2015 National Conference

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2015 National Conference
March 13-14, 2015
Illinois State University
Normal, IL
Keynote speakers: Lysa TerKeurst and Gary Chapman
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To contribute to our scholarship fund, and to help a mom who cannot afford to attend, please indicate your gift on the registration form. Include the scholarship money along with your registration payment. All contributions are tax deductible. Your donation cannot be designated to sponsor a specific mom.

Special Needs

If you have a special need that requires special accommodations or a sign language interpreter, please contact the Hearts at Home office before our Best Value Registration deadline of February 19, 2014 and before you register to determine if we can make the appropriate accommodations for you.   Please e-mail us or call us at (309) 828-MOMS.

Workshop Changes

After you register, you can access your registration online and change your workshops through March 5, 2014.  After March 5, you will have the opportunity to change a workshop on your schedule by visiting the Workshop Changes table in the Bag Pick Up area at the conference.

Children and Babies

Children are very important to Hearts at Home. However, our experience has shown that the crowded conditions and active pace of the day are not conducive to children or babies. In order to limit distractions to other attendees, babies and children will not be allowed in the main auditorium events or workshop rooms. Please begin making childcare arrangements now. If you want to bring your baby and a caregiver to care for him/her while you are in main auditorium events or workshops, they are welcome to be in the Exhibit Hall/Ballroom or the lobbies of the buildings. We appreciate your cooperation. A private pumping area will be available for nursing mothers. You are responsible for bringing your own equipment and storing breast milk should you desire to do so.

Lunch at the Conference

If your registration included lunch, your schedule will list that and will list the pick up location. Vegetarian and Gluten Free lunches may be ordered when you register, but due to the quantity of lunches, we are unable to accommodate for food allergies or other special food requests.

If your registration does not include lunch, there are a few restaurants within the Bone Student Center where you can purchase a lunch. You may also bring your own lunch from home.

Lunches may be eaten in the common areas and in most workshop rooms. It will be announced during the morning main session if there are any rooms where food is not allowed.

Friday Evening Meal

An optional meal is available on Friday only to those who are attending BOTH the Friday conference and the Moms Night Out. The meal will be served from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. The dinner includes salad, lasagna, beverage, and dessert.  Advanced purchase with registration is required. Dinner reservations cannot be made the day of the conference.  Cost of this meal is $15

Refund Policy

A fee of $30 applies to any form of cancellation made before February 19, 2014. No refund will be made after this date; however, you may transfer your registration to another person. Your registration and payment are confirmation that you have read and accepted the conditions for registration including our refund policy.

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National Conference
Normal, IL  |  March 16-17, 2012

Main Sessions
Moms Night Out
Workshops
Schedule
Hotel and Directions
Exhibitors

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.


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Michelle Duggar
Michelle Duggar is a reality TV star, a licensed real estate agent, homeschooling mom, New York Times Best Selling author, and speaker. Most importantly she is the wife of Jim Bob and the mom to 19 children. Michelle and her family have a weekly TLC reality show, "19 Kids and Counting," that airs around the world. The Duggars' desire is to make Christ known and for others to see that the Bible is the owner's manual for life.

www.duggarfamily.com
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Dr. Juli Slattery
Dr. Juli Slattery is a widely known clinical psychologist, author, speaker and broadcast media professional. After co-hosting Focus on the Family's international radio and television outreaches for several years, she joined Linda Dillow in founding Authentic Intimacy, a ministry designed to help women grow closer to God, and improve their relationships with their husbands by understanding their dynamic role in marriage. Her commitment to biblical principles, relatable style and quick wit have made her a highly sought after speaker to women's groups in the US and abroad. Juli's books include Finding the Hero In Your Husband, No More Headaches, Guilt Free Motherhood, and Beyond the Masquerade. Her award-winning column Java with Juli runs in Thriving Family Magazine. Juli has appeared in USA Today, the NY Times and on radio networks throughout the world.

She and her husband Mike have been married for 18 years. They are raising their three boys in Colorado Springs where Juli can be found playing in the mountains and trying to manage her addiction to soy lattes.

www.authenticintimacy.com


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! The Hearts' staff arranges conferences 12-18 months in advance, and from time to time circumstances may make it impossible for our scheduled speakers to attend. Should this situation arise, we will do our best to find a similar replacement speaker/workshop. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility!

This fun-filled event featured music, comedy, lots of laughs, plus a surprise or two.


321improv321 Improv SOLD OUT!

321 Improv Comedy will bring tears to your eyes, a pain to your side and they'll make your face ache with laughter! An evening with 321 Improv is unlike any you've been a part of before. It is a unique interactive comedy experience. Each show, the three guys in 321 Improv instantly turn audience suggestions into hilarious scenes. No two shows are the same! Since the group was formed in 2004, 321 Improv Comedy has been in high demand for events across the United States and Canada. They've performed in more than 40 states and 4 Canadian provinces for over a half million people.

www.321improv.com

Friday Moms Night Out:

Check-In 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Illinois State University Bone Student Center Ballroom
Moms Night Out 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Illinois State University Braden Auditorium

This is your opportunity to focus on you! Select your workshops based on your life and what you need. Please choose your top ten workshops on the registration form in order of your preference. 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 lunch break or you can attend four workshops and have a 40 minute lunch break.


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Linda Anderson

Linda Anderson loves encouraging moms.  Her warmth, humor, and passion for God are contagious. Founder of Mom to Mom Ministries, she is the author/teacher of a three- year DVD curriculum for Mom To Mom: Heart Talk on What Really Matters, Growing Together, and Inside Out Parenting.  Linda and her husband, Woody, live in Brookfield, Wisconsin, and have three married children and six-plus grandchildren who live in New Hampshire, Florida, and Dublin, Ireland.
www.momtomom.org
101 - In the Middle of the Muddle: What Matters and What Doesn’t?
You’re a multi-tasking mom, but you can’t do everything.  You want to be intentional, but most days are more sheer survival than mission parenting.  How do you keep your focus, order your priorities in the middle of this mom-marathon?  Linda will help you:
  • Draw wisdom from a Biblical picture of a race for your own mom-marathon.
  • Identify what doesn’t matter so you can focus on what does.
  • Make your own list of “Things I Don’t Do” so you can focus on “Things I Do."
  • Free yourself up to enjoy your kids—and your life—even in the middle of the muddle.

102 - Top Ten Messages You Want Your Kids To Get

Can you hear me now?  How often do you talk with your kids and wonder if they hear anything at all?  The signal’s not always that strong—and there’s plenty of interference on the lines.  How can you be sure they’re getting the messages you’re sending?  And that you’re communicating what matters most?  Linda will help you:
  • Recognize factors which may cloud communication.
  • Identify basic Biblical messages your kids need to get.
  • Learn creative ways to get these messages across.
  • Create your own checklist of Top Ten Messages You Want Your Kids to Get.
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Julie Barnhill
Julie is all about helping spiritually hungry women know and follow hard after Jesus. She has authored twelve books, She's Gonna Blow, Real Help for Moms Dealing with Anger, Raising Kids with Love & Limits, Confessions of An Imperfect Mother and is a frequent contributor and radio guest with Focus on the Family and Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson. Julie and her husband, Rick, are the parents of three children and reside in Galesburg, Illinois.
www.juliebarnhill.com
103 - Confessions of An Imperfect Mother
We all make mistakes, occasionally handle situations poorly, and have times when we're not at our best. Julie speaks with personal candor and reveals how you can beat the self-reproach (translation: "I'm such a loser at this!") which plague moms. Julie will help you:
  • Acknowledge what you've done right.
  • Cast off false guilt and let God redeem your imperfect moments.
  • Handle the "coulda, woulda, shoulda" dilemma.
  • Understand what expectations for your kids are reasonable and toss the rest!

104 - Friendship Mom Vows: In Laughter and In Tears, Through Toddlers and Through Teens

It's time to sit back, exhale, and spend some time laughing together as Julie highlights the extraordinary need we all have for friendships that go the mothering distance through good times and bad, in colic and in croup, in the midst of adolescent angst and empty nest fears.
  • Relax and experience the power of laughter-induced endorphins (we're going to laugh, girls!)
  • Identify your friendship mom strengths and learn how you can best serve others with them
  • Practice and extend on-site workshop encouragement.
  • Embrace power of social-media for long-distance friendships.
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Shari Braendel

Considered America's most popular Christian Fashionista, Shari Braendel believes the reason most women don't feel confident in how they look and dress is because they've never been taught how. The author of Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad, she speaks most weekends somewhere in the US helping women of all ages see themselves as beautiful while teaching them the how-to's of putting themselves together. She is wife to Dave, mom to Luke and stepmom to adult triplet stepdaughters. She resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.
www.fashionmeetsfaith.com
106 - Frumpy to Fabulous in 30 days!
Have jeans and t-shirts become a way of life and you've simply put yourself on the backburner? Take time for yourself and join us at this fun, interactive workshop and you will:
  • Gain wisdom for dressing your body shape.
  • Discover the best colors for your clothes and makeup.
  • Understand basic guidelines for dressing from head to toe.
  • Go from frumpy to fabulous with Shari's 30 day plan.

