable resources for you and your family. The savings more than pay for themselves.
Click on the link to get started:
Sign Up

2009 Legislative Session
On January 13, 2009, the Wyoming State Legislature will convene in Cheyenne for a forty-day “General session.” General sessions alternate with Budget sessions every other year. While money can still be appropriated during a General session, the emphasis will be on non-budgetary bills. Procedurally, the main difference is that bills can be introduced without the 2/3rds vote required during Budget sessions. Also, because this session is twice as long as last year’s Budget session, many more bills are likely to be passed instead of succombing to various calendar deadlines. While the Legislative leaders hope adjourn on March 5th, after 37 days, the session may constitutionally run through March 10th, for the full forty days.
You can follow the Legislature from home via the internet. Go to Wyoming Legislature for summaries of every bill introduced, committee schedules, votes, etc. The site also offers email links for every Senator and Representative, affording you an easy method to make your opinion known to your local legislator or members of a committee reviewing a bill of interest.
As the session progresses HOW will alert you to any bills affecting homeschooling or parental rights.
The HOW Board requests your assistance in monitoring bills that will affect parental rights and homeschooling. If you find bills of concern, contact the HOW office at 307-322-3539. The HOW Board will investigate and send out any alerts that may be needed. Also stay updated on our website:
Legislative News

A Daughter's Grateful Heart
By Katie B Brown
Katie Boyer Brown, daughter of featured 2009 Wyoming Convention speakers Rick and Marilyn Boyer, writes, “The older I get and the more people I meet, the more I realize how unique and profound, though very simple, was my parents’ method of spiritual training.”

Read the article by the eldest daughter of our convention speakers… A Daughter's Grateful Heart

Mike Donnelly
Mike Donnelly will be another speaker at our 2009 convention. Mike is an attorney with HSLDA and will be speaking on:
Forging Ahead-Apprenticeships in the 21st Century
Parental Rights-A Crisis is Coming
Defending the Freedom to Homeschool
For You, Dad- Leading Your Homeschool
Read more about Mike in this article from HSLDA
Homeschool Lawyers, Homeschool Dads

Where Are They Now
An Interview with Victoria Summers more...

A Letter from Michael Farris
By Michael Farris
Those who want to change family policy in America to comply with international law are preparing a full-scale effort to seek ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child during this next Congress. To read more click here

Videos You Ought to See
Check out these great videos:
*Please note that HOW does not endorse or approve of all of the content on youtube or any other secondary website that is linked in our Enews. We try to refer you to items of interest to homeschooling families but cannot control content of other websites.

The Call To Dunkirk

The Children of Caesar


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