Optional Add-On at Check-Out
1.30pm - 3.00pm
Led by stepmom Sara Kate Hooper, LPC: Waiting in Hope Leader and Licensed Professional Counselor
Are you parenting stepkids while wishing to have children of your own? This workshop will provide hope to those who may be struggling in their faith, marriages, or other interpersonal relationships as a result of infertility and loss. We believe there is hope to be found during this season of waiting. We also know that genuine, life-giving help can come from others walking this journey together.
1.30pm - 3.00pm
Led by grief specialist Diane Ingram Fromme & Tammy Daughtry, MMFT
Are you a stepmom to kids whose other parent has died or disappeared? Are you wondering, "What support is out there for me?" Enjoy this workshop with two veteran stepmoms who understand you, have parented grieving children, and feel a calling to help and heal others. Topics include: differences between post-divorce and post-death, discipline, dealing with holidays and rejection, memorializing the lost parent, and building bonds with stepchildren.
Led by Sue McGray, Author "Becoming Visible"
Have you been through a difficult relationship or difficult childhood? Or did your stepchild come from an abusive relationship? This session provides stepmoms a vision of hope and healing for the future! We'll dig into understanding how children raised with abusive parents can heal, how to recognize the characteristics of abuse and abusers, and how we can explore equality and choose healthy relationships, now and in the future.
Led by Deanna Kaech, Stepfamily Life Ministry Leader Saddleback Church
Creating a stepfamily ministry can seem overwhelming – especially since every church is different. From obtaining pastor buy-in to effectively reaching the unchurched community around you, there is a lot of behind-the-scenes planning that needs to happen to get you to launch day. In this session you will learn how to share your vision with your pastor, create a launch event, and see how small groups are perfect ways to get you
Led by stepmom Donna Irlinger, Painted Grace Gallery Owner
Do you like to paint but never have time? Come enjoy being creative where all the set-up & clean-up duties are taken care of! Several wooden wall hanging options will be supplied with as much guidance as you want or none at all. Even a novice can enjoy the ease of being creative. Workshop is 90 min long & will be offered twice. Attendees join either before or after the other sessions. Giggle and paint – what fun! (Painted-Grace.com)
Registration and Shopping begins at 4:00pm
7.00pm - 9.30pm
Auditorium Opens at 6:00pm
Praise & Worship
Sisterhood of Stepmoms Spotlight
Meet Your Session and Workshop Leaders
"You Know You're a Stepmom If _______" (Fun Activity & Networking)
9.30pm - 10.00pm
Dessert will be available to purchase while visiting (on-site)
Doors Open at 8.00am for Coffee & Shopping
9.00am - 12.00noon
Auditorium Opens at 8.30am
Schedule Will Include Digital "Hellos" from Ron Deal, Rachel Scott and Gil & Brenda Stuart
Praise & Worship
How to Restore Peace and Overcome Conflict in Your Marriage
Choose JOY on the Journey: Creating a Roadmap to Navigate Life
One Heart, Two Homes: Raising Amazing Kids in Complex Families
Throwing Away Perfect: A Transparent Look at the Ups and Downs of Being a Stepmom
Panel Discussion: Let's Hear it From the Men!
Lunch is included with Conference registration. Menu will include vegetarian options or special requests as needed. More details shared with those that register.
Exhibit Booths & Shopping Open
Small Group Discussions Available with Session Leaders (Optional)
- When the Stepkids are Adults: Gayla Grace
- The Divided Heart of a Stepchild: Carrie Soares
- The New Normal in the First Two Years of Stepparenting: Samara Ashley
- Creating & Overseeing a Stepfamily Life Group: Deanna Kaech
2.00pm - 5.00pm
His, Hers, and Ours: Finding Peace Amidst the Chaos
Panel Discussion: Understanding a Stepchild's View
Navigating the Ex-Wife-In-Law
But I’m NOT a Wicked Stepmother!
Closing Dedication: Casting a Vision for 2020
6.00pm - 10.00pm
Enjoy a tour of Nashville's very own Music Row, peek into a recording studio and get the behind-the-scene scoop on Country and Christian music in the south. Transportation available for a small fee. Dinner will be open to anywhere downtown you and your friends want to go. Suggestions will be offered to anyone wanting to eat as a group. (Fee includes VIP goodie bag, evening transportation & light snacks - dinner NOT included.)
Please contact the Hampton Inn directly to make reservations.
PRE CONFERENCE OPTIONS: Friday 1.30pm - 5.00pm
Please consider attending one of the 90 minute powerful pre-conference workshops, paired with a relaxing and fun PAINT PARTY! See details above.
Please contact the Hampton Inn of Cool Springs located at 7141 South Springs Drive, Franklin, TN 37067 for a group discount of $135 per night. Hotel is located less than one mile from The Grove and includes a HOT breakfast each day. Mention the "StepMom GetAway" group and receive the discount. Phone: 615-771-7225.