107 - What's Your Style?
Pure Natural, Classic Modern, Style Fashionista or Creative Original. Join us on a search for your individual style and have fun doing it! Ain't got Style? We'll find one for you!
  • Claim the unique style that applies to you.
  • Identify the correct size for your accessories, handbags and prints.
  • Learn how to accessorize with the 16 point rule.
  • Watch and learn from an instructional fashion show.
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Marla Cilley "The Flylady"
Marla Cilley aka "The FlyLady" is the bestselling author of Sink Reflections and Body Clutter, founder and host of the popular website www.FlyLady.net.

With her southern charm and inspirational e-mails, FlyLady has become a mentor to those living in CHAOS (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome) and clutter. The FlyLady e-mail group has 800,000 plus members from around the globe and grows by thousands each month.
108 - Are You Living in CHAOS?
Are you living in CHAOS? (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome). Do you feel overwhelmed, overextended, and overdrawn? Hopeless and you don't know where to start? Come join Marla Cilley, a.k.a. "The FlyLady," as she weaves her way through housecleaning and organizing tips with homespun humor and daily musings about life and love.

109 - If Momma Ain't Happy
Join Marla Cilley, The Flylady as she helps you to "FLY". FlyLady's system will help you get rid of your clutter and CHAOS and teach you how to:
Finally
Love
Yourself
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Dr. Rachel Dalton

Dr. Dalton is an OB/Gyn that is in private practice in Bloomington/Normal, IL. She has a special interests in preventative care, adolescent gynecology, and breast health. Besides her medical practice, she is a married mother of three children, Micah, Jude, and Miriam.
110 - Nutrition 101: Back to Basics
Do you ever let your own nutrition slide as you meet the needs of your family's busy schedule? Would you like to add energy into your life through your diet?
Dr. Rachel Dalton will help you:
  • simplify nutrition for your busy lifestyle.
  • heal unhealthy relationships with food.
  • provide healthy family recipes (tested in her kitchen on picky palates).
  • walk through easy habits to lead to a healthier life TODAY.
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Michelle Duggar

Michelle Duggar is a reality TV star, a licensed real estate agent, homeschooling mom, New York Times Best Selling author, and speaker. Most importantly she is the wife of Jim Bob and the mom to 19 children. Michelle and her family have a weekly TLC reality show, "19 Kids and Counting," that airs around the world. The Duggars' desire is to make Christ known and for others to see that the Bible is the owner's manual for life.
www.duggarfamily.com
111 - Practical Parenting Tips
Michelle will share many practical tips and parenting principles she has applied while raising one of America's largest families. She will discuss topics such as choosing to talk with a soft voice, praise your children ten times more than you correct them, and leading your children to love God and serve others.
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Brenda Garrison

Brenda Garrison is an author and speaker who empowers women with the confidence to live their calling. Brenda is the author of Queen Mom: A Royal Plan for Restoring Order in Your Home, Princess Unaware: Finding the Fabulous in Every Day, and He's Not a Mind Reader. Brenda and her husband, Gene, have three daughters and live near Metamora, Illinois.
www.brendagarrison.com
112 - Three Keys to Healthy, Drama-Free Relationships
Women are hardwired for relationship. But many times instead of blessing us, our relationships drive us crazy! The problem is we do not do relationships like Jesus did. Brenda will help you:
  • Break the urge to constantly please others.
  • Speak honestly and lovingly to others—no more "white" lies.
  • Experience freedom and joy in satisfying friendships.

113 - When Our Kids Make Decisions We Don't Agree With

Our kids are sure to make decisions we don't agree with—preferences, immoral, illegal. Parents struggle to respond in a way that will build relationships not walls. Brenda will help parents:
  • Build a bridge to their child, and then build the best relationship possible.
  • Have positive influence in their child's life.
  • Experience peace and freedom from guilt.
Jami Kaeb
Jami Kaeb
Jami Kaeb has an enthusiasm and passion for the Lord that spills over onto those she meets. She shares from her life with authenticity and humor in a way that others relate to. Jami lives in Bloomington, Illinois with her husband, Clint, and their six children. She is also the founder of The Forgotten Initiative, which serves the foster care community.
www.lifewithapersonalgod.blogspot.com
www.theforgotteninitiative.org
114 - Everyone Has a Story
In our Facebook generation, it is easy to make assumptions based on what we see in a picture or read in an update and because of our own insecurities we may find ourselves judging others. But what if we could see others through the eyes of Jesus? In this message Jami will help you to:
  • Understand who you are to God.
  • Find freedom from insecurity and comparison.
  • Extend more grace to others and see them in a whole new way.

115 - What To Do When God Says "Wait"

When Clint and Jami Kaeb began the domestic adoption process, their desire was to adopt a healthy infant, but God had a different plan. He allowed them to enter a season of waiting, resulting in an emotional journey that ultimately transformed Jami's life. This is her story of faith, fostering, and the forgotten. Jami will share the lessons she has learned in the waiting and encourage you:
  • To gain perspective as you face painful realities in your waiting.
  • To find faith that is greater than your fears.
  • To search for the hidden treasures in your waiting season.
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Anita Lustrea
Anita Lustrea is the Executive Producer and co-host of the award winning radio program, Midday Connection on the Moody Radio Network. Anita is a popular conference and retreat speaker and author. Her latest and most personal is What Women Tell Me: Finding Freedom from the Secrets We Keep. Anita, her husband Mike, and son, John, live in the western suburbs of Chicago, where she can often be found at her local Starbucks enjoying hot tea, a scone and reading a favorite book.
www.anitalustrea.com
116 - Connecting in Community
We are made for relationships, hard wired for them. Yet if you ask the average woman if she is happy with the number and depth of her relationships she'll say no. Why such disconnection when we seem to have such connection through e-mail, cell phones, Facebook, and Twitter? Anita will help you:
  • Know why you're disconnected.
  • Be more confident in initiating relationships.
  • Discover who safe people are.
  • Understand the importance of mutuality in friendships.

117 - What Women Tell Me

Anita Lustrea has been with Moody Radio for 27 years and for the last 12 she's been talking with women on her national award winning radio program "Midday Connection". What she's heard from women matches her own story, sometimes word for word. Anita will touch on the major hot button issues women face and help you:
  • Know you're not alone.
  • Deal with a spouse who struggles with pornography.
  • Face your issues with body image.
  • Learn how to help a friend who is in a domestic violence situation.
  • Be encouraged if you are a single mom.
  • Walk into the fullness of who God created you to be.
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Marianne Miller

Marianne Miller loves to talk about money. She is a Crown Financial Ministries counselor, a Certified Parenting Instructor, and a She Speaks graduate. She lives in Zionsville, Indiana with her husband of 23 years, Andy, and their three grateful sons and one son learning to be grateful.
www.mariannemiller.com
118 - Get a Grip on Your Finances
Does the thought of personal finances make you cringe? Do you feel guilty any time you spend money? Do you have financial goals, but you are not quite sure how to achieve them? Join Marianne as she presents a non-threatening discussion of the serious topic of personal finances and provides a behind-the-scenes look at "The Jones." Gain specific strategies that will enable you to get a grip on your finances. You will learn to:
  • Develop a family spending plan that works.
  • Recognize budgeting pitfalls and other money myths.
  • Plan successfully with your spouse.
  • Apply Biblical principles to spending, savings, and debt reduction.
  • Outline a specific strategy for debt reduction.

119 - Raising Grateful Kids in a Culture of Consumerism

Raising grateful children in our culture today is challenging. It seems that bigger is better and you can never have quite enough of anything. By recognizing the role of materialism and by purposefully equipping our children with Biblical financial wisdom, we can have children who are content and who are also wise stewards of their resources. In this session you will:

  • Recognize the power of a nurturing mother in curbing materialism.
  • Learn to help your child define "enough."
  • Be provided with specific strategies for everyday occurrences that will lead children to a healthy attitude toward money and possessions.
  • Laugh out loud at real stories of success and failure in this area.
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Sabrina O'Malone
Sabrina O'Malone, best-selling author of Moms on the Job, is the founder and President of WorkingMom.com - an online powerhouse helping over a half a million families a year save time, energy, and money. She's an entrepreneur, homeschooling mom of six and former Mrs. America Pageant Contestant (long story) who works full-time with her husband, Daniel, in Dover, Delaware.
www.workingmom.com
120 - 7 Secrets for Success at Home and at Work
Learn the secrets of how successful working moms give 100 percent on the job and 100 percent to their families simultaneously. Viable solutions, practical tips to save time energy and money, (not to mention your sanity) presented in an engaging, nurturing and affirming presentation. Improve your life by learning and implementing the best practices of experienced, successful working moms.

121 - Encouragement for Overworked Working Moms
If you're an overworked, over-stressed minivan mom and you're nearly at the end of your rope, this informative workshop is for you. Finally, some encouragement, inspiration and mentoring with practical tips to renew your strength and revitalize your spirit.
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MariLee Parrish

MariLee is the founder of Mommy Bag Marketing,Inc. and the Christian Moms Business Resource. She has authored multiple books and her most recent title is 50 Ways to Improve Your Relationship With Your Husband. She currently resides in northern Colorado with her husband, Eric, and 2 young children.
www.marileeparrish.com
122 - 50 Ways to Improve Your Relationship with Your Husband
Every marriage needs a lift once in awhile. The relationship you started out with can look a lot different a few (or many) years down the aisle. With insights from her recent book, MariLee shares how to:
  • Center your marriage on Christ.
  • Improve communication with your husband.
  • Get help connecting emotionally.
  • Amp up the romance.
  • Fall deeper in love with your husband every day.

