North Central ConferenceRochester, MN | Mayo Civic Center | November 8-9, 2013
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Gathering with thousands of moms, Hearts at Home main sessions are high energy opportunities to laugh and learn. Through drama, music, and speakers who understand the real challenges of motherhood, you'll find your vision refreshed, your heart full, and your perspective transformed. Main sessions will take place at the beginning of your conference day and immediately following your workshop breakouts.
Actress, producer, New York Times’ bestselling author,and international speaker Candace Cameron Bure is both outspoken and passionate about her family and faith. With a successful television and movie career that started at the age of five as "D.J." on Full House and continues to flourish today, Candace knows that the greatest success in her life has been that of her marriage to Valeri Bure and their three children, Natasha, Lev and Maks. Her desire is to minister to the hearts of women so they might pursue wholesome values that nurture and reinforce the family unit; that modern women would be bold enough to stand against the negative message our culture tends to reflect, and embrace the women we were created to be.
She speaks to audiences of thousands. She’s the author of more than seven books. She’s the founder and director of Hearts at Home. Her biggest accomplishment? Being a mom to five beautiful children and Nana to three precious grandbabies.
Jill Savage encourages tens of thousands each year at Hearts at Home Conferences and personal speaking engagements. Why is she so successful? Because she’s just one of us — a wife and mother trying to make it through each day with the challenges motherhood can present to us. She tells it like it is and doesn’t pretend to be an expert — just someone who’s been on the journey and lived to tell about it.
A native of North Carolina, Meredith Andrews began singing in church when she was only six, and by the time she was in high school, she was writing songs and leading worship. Her incredible vocal gift and intuitive songwriting abilities caught the attention of Word Record executives who soon signed her to a record deal. Her label debut, The Invitation, released in April 2009 and the stirring single “You’re Not Alone” helped propel Andrews into the national spotlight. Her sophomore album, As Long As it Takes, debuted in March 2010 and the following spring, it was named Worship Album of the Year at the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards. “How Great is the Love” earned the Dove Award for Worship Song of the Year. Meredith and her husband, Jacob, welcomed their second child in February.
Moms Night Out is the ULTIMATE girls' night out! This evening of entertainment is sure to please everyone with amazing music, laughs, and a night filled with fun for you and your friends. Come join us for two hours on Friday night to relax, refresh, and unwind!
Anita continues to make people laugh with her off-the-wall insights, music and her trademark pop culture parodies like the "William Tell Overture - Mom Style". Anita tours with her own comedy concerts and inspirational women’s conferences where she routinely sells out venues across the United States. Renfroe and her husband, John, live in Atlanta and have three children.
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This is your opportunity to focus on you! Select your workshops based on your life and what you need. Please choose one workshop for each workshop session on the registration form. The pace of your day is up to you and is determined by your lunch choice: you can attend three workshops and have a 2 hour and 20 minute lunch break or you can attend four workshops and have a 60 minute lunch break.
Dana is passionate about teaching the Truths of God’s Word and applying it to the life He has called us to live. She has been married to the love of her life, Terry, for 20 years, and keeps very busy raising and homeschooling their 3 children. They live in a small town in Northern Minnesota, where she has been active in teaching and mentoring women and teens for years, is very involved in their church with music and youth ministry, and also serves on the Hearts at Home Conference Production Team.
302 - Raising Generations Who Raise Generations To Follow Christ
We understand the importance of leading our children to Christ, and work to do so. But what about after they leave the nest? How can we effectively encourage them to remain in the faith, and pass the baton to their children, and their children’s children? Dana will help you:
Lynn Cowell is a Proverbs 31 speaker and the author of His Revolutionary Love and Devotions for a Revolutionary Year. Speaking to moms and their daughters around the country, Lynn’s "His Revolutionary Love” conference brings confidence to find Jesus as the true "Filler of their Love Gap." She makes her home in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Greg of 26 years and their three children. She loves the mountains, sweatshirts and anything that combines chocolate and peanut butter.Lynn@LynnCowell.com
305 - Filling Up to Pour Out
You're the last drip of syrup on a pancake Saturday morning. At least that is how you feel some days; completely drained out. As nurturer, we often take care of everyone around us...except us. What ensues isn't good for anyone, including us! In "Filling Up to Pour Out" Lynn Cowell empowers women to:
306 - Wise Women Raising Wiser Daughters
In "Wise Women Raise Wiser Daughters" Lynn Cowell will help moms:
Dr. Rob Currie
Dr. Rob Currie teaches child and adolescent psychology at Judson University. Audiences enjoy his blend of professional advice, practical tips, and humor. His presentations draw on his extensive experience with children and teens, including raising two sons with his wife, Kay. Dr. Currie wrote, Preschool Wisdom: What Preschoolers Desperately Want to Tell Parents and Grandparent, and Hungry for More of God.
