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Join Me At CHEA This Weekend

Join Me At CHEA This Weekend

July 7-9, 2016

 

Davis and I and 4 of our 7 kids traveled to California today. We had an uneventful trip and had some time to explore Pasadena where the CHEA conference for homeschooling families will beheld this weekend.

Davis will be speaking at the leadership track on Thursday and I have two presentation on Friday and the keynote address on Saturday morning.

May God be gloried and families encouraged this weekend.

Teaching Your Child to BLESS at the CHEA Convention 2016          What About That Child at the CHEA Convention 2016

Friday, July 8, 2016

11:30-12:30 Teaching Your Children to BLESS

2:00-3:00 What about ‘That’ Child?

Saturday, July 9, 2016

9-10 KEYNOTE: Soaring Beyond Survival

 

 

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Join Me At The INCH in Lansing, MI!

Join Me At The INCH in Lansing, MI!

Join Me At The INCH in Lansing, MI!

Davis and I are in Lansing, MI this weekend to minister to homeschooling  families alongside INCH-MI. We are honored to be apart of this conference and are anticipating God’s movement. It is our prayer that those who attend will be challenged, encouraged and inspired!

My schedule is listed below. I have included Davis’ presentations as well since we are both speaking. The outlines for my presentations are on my Resource Page. After each session Davis and I will be available to visit with you. We’d love to meet you and hear about your journey.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

2:30PM-3:15PM Leadership Lessons from the Trenches-Davis

7PM-8PM Me? Homeschool?-Rachael

Used curriculum sale: 2-7PM

Friday, May 20, 2016

8:45AM-9:45AM KEYNOTE: Teaching Foundational Truth-Rachael

11:15AM-12:15PM Stand by Your Man-Rachael; APPLES for Teacher-Davis

1:45PM-2:45PM What about ‘That’ Child? –Rachael

Book fair open: 10AM-6:30PM

Saturday, May 21, 2016

10AM-11AM When Doubt Creeps In-Rachael

11:15AM-12:15PM HEART Exam for Dads-Davis

1:45PM-2:45PM CHILL OUT-Rachael

Book fair open: 10AM-5PM

 

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Off to the Philippines!

Off to the Philippines!

Off to the Philippines!

Davis and I will be leaving on Tuesday, October 13 for Manila, returning on the following Tuesday. This will be our first time to the Philippines and we are excited about the ministry opportunity. You can see the press release and read about the conference, “Ready for the World” here.

Davis will be presenting on Friday, October 16, 2015: “I Believe in Homeschooling” and on Saturday, October 17, 2015: “Give Me One Good Reason to Homeschool”. I will also be presenting twice, on Friday, October 16, 2015: “How to Really Live” and on Saturday, October 17, 2015 I will be one of two keynotes presenting: “Teaching Foundational Truth”.

We would appreciate your prayers.

  1. Pray for travel mercies. We are facing a challenging travel itinerary. Please pray that we can get some sleep on the plane.
  2. Pray for our continued preparation for presentations. Pray that God will be glorified through us, that we would be sensitive to the Holy Spirit.
  3. Pray that we will have eyes to see and ears to hear what God would like to show us and teach us. Pray that we would be able to focus on each person.
  4. Pray that parents would be encouraged and challenged. Pray that those who attend will come with teachable hearts, seeking God.

Thanks in advance for your prayers. By praying for us you will be blessed and you will be a blessing to your brothers and sisters in the Philippines. I will be telling them that my friends back home are praying for them. I know that they will be encouraged that you care enough to intercede for them.

Rachael Carman

Join Me at Teach Them Diligently Convention in Dallas, TX

Join me at the Teach Them Diligently Convention in Dallas, TX!

 

Join Me at Teach Them Diligently Convention in Dallas, TX

 

I can’t believe it but it’s time this week for the last of the Teach Them Diligently conferences of 2015. We will be going out with a bang in Dallas, Texas at the lovely Sheraton Downtown Dallas, July 16-18, 2015.

 

Davis and I will be traveling this week to the great Lone Star state to minister along side David and Leslie Nunnery and the Teach Them Diligently team. I’m personally looking forward to some Tex-Mex, BBQ the way it was meant to be and some beautiful sunsets. But more than anything I’m looking forward to meeting new friends and visiting with old ones.

 

My speaking schedule is below. You can find downloadable outlines for all of my presentations on my Resource Page. I’m looking forward to meeting you-please stop by and say hello!