123 - Tried and True Ways to Earn Money from Home

Do you feel like you have no choice but to work 9 to 5 to pay the bills? Do you wish
you could make a steady income, but stay home with your kids? MariLee Parrish will
share:
  • How to find a legitimate work-from-home job.
  • Home-based business ideas that work.
  • Realistic expectations and practical advice for working from home.
  • Resources and tips to help you get started.
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Laura Petherbridge

Laura is an international speaker and author of When "I Do" Becomes "I Don't"—Practical Steps for Healing During Separation and Divorce, and The Smart Stepmom. She has been featured on Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, Moody Broadcasting, Marriage Partnership and Crosswalk.com. Laura has two grown stepsons and resides in Summerfield, Florida with her husband, Steve.
www.thesmartstepmom.com
124 - The Smart Stepmom
When the honeymoon ends a stepmom quickly realizes that "The Brady Bunch" was a fairy tale. After 25 years as a stepmom, Laura reveals how to:
  • Embrace realistic expectations.
  • Recognize common causes for isolation and loneliness.
  • Distinguish when Dad feels stuck in the middle.
  • Survive the financial strain of a stepfamily.
  • Obtain a healthy relationship with the former wife.

125 - Thriving as a Single Parent

Single parents can raise great kids! Learning to overcome fear, guilt, and anger are the key steps to creating a stable and healthy home. Laura shares how to:
  • Tell your kids the truth.
  • Prevent the child from self-blame.
  • Choose words that heal rather than harm.
  • Co-parent alongside someone who is addicted, unreasonable or negligent.
  • Understand a child's perspective on new relationships.
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Lorraine Pintus

Lorraine is an international author, speaker, and writing coach. She is co-author of three best-selling books on God's perspective of sex: Intimate Issues, Gift-Wrapped by God, and Intimacy Ignited. Her newest book is Jump Off the Hormone Swing. Lorraine and her husband, Peter, have two grown daughters. They live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where they enjoy playing pickleball.
www.lorrainepintus.com 
www.intimateissues.com
126 - Jump Off the Hormone Swing
You want to be a godly mom, but several days a month wacked-out hormones make you want to smack everyone you see with a Costco-size bottle of Midol. Lorraine offers:
  • Tips to help you feel better Physically, Mentally, and Spiritually.
  • Insight on how hormones influence energy and emotions.
  • Ten benefits (yes, BENEFITS!) of PMS and peri-menopause.

127 - Three Gifts of Sex
Three gift bags. Inside each is something startling that will transform your intimacy with your husband. Lorraine answers questions like:
  • How can I enjoy sex when I don't like my body?
  • How can sex go from "exhausting" to "exhilarating?"
  • Why don't I give myself permission for passion?
  • What three lies hinder sexual passion?
  • What secret can keep the passion burning forever?
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Jill Savage

Jill Savage is one of today's most exciting female speakers. Her honest, engaging communication is strengthened by her ability to make her audience laugh while they learn. Jill is the author of five books including Real Moms...Real Jesus and the co-author of Living With Less So Your Family Has More.
www.jillsavage.org
128 - Help Your Child Develop a Dating Philosophy
As parents, we can have a powerful influence on our children's views of dating during their teen years. Too many teens enter the dating scene without considering all the options. In this highly practical message, Jill guides moms to:
  • Successfully coach their pre-teens and teens through the dating years.
  • Talk to their kids about any topic without overreacting.
  • Discuss sexual purity in an open, honest way by implementing several practical strategies.
  • Implement written agreements to set clear expectations and provide accountability for their teenager's relationships with the opposite sex.

129 - You Don't Have to Be Extreme to Save Money

Super couponing is the rage right now, but the truth is you don't have to be extreme to save money. This workshop is packed full of practical tips that will save you hundreds—even thousands-- of dollars over time. Jill will show you how to:
  • Use coupons in a completely different way than your mother's generation did.
  • Find discount codes for nearly every online purchase you make.
  • Let others do the research for you to find the best deals.
  • Learn to shop differently than most people shop and save more than most people save.
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Dr. Juli Slattery

Dr. Juli Slattery is a widely known clinical psychologist, author, speaker and broadcast media professional. After co-hosting Focus on the Family's international radio and television outreaches for several years, she joined Linda Dillow in founding Authentic Intimacy, a ministry designed to help women grow closer to God, and improve their relationships with their husbands by understanding their dynamic role in marriage. Her commitment to biblical principles, relatable style and quick wit have made her a highly sought after speaker to women's groups in the US and abroad. Juli's books include Finding the Hero In Your Husband, No More Headaches, Guilt Free Motherhood, and Beyond the Masquerade. Her award-winning column Java with Juli runs in Thriving Family Magazine. Juli has appeared in USA Today, the NY Times and on radio networks throughout the world.

She and her husband Mike have been married for 18 years. They are raising their three boys in Colorado Springs where Juli can be found playing in the mountains and trying to manage her addiction to soy lattes.

www.authenticintimacy.com
130 - How to Fight for Your Marriage
Did you know that conflict in your marriage doesn't have to be a bad thing? In fact, couples who never have conflict may be in serious trouble. In this workshop, we will talk about how conflict is not only a necessary evil, but a worthy calling. You will learn to identify different types of marital conflict, learn how to turn a fight into an opportunity to deepen intimacy, how to discern what's worth fighting for, and how to address those issues that have plagued your marriage for years.


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! The Hearts' staff arranges conferences 12-18 months in advance, and from time to time circumstances may make it impossible for our scheduled speakers to attend. Should this situation arise, we will do our best to find a similar replacement speaker/workshop. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility!

Friday, March 16 or Saturday, March 17, 2012

Check-In
7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Morning Main Session 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Workshop 1 10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
Fast Paced Lunch Pick Up 11:20 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Workshop 2
Slow-Paced Lunch Pick Up
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Workshop 3 1:20 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Workshop 4 2:40 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
Afternoon Main Session 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.













Friday Evening, March 16, 2012

Dinner
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Check-In
6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Moms Night Out
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Hotel Information

For detailed information about conference hotel options, please click here, or call the Bloomington-Normal Area CVB at 1-800-433-8226. A special lodging rate has been negotiated with these hotels. Participating hotels provide a contribution to Hearts at Home that assists with event costs. Thank you.

Click here to get a map of the hotel locations in the Bloomington/Normal area.

Need Directions?

The National Conference is held at Illinois State University at the Bone Student Center, 100 North University Street, Normal, IL 61761. Please click here for more specific directions or use the above address as the destination for an online map service. If you are need additional assistance, please call our office at (309) 828-MOMS. Our Customer Service Team will be happy to assist you!

Parking

Parking is available in the Bone Student Center parking lot north of the Bone Student Center. There are other lots nearby on ISU property. Parking in ISU lots is and requires cash. For other parking options, you may review the ISU map.

Exhibitors

Artistic Memories by Alice
When words aren’t enough: Art that comforts infant loss and celebrates family.
www.aliceart.net

Compelling Creations, Inc
A marketplace ministry shared from one woman to another through witness jewelry designed by Jill Felts.
www.compelling-creations.com

Compassion International
Releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.
www.compassion.com

Focus on the Family
A global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive by providing help and resources for marriage and parenting grounded in biblical principles.
www.FocusontheFamily.com

Get It In Your Soul, Inc.
Spiritual development products that encourage your faith walk.
www.getitinyoursoul.com

Heart Shoppe
Pick up Hearts at Home conference souvenirs for your kids, hubby, and you. Find resources to help you as a woman, mom, and wife.
www.heartshoppe.com

Heavenly Dips
Veggie/Chip Dip Mixes, Olive Oil Mixes, and Dessert Mixes.
www.heavenlydips.com

Hoerr’s Berean Bookstore
Serving God by Serving You.
www.hoerrs.com

iMOM
iMOM.com gives moms inspiration, encouragement, and ideas through our daily e-mail, hundreds of free printables, and our growing community of mothers like you.
www.iMOM.com

Jinja Jewelry
Unique, handcrafted jewelry made in Uganda, Africa from recycled paper.
www.hopeinstituteuganda.org/jinja-jewelry

Letz Talk, Inc.
Increasing confidence and self-esteem through communication.
www.letztalknow.com

Life Verse Design
Inspirational art for the home.
www.lifeverse.etsy.com

Logos
The largest developer of Bible software and a worldwide leader in multilingual electronic publishing to make more than 15,500 electronic Bible study resources available to customers around the world.
www.logos.com

Mom to Mom
Unique parenting program based on the Titus 2:4 principle of “experienced” moms mentoring young moms with a curriculum-based teaching, small group discussion and weekly encouragement.
www.momtomom.org

Moms in Prayer International
Impacting children and schools for Jesus Christ by gathering women to pray.
www.momsintouch.org

MOPS
Better moms make a better world.
www.MOPS.org

Prayer Industries, LLC
A beautiful centerpiece to help focus your prayers & inspire growth in your prayer life. It is not just a centerpiece for your home, it is your encouragement to make God a centerpiece to your heart.
http://prayerindustries.com

Timbali Crafts
Beautiful, hand-made bags, purses, and table covers; 100% of sales benefit this income generating project for women in Swaziland, Africa.
www.timbalicrafts.org

Varu
Fun and trendy totes, purses, and accessories customized especially for you. Made in Ohio, focusing on quality, not quantity.
www.myvaru.com

Vine and Branches Inspirational Gifts
Keeping you connected to inspiration and style with Scripture Scarves, Cross Purses, Trendy Christian Jewelry, Giftware, and other items to bless your heart!
www.vineandbranchesgifts.com

www.happymomonline.com
A classic collection of handmade gifts for infants,children, and moms. Pro-Life*Pro-Mariage*Pro-Mom
www.happymomonline.com

Union 28 Marriage Apparel
Celebrate your spouse in style with our sweet & trendy marriage tees!
www.union28.net

WCIC 91.5 FM
Family friendly radio. Listen online at www.wcicfm.org

Mom Revolution

National Conference
Bloomington-Normal, IL  |  March 11-12, 2011

Main Sessions
Moms Night Out
Workshops
Schedule
Hotel and Directions
Exhibitors

Main Sessions

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.