307 - Boys R Us: Raising Sons from 2 to 22
Do you wonder why boys talk and act the way they do? Are you sometimes frustrated by their behavior? This tell-it-like-it-is workshop will:
308 - The Magic of Parenting Preschoolers
Dr. Currie uses what he’s learned from working in preschools and teaching child psychology. By explaining the surprising way your child thinks, this workshop will:
Karen Ehman is the Director of the Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker team and author of six books including LET. IT. GO. How to Stop Running the Show & Start Walking in Faith. She’s been a guest on The 700 Club, Moody Midday Connection and Focus on the Family. She and her college sweetheart, Todd, reside in mid-Michigan with their three sometimes quarrelsome, but mostly charming children. www.karenehman.com
309 - LET. IT. GO.
Women are wired to control. We make sure the house is clean, the meals are prepared, and everyone gets where they need to be on time. Trying to be in charge of everything can not only be exhausting, it can also sometimes earn us the label of “control freak”. But is controlling other people and our circumstances our job or God’s? Maybe we need to stop trying to run the show and start learning to walk in faith. This humorous, yet practical workshop will enable you to:
310 - The Bylaws of In-laws and Outlaws (with Mary Steinke)
Whether it’s a meddling mother-in-law, a snooty sister, or an uncouth uncle, moms often try to please or appease BOTH sides of the family, ending up displeased with the outcome themselves. Get ready to get real about the blow-ups as well as the blessings inherent in interacting with your extended families. Karen and Mary will share how to:
Short in stature yet sweet and sassy at the same time, Mary always gives concrete, realistic, and transparent messages -- both in speaking and in writing -- filled with practicality, purpose, and prayer. Mary is a staff member with Hearts at Home and works as a volunteer with Proverbs 31, serving in many different areas. Currently, she serves as a group leader in Bible Study Fellowship and volunteers in her church. Mary's family includes her handsome high-school sweetheart, Harry, and her lively three adult sons, who now tower over her five-foot frame.
310 - The Bylaws of In-laws and Outlaws (with Karen Ehman)
Proverbs 31 speaker and author, Encouragement Cafe radio co-host, and founder of www.facebook.com/MomsTogether. Suzie has been featured on Focus on the Family, Harvest Show, and hundreds of programs. This Oklahoma girl is a mom, a Gramma, and in love with her husband, Richard. Suzie loves to gently walk with women in a new direction in family, feelings, and faith.
311 - Grace (and a Plan) for "Those Days"
We know that parenting is wonderful, but can we admit there are "those days" when it's hard, and sometimes we lose our cool? Suzie Eller invites you to give yourself grace in those moments, but to also explore why we might lose it, and how that knowledge helps the next time (because there is always a next time!). Suzie will help you:
312 - Unpacking Childhood Baggage to Give Your Child Something Greater!
When you became a mom you brought in the baggage of your past. Maybe that's great stuff, but for many of us it's not. Suzie will help you unpack unhealthy parenting and provide relational tools to give your child stability, laughter, and a mom that is whole and unburdened by the past--no matter what stage of parenting you are in! Suzie will help you:
Pam Farrel is an international speaker, author of over 37 books including Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti, Red Hot Monogamy, 10 Best Decisions a Woman Can Make, 10 Best Decisions a Couple Can Make, 10 Best Decisions a Parent Can Make, 10 Secrets for Living Smart, Savvy and Strong & Got Teens? and co-director of Love-Wise.
