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




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




Join Me This Weekend at Hearts at Home – Rochester, MN

Join Rachael Carman at Hearts at Home 2015

Join Me This Weekend at Hearts at Home

Rochester, MN


I head out this Thursday to my last conference of the year! My destination is Rochester, MN where will join thousands of other moms for the Hearts at Home conference. This organization has been blessing, equipping and inspiriting mothers since 1994. I am honored to be one of their speakers for this regional event.

On Friday I will be presenting two of my favorite workshops: Attention Obsessive-Compulsive, Perfectionist, Control-Freaks: CHILL OUT and a workshop, brand-new in 2015,  What about ‘That Child’? Both are near and dear to my heart as they are born out of my own experience and God’s glorious, redemptive work in my life. I am grateful for His compassionate patience with me as He gently teaches me.

Attention Obsessive-Compulsive-Perfectionist-Control-Freaks: CHILL OUT!

As an obsessive-compulsive-perfectionist-control-freak herself, Rachael Carman discusses how we can often be our own worst enemy when it comes to enjoying motherhood. Are you tied to a schedule? Do you shiver at the idea of change or adjustment? Are you missing out on significant moments because you are focused on the trivial? It’s time to C.H.I.L.L. O.U.T.! Come learn how to relax and let go of the little things.

What About ‘That Child’?

No matter what description you give them, ADD, ADHD, distracted, hyper-active, kinetic, or hyper-focused, they can drive us crazy. They are experts at pushing our buttons and causing us frustration. We love them because they are our children, and we are supposed to, but sometimes we don’t like them very much. We are ashamed to admit that we don’t know what to do, but we simply don’t. So what precious face flashes into your mind when you hear the phrase ‘that child’? Come join Rachael as she shares proactive steps you can take to gain a fresh perspective.

I have shared these workshops throughout this year and the response has been over whelming. May God be glorified as we finish strong this weekend in Minnesota.  You can find downloadable outlines for both of my presentations on my Resource Page. I’m looking forward to meeting you-please stop by and say hello!

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


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


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!



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 OCHEC-OKC Homeschool Convention

My conference schedule continues this weekend with the homeschool conference in Oklahoma City where Davis and I are keynoting. We are looking forward to ministering to families together. We will have four of our kids with us at this conference which we also enjoy. “The Principal-Teacher Principle” will be our kick-off workshop Friday morning. This presentation highlights some fundamental opportunities we can capitalize on in our marriages, as parents and as home educators. We look at these roles as concentric circles which complement each other best when we overlay them. Come learn how!
Join Me at the OCHEC-OK Homeschool Convention Rachael Carman www.HisSunflower.com
Here’s the rest of our schedule following our initial session:
Friday 10-11:      Attention: Obessive-Compulsive, Perfectionist, Control Freaks-CHILL OUT! (Rachael)
Friday 12-1:        APPLES for Teacher (Davis)
Friday 2-3:          Stand by Your Man (Rachael)
Saturday 10-11: How to Die to Yourself and Live to Tell About It (Rachael)
Saturday 12-1:   Family: Our Best Apologia Ever! (Davis)
Saturday 2-3:      How to Have a HEART for Your Kids (Rachael)
Saturday 4-5:      HEART Exam for Dads (Davis)
Again at this conference I will be handing our M&Ms in exchange for a verse of Scripture. The whole family is invited to stop by for a mini bag of one of my favorite chocolate treats. I will be at the Apologia booth on Friday and Saturday 4-5.
All of the outlines for these presentations are available here.
Looking forward to meeting you in Oklahoma City-
Rachael Carman

Join Me at CAPE in Albuquerque, NM

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

Real Refreshment Retreats – Cyber Monday Sale

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Thinking about joining us in 2014? Now is a great time!
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We would love to see you in 2014. 
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Don’t miss this gathering! See you soon!
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Living Water – Real Refreshment Retreats for 2014

Living Water - Real Refreshment Retreats for 2014 by Apologia. HisSunflower.com by Rachael Carman

In John 7.38 Jesus proclaimed something incredible. On the last day of the feast, He proclaims Himself to be the source of living water. Living water. He is saying that the water they have been getting is not going to last, not going to satisfy, not going to fulfill. Jesus knew what the people, His people need and they need Him. They need—we need—living water. I want to start talking to you about the Real Refreshment Retreats Apologia is going to be doing next February and March in Atlanta and Baltimore. We have been doing these retreats for five years now. Our goal is simple—encourage and equip homeschooling moms for the journey. We want to help moms finish strong, finish well.
‘Walking in the Light’, ‘Standing Strong’, ‘Before the Throne’, ‘Celebrate the Journey’ and ‘Think on These Things’ have been our past retreat themes. (These retreats are available on CD/MP3 at Apologia.com.) In keeping with our past emphasis, this next year we will be seeking what God has to say to us through His word. What does it mean that Jesus claims to be ‘living water.’ What is living water? Who can have some? How does living water benefit me? Where do I get this ‘living water?’
At Real Refreshment Retreats, we have five veteran homeschooling moms whose desire is to support you on your journey. We want to hear what your challenges are, what your victories have been. How have you seen God’s faithfulness? What has He taught you? Where is He leading you? We want to pray with you. During the retreat we set aside two sessions specifically for prayer. Scripture tells us to ‘approach the throne of grace with confidence’ and we want to take full advantage of the opportunity to do that together at the retreats.
Additionally we want to study Scripture with you. Each of the speakers will share with you what God is teaching her through His word. Drawing from the Bible, each session will point you back to what God says. It is our prayer that the Holy Spirit will speak to you through our time together.
I want to challenge you to do two things. One, I want you to consider your soul and its dehydration level. Are you thirsty? If your answer is a clear yes, what are you ‘drinking?’ Are you seeking to satisfy your thirst with the world or with the word? If you are not thirsty, why not? There is a well of living water available to everyone who believes. We need to be willing to be honest with ourselves. We need to be open to what He wants to teach us.
Secondly, I want you to consider joining us in Baltimore or Atlanta. It is easy to think that going to a retreat is something for other moms, not for me. But we were created for fellowship. God has given us each other. We need to take full advantage of the opportunity we have to be together, laughing, singing, praying, praising, sharing. God is glorified when we come together seeking Him. 
Jesus is the source of Living Water. He is calling you to the well. Make plans today to come and join us!
Rachael Carman

LIVE Webcast with Heidi St. John & Rachael Carman

Set your alarms for this Saturday 10:00am ET!  I will be co-hosting a LIVE webcast with my sweet friend Heidi St. John – on camera live straight from the Teach Them Diligently Convention “Green Room” in Spartanburg, SC!  Share in the fellowship and fun of the convention (you never know who else may stop by to say HELLO!)  Join us for all all the laughter and fun!

Live Webcast with Rachael Carman & Heidi St. John the from Teach Them Diligently Convention - Saturday (May 4, 2013) at 10:00am!

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Live Webcast with Heidi St. John & Rachael Carman

A little before 10:00 a.m ET on Saturday, click on this link and follow the instructions. You’ll see Rachael and Heidi 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 10:00 a.m. ET.Click here to join the Spreecast (live webcast).

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

Thursday 6:30pm  –  Teaching Biblical Worldview
Friday  9:30am  –  Seven Simple Steps
Friday 5:00pm  –  How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. For Your Kids
Saturday 10:00am  –  LIVE Webcast with Heidi St. John
Saturday 11:00am  –  5 Things You May NOT Know You Need to Know Before You Shop For Curriculum
Saturday 2:00pm  –  Teach Your Kids to B.L.E.S.S.

In His Grace,

Rachael Carman