Jill Savage

Jill SavageJill Savage is one of today’s most exciting female speakers.  Her honest, engaging communication is strengthened by her ability to make her audience laugh while they learn.  Jill is the author of five books including Real Moms…Real Jesus and the co-author of Living With Less So Your Family Has More.

www.jillsavage.org



Jennifer Rothschild

Jennifer RothschildJennifer Rothschild’s life drastically changed at the age of fifteen when she lost her sight. Now, more than 25 years later, she boldly and compassionately teaches women how to walk by faith, and not by sight. She travels the country offering fresh, sensible Biblical advice to audiences who, like her, are determined to pursue healthy and productive lives. She’s the author of six books, including the best-selling Lessons I Learned in the Dark, and Walking by Faith Bible study, and Self Talk, Soul Talk: What to Say When You Talk to Yourself. Jennifer and her husband, Phil, live in Springfield, Missouri with their two sons, Clayton and Connor.

www.jenniferrothschild.com

Moms Night Out

This fun-filled event featured music with The Hearts Band, comedy with Chonda Pierce, lots of laughter, plus a surprise or two.

Chonda Pierce
Chonda PierceArmed with an abundance of unpretentious Southern charm and laser sharp wit, Chonda Pierce has been entertaining audiences from coast to coast for more than a decade. An in-demand stand-up comic, television hostess and best-selling author, Chonda has parlayed her gift for storytelling into a multi-faceted career. Chonda performed at Moms Night Out only.Moms Night Out

www.chonda.org



Friday Moms Night Out

Check-In 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Illinois State University Bone Student Center Ball Room
Moms Night Out      7:30 – 9:30 p.m.      Illinois State University Braden Auditorium

Workshops

This is your opportunity to focus on you! Select your workshops based on your life and what you need.  Please choose your top ten workshops on the registration form in order of your preference. 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 lunch break or you can attend four workshops and have a 40 minute lunch break.


Michele Cushatt
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Michele Cushatt is an author and speaker who hangs out in the tension between authentic faith and real life. Knowing every beautiful story begins with a rough first draft, Michele encourages women to keep living even when life is messy and imperfect. She lives in Colorado along with her husband, Troy, three teenage boys and a very hairy black lab.

www.michelecushatt.com


103 - Mosaics: The Art of a Beautifully Blended Family – Michele Cushatt

One-third of American weddings today create blended families. Still, most women in blended families feel utterly alone. At times the challenges seem overwhelming, their dreams of family shattered. But like glass mosaics, beauty is revealed when the pieces are masterfully arranged. In this workshop you will learn to:

  • minimize your loneliness by forging critical relationships
  • enjoy greater satisfaction in your marriage
  • create a new vision for your family by managing expectations
  • strengthen your familial bonds through savvy boundaries and communication

Parenting - Specific

104 - God Infusions: Secrets to a Spiritually Full Heart – Michele Cushatt

In the midst of carting kids everywhere, keeping up with the demands of a home, and trying to be a nurturing wife, it doesn’t take much to end up lonely, weary, and longing for a soul-filling connection with God. Are you running on empty? Does your relationship with God feel like one more unchecked item on your to-do list? Perhaps it’s time for a God-infusion. Michele will help you:

  • enjoy God’s presence by creating margin
  • build a spiritual oasis into every day
  • deepen intimacy through solitude and vulnerability
  • experience spiritual refreshment by learning to "cradle" ordinary moments

Spiritual Growth


Rob Currie
Rob Currie

Dr. Rob Currie teaches child psychology at Judson University in Elgin, IL. An award-winning author, he wrote “Hungry for More of God” and “Preschool Wisdom: What Preschoolers Desperately Want to Tell Parents and Grandparents”.··He’s a popular guest preacher, MOPS speaker, and has worked at preschools in Detroit, St. Louis, and Chicago. Rob and his wife, Kay, have two sons.




101 - What Your Preschooler Desperately Wants to Tell You – Rob Currie

Connect with your preschooler like never before by learning to see life as he/she sees it. Learn LOTS of easy-to-use tips that will give you a more obedient child and more fun times with him or her.

You’ll learn:

  • how to respond to your preschooler
  • family-tested solutions to parent-child conflict
  • proven practical tips drawn from parents

Parenting - General

102 - Read the Bible Backwards – Rob Currie

If the Bible is God’s love letter to you, wouldn’t you like to get more out of it? You can. Whether you’re new to the Bible or have read it for decades, learning to read the Bible “backwards” will infuse your Bible reading with fresh enjoyment.· You’ll learn to:

  • unlock new blessings
  • find more biblical applications for your life

Spiritual Growth


Connie Johnson
Connie Johnson

Connie Johnson loves to have fun and share in the journey of motherhood with friends, new and old.  She's passionate about helping women appreciate their inner beauty and realize the difference they make in the lives of others.  Connie is a Sr. Director with Hearts at Home and is a wife to Craig of 21 years and mom to 3 entertaining and active kids.




105 - One Size Does Not Fit All! – Connie Johnson


Do you struggle with your self-worth and confidence? Gain a new perspective on the special and unique person you are. Leave this workshop with a new lease on life forgiving yourself for past mistakes. When you view yourself through God's eyes, life can change dramatically for the better.
Personal Growth

106 - Prayer: More Than Just Words – Connie Johnson

Do you actually hear God's voice when He speaks? Does prayer really make that big of a difference? Is there a technique to praying? Learn how prayer can make a dramatic difference in your everyday life. Gain insight into recognizing God working in every aspect of your life and realize just how much He loves and cares for you and your family. Grasp just how effective prayer is, because if you're not praying for your family, who is?
Spiritual Growth

 


Dr. Kathy Koch
Kathy Koch

Dr. Kathy Koch loves helping parents understand children’s uniqueness so they can raise the children they were given rather than the children they wish they had. Through her two books, other products, and engaging presentations in 28 countries, thousands have been encouraged and changed. Before founding Celebrate Kids, Inc., in Fort Worth, Texas, Dr. Kathy enjoyed being a professor, teacher, coach, and school board member.

www.celebratekids.com


107 - Strong-Willed Children:  A Focus on Solutions – Dr. Kathy Koch

 Strong-willed children can thrive when they learn first-time obedience through strategies Dr. Kathy will teach and demonstrate. You’ll also learn:

  • What three things these children need,
  • What two things you must never do,
  • What’s really hard for these children,
  • How to use your power words, and
  • What’s better than saying “yes” or “no.”

Parenting - Specific

108 - Multiple Intelligences: How Are My Children Smart? – Dr. Kathy Koch

Be encouraged! All children have eight intelligences.

  • Which smarts are their strengths?
  • How can weak smarts be improved?
  • If some of my children’s discipline problems are rooted in their strengths, how can I help them without paralyzing their smarts?
  • How can they study with all eight smarts?
  • How can knowing about their smarts enhance their relationship with God?

Parenting - General


Yvette Maher
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Yvette Maher has served at Focus on the Family for 19 years and is currently the Sr. Communications Specialist and host of Your Family Live!, a Web-based television program for families. She resides in Colorado Springs, CO with her husband Tom and is the proud mother and grandmother of 23-year-old twin daughters, a 22-year-old son and one grandson with more on the way.


www.yourfamilylive.com



109 – Get R.E.A.L in Your Marriage – Yvette Maher
Radically Embracing Authentic Living in your marriage requires that you remove your various masks. As women we tend to suppress our true selves beginning at an early age, and don masks that protect, hide, disguise or fabricate who God created us to be. When this happens, we get grow further away from our spouse, from our friends, from our calling, and the fullness of God's plan for our lives.

110 – Get R.E.A.L in Your Parenting – Yvette Maher
Radically Embracing Authentic Living as a parent requires that you remove your various masks. In order to understand how we can thrive in God's plan as a mother, we need to search deeply into our "true selves" to find the root cause of some of our obstacles to complete wholeness.


