Listen to a brief interview with Rachael as she shares excerpts from sessions and discusses her heart for ministering to homeschooling parents and families.
Rachael Carman had it going on—or so she thought. After surviving sixty-three months of pregnancy, countless sleepless nights, and 35,000+ diapers, this one-time control freak encountered God’s grace. And she encourages you to do the same!
In her books How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You? and How to Have a HEART for Your Kids, Rachael challenges mothers to surrender their will and draw closer to their heavenly Father. She invites moms to join her in loving God passionately and worshiping him fully while sweeping up Cheerios, doing laundry, and planning dinner. You will be affirmed in your role as a mother as Rachael speaks of her struggles with perfectionism and impatience and shares her challenges, failures, and victories amid the ever-changing seasons of life. Her honesty will surprise you, and her humor will put you at ease.
Rachael is not only a respected author but is also a sought-after speaker. She has spoken across the United States as well as in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
She has been married to her husband, Davis, since 1986. Together, their life has been a roller-coaster ride, with God at the controls. They have seven kids with whom they love to laugh. Rachael enjoys playing in the dirt, eating dark chocolate, and walking on the beach. She and Davis are the owners of Apologia Educational Ministries.
New! How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You?
God uses moments when we talk to our children to speak to us. Are we listening to Him the way we want our children to listen to us? Join Rachael as she shares how God meets us in every moment.
New! 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 struggle to like that child? 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 enjoy that child, to embrace that child, and to train that child for God’s purposes.
New! When Doubt Creeps In
We all have moments of doubt along this homeschool journey. We wonder if we’re doing the right thing or if we are messing up our kids. You are not alone in your desperate moments. Come have your hope renewed!
New! How to Stop Wrestling and Start Resting
For those of us who 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 and submit to His plan, His will, His way. What does that look like? How does a wrestler become a rester? Come and learn how to start today.
How to Have a HEART for Your Kids
Solomon wrote, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23). As we approach a heart relationship with our children, we need to focus our efforts on the things that really matter. This lesson uses the acronym H.E.A.R.T. to identify what really matters from a biblical viewpoint.
Teaching Your Children to BLESS
How can you practically teach your kids to bless one another? This talk is an easy-to-remember lesson with five specific ways that you and your kids can bless each other through words and actions.
Attention, Obsessive-Compulsive, Perfectionist, Control-Freaks: CHILL OUT
As an obsessive-compulsive-perfectionist-control-freak herself, Rachael is sometimes her own worst enemy when it comes to taking advantage of the freedoms of home school. Are you too tied to your plan? Do you shiver at the idea of change or adjustment? Are you missing out on significant moments because you are focused on the trivial? Join Rachael for a lesson on how to chill out and turn control over to God.
Stand by Your Man
All too often the lessons are finished, the books read, and the frogs dissected, but what priority are you giving the principal? When does he get time with his favorite teacher? Is it time for a principal-teacher meeting (a.k.a. a date)? Standing by our husbands through this challenging lifestyle choice is often neglected. Come and remember the blessing of a well-prioritized home.
*Soaring Beyond Survival
Homeschooling is not easy. As a matter of fact, it can be downright overwhelming, tempting us to slip into survival mode. Homeschooling is the adventure of a lifetime, and God will be your strength. It is not His will that you just survive—He wants you to thrive. Come hear Rachael discuss what it takes to soar like an eagle.
How to DIE to Yourself and LIVE to Tell About It
Every day you are bombarded with messages that say it’s all about you. Treat yourself. Free yourself. Believe in yourself. It’s all a big lie propagated by the king of lies! We must shift our focus away from ourselves and on to our awesome and almighty God. Peace and contentment can only come from a life that is totally surrendered to Christ and His will. Come learn how this realization radically changed Rachael’s direction and purpose. It can change yours too!
Loving, Learning, and Laughing
Homeschooling is an amazing journey—the adventure of a lifetime. There are unique challenges, opportunities, and experiences. Getting our priorities straight will not only honor God, but it will also improve and enhance the quality of education you’re giving your children.
Rachael discusses with candor and transparency how she and her husband came to the decision to homeschool their children. This is great encouragement and inspiration for families trying to decide whether or not to homeschool and for those in the midst of a difficult first or second year.
Pace vs. Perseverance
Having trouble staying on schedule with your chosen curriculum? Wondering if you can keep up with everyone else for just one day? Come and hear Rachael’s confession of her own personal battle with homeschool schedules and how she looks to God to help her persevere.
Seven Simple Steps to Sanity
Ever feel like you are about to lose your mind as a stay-at-home mom. There’s 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? Laugh along with Rachael as you see how insane our culture is and how peaceful walking with God can be.
Family Reading Time
One of the huge advantages of homeschooling is snuggling together on the sofa to read classics, biographies, histories, and other great books. Exploring other cultures, perspectives, and experiences together is one of the best-kept secrets of homeschooling’s success. Learn how your family can make the most of it!
Teaching Foundational Truth
What is truth? You and your family need to know the answer. It is foundational that our children understand that truth exists and that it is absolute. Rachael Carman shares six truths about truth that Christian parents need to instill in the minds of their children. Includes motions that can make learning fun and easy to remember!
How to Really Live (designed for teens or as a graduation speech)
How should homeschool graduates approach life as they leave home and launch out into the big, wide world? Yes, they have been given many advantages through home education, but how does that play out in life and the decisions that loom so large? Come listen and consider: What might God do?
* Denotes homeschool only
NOTE: The talks Loving, Learning, and Laughing, How to Have a HEART for Your Kids, and 7 Simple Steps contain similar material and should not be done at the same conference.