CREATING                         CONNECTIONS
Creating Connections is a community where parents of public, private and homeschool students come to discover ideas for spontaneous or planned family activities, to stay connected and deepen their bonds. Creating Connections is the conference and speaker bureau group of its nonprofit parent organization, Heart for Home School Ministries, Inc.

You're invited to
the Creating Connections Conference!

WHAT:
The Creating Connections Conference 

HOST:
Heart for Home School Ministries, Inc.

WHEN:
Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 9:00am - 3:00pm

WHERE:
2301 W. Millbrook Road Raleigh, NC 27612
​(Church of the Holy Cross)

​REGISTER:
Email:  heartforhomeschoolministries@gmail.com
*Include your full name and number of tickets requested.
Be sure to send payment via PayPal (see below).
 
Join us for an innovative, interactive conference where you will participate in workshops with your children as well as other families. Your students will enjoy hands-on workshops while you connect with other parents. The focus is to encourage families by providing tools and workshops that will foster connection within family relationships.
 
ONE CONFERENCE WITH TWO TRACKS:
Track I: Home School and Resources
Track II: Family Relationships

COST:
Early bird Family Registration $55  ($65 after January 27th)
Early bird Individual Registration $35  ($45 after January 27th)
Lunch Included! Several Scholarships Available.
Pay conference fee here: www.paypal.me/HeartForHomeschool 
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
David and Valissa Moore
David and Valissa Moore have been married for more than 31 years.  They have been homeschooling for over 20 years and have graduated two of their three children. Both are pastors with demanding schedules but have learned how to create a healthy balance to successfully homeschool their children. David works is a bi-vocational pastor who works a full-time job as an account manager and Valissa is the author of 4 books, a recording artist and itinerant speaker. 


Valissa's best-seller, Proverbial Moment, is a devotional created to use as a personal devotion or in a group Bible Study. Visit her website 
www.ValissaMoore.com to purchase and download a sample of the devotional and a recipe sample from her cookbook.  


  • Maintain Balance (Keynote)
  • Do you feel like you’re spread too thin? Do you often feel like your time runs out before your to-do list is complete? Do you feel like your life is out of balance? Join us as we discuss the true meaning of balance and how to apply what you learn and how to see immediate results.

  • Stop, Drop and Breathe (Workshop)
  • Do you ever find yourself over busy, suffocating under too many obligations, or hectically racing from one commitment to the other? Find out how to stop rushing, drop the drama, and breathe.

  • Follow the Child and Stay Connected (Keynote)
  • Raising our children is one of the most important assignments we’ll ever have since not all children learn, develop, play the same. If you’re experiencing frustration when it comes to training or teaching your child, perhaps your frustration comes because you’re trying to force a square peg into a circle. Learn how to successfully keep your child connected as you raise them in a world that promotes disconnection.
  • Healthy Cooking (Workshop)
  • Come learn how to prepare healthy meals for your family that will make their mouths water. In this workshop, Valissa shares how she lost over 50 pounds and has been able to successfully maintain a healthy weight over the past 5 years. Hear her testimony about the hand life dealt her and how she played it to win in the end. Bring your favorite recipes and learn how to recreate them in a healthier way with fewer calories.
  1. Mari Fitz-Wynn
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    Mari Fitz-Wynn
  2. Angela Armstrong
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    Angela Armstrong
  3. David Maclaren
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    David Maclaren
  4. Michelle Doeffinger
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    Michelle Doeffinger
  5. David and Valissa Moore
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    David and Valissa Moore
  6. Cynthia "Cyndi' Simmons
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    Cynthia "Cyndi' Simmons
David and Valissa Moore, Keynote Speakers
David and Valissa Moore have been married for more than 31 years.  They have been homeschooling for over 20 years and have graduated two of their three children. Both are pastors with demanding schedules but have learned how to create a healthy balance to successfully homeschool their children. David works is a bi-vocational pastor who works a full-time job as an account manager and Valissa is the author of 4 books, a recording artist and itinerant speaker. 


Valissa's best-seller, Proverbial Moment, is a devotional created to use as a personal devotion or in a group Bible Study. Visit her website 
www.ValissaMoore.com to purchase and download a sample of the devotional and a recipe sample from her cookbook.  


  • Maintain Balance (Keynote)
  • Do you feel like you’re spread too thin? Do you often feel like your time runs out before your to-do list is complete? Do you feel like your life is out of balance? Join us as we discuss the true meaning of balance and how to apply what you learn and how to see immediate results.

  • Stop, Drop and Breathe (Workshop)
  • Do you ever find yourself over busy, suffocating under too many obligations, or hectically racing from one commitment to the other? Find out how to stop rushing, drop the drama, and breathe.