Tammy Maltby
Tammy Maltby

Author, speaker, and media (TV, radio, online) personality Tammy Maltby sums up·her·multifaceted message in·one word: encouragement. For those struggling with·difficult circumstances·and those yearning for a more lovely and welcoming lifestyle, she offers practical, uplifting “you can do it!" guidance.·A wife, mother of four grown kids, and grandmother of one, Tammy lives in Colorado.


http://itsagoodlife.tv/

111 - The God Who Sees You – Tammy Maltby

How do we handle life when disappointment, pain, and a weary heart seem to stalk us day after day? Does no one care? Does anyone see my hard work, my family pain, my feelings of rejection, my fear? Knowing that God sees us and deeply cares about the details of our life can be more than enough. Tammy Maltby invites you to:

  • see the unseen God who sees all your unseen actions
  • let go of fear that other people will reject you if they know your failures and imperfections
  • embrace the hope and choose the joy that awaits you when you trust He is intimately aware of your journey.

Spiritual Growth

112 - Lifegiving Hospitality…Start Simply but Simply Start! – Tammy Maltby

Tammy believes hospitality is not just for those with gorgeous homes, professional cooking skills, or special gifts. It’s for anyone who wants to live a fuller, more outward life. And all you need is a willingness to start simply…but simply start. Tammy offers:

  • A fresh perspective on the art of hospitality
  • Step by step demos for killer recipes that will impress everyone…without wearing you out
  • Cost-saving—and fun—techniques for cooking and decorating
  • Confidence that “you can do it”—and you’ll love every minute

Parenting - General


Becky Moore
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Becky Moore serves as Senior Development Director at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI).  She has partnered with parents and school officials in her community to form a special needs parenting network group.  Becky and her husband BJ are the parents of two sons and reside in Glenarm, IL.




113 - Parenting a Child with Special Needs – Becky Moore

Parenting a child with special needs can be overwhelming, disruptive to the entire family, exhausting and isolating from community, church and other family members.  It can also be extremely rewarding, and full of love and fun activities!  This workshop will offer one Christian mom’s perspective on how to juggle the various facets of loving and caring for your special needs child, while fostering healthy relationships within the family and finding special time for yourself.

Parenting – Specific


Wendy Pope
Wendy Pope

Wendy has a unique gift of combining her passion for Christ and her life experiences into a message that deeply penetrates the hearts of her listeners.  She is an author and speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries.  Her messages are filled with Biblical truths but have just the right amount of humor, transparency and vulnerability to help her audience see she is a real, everyday woman.  Wendy leads over 1300 women each day in an online Bible study through the One Year Chronological Bible. Women who hear Wendy speak leave with a:

  • Craving for God’s Word
  • Confidence to read, study and apply the Bible to their lives
  • Commitment to make quiet time with God every day a priority

www.wendypope.org
www.proverbs31.org

114 - The Yes, No, and Maybe of a Balanced Life – Wendy Pope

Are you so busy juggling the demands of life to enjoy it?  Do you long to rest in the peaceful rhythm God has planned for you? God’s holds time in His hands and provides all the time you need to accomplish what He wants His children to accomplish.  Wendy will lead you to:

  • Define what balance is and is not
  • Know when to say yes, no, and maybe
  • Replace the anxieties of hurriedness with calm of balance

Parenting – General

115 - The Scriptures are Alive – Wendy Pope

Do you long to experience the power of God’s Word in your life?   The Bible is a lamp unto our feet and light unto our path, however, it can be challenging to understand as well as apply.  You’ve heard that it is alive and active but aren’t sure how to learn it, live it, or love it.  In The Scriptures are Alive you will be inspired to study the scriptures like you have always wanted.  Wendy will passionately teach

  • Practical ways to make God’s Word come alive
  • Simple techniques in applying God’s Word
  • Easy steps to researching the background and meaning of scriptures

Spiritual Growth


Shelly Radic
Shelly Radic

Shelly Radic is author of Momology: A Mom’s Guide to Shaping Great Kids. After speaking, writing, training and engaging with moms for almost twenty years, Shelly is currently serving as CEO of MOPS International.  Shelly and her husband, Bruce, are the parents of four great kids and live near Denver, Colorado.

www.mops.org



116 - Momology: A Mom’s Guide to Shaping Great Kids – Shelly Radic

Why study mothering? Easy- mothering is an enormous responsibility, especially with our kids and the world changing every day. Research reveals that resilient moms have the best outcomes in shaping great kids. We’ll explore practical ways to increase your mom resilience by-

  • Building a healthy, resilient mom CORE
  • Developing FINESSE in the intentional, daily ways you mother your kids
  • Interacting within a supportive CIRCLE of relationships
  • Engaging with God in his GRANDSCAPE

Parenting – General

117 - Rings Around the Family: Building a circle of relationships – Shelly Radic

Mothering can get pretty intense at times. That’s why moms invest in growing a circle of healthy relationships that provide encouragement and support in raising great kids. Discover how to extend and strengthen your circle of relationships through-

  • Circle essentials: Time and trust
  • Three ring circle: Growing relationships with acquaintances, friends and family, spouse
  • Open circles: Reaching out to build within

Parenting - General   


Jennifer Rothschild
Jennifer Rothschild

Jennifer Rothschild’s life drastically changed at the age of fifteen when she lost her sight. Now, more than 25 years later, she boldly and compassionately teaches women how to walk by faith, and not by sight. She travels the country offering fresh, sensible Biblical advice to audiences who, like her, are determined to pursue healthy and productive lives. She’s the author of six books, including the best-selling Lessons I Learned in the Dark, and Walking by Faith Bible study, and Self Talk, Soul Talk: What to Say When You Talk to Yourself.  Jennifer and her husband, Phil, live in Springfield, Missouri with their two sons, Clayton and Connor.

www.jenniferrothschild.com

118 - Your Thought Closet Make-Over – Jennifer Rothschild

If you're tired of wearing the drabby garb of despair or being clothed in insecurity, let Jennifer Rothschild help you get rid of the stinkin’ thinkin’ polluting your thought closet.  She’ll help you recognize lies, refuse lies entry into your thought closet, and show you how to replace them with truth.  You’ll get practical strategies for guarding your thought closet door and become a woman clothed in contentment.
Spiritual Growth


Jill Savage
Jill Savage

Jill Savage is an author and speaker who is passionate about encouraging families, and her enthusiasm is contagious.  An honest, vulnerable, and encouraging style makes her an effective and entertaining communicator.  Jill is the Founder and Executive Director of Hearts at Home.

www.jillsavage.org



119 - First Time Moms: Move from Surviving to Thriving – Jill Savage

Now that you have this new little one in your life, everything has changed!  There are so many new, uncomfortable feelings and unique struggles that can come along with a first baby. Presented by a veteran mom of five, this workshop will:

  • Boost your confidence to deal with the everyday challenges of motherhood.
  • Balance your “to do” list with your child’s needs.
  • Increase intimacy in your marriage by learning how to keep your marriage a priority.
  • Experience a sense of encouragement and camaraderie with other moms.

Parenting – Specific

120 - Ten Stress Strategies Every Mom Needs – Jill Savage

Motherhood sometimes brings out both the best and the worst in us. It’s important for every mom to have multiple strategies to manage the stress that naturally comes with the daily challenges of motherhood. This high energy workshop will:

  • Equip you with practical strategies for handling the stress of everyday life.
  • Help you prioritize time for yourself to better care for your family.
  • Improve your time management.
  • Remove the guilt of saying no to volunteer requests.

Parenting General


Dr. Julianna Slattery
Dr. Juliana Slattery

Dr. Julianna Slattery is a wife, mother, author, speaker and Christian psychologist. She’s in the trenches of family life, knows the challenges you face and is a compassionate voice providing biblical truths and a psychological perspective to guide you on your journey.  Julianna serves at family psychologist at Focus on the Family. She is a co-host on the daily broadcast and webcast, Your Family Live.  Julianna, her husband Mike, and their three boys live in Colorado Springs where they enjoy camping, hiking and snowboarding.

www.focusonthefamily.com

121 - No More Headaches! – Dr. Julianna Slattery

Ladies, this workshop isn’t about physical headaches…it’s about the “headaches” that keep you from enjoying a great sex life in your marriage. We all have them: fatigue, no desire (or a husband with no desire), scars from the past and broken trust. Psychologist, author and Focus on the Family radio host Dr. Julianna Slattery is right there with you. In this workshop, she will use humor, candor and biblical wisdom to confront the major setbacks women experience in marital intimacy.  Julianna will:

  • Help you understand if your struggles in the bedroom are normal.
  • Help you and your husband work through differences in desire and frequency.
  • Help you put in place healthy boundaries to protect your sex life.
  • Give you great ideas to rekindle your desire and energy.
  • Remind you what sex is all about in the first place.

Marriage

122 - More than a Spanking? – Dr. Julianna Slattery

Perhaps the greatest struggle of parenthood is the “d” word: discipline. What behaviors require punishment? How does discipline change between the ages of 2 and 15? Is spanking OK? What if you’re just plain too worn down to follow through? Dr. Julianna Slattery, psychologist, author, and mom of three boys will help put discipline in perspective and provide some practical tools for using it effectively. In this workshop, Julianna will help you:

  • Broaden your understanding of discipline.
  • Get out of the cycle of inconsistency, yelling, and guilt.
  • Incorporate discipline within a loving relationship with your child.
  • Find the balance between consistency and sensitivity.
  • Understand how discipline changes with the development of your child.
  • Feel like you’re not alone in this!