313 - 10 Questions Your Kids Will Ask About Sex
Talking to your children, tweens, and teens about sex can feel a little uncomfortable- but it is vital. Relationship expert, Pam Farrel will equip you and your family to successfully navigate today’s challenging times. This workshop will:
314 - The Mid-Life Mom
Pam Farrel, the author of 10 Secrets of Living Smart, Savvy and Strong says the second half of life can be the best! If you are over 35 this workshop will prepare you to handle the ever changing landscape of the mid-life years:
After Harvard and Wall Street, Shaunti Feldhahn now uncovers eye-opening truths and simple changes that transform lives and relationships. Her groundbreaking books, For Women Only, are in 22 languages and featured in such diverse media as Focus on the Family, The Today Show, iMOM and at events worldwide. Based in Atlanta, she and her husband Jeff often speak together, traveling with their two children.
315 - What Your Man Most Wants You to Know
What is he really thinking? From private interviews and national surveys with thousands of men for Shaunti’s best-selling book For Women Only, learn the surprising truths your man longs for you to know, but doesn't know how to explain. Discover simple changes with huge relationship impacts, such as the power of affirmation to create the mutual affection you long for.
316 - Getting Inside the Head of Your Kid
Are they thinking at all?! Groundbreaking author/researcher Shaunti Feldhahn shares what every parent must know, from national surveys and private interviews with over 1,000 teens and tweens. You’ll discover the #1 influence that’s even greater than peer pressure, how teens secretly want a take-charge parent, and what they would tell you if they could trust you to truly listen.
Dr. Kathy Koch
Dr. Kathy Koch loves helping parents understand children’s uniqueness and purposes. Through her books, other products, and engaging presentations, thousands have been encouraged and changed. Before founding Celebrate Kids, Inc., in Fort Worth, Texas, Kathy was a professor, teacher, coach, and school board member. She doesn’t have any children of her own, but loves helping parents with theirs.
319 - Kill the Spider: Find Solutions for Children’s Problems
Would you like to figure out why children misbehave the way they do? Why their attitudes are less than great? If you don’t, changing children’s attitudes or behaviors is like sweeping away the spider web rather than killing the spider. The problem/attitude will come back. Dr. Kathy will help you:
320 - Parenting Tech-Savvy Children: Decreasing Negative Effects of Digital Technology
Because of the technology children use and play with, they can be described as the I-deserve-choice, control-alt-delete, instant-everything, relationship-based-beliefs, I-need-to-win, multitasking, it’s-all-about-me, entitled-generation. What does all of this mean for the way we parent them? Dr. Kathy will help you:
Kathi is a national speaker and author. She is the author of seven books including The Get Yourself Organized Project, The Husband Project, Praying God’s Word for Your Husband and 21 Ways to Connect with Your Kids. Kathi and her husband, Roger, live in San Jose, California and are the parents of four kids.
323 - Real Ways to Connect with Your Kids
This workshop offers a straightforward, workable plan to create new avenues of connection between parents and their kids, coaching moms to do one simple thing each day for three weeks to connect with their child and their unique personality, including:
324 - The Get Yourself Organized Project
An organizational system for women who have given up trying to be Martha but still desire order. Kathi offers you:
Susan Merrill is a wife, mother of five, director of iMOM.com, want-to-be blogger, author of The Passionate Mom, (releasing March 2013, Thomas Nelson), and the very imperfect Merrill family manager. She loves to analyze life, ponder possibilities, and pray for opportunity. She truly believes that all things are possible if one is willing to persevere through trials, seek the truth, and boldly embrace new and unique solutions. That belief has led her down some interesting parenting paths including adopting two older children the exact ages of two of her biological children, the delicate diplomacy of living with diverse personalities, exploring and experiencing every type of school imaginable for every type of child, and parenting special needs in our not so special-need oriented world. Susan lives in Tampa, Florida with her handsome hubby, author and President of Family First, Mark Merrill, and two, or depending on the day, up to five of her children ages 17 - 23. On those days, she loves having a valid excuse to ditch all of her responsibilities to run a bed and breakfast /laundromat for college students.
325 - Fear Not: 3 Ways to Stop the Cycle of Fear, Worry, Anxiety, and Panic
Most moms worry about their children. Most of my worries follow a little pattern that can spiral out of control without me even noticing. It springs up as a little pang of fear, it picks up speed swirling in worry around my brain, it spins me downward in a funnel of anxiety, till I bottom out in a puddle of panic. When I land I am a mess – depleted, confused, and useless. The circle of fear – worry – anxiety – panic is a circle I want out of! And it is possible! Explore with me 3 ways to stop the cycle of worry so that we become useful rather than useless moms.