 

At Teach Them Diligently: Dallas, Texas this year I will be presenting on the following topics:

 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

6:30-7:30

When Doubt Creeps in, Hope Revives

We all have moments of doubt about this homeschool journey. We wonder if we are doing the right thing or if we are messing our kids up. You are not alone in your desperate moments. The Bible is replete with accounts of men and women whose stories are real and raw. Come and let’s discuss dangers that can lead to doubt and safeguards against it. Come get your hope renewed!

 

Friday, July 17, 2015

1-2 PM

How Many Times do I have to Tell You?

We’ve all said it. In fact we’ve said it over and over. “Look at me!” “Take out the trash!” “Hold my hand.” In her book by the same title, Rachael shares about the things she has found herself saying to her children. In this session she will dare you to consider what you’re saying to your kids in light of the fact that God wants to speak to your heart. The book offers the opportunity to shift the way you think about what you’re saying to your children.

 

8-10 PM

A Night of Real Refreshment

This time is a gift from Teach Them Diligently and Apologia to the hard-working, homeschooling moms at the TTD conference! We want to invite you to join us for a time of fellowship and fun. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to meet friends, make new friends, laugh, consider and pray together. Come join us as we relax, reflect and refresh ourselves together!

 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

9-10AM

How to Have a HEART for Your Kids

In Proverbs 4:23 Solomon wisely wrote, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” As we approach a heart relationship with our children, we need to focus our efforts on what really matters. As with so many things, the first step to having a heart is wanting to have a heart. This workshop uses the word H.E.A.R.T. as an acronym to suggest what really matters from a Biblical viewpoint.

 

3:30-4:30 PM

What about ‘That’ Child?

What face comes to mind when you hear ‘that child’? Do you smile or scowl when you see that face? Do you see yourself in that face? Do you struggle to like that child? Does it seem difficult? Impossible? That child is a world changer. God has a plan for that child. All of that energy, all those questions, all that strength, all THAT, is God-given for His glory. Come learn strategies for learning to like that child, to embrace that child, to train that child. They are worth it and He is worthy!

 

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Join Me At The CHOIS Convention

Join me at the CHOIS Convention!

Join Me At The CHOIS Convention

June 5-6, 2015

I’ve never been to Idaho but I won’t be able to say that after this next weekend. We will be traveling Thursday to join the CHOIS leadership and minister to homeschooling families on Friday and Saturday. I would appreciate your prayers as we travel and present. If you are in the area, I hope you will join us. I’d love to meet you and hear about your journey and His faithfulness.

May God be glorified!

Friday

Keynote: 8:45-10:15am    Me? Homeschool?

Rachael didn’t always dream about homeschooling. In fact she made fun of home schooling. Then God called her to the adventure of a lifetime. Come and hear how she and Davis came to the decision to homeschool their children. Their story provides great encouragement and inspiration for families trying to decide whether or not to homeschool and for those in a difficult first or second year.

10:45-11:45am    Living Outside the Normal Box

As home educators unfamiliar with school traffic, bus routes, and hall passes, we are bringing up our kids outside the normal box of public education. We have not chosen the predetermined prescription for our children’s education but instead have embraced an individualized approach acknowledging God’s unique design and plan for each child. But living outside the box can be lonely, confusing, and scary. How do we survive life out here? Even better, how do we encourage our kids to continue their out-of-the-box thinking as they go forward in their lives?

1:30-2:30pm    What about That Child?

What face comes to mind when you hear ‘that child’? Do you smile or scowl when you see that face? Do you see yourself in that face? Do you struggle to like that child? Does it seem difficult? Impossible? That child is a world changer. God has a plan for that child. All of that energy, all those questions, all that strength, all THAT, is God-given for His glory. Come learn strategies for learning to like that child, to embrace that child, to train that child. They are worth it and He is worthy!

3:00-4:00pm    When Doubt Creeps In

We all have moments of doubt about this homeschool journey. We wonder if we are doing the right thing or if we are messing our kids up. If we are not careful we can fall headlong into despondency and distress. We can start to flounder and wring our hands. The forerunner of Christ had such a moment. John the Baptist found himself questioning his own call. Sitting in prison, things were not going the way he thought they should be. You are not alone in your desperate moments. Come and learn how Jesus responded to John’s doubt. Come, have your hope renewed!

Saturday

10:45-11:45am    Teaching Your Kids to BLESS

How do you practically teach your kids to bless one another? Rachael Carman teaches an easy-to-remember lesson with five specific ways that you and your kids can bless each other with words and actions.