Parenting – Specific


Kendra Smiley
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Kendra Smiley is a sought after speaker, an author and the host of Live Life Intentionally heard nationally on Moody Radio.  An Illinois Mother of the Year, Kendra and her husband John, have three married sons and four granddaughters.  She and John, a retired USAF Colonel, live on a farm in central Illinois.  Together they have written the www.ParentinglikeaPro.com book series.  Kendra’s passions include parenting, women’s issues, and education.

www.KendraSmiley.com

123 - Parenting Like a Pro – Kendra Smiley

A professional is someone who does a job well and is paid for that job.  Moms are usually paid in PB & J kisses, dandelion bouquets, and grateful adult children.  Are you ready for some practical tips, Biblical insights, and encouragement to help you parent like a pro?  Join Kendra and she’ll tackle parenting challenges like:

  • sibling rivalry
  • incentives vs. bribes
  • discipline
  • and more!

Parenting – General

124 - Generous Friendships – Kendra Smiley

The friendships of women are complicated.  We desire healthy, growing friendships, but too often we find our relationships being destroyed.  Would you like to experience life-giving, encouraging friendships?  Join Kendra and discover:

  • the benefits of positive relationships.
  • the factors that can destroy a friendship.
  • how you can become a “generous friend” and enjoy the blessings!

Personal Growth


Bob Waliszewski
Bob Waliszewski

Approaching 20 years of ministry at Focus on the Family, Bob Waliszewski (a former youth pastor) is·Plugged In's director. He is also its "voice." His weekly "Plugged In Movie Review" radio feature is heard on hundreds of U.S. radio stations.

www.pluggedin.com




125 - Movies, Music, Television and Video Games: What Would Jesus Do? – Bob Waliszewski

  • How can I help train my children to know what is within boundaries and what’s “out of bounds” regarding their media choices?
  • How can I instill the Lord’s values regarding entertainment so that when my children leave home they take them to heart, rather than rebel against them?
  • Can what my children watch and listen to really influence their behavior/attitudes?
  • Any research? The Premier Practical Guideline for media training
  • Although the Bible doesn’t say such things as, “Thou shalt not watch slasher films,” it’s not silent either when it comes to guiding principles. What Scriptural teachings relate to entertainment?
  • Q&A time

Parenting – General

126 - 10 Practical Principles to Help Our Children Learn to Discern Bob Waliszewski

Bob will talk about the 10 principles he was privileged to include in Dr. James Dobson’s recent book, “Bringing Up Girl’s”:

  • Making media decisions based on God’s view of entertainment
  • Teaching the WWJD? (What Would Jesus Do?) principle
  • Instilling media-related biblical principles
  • Modeling godly discernment
  • Getting your pastor and youth pastor on board
  • Developing a written constitution
  • Encouraging positive alternatives
  • Using Movie Nights
  • Adopting a buddy system for accountability
  • Teaching “divine hatred”
  • Deciding age appropriateness for entertainment (establishing boundaries for when something is out of bounds for certain ages, but okay for those older) (not in Dr. Dobson’s book)

Parenting – General

Schedule

Friday, March 11 or Saturday, March 12, 2011

Check-In
 7:30 – 8:15 a.m.
Morning Main Session  8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Workshop 1 10:20 – 11:20 a.m.
Fast Paced Lunch Pick Up 11:20 – 11:50 a.m.
Workshop 2/Slow-Paced Lunch Pick Up   12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Workshop 3  1:20 – 2:20 p.m.
Workshop 4  2:40 – 3:40 p.m.
Afternoon Main Session  4:00 – 5:30 p.m.











Friday Evening – March 11, 2011

Dinner
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
- Optional

- Located at ISU Bone Student Center        
- For Friday attendees only

Check-In
6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Moms Night Out
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.






Hotel and Directions

Hotel Information
For detailed information about conference hotel options, please click here, or call the Hearts at Home office at (309) 828-MOMS.  A special lodging rate has been negotiated with these hotels.  Participating hotels provide a contribution to Hearts at Home that assists with event costs. Thank-you.

Need Directions?
The National Conference is held at Illinois State University at the Bone Student Center, 100 North University Street, Normal, IL 61761.  Please click here for more specific directions or use the above address as the destination for an online map service. If you are not able to go online, please call our office at (309) 828-MOMS. Our Customer Service Team will be happy to assist you!

Parking
Parking is available in the Bone Student Center parking lot north of the Bone Student Center.  There are other lots nearby on ISU property.  Parking in ISU lots is and requires cash.  For other parking options, you may review the ISU map.

Exhibitors

Exhibitors

By Grace Designs
For those who want to wear their faith on a tee!
http://www.bygracedesigns.com

Compassion International
Releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.
http://www.compassion.com

Family Room Values
Encouraging spiritual & character development in the home.
http://www.familyroomvalues.com

Generations of Virtue
Equipping moms to empower their children for purity in our world today.
http://www.generationsofvirtue.org

Get It In Your Soul
Products that encourage your faith walk and share the power of God's word in simple ways.
http://www.getitinyoursoul.com

Happymomonline.com
A classic collection of handmade gifts for infants, children, and moms.  Pro-Life * Pro-Marriage * Pro-Mom
http://www.happymomonline.com

Happy Family Creations
Providing people with positive family image products for proud presentation everywhere.
http://www.happyfamilycreations.com

Hoerr's Berean Bookstore
Serving God by Serving You.
http://www.hoerrs.com

Hope Institute of Uganda/Jinja Jewelry
Changing generations one life at a time.
http://www.hopeinstituteuganda.org/

Life Verse Design
Inspirational Art for the Home.
http://www.lifeverse.etsy.com

MOPS International
Better Moms Make A Better World.
http://www.MOPS.org

Moms In Touch International
Impacting children and schools for Jesus Christ by gathering women to pray.
http://www.MomsInTouch.org

Mom to Mom
Truly unique parenting program based on the Titus 2:4 principle of "experienced" moms mentoring young moms with curriculum-based teaching, small group discussion and weekly doses of encouragement.
http://www.momtomom.org

Quack Back
A quacky spin on greeting cards.
http://www.quack-back.com

Relish!
Relish! is an online menu planning service offering weekly menus and grocery lists for only a month.
http://www.RelishRelish.com

Union28 Marriage Tees
Celebrate Your Spouse in Style!
http://www.MyHusbandRocks.NET

Varu
Fun and trendy totes, purses and accessories, customized especially for you. Made in Ohio, focusing on quality, not quantity!
http://www.myvaru.com

Vine and Branches Inspirational Gifts
Keeping you connected to Inspiration and style with their Scripture Scarves, Cross Purses, Trendy Christian Jewelry, Giftware and lots of other fabulous items to bless your heart!
http://www.vineandbranchesgifts.com

No More Perfect Moms!

National Conference
Normal, IL  |  Illinois State University |  March 15-16, 2013

Click here for Conference Highlights.

Main Sessions
Moms Night Out
Workshops
Schedule
Hotel/Directions
Exhibitors/Sponsors

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.


Candace Cameron Burer
Candace Cameron Bure

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.


www.roomag.com

www.candacecameronbure.net

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Jill Savage

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.


www.jillsavage.org

Meredith Andrews
Meredith Andrews

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, are expecting their second child in February.

 

www.meredithandrews.com


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!


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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.


www.anitarenfroe.com


National Friday Moms Night Out:

6:00 – 7:20 p.m. Check-In Illinois State University Bone Student Center Ballroom
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Moms Night Out Illinois State University Braden Auditorium

 

  • A Moms Night Out ticket may be added to your Conference Registration for $15.
  • If you would like to attend Moms Night Out without a Conference Registration, a ticket may be purchased for $20 (based on space availability).

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.


Shari Braendel

Shari Braendel

 

Considered America's most popular Christian Fashionista, Shari Braendel developed Fashion Meets Faith Ministry to help moms feel confident in how they look and dress so they can pass that knowledge on to their daughters while using the information themselves to be good role models. The author of Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad, she helps women of all ages see themselves as beautiful while teaching them the how-to's of putting themselves together so they can represent Jesus well. She is wife to Dave, mom to Luke and stepmom to adult triplet stepdaughters. She resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can find her at www.FashionMeetsFaith.com

103 - Dress Your Mom Body with Confidence (35 and older moms)

 

Got the Mom-body blues? Gain a new level of confidence and learn to dress the body you have and not the one you were in before kids.  Whether you’re a fashionista or a fashion flunkie, this workshop will help you develop skills that you can even pass on to your daughter. It’s not about being perfect, it’s about accepting your body the way it is and knowing what to do with it.

  • Save money and build a savvy wardrobe by knowing what to buy.
  • Look 10 lbs. lighter with super slimming techniques.
  • Dress your Mom-body with solid guidelines.
  • Discover your best colors based on your individual hair, skin, and eyes.
  • Learn the secret of passing on modesty tips to those you love.

 

104 - Dress Your Mom Body with Confidence (35 and under moms)

 

Got the Mom-body blues? Gain a new level of confidence and learn to dress the body you have and not the one you were in before kids.  Whether you’re a fashionista or a fashion flunkie, this workshop will help you develop skills that you can even pass on to your daughter. It’s not about being perfect, it’s about accepting your body the way it is and knowing what to do with it.