326 - The Passionate Mom: Protecting Your Child in the World
How is it possible? How can you protect your child when they can hold a window to the world in the palm of their hand? The speed of cultural change is faster than a mom trying to catch a falling baby. We must dare to parent differently today. We must develop perception and we must formulate a plan. You can do it! Just as you would find the adrenaline to catch that falling baby, you can find the passion to protect your child until he has the wisdom to navigate this world on his own. Explore the daring possibilities of protecting your child in today’s world.
327 - Are You Spiritually Fit?
In the same way that the military requires soldiers to work out to be battle-ready at a moment’s notice, we too need to be emotionally and spiritually fit to handle whatever life throws our way. In this workshop, Jill will:
328 - Living with Less So Your Family Has More
Our culture believes bigger is better. But when it comes to raising a family, many find that simply isn’t true. There is a way to live with less stress, less activity, and even less money that can actually result in more for your family! Jill will help you:
Sherry serves as the CEO of Mother’s of Preschoolers (MOPS), encouraging and equipping moms and leaders. Prior to leading MOPS, Sherry served as the Director of Innovation at Leadership Network, working with church teams to implement fresh ideas in ministry. She also served as a pastor on staff at Seacoast Church, a multi-site church in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.
Sherry is passionate about leadership, and co-authored Just Lead! A No-Whining, No Nonsense Guide for Women Leaders in the Church. She speaks at conferences, facilitates leadership discussions and contributes as a writer to MomSense Magazine and Connections, a publication for moms and women leaders.
Sherry lives in Denver, Colorado with her pastor husband Geoff, her two grown children, Mike and Brittainy, and beautiful daughter-in-love, Hilary. The brilliant star of the family is her granddaughter, Maggie Claire.
329 - Permission to Dream
Life can be so daily, with dishes, carpool and busy schedules. When is the last time you took the chance to dream, hand-in-hand with God about the big plans He has for you, your husband, and your kids? Moses’ mom (Exodus 1) knew the secret and you can too! Join Sherry Surratt as she inspires you to dream big and allow your heart to soar. You’ll learn how to:
330 - Seven Habits of Highly Effective Moms
Whether you are a brand new mom or a veteran with 5 children, statistics tell us the majority of moms are unsure how effective they are at raising happy, healthy kids. Wouldn't it be great to rely on the tried and true practices of moms who have not only raised great kids but flourish with joy in the process? You can! Join Sherry Surratt, CEO and President of MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers) as she shares the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Moms, who understand the value of raising kids with a heart after God and a vision for who God created them to be. In this session, you'll learn how to:
Reverend Milan and Kay Yerkovich
Milan is a Pastoral Counselor and is an ordained minister. He has a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies and is the President of Relationship 180, a non-profit organization dedicated to turning relationships in the right direction. He has worked with marriages and families for over 30 years and is a radio co-host on New Life Live. Kay is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been helping people grow for over 20 years. Kay has been married for 40 years to her husband Milan and was a stay-at-home mom for 18 years enjoying her four children. Together, Kay and Milan co-authored, How We Love, and How We Love Our Kids.
331 - How We Love: Creating Close Connections in Marriage
Tired of having the same old fight? Do you wish you could understand the roots of your marriage problems? Are you having trouble creating or sustaining close emotional connections within your family? Milan and Kay will help you:
332 - Turning Stress Into an Opportunity for Connection
Are you at your best when you are stressed out? Does your family feel your love when you're frazzled? Do you enjoy your spouse or kids when they are tense? Living successfully means managing stress effectively. Let Milan and Kay help you:
As moms, we all know that part of the parenting adventure is adjusting our plans when the unexpected happens, whether it's a baby's due date, a death in the family, or the stomach flu! From time to time circumstances may make it impossible for our a scheduled speaker to attend. Should this situation arise, we will do our best to find a similar replacement speaker/workshop. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility!
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The North Central Conference is held at the Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Drive S. E., Rochester, Minnesota 55904.
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