1:30-2:30pm    Stop Wresting and Start Resting

Most of us are doers. Wrestling feels like we are doing something, while resting doesn’t. But God calls us to rest in His sovereignty—to trust Him to submit to His plan, His will, His way. What does that look like? How does a wrestler become a rester? Come and see how to start today.

3:00-4:00pm   Seven Simple Steps to Sanity

Ever feel like you are about to lose your mind as a stay-at-home mom? There is so much to do and so little time. How do you balance it all? How do you know what to do and what not to do? In this presentation, you will laugh at yourself as you see how insane our culture is and how peaceful walking with God can be.

Keynote: 4:30-5:30 How to Have a HEART

Rachael Carman uses the word H.E.A.R.T. as an acronym to suggest what matters most from a biblical viewpoint. God has sent these children into your home at this specific time for His glorious purposes. Indeed, you have been invited on the adventure of a lifetime—a journey on which you will see walls fall, seas be parted, and giants be slain. You don’t need special skills or training for this journey; you need only to seek God and hold tight to His mighty hand! As with so many things, the first step to having a heart for your children is knowing your heavenly Father.

*Don’t forget!  You can download your outlines for each of these sessions (free) on my Resource page!  Download before or after you join me in any of these sessions!

See you soon!

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Join Me at Teach Them Diligently in Washington, D.C.

Join Me at Teach Them Diligently in Washington, D.C.

Join Me at Teach Them Diligently in Washington, D.C.

 May 15-17, 2014

Thursday May 15 @ 6:30  –  Stop Wrestling and Start Resting
Friday May 16 @ 1:00  –  Overcoming Doubt, Hope Revives
Saturday May 17 @ 1:00  –  Attention: Obsessive-Compulsive, Perfectionist, Control-Freaks: CHILL OUT!
Saturday, May 17 @ 5:00  –  How to have a HEART for Your Kids
Three of these presentations I have given at the other two Teach Them Diligently conferences this year. The new one on the docket for DC is “Overcoming Doubt, Hope Revives”. This presentation is interactive as we discuss several various characters from the Bible and their moments of doubt, how they handled them and how God showed Himself mighty through them. I will suggest 5 warning signs for doubt and 5 strategies for reviving hope! Come and join us as we seek to defy doubt and embrace hope.
We are already here in DC as we just came from the graduation of our oldest son from the King’s College in NYC. We have the other six with us and are enjoying the sites in DC. I will be in and out of the booth at Apologia during the conference since all the kids are with me, but I will make it a point to be at the booth 2-3 Thursday, Friday and Saturday handing out M&Ms in exchange for a Bible verse. We may run into each other in the vendor hall as I look for some treasures for our year. Either way, I hope we will get a chance to talk with you-I’d love to meet you!
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Rachael Carman

Join Me at CAPE in Albuquerque, NM

CAPE
I am headed to New Mexico this week to minister to homeschool families at the CAPE conference Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, 2014. This will be my first time in New Mexico and I am looking forward to meeting new friends.
The CAPE speaker team has chosen the following topics for me to present on:
How to have a HEART for Your Kids: Friday   9:45-10:45
This Can’t Wait Until High School (How to teach worldview K-8) F 11-12
Teaching Your Kids to BLESS: F 1:45-2:45
Stand by Your Man: F 3-4
Attention Obsessive-Compulsive, Perfectionist, Control-Freaks-CHILL OUT: S 9:45-10:45
Soaring Beyond Survival: S 11-12
The outline handouts are available for you to download here:
If you are able to join us, I’d love to meet you. Please come by the Apologia booth! On Friday from 4-6PM I will be handing our M&Ms in exchange for a Bible verse. Parents and students alike are invited to share a verse of Scripture that they have hidden in their heart.
During the weekend I will be discussing the importance of being in God’s word, of meditating on it and memorizing it. The word of God can change our hearts if we allow it to do so. We must saturate ourselves in His truth so that we can be the salt and light He has called us to be.
I have set our a year-long challenge for my blog readers called M&Ms All Year Long.  You can read more about it and see the list of passages for each month of the year here.
Come, taste and see that the Lord, He is Good!
Rachael Carman

Join Me in Spartanburg, SC

This next weekend, April 3-5, 2014, I’ll be at the Teach Them Diligently conference. It is an honor to minister alongside David and Leslie Nunnery as they serve homeschooling families.