  • Follow the Child and Stay Connected (Keynote)
  • Raising our children is one of the most important assignments we’ll ever have since not all children learn, develop, play the same. If you’re experiencing frustration when it comes to training or teaching your child, perhaps your frustration comes because you’re trying to force a square peg into a circle. Learn how to successfully keep your child connected as you raise them in a world that promotes disconnection.
  • Healthy Cooking (Workshop)
  • Come learn how to prepare healthy meals for your family that will make their mouths water. In this workshop, Valissa shares how she lost over 50 pounds and has been able to successfully maintain a healthy weight over the past 5 years. Hear her testimony about the hand life dealt her and how she played it to win in the end. Bring your favorite recipes and learn how to recreate them in a healthier way with fewer calories.


SPEAKERS
Cynthia "Cyndi' SimmonsCynthia "Cyndi' Simmons
Cynthia "Cyndi' Simmons​
Cynthia "Cyndi' Simmons homeschooled her five children through high school, including her disabled son. She hosts Heart of the Matter Radio each week and encourages women who seek the elegance of God's wisdom. Simmons conducts writing workshops, led writing conferences, and was nominated for Georgia Author of the Year in 2008. Cyndi is fond of history, and writes both historical fiction and nonfiction. Combining history and Scripture, she ministers to women of all ages but has a special place in her heart for homeschool mothers. She is also a frequent speaker at events nationwide

  • Loving Your Strong-Willed Child
  • That one child that refuses to budge and pits his will against yours can be hard to love. This class outlines a definition of love and demonstrates a way to build emotional attachment while teaching character.

  • History of Money
  • Most of us think of green paper or credit cards when we speak of money. However, money took many forms in the past. This fun, interactive class outlines the development of cash through the ages. Come and see samples of money from the past. The information presented is based on research for the novel, Pursuing Gold.

  • Teach Excellence without Oppressing Your Child
  • All of us want our children to work hard and achieve. However, it’s easy for parents to push too hard and break the child’s spirit. This class outlines a healthy approach to child rearing that encourages excellence. 


Mari Fitz-Wynn
Mari Fitz-Wynn is the  co-founder and president of Heart to Home School Ministries, Inc. and launched the Creating Connections arm of the ministry for families from all educational philosophies. For 3 years, Mari hosted the weekly radio program, Heart for Home School, and she currently produces a series of Home School Tips on HIS Radio stations.


Mari is a popular speaker and author. She speaks at home school conferences and women’s retreats throughout the US and internationally.  Her two books, Take Heart: 26 Steps to a Healthy Home School and Connect the D.O.T.S. (Days of Teaching School), offer advice, wisdom, and creative ideas to encourage families to deepen their connection and to strengthen their bond. Mari and her husband, Edward, homeschooled their six children for nearly 20 years.

  • Workshop: Struggles, Tempers, Obstinacy, Rebellious, Manipulative 
  • Storms don’t just happen in the family next door or across town. Sooner or later, a storm will hit your family. Find encouragement and tips for weathering the storm and keeping your family connected.
 

David Maclaren
David is an educator with 34 years of teaching experience in both public and private schools, including grades K-12. He served as Curriculum Developer and Lead Trainer of teachers for a partnership program between NASA and the Lewis Center for Educational Research, as well as Director of Curriculum Development and Global Programs where he worked directly with NASA scientists overseeing the radio astronomy educational partnership. He has presented at a number of math and science education conferences across the country and trained American teachers overseas. David completed graduate level studies in Elementary Education, and  earned the California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential (K-12). Currently, he is Co-Director of True Light Shines Academy, a private Christian school in Louisburg, NC, as well as President of True Light Shines Ministries, Inc.
 

  • "The Creator's Space Dad" Relieve some stress and create some memories
    Dads, plan to attend this workshop that will demonstrate hands-on activities that you can do with the kids to help them understand some of the objects found in our solar system and beyond. Be the "Weekend Science Dude" at home!
 

Angela Armstrong

  • Dream BIG Now Vision Board Party 
    So, you want to be the next lawyer, NBA star, actress, computer tech, business owner, author or teacher! Dare to Dream BIG Now and have it right before your eyes -- a vision that only you were created to see! This will inspire you to work towards achieving the life that you desire. Come explore your vision, dreams, and aspirations as Author and Mentor Angela Armstrong guides you through the steps to creating your personal vision boards. This workshop is for youth and teens ages 10-18 and their parents. 
 
  • Dream BIG Now Vision Board After Party 
    Who wants another piece of boring art work for the wall? Not YOU! Your vision board will give visual insight everyday of where you are traveling too. Join Author and Mentor AngelaYvette as she shares strategies and actions steps to your vision-dream. This workshop is for youth and teens ages 10-18 and their parents.
 

Michelle Doeffinger
Michelle is a veteran homeschool mom of four, wife to Richard, and a grandma. She has been the Group Director Generations Homeschool Group in Raleigh, NC for the past 4 years, and mentor to many grateful homeschool newbie.
 
  • Connecting to Support Groups, Co-ops and Finding Resources Workshop
  • Where can I find a list of resources to help me connect to other homeschoolers and get plugged in? What tools are available to help my family connect? What if I want to start my own group? Where do I begin? Come join the conversation, explore the answers to these questions and more!