  • Save money and build a savvy wardrobe by knowing what to buy.
  • Look 10 lbs. lighter with super slimming techniques.
  • Dress your Mom-body with solid guidelines.
  • Discover your best colors based on your individual hair, skin, and eyes.
  • Learn the secret of passing on modesty tips to those you love.

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Dana Blomberg

 

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.

101 - Loving Your Husband Toward Christ

 

Whether your husband is a strong spiritual leader in your home, or your husband is spiritually lost—God’s blueprint for our role as wives is simple but most influential. Did you know there is a way to love him that is spiritually beneficial? Through looking at Scripture, Dana will:

  • Help you find the key to unlocking the hidden chambers of your husband’s heart.
  • Equip you to lovingly awaken him to the call of Christ “without a word.”
  • Show you how to motivate him to rise as the leader of your home.
  • Encourage the igniting of a passion that encompasses the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your relationship—as God intended.

 

102 - 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:

  • Recognize your family as your #1 ministry.
  • Increase your understanding of God’s mandate for training your children found in Scripture.
  • Maximize the impact of Scriptural truth in your children’s hearts by living with integrity behind closed doors.
  • Look at some practical ways to incorporate spiritually training them into the busy-ness of life.

Lynn Cowell

Lynn Cowell

 

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

105 - 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:

  • Create confidence leading to higher self-worth.
  • Replace loneliness, rejection, and pain with acceptance, affirmation, and approval.
  • Make wise choices that lead to a fruitful future, rather than becoming a victim to emotionally-based decisions.

 

106 - Wise Women Raising Wiser Daughters

 

In "Wise Women Raise Wiser Daughters" Lynn Cowell will help moms:

  • Learn to model wise living to create a foundation for wise choices.
  • Start conversations that are sticky yet important.
  • Reverse the impact that today’s sexual culture has on their girls.
  • Raise girls who look to Jesus to fill the love gap in their hearts and not boys.

Rob Currie

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.

107 - 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:

  • Teach you how to connect with your son.
  • Explain the reasons for boys’ behavior.
  • Share parent-proven tips for parenting boys.
  • Enable you to enjoy your son more than ever.

 

108 - 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:

  • Show you how to motivate your preschooler.
  • Explain how to get a more obedient child.
  • Reveal how to enjoy your child more than you thought possible.
  • Offer “Aha!” insights into your child’s behavior.

Karen Ehman

Karen Ehman

 

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

109 - 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:

  • Discover where you fall on the “control freak” scale.
  • Determine the difference between being conscientious and being controlling.
  • Take control of your schedule while also allowing for the unexpected interruptions.
  • Implement new thought patterns and proper reactions to the people and situations in your life that make you kick into over-control.
  • Practice the fine art of soul control where you control your emotions when you can’t control the situation.

 

110 - 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:

  • Effectively and biblically address extended family conflicts.
  • Handle holiday hassles with grace, strength, and unity.
  • Build boundaries that are tangible, measurable, and have built-in consequences.
  • Improve extended family relationships over time.

Mary Steinke

Mary Steinke

 

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.

www.maryrsteinke.vpweb.com

110 - The Bylaws of In-laws and Outlaws (with Karen Ehman)

 

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:

  • Effectively and biblically address extended family conflicts.
  • Handle holiday hassles with grace, strength, and unity.
  • Build boundaries that are tangible, measurable, and have built-in consequences.
  • Improve extended family relationships over time.

Suzie Eller

Suzie Eller

 

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.

111 - 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:

  • Change your tone and words (and your relationship) as you listen to the message you might be sending to your child.
  • Restore calm as you balance self-nurturing with nurturing everyone else around you.
  • Reduce negative interaction as you give actions and words time to catch up with your emotions.
  • Decrease the odds of losing it by making a plan that fits you and your family.

 

112 - 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:

  • Increase your confidence in your ability to be a mom. . . even if no one ever showed you how.
  • Relate more closely with your child as you toss out words or actions that are familiar, but not necessarily healthy.
  • Celebrate transformation as you unpack unforgiveness, anger, and to give your child a mom that is anchored in today, rather than the past.
  • Know what to do as you repack healthy words and parenting methods that uniquely suit your unique family dynamic.

Pam Farrel

Pam Farrel

 

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.

www.Love-Wise.com

113 - 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:

  • Prepare you for the most common questions kids ask from age 2 to 22!
  • Give you tools to help your tween, teen and college student to make wise relationship choices.
  • Equip you to protect your child and prepare your teen.
  • Provide you advice on the toughest topics (sexual orientation, premarital sex, cohabitation, etc).
  • Train your child to handle peer pressure and stand up for his or her inner values.

 

114 - 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:

  • The moods and marvels of tweens.
  • The testing and triumphs of teens.
  • The pressures and prize of college and launching young adults.
  • Your own menopause or peri- menopause issues.
  • Your husband’s mid-life adjustments (or crisis).
  • Marriage enrichment in the middle of the fast lane!

Shaunti Feldhahn

Shaunti Feldhahn

 

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.

115 - 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.

 

116 - 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.

Sue Heimer

Sue Heimer

 

As an internationally known speaker, Sue’s mission is to come alongside women helping them discover God’s great love for them and His purpose for their lives. She is a regular contributor to Focus on the Family Magazine and a frequent guest on Intentional Living radio program with Dr. Randy Carlson. Sue has four wonderful sons, ages 18-27, two beautiful daughter-in-laws and a granddaughter. Sue and her husband, live in Colfax, Illinois.

117 - When Teens Rebel

 

Is your preteen/teen in full blown rebellion? Do you have a child, niece/nephew, or grandchild whose self-destructing choices are causing pain and havoc in your family? Sue has been there. She will share her own journey of walking with a child through rebellion. With transparency and candor this workshop will help you:

  • Identify the battles that are worth fighting for.
  • Reassess the rules and have clearer consequences with consistency.
  • Reevaluate and find peace in your role, actions, and responses.
  • Know that you are not alone on this journey.

 

118 - When You Feel Like Screaming!

 

Screaming is a universal response among mothers. Sue has interviewed over 200 women from all over the globe to identify what triggers us to “lose it”. Stressed, exhausted, and overwhelmed was the overwhelming response echoed. In this workshop Sue will help you:

  • Identify the circumstances that cause us to scream.
  • Gain an understanding of why we scream.
  • Understand the emotion behind the outburst.
  • Know with confidence that you can become a controlled confident mother.
  • Experience a newfound peace by adopting the numerous practical applications that will be shared. 
  • “Tools” that will aid you in becoming a balanced, consistent, organized, confident and controlled mother who screams less tomorrow that she did yesterday!

Dr. Kathy Koch

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.

119 - 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:

  • Improve children’s behavior, decision making, and attitudes by determining how they’re rooted in unmet needs.
  • Strengthen relevant core need(s) when determining which ones are connected to problem behaviors or attitudes.
  • Understand how to teach life-changing content that defines each need so children will believe these truths.

 

120 - 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:

  • Understand how eight different types of digital technology influence children’s beliefs and behaviors.
  • Adjust children’s uses of digital technology so you can better connect with them.
  • Understand how to positively plug into their desire to improve the world.

Helen Lee

Helen Lee

 

Helen Lee is an award-winning writer, speaker, and the author of The Missional Mom.  She is also co-founder of Redbud Writers Guild, which encourages female Christian writers to express their God-given talents. Helen is from Naperville, Illinois, where she homeschools her three grade-school sons; she is married to classical pianist Brian Lee, a professor at Moody Bible Institute.

121 - Redefining Motherhood: What Is a “Great Mom”?

 

Women receive countless ideas about what it means to be a great mom from the surrounding culture. But which of these ideas actually reflect what God intends and expects? Helen Lee, author of The Missional Mom, will discuss the cultural forces affecting today's moms and encourage moms to parent with a greater sense of purpose and freedom.

 

122 - What Is Missional Motherhood?

 

Author Helen Lee explains how the idea of missional motherhood can help women change the way they both parent and disciple their children. She will offer suggestions on how to move from building family-centered homes to those that are truly God-centered and driven by His mission.

Kathi Lipp

Kathi Lipp

 

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.

123 - 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:

  • Planning a family fun night.
  • Developing a character growth chart.
  • Working together on a family project.

 

124 - 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:

  • Effective ways women can restore peace to their everyday lives.
  • Simple and manageable long-term solutions for organizing any room in one's home.
  • A realistic way to de-stress a busy schedule.
  • Strategies for efficient shopping, meal preparation, cleaning, and more.

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Susan Merrill

 

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.

125 - 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.

 

126 - 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.

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Jill Savage

 

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.

www.jillsavage.org

127 - 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:

  • Equip you with practical, mom-friendly ways to nurture your relationship with God.
  • Encourage you to keep God’s truth in front of you throughout the day.
  • Energize your prayer life.
  • Empower you to be content in all circumstances.

 

128 - 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:

  • Increase closeness in your family by prioritizing family relationships over material needs.
  • Increase your confidence to make right decisions for your family and stand firm against adult peer pressure.
  • Experience a newfound peace by adopting the attitudes needed to successfully live with less.
  • Live with less stress so that you can enjoy the season of raising a family to the fullest.

Sherry Surratt

Sherry Surratt

 

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.