Here is my speaking schedule for Spartanburg:

Join Me at Teach Them Diligently in Spartanburg, SC April 3-5, 2014!

·         Thursday, April 3 @ 5:00 – Stop Wrestling and Start Resting
·         Friday, April 4 @ 1:00 – Attention: Obsessive-Compulsive, Perfectionistic, Control-Freaks, C.H.I.L.L. O.U.T.
·         Saturday, April 5 @10:30 – Stand by Your Man
·         Saturday, April 5 @ 3:00 – Soaring Beyond Survival
·         Saturday, April 5 @ 5:00 – How to have a H.E.A.R.T. for Your Kids
My first session is brand-new for this conference season. I presented it for the first time in Nashville a couple of weeks ago. Come at 5:00 and learn how to walk into the conference weekend more restfully and without as much wrestling.
Friday afternoon at 1:00, you can come and CHILL OUT. This session is for all of the type-A homeschool moms — the ones who need to just relax, enjoy their kids, and let God do what only He can do.
Saturday is going to be packed! We will start out at 10:30 discussing how to prioritize our marriages in the midst of the madness. I promise not to croon the ol’ country song by the same title, but come and remember the importance of keeping your marriage strong.
At 3:00 we are going to look at Numbers 14. Why did the Israelites settle for manna in the desert when God had the Promise Land waiting for them?
Finally at 5:00 we are going to get to the heart of the matter. How to have a HEART discusses the central issues in our motherhood journey.
In addition to these presentations, I will be hanging out at the Apologia booth. I would love to meet you! I am bringing one of my favorite treats to share with you. The Bible says in Psalms 34:8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” In Psalms 119:103, we read “How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” In exchange for a Bible verse I will give you a mini bag of M&M’s. You can read more about my M&M’s challenge here at M&M – Meditate & Memorize {Vlog}. Further, you can read about my M&M’s all-year-long challenge here.
May God bless you this conference season.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” — Proverbs 3:5-6
I hope you are planning on attending a conference this year. If you’ve never been to a homeschool convention, I encourage you to find one – Teach Them Diligently is a great place to start! There is nothing like seeing all of the other families who have stepped out in faith to disciple their children for God’s glory. That is what this is all about — glorifying the Father.

 

Rachael Carman

Talk About A Slip Up – Better Make That Down!

 Talk About a Slip Up - Better Make That "Down"

Talk About a Slip Up – Better Make That Down!

Okay, so before I get to my story of what happened to me during a presentation this last week at a conference, I must back up and tell the story of my husband’s grandmother Nonnie.

Nonnie was a dear woman. Truly she was a woman who chose to live joyfully through all of life’s challenges, struggles, and trials. Nonnie chose wisely. She chose God, she chose peace, she chose joy.

She loved to tell stories when we would get together for a visit. One of her favorites was the time the elastic on her slip gave out. First I probably need to make sure we all know what I am talking about. I hope that you know what a slip is. I have noticed that they are not being worn very often these days, which is unfortunate. Anyway, for the purpose of review, a slip is an undergarment worn principally for modesty’s sake, so that no one can see through a skirt or dress. Like I said, slip sales are down.

Moving on, Nonnie was all dressed for that most important day of the week. She was in her Sunday best, walking in the church to worship God one Sunday morning. As she walked down the center aisle to find her regular seat, she noticed a friend and stopped to visit for a moment. It was during this interchange that she discovered her slip was not where it ought to be. Her slip, she found, was slipping. Already it had fallen below its intended station for maximum coverage and minimum distraction. The coverage and distraction locations were actually trading places. 

All of this became apparent to Nonnie mid-conversation. Her mind was going back and forth between the conversation and the situation. Nonnie was a talker, and she was not going to abandon a conversation just because her slip was not cooperating. I do wish I had a transcript of that dialogue. When did she make her decision to act upon the impending catastrophe? She was center stage, in the middle of a casual chat with church about to begin, and her slip was letting her down — quickly.

Without skipping a syllable, without warning her friend, without the slightest blush or acknowledgement of even the possibility of embarrassment, standing center aisle, Nonnie allowed her slip to fall to her ankles. And as she continued to converse with her friend, she simply stepped out of the slip circle, she bent down, picked it up, folded it, and placed it into her purse. She kept her cool, never even apologizing, never mentioning, never a moment of self-consciousness. All was done. It wasn’t worth discussing at the moment, but it sure makes for a good story and it always made her smile to share it.

This last weekend, almost the exact same thing happened to me. I was speaking to an audience at a conference when I discovered that my slip wasn’t where it was suppose to be. It was a complicated moment. My slip was falling down and everyone was looking at me. I had to quickly access the circumstance. Here is what I knew: There were about 50 of us in a small space. There were mainly moms, but also fathers and some kids. The lights were dim so that they could see my Power Point presentation. And upon looking down, I noticed that my slip was visible below my skirt. Obviously it was decision time. Should I have them discuss some question among themselves and excuse myself? Should I just make a joke about it? Should I ask everyone to just close his or her eyes while I made an adjustment? Should I ignore it and passively let it do whatever it was going to do, hoping for the best? Should I be proactive and expedite the retreat of my slip by taking it off? 

What would you do?

In a spit-second decision, I chose the last option. I do not know where I was in my outline, but we were too early in the hour to just let the slip dominate my thoughts. I had to do something. Since my slip was already dragging the floor, my maxi skirt hid it pretty well. I stepped behind the table, which held my computer, stepped on the edge of my slip, and pulled it completely down leaving a slip circle on the floor behind the table. Now I could finish my presentation.

When I was done, some attendees came up to talk with me, and there behind the table on the floor was my slip. I had to laugh when it was discovered. “It wasn’t cooperating with me, so I had to take it off,” I explained. Then I pushed it on under the table out of the way of our discussion.

So here’s what I learned. This was a minor thing that needed to stay a minor thing. When things which are intended to help us begin to hinder us, we need to make some decisions about how to go forward. The defective slip did not need to become the most memorable part of the conference for those in my workshop. In such instances, it is better to act proactively instead of passively. Most slip ups — or downs in this case — are best dealt with by doing what needs to be done and moving forward. No discussion was necessary as there will be opportunities to tell the story later. It will make the teller smile and the listener laugh. But at the time, all that could be done was to discretely step away from the slip!

Rachael Carman

{Two} LIVE Webcasts With Rachael Carman

Set your alarms for this Friday 4:00pm CT!  I will be co-hosting a LIVE webcast with some of my sweet homeschool friends – on camera live straight from the Teach Them Diligently Convention “Green Room” in Nashville, TN!  Share in the fellowship and conversation about what God has taught us this year!  Join us for all all the laughter and fun!

LIVE Webcast with Rachael Carman & Homeschool Moms Friday 5-17-13 4pm CT HisSunflower.com by Rachael Carman

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Live Webcast with Rachael Carman

Set your alarms for this Friday 4:00pm CT!  I will be co-hosting a LIVE webcast with some of my sweet homeschool friends – on camera live straight from the Teach Them Diligently Convention “Green Room” in Nashville, TN!  Share in the fellowship and conversation about what God has taught us this year!  Join us for all all the laughter and fun!

A little before 4:00pm CT on Friday, click on this link and follow the instructions. You’ll see Rachael and other homeschool Moms on screen with some of the behind-the-scenes “action” happening around them. Plus, via the chat box, meet other homeschooling parents from around the U.S. and even the world!

Join the fun, encouragement, and excitement this Friday at 4:00pm CT. Click here to join the Spreecast (live webcast).

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Live Webcast with Rachael Carman & Leslie Nunnery

Set your alarms for this Saturday 10:00am CT!  I will be co-hosting a LIVE webcast with my friend Leslie Nunnery of Teach Them Diligently – on camera live straight from the Teach Them Diligently Convention “Green Room” in Nashville, TN!  Share in the fellowship and conversation about finding “Mom Time” as busy homeschool Moms!  Join us for all all the laughter and fun!

A little before 10:00am CT on Saturday, click on this link and follow the instructions. You’ll see Rachael and Leslie on screen with some of the behind-the-scenes “action” happening around them. Plus, via the chat box, meet other homeschooling parents from around the U.S. and even the world!

Join the fun, encouragement, and excitement this Saturday at 10:00am CT.  Click here to join the Spreecast (live webcast).

Are you attending the Teach Them Diligently Convention in Nashville, TN?  I would love to meet you at any of my scheduled talks this year!  See you there!

Friday  11:00am  –  Seven Simple Steps to Sanity
Friday  4:00pm  –  LIVE Webcast with Homeschool Moms
Saturday 10:00am  –  LIVE Webcast with Leslie Nunnery
Saturday  2:00pm  –  Teach Your Kids to B.L.E.S.S.
Saturday  3:30pm  –  How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. for Your Kids

In His Grace,

 

Rachael Carman