129 - 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:

  • See the potential and promise that God sees.
  • Zap discouragement before it starts.
  • Be your family’s biggest encourager.
  • Live in the promises of the God who made us.

 

130 - 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:

  • Overcome discouragement.
  • Flourish in your relationship with Christ as you parent.
  • Step into confidence as the mom God designed you to be.

Reverend Milan and Kay Yerkovich

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.

131 - 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:

  • Discover your love style and how it impacts all your relationships.
  • Understand the core patterns created when love styles collide in marriage.
  • Plan successfully with your spouse.
  • Learn new skills to improve your relationships.
  • Discover the ingredients of secure, close relationships.

 

132 - 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:

  • Discover how your love style is a predictor of how you handle stress.
  • Find practical tools to help you grow and bring relief into stress-filled moments or seasons.
  • Learn how to better manage the pressures we face as women.
  • Experience relational relief and learn to turn stressful moments into opportunities for connection.

Crystal McDowell

Crystal McDowell

 

Crystal McDowell is a writer, speaker, and teacher with a passion to encourage all women. As a freelance writer and editor for over 12 years, she has published numerous Christian curriculums for Sunday School and VBS as well as many articles dealing with marriage, motherhood, and relationships. Crystal and her husband, Marshall, raise their five children in Bloomington, Illinois.

 

133 - The Beauty, The Beast, and BFF of Friendships

 

Why do friendships become so complicated and difficult at times? We want great friends without the backbiting, jealous, or bourgeois relationships that bring us down. In this workshop, Crystal will help you:

  • Recognize healthy versus unhealthy friendships.
  • Find good friends.
  • Break off a difficult friendship.
  • Explore seasons of friendships.
  • Accept your best friend forever.

 

134 - Temple Makeover From the Inside Out

 

Tired of feeling bad about your body? It is God’s will for you to love and accept your whole spirit, mind, and body just as He intended. Women who attend this workshop will:

  • Learn to accept her body as God created it.
  • Find the balance between eating and exercising.
  • Recognize the significance of spiritual and emotional influences.

Laura Sniff

Laura Sniff

 

Laura Sniff co-founded the Dunlap and Central Illinois Special Needs Parent Group and the annual Special Needs Information Fair. She is raising a special needs child and is passionate about helping parents find the resources that will help them and their special needs children. Laura and her husband, Jim, are the parents of two children and reside in Chillicothe, Illinois.

 

Libby Raab

Libby Raab

 

Libby Raab co-founded the Dunlap and Central Illinois Special Needs Parent Group and the annual Special Needs Information Fair. The mother of a son with autism, she is dedicated to making the world a better place for individuals with special needs and their families. Libby and her husband, Frank, are the parents of two children and reside in Edwards, Illinois.

135 - Special Moms for Special Kids

 

Having a child with special needs changes your life and your family. It’s more than likely an unexpected path and one that can make a mom feel isolated and overwhelmed. Laura Sniff and Libby Raab, will give you:

  • Tips on how to find resources and support.
  • Encouragement/tips to get through the day.
  • Inspiration to help embrace this amazing journey.

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!


NEW!

Thursday Night, March 14:

6 – 8 p.m. Bag pick-up/Walk-in Registration/Ballroom open for shopping
Click here for more details and a list of prizes that will be given away at the Thursday Night Pre-Conference Expo

Friday PLUS! Schedule:

Friday, March 15:

7:30 – 8:15 a.m. Bag Pick-Up/Walk-in Registration
8:30 – 10 a.m. Morning Main Session
10:30 – 11:20 a.m. Workshop 1
11:50 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. Workshop 2
12:40 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 – 2:20 p.m. Workshop 3/Slow-paced lunch continues in Prairie Room
2:50 – 3:40 p.m. Workshop 4
3:40 – 4:30 p.m. Ballroom open for shopping
4:30 – 6 p.m. Afternoon Main Session
6 – 7 p.m. Friday Night Dinner
6 – 10:00 p.m. Ballroom open for shopping

Saturday, March 16:

7:30 – 10:30 a.m. Ballroom open for shopping
10:30 – 11:20 a.m. Workshop 1
11:50 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. Workshop 2
12:40 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 – 2:20 p.m. Workshop 3/Slow-paced lunch continues in Prairie Room
2:50 – 3:40 p.m. Workshop 4
3:40 – 6:30 p.m. Ballroom open for shopping

One Day Registration Schedule:

Friday, March 15
or
Saturday, March 16:

7:30 – 8:15 a.m. Bag Pick-Up/Walk-in Registration
8:30 – 10 a.m. Morning Main Session with keynote #1
10:30 – 11:20 a.m. Workshop 1
11:50 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. Workshop 2
12:40 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 – 2:20 p.m. Workshop 3/Slow-paced lunch continues in Prairie Room
2:50 – 3:40 p.m. Workshop 4
3:40 – 4:30 p.m. Ballroom open for shopping
4:30 – 6 p.m. Afternoon Main Session with keynote #2
6 – 6:30 p.m. Ballroom open for shopping

Moms Night Out:

Friday Night, March 15:

6:00 – 7:20 p.m. Check-In
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Moms Night Out

Hotel Information

Local hotel rooms get reserved very quickly and will be sold out before our conference.  Please make your reservations early.

For detailed information about conference hotel options, please click here, or call the Bloomington-Normal Area CVB at 1-800-433-8226. A special lodging rate has been negotiated with these hotels. Participating hotels provide a contribution to Hearts at Home that assists with event costs. Thank you.

Click here to get a map of the hotel locations in the Bloomington/Normal area.

Need Directions?

The National Conference is held at Illinois State University at the Bone Student Center, 100 North University Street, Normal, IL 61761. Please click here for more specific directions or use the above address as the destination for an online map service. If you are need additional assistance, please call our office at (309) 828-MOMS. Our Customer Service Team will be happy to assist you!

Parking

Parking is available in the Bone Student Center parking lot north of the Bone Student Center. There are other lots nearby on ISU property. Parking in ISU lots is $6 and requires cash. For other parking options, you may review the ISU map.

Exhibitors/Sponsors

Baby and the Beanstalk
Personalized Gifts for Babies and Toddlers
www.babyandthebeanstalk.com

Baker Publishing Group
Find the perfect book for you and your family--Revell and Bethany House
www.bakerpublishinggroup.com

Band Angels
Applying God’s Promises to the Cuts and Scrapes of Life!
www.bandangels.net

Compassion International
Releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.
www.compassion.com

Compelling Creations, Inc.
Wear it and Share it. Faith Jewelry
www.compelling-creations.com

Global Handmade Hope
A fair-trade, wholesale & retail company
www.globalhandmadehope.com

Happymomonline
A classic collection of handmade gifts for infants, children, and moms.  Pro-Life*Pro-Marriage*Pro-Mom
www.happymomonline.com

Heavenly Dips
It’s All about the Taste!
www.heavenlydips.com

Hoerr's Berean Bookstore
Serving God by Serving You.
www.hoerrs.com

Hope Institute of Uganda/Jinga Jewelry
Changing generations one life at a time.
www.hopeinstituteuganda.org

If Then Move
Simply Changing Thoughts to Action
www.ifthenmove.com

iMOM
iMOM offers ideas, information, and encouragement to mothers who want to raise wise, responsible, and relational children.
www.imom.com

International Christian Mompreneur Network
Empowering Moms to Prosper with Wisdom and Grace
www.icmnetwork.com

It Works Global
www.stacylichtenwald.myitworks.com

Letters from the Holy Land
Letter Photography from Israel and the West Bank
www.lettersfromtheholyland.com

Letz Talk, Inc
Communication is Priceless
www.letztalknow.com

Life Verse Design
Inspirational art for the home
www.lifeversedesign.com

Moms In Prayer International
Praying for children and schools.
www.momsinprayer.org

Moody Publishers
From the Word. To Life.
www.moodypublishers.com

Oodles World
What matters most to us, are those who matter most to you.
www.oodlesworld.com

Ornaments for Orphans
Buy an Ornament. Bless a Child.
www.ornaments4orphans.org

Rahab’s Rope, Inc.
Love in Action
www.rahabsrope.com

Samaritan Ministries
A Biblical, non-insurance approach to health care needs
www.samaritanministries.org

SimplyFun
Learning and Connecting Through Play
www.simplyfun.com

smallsmallacts.com
Original Photography. Hand crafted.
www.smallsmallacts.com

Today's Christian Woman (A ministry of Christianity Today)
Love God. Live Fearless.
www.todayschristianwoman.com

Thirty-One Gifts
Ja Thoms & Becky Hernandez, Independent Directors
www.mythirtyone.com/jathoms
www.mythirtyone.com/beckystarr

Timbali Crafts
Beautiful Products Created by Amazing Women in Swaziland, Africa
www.timbalicrafts.org

Tyndale House Publishers
www.tyndale.com

Union 28
For husbands and wives who want to honor each other and make a positive statement about marriage.
www.union28.net

Varu
Custom designed handbags, tote bags & accessories
www.myvaru.com

Vine & Branches Inspirational Gifts
Gifts that make you look and feel DiVine
www.vineandbranchesgifts.com

WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group
www.WaterBrookMultnomah.com

WBGL
Faith Hope Family
www.wbgl.com

WCIC
Faith Hope Family
www.wcicfm.org